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Familiar faces win at MVAL meet

May 03, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Just like all those episodes of "Cheers" and "Seinfeld," the Monocacy Valley Athletic League track & field reruns never seem to get old.

At least Smithsburg's Dustin Sier and the Middletown boys team are still getting a pretty good chuckle.

Sier won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the winning 400 and 800 relays at Friday's MVAL championships at School Stadium, duplicating exactly what he did at last year's league meet.

But the Leopards senior, the day's only quadruple winner, said he didn't get himself too caught up in turning in another four-gold day - not until he already had three.

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"One race at a time," Sier said. "You don't look forward and you don't take anything for granted. You just run each race like it's your last."

The Middletown boys turned in their fifth straight MVAL three-peat, completing another sweep of the league's cross country and indoor and outdoor track titles. The Knights scored 139 points Friday, outdistancing runner-up Williamsport by 50.

"We've held our own for a long time," Middletown coach Don Boyer said. "Nothing's ever given to you. We try to psyche our kids up for every meet, and we're really proud to win five in a row."

While eight athletes defended their individual titles, several up-and-comers made their way into the show.

Brunswick stole the spotlight on the girls side, topping defending champ Smithsburg 101-89 for its first MVAL girls track crown. The Railroaders were led by triple winner Liz McCallum, who defended her title in the 200 to go along with wins in the 100 and 400.

"We've never won a big meet since I've been on this team," said the Brunswick senior. "We've been getting ready for this. We really wanted to beat Smithsburg."

Friday's other repeat champs were Williamsport's Ryan Martin (discus), Boonsboro's Brett Morrell (300 hurdles) and Smithsburg's Corey Brown (triple jump), who also leaped to an area-best 22-2 1/2 to win the long jump, in boys action. Brunswick's Kacie Escamilla (shot put), Boonsboro's Sarah Harris (long jump) and Smithsburg's Tara Knable (discus) repeated for the girls.

The meet's biggest upset came in the boys 110 hurdles, where Middletown's Josh Aldana slayed two big giants in Boonsboro superstars Dan Robinson, the defending champ, and Morrell for a narrow win.

"I really didn't expect to win. It's the first time I've beaten either of them," Aldana said. "At the last hurdle we were all even, and I just passed them."

South Hagerstown freshman Chelsea Githens-Brewer also did some stunning in the girls 800, kicking past Boonsboro's Kara Wastler and defending champ McKenzie Fox of North Hagerstown in final 30 meters for the hosts' only win.

The boys 800 was maybe even more exciting as Williamsport's Rhet Troxell overcame a 20-meter deficit over the last 200 to edge Middletown's Bryce McKinney at the line in 2:00.3.

Paige O'Flaherty did all she could for the North Hagerstown girls, who finished third with 79 points. The Hubs senior won the high jump and the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Middletown's Rocky Morgan dominated the girls distance events, running away with the 1,600 and 3,200.

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