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Boonsboro's girls clear Zonis hurdle

April 07, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Boonsboro's Sarah Hensley and Smithsburg's Corina Campbell have established themselves as the class of Maryland small-school girls hurdling.

Tuesday night at the 11th annual Zonis Invitational, class was back in session.

Campbell, who finished second to Hensley in the 55-meter hurdles indoors and 100 hurdles outdoors at the last two state track meets, edged Hensley for the 100-hurdles crown by one tenth of a second in a personal-record 15.3 seconds.

"It's an adrenaline rush every time I'm beside her," Campbell said. "We have the same shoes, same stride, same technique. I always know it's going to be a tough one."

The Leopards senior then ran away with the 300 hurdles, winning by more than 3 seconds in 48.0. Hensley, also the defending Class 1A state champ in the 300 hurdles, did not compete in the event.

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"It's going to be like that all year," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "They're going to keep knocking each other down."

The Boonsboro girls ended up on top Tuesday, beating the eight-time defending 1A state champ Leopards by 20 points for the team title with 176 3/4 points.

"It's still early, but it proves that what we're doing now is working," Warriors coach Jason Orendi said. "Hopefully, we can maintain the momentum through May. It doesn't matter what you have now. It's what you have at the end."

On the boys side, Smithsburg, which won the 400 and 800 relays (45.7 and 1:36.5) and got a win from Keith Fowler in the discus (108 feet, 7 inches), edged North Hagerstown for top honors, 137-117.

Orndorff wasn't overly impressed or concerned about either of his team's performances.

"Nothing's important until May," he said. "This is all practice."

For the Boonsboro girls, Kara Wastler won the 1,600 (5:29.5) and 800 (2:30.7), Hayley Harnett took the 400 (59.7), Hensley came back from her hurdles setback to capture the 100 (12.8) and Eileen Stump won the pole vault (8-6).

Wastler's victory in the 1,600 was a bit of a shocker, as she ran on Washington County distance queen Ashley Lockard's heels for nearly 1,500 meters, before outkicking the Clear Spring junior down the final straightaway.

"I was surprised," Wastler said. "I've always wanted to beat her but was never sure that I could."

Individually, for the Smithsburg girls, which swept the 400 and 800 relays (52.4 and 1:52.1), Jessica Yu won the high jump (5-2), Kristen Poffenberger took the long jump (14-11 1/2) and triple jump (31-9 1/2), and Tara Knable captured the shot put (36-7 1/2) and discus (124-4).

"This isn't a really important meet, but it's a good way to measure ourselves," Poffenberger said. "The girls in the past have set such a precedent, and we have a lot to live up to."

The other girls winners were Lockard in the 3,200 (12:01.8), North's Shanna Berry in the quadathlon (200, 800, discus, long jump) and Williamsport's 1,600 and 3,200 relays (4:25.7 and 10:06.4).

The Williamsport boys also won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays (3:36.6 and 8:13.8).

Individually, North had a trio of double winners. Nevelle Pierre won the 200 (23.3) and triple jump (41-8), Darail Jackson took the long jump (19-7 1/2) and high jump (5-8) and Hemu Arumugam won the 1,600 (4:40.7) and 3,200 (10:16.3).

Boonsboro hurdles king Dan Robinson also made it a double, cruising to wins in the 110 hurdles (14.4), in which he's the defending 1A state champ, and the 300 hurdles (41.8), in which his former teammate, Brett Morrell, who's now competing for Duke University, won the last three state titles.

"My parents have been waiting a long time to see me win that one," said Robinson after the 300 race.

The other boys winners were South Hagerstown's Ronald Jackson in the 100 (11.2) and James Price in the shot put (48-9 1/2), Williamsport's Aaron Buchman in the 800 (2:01.8) and Curtis Babbie in the pole vault (10-0) and Boonsboro's Brian Smith in the 400 (52.1). Clear Spring's Alex Shifler and Williamsport's Matt Daveler tied for first in the quadathlon.

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