Local athletes to compete on national level

June 11, 2003|by ANDY MASON

All Day I Dream About ...

Whatever "adidas" stands for, this weekend it means the dreams of the nation's top high school track & field athletes, including five Tri-State standouts.

Williamsport senior Ryan Martin, Frederick senior Ronnie Beard, Waynesboro junior Nick Kipe and Chambersburg juniors Kylee Schuler and Jen Andrews are set to compete at the 13th annual adidas Outdoor Track & Field Championships at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

Schuler will race in the girls 2-mile run Friday evening, while the other four will hit the national spotlight Saturday. Martin is entered in the boys discus, Beard in the boys 400-meter hurdles, Kipe in the boys triple jump and Andrews in the girls shot put.


The top six in each event earn All-America recognition.

"If there is such a thing as a national high school meet, this is definitely it," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "The standards to get there are tough."

While Schuler, Martin and Beard all qualified with room to spare, Kipe and Andrews just made the elite cut.

Kipe - who had to triple jump 46 feet, 3 1/4 inches - went a school-record 46-4 1/4 to earn the berth, as well as the PIAA District 3-AAA title.

"He's in by an inch, but he's in," Waynesboro coach Doug Crist said. "That was one of his goals, to qualify for the national meet. He wrote it down in the first week of the season."

Andrews also made it by an inch, clearing the 40-foot standard with her silver-medal throw at the PIAA Class AAA state championships.

Martin - who won his third-straight state discus crown with a Maryland 1A record of 166 feet, 10 inches - cleared the qualifying mark of 170-3 with his school-record 180-8 at the Clear Spring Invitational.

He's hopeful for another perfect day.

"There are going to be some big dogs down there," he said. "To get in the top six, you have to throw over 180. The conditions will have to be good."

Because the weekend's official entry list has yet to be released, the local athletes are not exactly sure how they stand in their fields.

But the fact that Schuler's school-record 10:44.71 in the 3,200 is well under the 11:02 qualifying standard, and that she placed sixth in the Penn Relays 3,000 earlier this spring, has Monheim feeling optimistic about her chances.

"Kylee's been to meets of this caliber before," Monheim said. "It's hard to tell, but with the standard being right around 11 minutes and Kylee being well under that, she should be in the (fastest) section. And she can get pulled along and run a great time."

Beard - who won Maryland 4A titles in the 300 hurdles, 110 hurdles and triple jump - qualified for nationals in all three, as well as the 100. But he's opting for just the 400 hurdles "to work on college." There is no 300-hurdles event at this meet or in the NCAA.

"It should be fun," said Beard, who's headed to University of Maryland Eastern Shore. "I just want to see what it's like and see how I do."

"You'd think there'd be a lot of pressure, but there isn't," Monheim said. "It's kind of like a reward for having a great season."

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