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Knight boys lead; Leopard girls second

Knight boys lead; Leopard girls second

May 22, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Talk about saving the best for last.

Boonsboro senior Brett Morrell and Smithsburg senior Corey Brown both set school records in the long jump on their very last jumps of their high school careers. They were also the last two leaps of the Class 1A boys final Thursday during opening-day action at the Maryland Track & Field State Championships at University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Sitting in second by six inches to Morrell - who was leading with his season-best jump of 22 feet, 1 inch - Brown, who's beaten Morrell several times this season, appeared to do it again, launching out to a mark of 22-8 1/2 - six inches farther than he'd ever gone.

"It was all heart and adrenaline," said Brown, who was fresh off a win in the high jump (6-4). "We've been duking it out for three years. I wasn't totally counting him out, but I thought I had it won."

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Moments later, Morrell sailed 23-0 to win this third-straight state long jump crown.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think that was going to happen today," said Morrell. "I can't believe it. I haven't been anywhere near that this year."

"That's the definition of competition," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "That's as good as you're going to see. It was phenomenal."

The Middletown boys team also made some noise Thursday, at least a significant amount more than any other squad in the Class 2A boys field.

Fueled by wins from Boris Roslov in the long jump (21-8 1/2) and high jump (6-6), Justin Myers in the 3,200-meter run (9:42.76) and their 3,200 relay team (8:16.32) of Chris Greene, Kyle Manning, Kyle Eccard and Bryce McKinney, the Knights finished the day with 40 points - 22 more than their nearest competitor.

"You can't get a whole lot better than winning four," said Middletown coach Don Boyer. "We wanted to get 40 points and right now we have 40. We've never scored that many points before on the first day, and we should get points Saturday, too."

Classes 4A and 3A open their action today, and all four classes resume Saturday.

The seven-time defending Class 1A champ Smithsburg girls are currently in second place with 26 points - 10 behind Poolesville and two more than third-place Williamsport. The Leopards boys are tied for the lead with Loch Raven at 26, while Williamsport is right behind at 25.

While Wildcats Rhet Troxell, Mike Barnes, Matt Rouse and Aaron Buchman set a Class 1A state record in the 3,200 relay (8:07.45), it took another Class 1A state record from Poolesville to knock off the Williamsport girls in the 3,200 relay.

The Falcons won in 9:42.94, while Wildcats Theresa Ruland, Laura Scuffins, Laura Forsythe and Kristin Berry went 9:49.53 to break their own Washington County record.

Clear Spring sophomore Ashley Lockard also turned some heads in the 1A girls 3,200, closing with a 5:33 negative-split mile to take second in a school-record 11:14.55, while North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam took third in the 2A boys 3,200 in a Washington County freshman-record 9:51.54.

Washington County's other champions Thursday were South Hagerstown's James Price (1A boys shot put), Williamsport's Brittany Kershner (1A girls triple jump) and Smithsburg's Tara Knable (1A girls discus).

The area's other medal winners were: Middletown's Rocky Morgan (second in the 3,200) in 2A girls; Smithsburg's Samantha Schweinhart (second in pole vault), Kristen Poffenberger (third in triple jump) and 800 relay (third) and Brunswick's Melanie Jensen (second in discus) in 1A girls; and Williamsport's Ryan Martin (second in shot put) and Rouse (third in 3,200), Brunswick's Tom Czeh (third in pole vault), Clear Spring's 3,200 relay (third) and Smithsburg's 800 relay (third).

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