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Knable powers way to record

May 08, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Don't blame Tara Knable for the rain and lightning.

She probably will take credit for the thunder, though.

The Smithsburg senior stormed her way to the girls discus title to kick off the first MVAL Antietam Conference Track & Field Championships at Smithsburg on Friday. Knable posted a winning and area-leading throw of 126 feet, 11 1/2 inches - more than 28 feet ahead of runner-up Leah McCallum of Brunswick and more than two feet better than the school record she set earlier this season.

"I was getting frustrated because the last few meets I've been throwing 116, 117 or 118," Knable said. "But I knew it would come. Today it was there."

Not long after Knable's victory, the meet was delayed 30 minutes by lightning. Action resumed in the rain, before another round of lightning suspended the meet until Monday. Thirteen of the 36 events were completed.

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"Every year at states it rains, so I'm used to it," said Knable, the defending Maryland Class 1A state champ in the discus and shot put, the latter of which she was leading when the meet was put on hold. "These meets are to prepare you for states, so I guess this (weather) makes you better."

The rain didn't seem to dampen the efforts.

"You just have to deal with what you get," said Smithsburg assistant coach and co-meet director Ray Shriver. "The kids that got their events in did a terrific job tonight. We got some great times to start the record books with."

The track performance of the night came in the girls 100-meter hurdles. Boonsboro's Sarah Hensley, the defending state champ in the event, beat rival Corina Campbell of Smithsburg to the line in an area-leading time of 14.8 seconds, a half-second better than her previous school record. Campbell was second in 15.1.

"(Hensley) hasn't run the 100 hurdles in three or four weeks. We've been giving her a break from them," Boonsboro coach Jason Orendi said. "She's always here for the championship meets."

In the boys 110 hurdles, Boonsboro's Dan Robinson equaled his Washington County record, winning in 14.4.

The 1,600 runs featured a pair of tight finishes. In the boys race, Williamsport's Aaron Buchman, who led wire to wire, held off North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam for a split-second win in 4:34.8. In the girls race, Boonsboro's Kara Wastler pulled away from Williamsport's Laura Forsythe on the final straightaway, winning by nearly two seconds in 5:21.5.

The other boys winners were: Smithsburg's Justin Thompson in the 100 (11.1), North's Quielan Gantt in the high jump (5-10), Williamsport's 3,200 relay (8:49.2) and Chris Cornwell in the pole vault (12-6) and South Hagerstown's James Price in the shot put (49-7 1/2).

The other girls winners were: South's Jen Schoolfield in the long jump (15-9 3/4), Brunswick's Rachel McCallum in the 100 (12.5) and Williamsport's 3,200 relay (10:31.2).

Brunswick leads the girls team standings with 44 points, while Smithsburg is second with 42 and Boonsboro third with 38. Smithsburg leads the boys with 51, while Williamsport is second with 39 and North third with 38.|None

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