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Boonsboro takes track title

May 30, 2004|By ANDREW MASON and DAN KAUFFMAN

BALTIMORE

Boonsboro's girls track and field team did Saturday what no team had done in nearly a decade: Beat Smithsburg for the Class 1A state outdoor track and field championship.

Behind freshman Hayley Harnett's victories in the 400- and 800-meter runs and Sarah Hensley's win in the 300 hurdles and second-place finish in the 100 hurdles, the Warriors edged the Leopards 97-96 for the team title at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University.

Boonsboro's victory snapped an eight-year winning streak by Smithsburg, the longest streak in Class 1A history and second longest in the state to Central's run of 12 straight titles from 1981-92.

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"(Smithsburg coach) Buddy (Orndorff) told me coming in that we would win by 30 points and I laughed," Warriors coach Jason Orendi said. "But I thought (winning) was a possibility. ... Eight in a row is a tremendous streak that will never be duplicated."

Smithsburg crowned three individual girls state champions - Corina Campbell in the 100 hurdles, Tara Knable in the shot put and Jessica Yu in the high jump. Clear Spring's Ashley Lockard (1A 1,600) and Williamsport's 1,600-relay team of Laura Forsythe, Michelle Mummert, Laura Scuffins and Jess Clingan also won state gold.

Two Washington County seniors were crowned boys champions Saturday. Boonsboro's Dan Robinson won his second straight state title in the Class 1A 110 hurdles, while North Hagerstown's Nevelle Pierre captured his second gold medal of the meet in the 2A triple jump.

Ultimately, Saturday belonged to the Warriors' girls, who closed out the team title by finishing third in the 400 relay and fourth in the 1,600 relay - just enough to hold off Smithsburg.

"We maxed out or did close to it in every event we were in," Orendi said. "We hit the point totals we needed to get in every event, for the most part."

"We figured this would be the only year in a while we could actually do it," said Harnett, who won the 400 in 59.48 seconds and the 800 in 2 minutes, 24.81 seconds.

Hensley - motivated by her earlier loss to Campbell in the 100 hurdles - dominated the 300 hurdles, cruising to the title in 46.27 seconds.

"That's probably the reason I did so good," Hensley said. "I just went out hard and tried to keep it up the whole way."

Orendi had nothing but praise for Smithsburg's accomplishments moments after the meet.

"Buddy knows a lot," Orendi said. "Whether he knows this or not, he taught me how to coach a team."

n Knable closed her stellar prep career by winning her fifth state title. She took first in the 1A girls shot put for the second straight year with a throw of 36 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Knable completed her sweep of the throwing events after taking the discus title on Thursday.

- Campbell edged Hensley at the line to win the 1A girls 100 hurdles in 15.32 seconds. Campbell trailed Hensley - who won this event last year - the entire way, but a late surge and a dip at the line gave Campbell the title by one-hundredth of a second.

"Coach always tells us to (dip) every time, and I knew that was the dip of my life," Campbell said.

Campbell edged Hensley for the 1A West title last weekend, but said she didn't think she'd duplicate it Saturday.

"I didn't expect it at all," Campbell said. "It was a surprise for me."

- Yu followed up her state indoor high jump title with the outdoor title, clearing 5-2 on her second attempt to edge out North Caroline's Jen Sogno, who also cleared 5-2, but in three attempts.

"We did well," Yu said of the Leopards. "It would have been nice to do better, but we did our best."

- Lockard, a junior, followed up her 1A girls 3,200 title Thursday with a victory in the 1,600 in a personal-best 5:15.48.

Lockard came from back in the pack to take the lead from Boonsboro's Kara Wastler - who beat Lockard in the 1A West meet - on the third lap and pulled away in the final 200 meters. Wastler finished second in 5:18.10, her personal best.

I didn't really expect to win the mile," Lockard said. "(Kara) has beaten me all year so far. ... I guess it was my day."

- Williamsport's 1,600 relay team held off Smithsburg for the title, clocking 4:10.12 to win by nearly a half-second.

- Robinson killed three birds with one stone in the boys 110 hurdles.

"I wanted to win that one bad," he said. "I wanted the state record and the school record, too."

Robinson defended his title in 14.50 - .14 faster than the 1A meet record, set in 1988 by Boonsboro's Mike Stotler, with whom Robinson shared the school record.

"I was really flying," Robinson said. "I just wanted it so bad."

Joppatowne's Jarrell Burrett was a distant runner-up in 15.38.

"The past few days, people were talking about how good my competition was going to be and that just made me more motivated," Robinson said. "That motivated me more than anything."

- Pierre made his final prep performance golden.

Pierre, who won the high jump Thursday, led the triple jump until Western Tech's Victor Gilreath took the lead at 44-5 on the third-to-last jump of the competition. Then, South Hagerstown's Antwan Jones jumped 44-2 to move into second with only Pierre's final jump remaining.

"It was a lot of pressure," Pierre said. "I thought I had it clinched with 43, but then (Gilreath) went 44. ... I had to jump 45."

Pierre sailed 45-8 for the victory and a new personal record.

"It was exciting," he said. "By the grace of God, I jumped 45 feet."

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