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Roslov stays home to take one for team

April 24, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Boris Roslov was supposed to be competing in the boys high jump at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Friday.

"I was signed up and ready to go," the Middletown senior said. "But at the end of last week, Coach (Don Boyer) said, 'We need you for the Rebel Relays.'"

So, instead of soaring at one of world's most prestigious track meets, Roslov, a three-time Maryland state champ, was at South Hagerstown on Friday night, gladly getting wet in the rain for his team.

"I said, 'I'll take that once-in-a-lifetime experience and save it for college,'" said Roslov, who will continue his track and field career at Syracuse University. "To me, being with my boys is more important than being at the Penn Relays in the only Middletown uniform. I couldn't let my boys down. They were counting on me to help them win it."

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He did all he could under the lights at School Stadium, supplying key leaps to the winning triple-jump, long-jump and high-jump relays as Middletown won nine of 14 events overall to run away with the team title with 120 points. Martinsburg was second in the eight-team field with 78.

"I don't regret it all," Roslov said.

n On the girls side, eight-time defending Class 1A state champ Smithsburg won seven of 14 events and topped Winters Mill 96-85 for the crown.

"It was a pretty cool time, mixing and matching relays. It's a fun meet," Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff said. "It's a change of pace and kind of refreshing before you get into the serious part of the season. You get to put some kids in events that they might not normally be in, and we were fortunate that we got some good performances."

n The only non-relay event of the annual Rebel Relays is the Dr. James Banks Open 800 Meters, in which each team sends out its top middle-distance runner.

Williamsport freshman Jordan Atha pulled away from the lead pack with 250 meters remaining to win the girls 800 in 2:30.7, 1.7 seconds ahead of runner-up Chelsea Githens-Brewer of South.

"Wow, that was tough," Atha said. "I was really nervous. ... This is my biggest win so far."

Middletown's Kyle Manning made his move with 200 left and held on for a 1.1-second win over Martinsburg's Kyle Buzzell in 2:05.5.

"I was excited. I was ready to run," said Manning, who also held off a hard-charging Buzzell during the last leg of the 1,600 relay, which the Knights won by an eyelash over the Bulldogs as each team clocked a 3:34.5. "I wanted to help the team as much as I could. You just have to pull through."

n Competing under the Friday-night lights certainly was nothing new for Martinsburg junior Nate Sowers, the star quarterback of the Bulldogs' powerhouse football team.

Sowers anchored the winning 400 and 800 relays (44.9 and 1:34.6) and helped toss the Bulldogs to the discus title.

"I love playing on Friday nights," Sowers said. "There's just something in the air that makes you want to go hard. Track's kind of a relaxing sport for me, but I still try hard and try to do my best. I just like competing. It doesn't matter what I do."

n Both records set Friday came in the long jump.

Middletown's Steve Papuchis and Roslov sailed a combined 38 feet, 8 1/2 inches for the boys mark, while South's Jennifer Schoolfield and Lindsay Steiner went 28-2 1/2 for the girls record.

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