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Arumugam back on the track for the Hubs

April 09, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

While many of the area's top distance runners were grinding out laps on the indoor track over the winter, North Hagerstown sophomore Hemu Arumugam was bringing the ball up the floor for the Hubs' JV basketball team.

Now, Arumugam, last fall's Herald-Mail All-Area Boys Runner of the Year in cross country, is on the fast break, trying to return to form.

"After the basketball season, my legs were completely dead when I started running," said Arumugam, who set a Washington County freshman record for 3,200 meters (9:51.54) when he placed third in the Maryland Class 2A state outdoor championships last season.

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His most recent 3,200 was a layup, as he clocked a 10:16.3 to win the Zonis Invitational title by 20 seconds on Tuesday night at Smithsburg. Earlier in the meet, he edged Clear Spring's Josh Keyfauver by a fraction of a second to win the 1,600 in an area-leading 4:40.7.

"I felt OK, I guess. My legs are starting to come around," Arumugam said. "I'm just happy my times are getting a little better with every meet."

Boonsboro's Dan Robinson, the defending 1A state champ in the 110 hurdles, has already gone faster than he did at his peak last year.

Last season, Robinson set his personal best in the 110s with a Washington County meet-record 14.5. Tuesday at the Zonis, he won the event by a full second in 14.4. Later in the meet, Robinson coasted to the 300-hurdles win in a personal-best 41.8.

"I can feel it now," an exhausted Robinson said moments after winning the 300s. "I need to chill out for a while."

With his former teammate, Brett Morrell, now competing at Duke University, the lane might finally be open for Robinson to leave his mark in the longer hurdles. Morrell won the last three state titles in the 300 hurdles.

"It's a dream I'd like to have," Robinson said of possibly making it four straight wins for Boonsboro in the event. "But I'll just take it as it comes."

Smithsburg senior Tara Knable also isn't wasting any time - or spins.

Knable, the defending 1A state champ in the girls shot put and discus, has a season and area-best throw of 124 feet, 4 inches in the discus. That's more than 7 feet better than any girl, including her, posted all of last year.

Greek week: Boonsboro freshman Hayley Harnett joined the sub-60 sorority in the girls 400 with her area-leading 59.7, while Middletown senior John Coconis was granted membership to the sub-2 fraternity in the boys 800 with his area-leading 1:59.9.

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