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Eagles girls take spot next to boys on Berkeley perch

May 07, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Their times and distances might not shock and amaze ya, but with a collective effort, the Hedgesville girls track team might destroy Joe Frazier.

For the first time since 1991, the Berkeley County title belt belongs to the Hedgesville girls.

The Eagles knocked out 12-time defending champ Martinsburg 85-48 at the county championships Thursday at Cobourn Field. Musselman was third with 41.

"It's not one of our biggest meets, but it's big to us," said Hedgesville's Brittany Thomas, who won the 3,200-meter run (13:39.9) and placed second in the 1,600. "We all wanted it very badly. The coaches put us in the events they knew we could do best in, and everyone worked their hardest."

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Hedgesville turned away all challengers again in the boys corner, winning its 13th straight county championship with 85 1/2 points. Martinsburg was second with 65 1/2 and Musselman was third with 31.

"It's a county rivalry and I'm very pleased. The kids pulled through," Hedgesville coach Dan Comer said. "We're fine-tuning for the regional meet next Thursday, and I was very pleased with some of the efforts.

"Effort concerns me more than times or distances, especially for the girls. It's the first time we've won the county meet in 13 years."

Jennifer Hoffman won the pole vault (8 feet) and long jump (16-2) to lead the Hedgesville girls, who also got wins from their 3,200 relay (11:44.8), Natasha Redman in the high jump (4-10), Shawna Faulkner in the discus (107-5) and Miranda Reed in the 300 hurdles (48.8).

The Eagles boys got victories from their 400 relay (45.0), Chad Kerns in the 100 (11.3), Andrew Patterson in the 300 hurdles (42.3), Michael Bowers in the 1,600 (4:44.2), John Windle in the 3,200 (10:48.9), Brandon Kerns in the long jump (21-2) and Dan Hogbin in the high jump (5-10).

Kyle Buzzell won the 400 (51.2) and 800 (2:05.8) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (3:36.0) for the Martinsburg boys. But he didn't seem overly concerned about his races or the meet.

"It's not really that important," Buzzell said. "As you can tell, they're rushing everything. I only had about 10-minutes recovery between the 4 and the 8. If I was fresh, I could have run faster. It's not really taken that seriously. It's a conditioning meet to gear us up for regionals."

Several Bulldogs seem to be in decent shape. Nate Sowers won the shot put (51-2 1/2) and discus (147-7) for the boys, while Kati Hoeck won the 100 (12.9) and 400 (1:00.2) for the girls.

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