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Area trio to compete at national track meet

March 12, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

While practices for the spring outdoor track and field season already are under way, three area high school seniors still have business to take care of indoors.

Williamsport's Devin Hewitt, Middletown's Boris Roslov and Chambersburg's Kylee Schuler are set to compete this weekend at the Nike Indoor Championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

The meet, which features many of the nation's top prep indoor track performers from this winter, begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday afternoon. The top six in each event will earn All-America status.

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"It's really cool when everyone from the United States comes together for one meet," said Schuler, who competed at last year's Nike indoor and Adidas outdoor national meets. "It's an honor to compete in them. And just watching them - some of the performances are incredible."

Hewitt will compete in the boys 800-meter run Sunday, Roslov is set for the boys pentathlon Saturday and the long jump and high jump Sunday and Schuler will run in the girls 2 mile Sunday.

"I'm really excited," Hewitt said. "I can't wait to get in there with the fastest guys there are. I'm ready to get down to it and battle it out."

Hewitt, who won Maryland Class 2A-1A state titles last month in the 3,200 and 3,200 relay, qualified for the event with his winning 800 time of 1:59.9 at the MVAL Antietam meet in January at Hagerstown Community College. He went undefeated all winter in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

"I haven't had the opportunity to run against anyone really good yet," Hewitt said. "I'm looking forward to tapping into my talent and finding out what I've got. The past few weeks I've had workouts that have been more intense than all year long."

Hewitt will have to discover his gears in the race's first section. The fastest qualifiers are in the fifth and final section.

"I'm taking control from the beginning," Hewitt said. "My overall chances probably aren't too good, but I go into everything, even as the underdog, with a prepared victory speech."

Roslov, who owns two Maryland state titles in the high jump and one in the long jump, is aiming for victory in the event that includes a little bit of everything. The pentathlon is comprised of the 60 hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,000 run.

"The pentathlon is the one I have a real chance in. I can't wait," said Roslov, who's heading to Syracuse University in the fall to be a decathlete. "According to all my point calculations, if I just do 95 percent of my expected best I should be able to come out with the most points. And that would be amazing."

Schuler, The Herald-Mail's 2003 Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, placed 13th in the 2 mile at last year's Nike meet in 11:11.

"I just want to try to run faster than I did last year at this meet," said Schuler, who's set to receive a full scholarship to compete at University of Richmond.

Last spring, she posted a Tri-State record 10:44 in the 3,200 outdoors. This winter, she ran 10:23 for 3,000 indoors, just tuning up, she said, for this year's outdoor season. The PIAA does not recognize indoor track as an official varsity sport.

"I just kind of use this national meet as the beginning of the outdoor season," Schuler said.

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