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Area title winners abound at Md. track championships

Area title winners abound at Md. track championships

May 25, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Blood, sweat and tears. Handoffs, heaves and cheers.

Area athletes did it all Saturday at the Maryland Track & Field State Championships at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, returning home with 15 individual gold medals, two relay wins and a pair of team championships.

Here's the skinny on the phat day of performances:

  • The Middletown boys jumped out to huge lead in the Class 2A team standings on Thursday, racking up 40 points on four wins, and packed in enough other place-winnings Saturday to cruise to their 11th state title and first since 2001 with 78 points. Southern-Anne Arundel was a distant second with 54.

    The end result didn't seem to come as much of a surprise to Knights coach Don Boyer.

    "We held our own and scored in events where we could," said Boyer. "This team held together and didn't self-destruct. We were able to reach our ability in every meet and keep it going. We compete at a pretty high level all the time."

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Middletown got second-place finishes Saturday from Josh Aldana in the 110-meter hurdles (15.13), Justin Myers in the 1,600 (4:32.10) and Vaughn Sheroda in the discus (159 feet, 11 inches).

  • Frederick senior Ronnie Beard starred in the 4A boys field, defending his title in the 110 hurdles (14.33) and adding wins in the 300 hurdles (37.94) and triple jump (46-9 1/2).

    "The 110s were all I really wanted," said Beard. "I was thinking 110s and everything else was just a bonus. I had a good day today."

  • The other area champs were: Williamsport's Catie Witman in the 100 (12.93) and 200 (26.44), the Wildcats' 1,600 relay (4:07.83) of Laura Scuffins, Michelle Mummert, Kristin Berry and Brittany Kershner, Boonsboro's Sarah Harris in the long jump (16-9 1/4) and Sarah Hensley in the 100 hurdles (15.45) and 300 hurdles (45.70), Smithsburg's Tara Knable in the shot put (37-3 1/4) in the 1A girls; North Hagerstown's Paige O'Flaherty in the 100 hurdles (15.19) in 2A girls; Thomas Johnson's Brittany Crum in the pole vault (9-0) in girls 4A; and Boonsboro's Brett Morrell in the 300 hurdles (39.02) and Dan Robinson in the 110 hurdles (14.77), Williamsport's Ryan Martin in the discus (166-10) and the Wildcats 1,600 relay (3:26.2) of Seth Shrader, Mike Barnes, Rhet Troxell and Phil Taylor, and Smithsburg's Corey Brown in the triple jump (43-3 1/4) for the 1A boys.

  • Morrell and Martin both set 1A state-meet records with their victories.

    Martin's came on his very first throw of the day.

    "Normally, you just try to get the first one in at a good distance," he said. "Today everything just went real smooth and came out nice."

    For the third straight year, Morrell owned the 300s. Saturday he won by nearly two seconds.

    "I just wanted to get out and break my state record," said Morrell, who owned the previous mark of 39.17 from his win last year. "I wanted to give it everything I had on my last run."

  • Smithsburg's girls won their eighth straight 1A team crown, tying favorite Poolesville 70-70 for the co-championship.

    The Leopards made their final surge in the high jump, the day's last scored event. While Poolesville's Heather Graham won the event, Smithsburg's Jessica Yu and Kristen Poffenberger took the second and third places to pass Williamsport, which wound up third, and pull even with the Falcons.

    "Our kids stayed right there and didn't go away," said Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff. "The girls just weren't ready to give up the streak."

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