County meet survives stormy weather

May 09, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The first day of the Washington County track and field championships at Boonsboro High School threatened to be a wash as a sudden thunderstorm moved through the area just as the field events were ready to begin.

And when lightning filled the sky, the athletes and coaches twice were hustled to the safety of the high school gym.

Eventually, the storm passed and the athletes resumed the scheduled events which included finals in the girls and boys 800-meter relay, 3,200-meter relay and 3,200 meter run.

In the field, finals were completed in the girls long jump, discus and high jump, while the boys finished the triple jump, shot put and pole vault.


"You hate to see delays, especially in the field events," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "The meet can really drag on, but the weather broke quickly today."

In fact, the meet finished just 10 minutes later than scheduled.

"When you see that bad weather, it reminds me of a comic strip character when you see '#@%$&!' coming out of their mouths," starter Dwight Scott said. "But you have to be safe. We won't take chances with lightning."

In the girls meet, the 100-meter semis was one of the most competitive events of the day. Williamsport's Catie Witman covered the distance in 13.1 seconds to lead a field where only six-tenths of a second separates first from seventh. Clear Spring's Ashley Lockard won the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes, 57.7 seconds.

The most outstanding performance on the track in the girls meet belonged to Williamsport's 3,200-meter relay team. The Wildcats ran an astounding 9:52.8 seconds, shattering a county record of 10:10.0 set by Smithsburg in 1977.

In the field events, Boonsboro's Sarah Harris narrowly outjumped Hancock's Carrie Beaver - 16 feet, 4 1/2 inches to 16-4 - to win the long jump. Smithsburg's Jessica Yu won the high jump with a leap of 5-foot-2; teammate Tara Knable won the discus with a toss of 114 feet, 11 inches.

In the boys meet, Smithsburg's Dustin Sier was fastest in the qualifying heats for the 100- and 200-meter dashes. In the 110 high hurdles, the Boonsboro tandem of Brett Morrell and Dan Robinson qualified in the top two spots.

South Hagerstown's James Price won the shot with a mark of 48-9. Smithsburg's Corey Brown won the triple jump, leaping 43-4 1/2.

The meet resumes today at 4 p.m.

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