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Orndorff's Easter present - Two titles

April 20, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - What did the Smithsburg boys and girls track teams give coach Buddy Orndorff for Easter? Two team championships in the sixth annual Charas Heurich Invitational.

"I was really proud of the boys and the girls," Orndorff said. "I don't want to point out any individuals, because it took a team effort to win. It's still early in the year and we're trying to get kids in the right events."

The Smithsburg boys scored 163 points to easily outdistance runner-up Williamsport, which had 133 points.

Senior sprinter Dustin Sier was a triple winner for the Leopards, winning the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds and the 200 in 23.1. He was also a member of the 400 relay team that won in 46.4.

Sier has verbally committed to Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pa., for football and track next year.

"It was important to be ready to come out today," Sier said. "I'm pretty happy with my performances."

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Senior jumper Corey Brown was another triple winner for the Smithsburg boys, taking the high jump at 6 feet, the long jump at 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches and the triple jump at 41-5 1/2.

Senior hurdler Dan Robinson was a double winner for Boonsboro, taking the 110 hurdles in 14.7 and the 300 hurdles in 42.5.

Smithsburg's girls - seven-time defending state 1A champions - finished with 113 points to edge out second-place Brunswick (110) and third-place North Hagerstown (106).

Junior thrower Tara Knable was a double-winner for the Leopards, taking the shot put at 36-5 1/2 and the discus at 112-11.

"Our team comes together real well when we need it," Knable said. "Track is a team sport where it definitely takes a team effort to win. We knew what we were supposed to do and we did everything that Coach Orndorff asked of us. ... I'm just trying to get ready for the state meet, which is when you need to peak."

Senior Sarah Harris was a triple winner for Boonsboro, taking the 100 dash in 13.1, the high jump at 4-10 and the long jump at 15-0 3/4.

Paige O'Flaherty was a double winner for North, winning the 100 hurdles in 15.6 and the 300 hurdles in 48 flat.

Liz McCallum was a double winner for Brunswick, taking the 200 in 26.7 and the 400 in 1:02.1.

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