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Leopards sweep Zonis Invitational

April 07, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Smithsburg track coach Buddy Orndorff does not like to overemphasize the beginning of the regular season.

He just wants the athletes on his team to gradually prepare themselves for the big post-season meets at the end of the spring.

However, he will gladly accept any extra success that comes along the way.

Smithsburg got some of that extra success on Saturday when it swept both the boys and the girls team championships at the Chuck Zonis Invitational.

North Hagerstown was the host school, but the track meet was moved to Boonsboro because of unsuitable conditions at North.

Smithsburg topped runner-up Williamsport twice 129 1/2 to 115 in the boys team scores and 137 to 132 in the girls team scores.

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"It's our first track meet," Orndorff said. "We just wanted to come down to get a meet under our belt to see what we can do. It is a long year and we have still got a lot of work to do. We had so many kids that scored in a lot of different events. That is what you have got to do to win a big meet.

"We have still got some gaps to fill. We will find some people to fill those gaps."

The Smithsburg boys had two double winners. Dustin Sier won the 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds and the 200 in 23.1. Corey Brown won the high jump at six feet, two inches and the triple jump at 39-2 1/4.

David Guinther of Smithsburg won the boys pole vault at 9-0 1/2. The Smithsburg boys won the 400 relay in 46.2 seconds and the 800 relay in 1:34.5.

Amanda Tedrick won the girls pole vault at 7-0 1/2 and Tara Knable won the girls discus with a throw of 101-5 for Smithsburg. The Smithsburg girls won the 400 relay in 53.9 and the 800 relay in 1:54.

"As long as we keep improving and competing, then we will be happy," Orndorff added. "We are experimenting with a lot of kids. This is only one meet out of 10. We have got a lot of young kids. We have also got some good senior leadership. Hopefully, all of this can jell together at the end of the year."

Brett Morrell was a triple winner for the Boonsboro boys. He won the 400 in 51.0, the 300 hurdles in 40.6 and the long jump at 20-10 1/2.

Ryan Martin was a double winner for the Williamsport boys, winning the shot put with a toss of 46-8 and the discus with a throw of 140-5.

Catie Witman was a double winner for the Williamsport girls, winning the 100 in 12.8 and the 200 in 27.0.

McKenzie Fox captured a pair of firsts for the North Hagerstown girls, taking the 800 and 1,600 runs in 2:32 and 5:33.9.

Rebecca Tucker was a double winner for the Brunswick girls, winning the long jump at 14-9 1/2 and the triple jump with a leap of 31-3.

"We got the first multi-team track meet going," North Hagerstown coach Craig Bathgate said. "It kicked off things for the county. We had nice weather for it. I felt that the competition was great. It was a close race for the boys side and the girls side. I am looking forward to the same kind of competition throughout the season."

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