Clear Spring is 'host' for invitational meet

April 30, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - To the casual track & field fan, the first Clear Spring Invitational at Boonsboro must have seemed like a geography lesson gone terribly wrong.

In reality, Clear Spring coach Terry Baker was forced to change the meet's venue due to construction on the Blazers facility that isn't due to be finished until the middle of July.

But when given the opportunity to compete against one another, some of the Tri-State's top athletes made the most of it with some notable performances.

Hedgesville used superb team balance to win the boys meet with 141.5 points, outdistancing runner-up Willamsport by 50.5. Meanwhile, Martinsburg swept the sprinting events and all three sprint relays to edge Hedgesville 120-108 in the girls meet.


"We wanted some schools that don't get a chance to see each other under normal circumstances to have that opportunity," Baker said. "This is a chance for some of these athletes to see competition or experience performances they may not see until the regionals."

Southern Fulton girls coach Cheryl Smith agreed.

"This is great," Smith said. "We won't see competition like this until our district meet. It gives the kids some times and distances to shoot for. They see it can be done."

One of the most closely competitive events was in the 110-meter high hurdles, where Boonsboro's Dan Robinson finished first in 15.1 seconds. Hancock's Jordan Sterner took second in 15.6, while Hedgesville's Dustin Gregory was a close third in 15.8.

"The competition was definitely good today," Robinson said. "In practice, I get my push from Brett (Morrell) and I try to push him. But now, there are other people getting better and better at it."

Morrell completed a triple for Boonsboro, winning the 100 (11.4), the 400 (51.7) and the 300 hurdles (40.3).

Two-time defending state champion Ryan Martin of Williamsport had a gargantuan throw in the discus with a heave of 180 feet, 8 inches. Martin also won the shot put with a mark of 46-8.

In the girls meet, Martinsburg's Katie Hoeck won the 100 (13.3) and 400 (60.9) to lead the Bulldogs' sweep of the sprints.

"We're not real sure yet how we are going to use Katie when the states roll around," Martinsburg coach Ron Gray said. "She needs another couple of meets and then we will use her where she has the best chance."

Clear Spring"s Ashley Lockard, the defending indoor champion in the 1,600, is making some serious strides toward that title in the spring. Lockard won the 1,600 in 5:28 - her best time yet.

"I'm going to give it my best," Lockard said. "Do I think I can win? Yes, I do."

Lockard was quick to add that everyone is pushing harder at this time of year.

"Everyone tries their best now," Lockard said. "If you are going to get better, now better be the time."

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