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Little Hancock scores big points

April 24, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - Hancock High School excelled in its own 22nd Annual Tri-State Track And Field Invitational on Wednesday when the girls won the team title and the boys ended up third in the team scores.

"We were the smallest school out of all of the nine schools here today," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "All of the kids really stepped it up."

The Hancock girls finished first with 117 1/2 points to edge out runner-up Mercersburg Academy (112 points) and third-place Berkeley Springs (93 1/2 points).

Mercersburg Academy won the boys team title with 168 points. McConnellsburg was second with 124 points and Hancock was third with 64 1/2 points.

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Hancock won two of the four individual awards when Jordan Sterner was voted the most valuable boy in the track events and Carrie Beaver was named the most valuable girl in the field events.

Jordan Hess of McConnellsburg was the most valuable boy in the field events, while Carrie Bierkamp of Moorefield was the most valuable girl in the track events.

"I am just really proud for Hancock, because we don't win too many things," Spielman said. "It really says a lot for our girls. They have come a long way. Seniors Carrie Beaver and Amanda Mellott did a good job of leading the girls team today."

"They are two great kids and they really give it all that they have got," Spielman added. "When both of those girls joined the team two years ago, that is when the girls team started to pick it up."

Spielman also had some praise for his boys team.

"We have got a young boys team and I was really impressed with them finishing third," Spielman added. "I thought that was a real big accomplishment."

Sterner, who is a junior, set a new school record when he won the boys 110 meter high hurdles in 15.34 seconds. Sterner also won the boys 300 meter hurdles in 42.8 seconds.

Beaver won the girls long jump at 15 feet and 10 inches and the girls triple jump at 31 feet and 5 1/2 inches.

Amanda Mellott won the girls 400 meter dash in 64.5 seconds and sophomore Amber Moats won the girls discus at 92 feet and four inches for Hancock.

Mercersburg Academy had two boys that were double winners. Jonathan Brallier won the boys 200 meter dash in 22.87 seconds and the boys 400 meter dash in 52.9 seconds. Ross Weller won the boys 1600 meter run in 4:46.3 and the boys 3200 meter run in 10:36.4.

"I'm happy for the kids," Mercersburg Academy boys coach David Grady said. "In the past two years, we were second by a few points. For the kids that have been on this team, they are glad to finally win it. We scored in every event, but the high hurdles. When you are able to score in almost every event, it makes it a nice team effort."

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