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Knights right at night while girls whirl tie

April 26, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Middletown track coach Don Boyer had so much fun competing in the rain under the lights at the 24th annual Rebel Relays Friday night, he can't wait to return to School Stadium next year.

"I love running under the lights," said Boyer. "It's a meet the kids won't forget. They're all soaking wet. ... This was our first time at the Rebel Relays, and we hope to come back again."

Of course, the Knights probably would have enjoyed handing off the baton under the sun just as much, the way they showed off their depth to top the seven-team boys field.

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Middletown won the 3,200 relay, sprint/hurdle shuttle, triple jump and discus and placed in the top three in eight other events on the way to a winning total of 106 points - 22 more than runner-up Martinsburg.

"We always rely on our depth," said Boyer. "When you have 68 boys, you can move them around in many different ways."

Smithsburg and Martinsburg tied for first in the girls standings with 90 points each.

The Leopards set two meet records on their way to a piece of the crown, as Kim Recher and Katy Powell combined to win the long jump in 28 feet, 4 inches and Kristen Poffenberger and Powell joined forces to win the triple jump in 63-0.

"Katy, Kristen and Kim are great jump competitors and work real hard," said Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver. "They help each other and constantly push each other. They never want to lose to each other. Today, they teamed up and pushed each other."

Martinsburg's Becky Lovell pulled away late to win the featured Dr. James Banks 800-meter run - the meet's only individual event - in 2:28.0.

Williamsport's Rhet Troxell took the 800 on the boys side, outkicking Martinsburg's Brad Dodson to the line in 2:02.3 for a split-second win.

"I definitely wanted it," said Troxell. "It was the only open event, and I wanted to do everything I could to win it. That was my No. 1 goal coming into the meet."

Troxell also teamed with Mike Barnes, Matt Rouse and Aaron Buchman to win the distance medley in a meet-record 11:00.9 - nearly five seconds faster than the previous mark set by Hedgesville in 1994.

The Williamsport girls also etched their names in the record books, as Amanda Huntzberry, Brittany Kershner, Amanda Breeden and Laura Forsythe won the distance medley in 13:31.7 - nearly three seconds better than Smithsburg's record win last year.

Obviously, Wildcats distance coach Taylor Oliver was impressed with the efforts.

"They come out and look at the records and who's got them," said Oliver. "They're very in tune to what other people have done and what they can do."

Smithsburg's Corey Brown and Lucas Howard teamed for the other meet record set Friday, winning the long jump in 38-11 3/4.

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