Bulldogs, Eagles split titles

May 09, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - "I think we'll resurface it every meet," joked Martinsburg track coach Ron Gray after Thursday's Berkeley County Track & Field Championships at Cobourn Field.

If so, get the stopwatches ready.

They certainly were clicking off some impressive times in the first meet on the Bulldogs' freshly resurfaced track.

What Martinsburg speedster Katie Koeck said was "basically just a training day" turned into a blazefest, especially for her.

Koeck won the 400-meter dash in a personal- and area-best 58.87 seconds, topped the 100 field in 12.90 and anchored the winning 400 and 1,600 relays - which went 50.83 (another area best) and 4:21.11 - to help the Bulldogs capture the girls team title with 86 points. Hedgesville finished a close second with 80, while Musselman was third with 17.

"We're trying to get our times down for Parkersburg (at the Russ Parsons Invitational) this weekend," said Hoeck. "There are going to be some really good teams there. It's a pretty big meet."


While the Martinsburg boys won 11 of 18 events, Hedgesville's depth prevailed, as the Eagles topped the Bulldogs 102-68 for the crown. Musselman was third with 13.

"That's why we always talk about seconds, thirds and fourths," said Hedgesville coach Dan Comer. "We have a really nice, balanced team this year. We're on course for a nice finish over the next three weeks."

The Eagles also had their share of firsts, including a sweep of the hurdles titles. Dustin Gregory won the 110s (16.33), Chad Grant took the 300s (40.88) and the pair contributed to Hedgesville's win in the shuttle hurdles (1:01.7).

Bobby Clise and Jesse Keyser led the Martinsburg boys, each sharing a piece of the meet's high-points honor.

Clise won the 400 in an area-best 49.74, the high jump (5-10) and ran legs of the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Keyser captured the 100 (11.17) and 200 (22.39) and ran the third leg of the winning 400 and 800 relays, which turned in area-leading times of 43.76 and 1:32.35.

Nate Sowers also went 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs, winning the discus (147-7 1/2) and joining in three of the relay wins, while teammate Brad Dodson cranked out a pair of dazzling 800s. His 1:59.9 anchor split lifted Martinsburg to a comeback win in the 3,200 relay, and his 2:00.11 was too much for Eagle Dan Rodgers to handle down the final stretch of the open.

Martinsburg's Kandace Cook took high-points honors on the girls side, capturing wins in the 100 hurdles (area-best 15.55), 300 hurdles (48.13), high jump (5-0) and 400 relay.

While Hoeck achieved her goal of breaking 60 seconds for the first time in the 400, teammate Laurel Bobo pushed her the entire way, finishing second in 59.23. Then Clise followed with the area's first sub-50 of the season.

"The 400 to me is the hardest race on the track. Those three times were very impressive," said Gray. "We're just trying to get them in the right direction for regionals."

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