Enough's not enough

Washington County's top girls head back to states

Washington County's top girls head back to states

February 05, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

Ashley Lockard, Sarah Hensley and Catie Witman are chicks with kicks.

Together, they've chased down 11 Maryland state titles. Now they're back for more.

Friday night at the Class 2A-1A West Indoor Track Championships at Hagerstown Community College, the three seniors earned their tickets to Landover, Md., for the Feb. 21 state meet.

The top four finishers in each event Friday automatically qualified. Lockard, Hensley and Witman individually advanced by - no huge surprise - winning.

Lockard of Clear Spring defended her region titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She edged Winters Mill's Kate Hertsch by a fraction of a second in the 1,600 in 5:34.4, before cruising to victory in the 3,200 in 12:03.0, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place.


"I was just supposed to go out, get top four and place, but it didn't quite work out that way," said Lockard, who has state titles from indoor, outdoor and cross country. "I ended up leading both races. I couldn't slow down. It's just not in my blood to stop."

She didn't stop there. Lockard, who began the meet by anchoring the Blazers' 3,200 relay to a fifth-place finish, ended her night with a third-place finish in the 800 (2:33.7).

"I'm tired," she said. "It's been an exciting day. It kept me active."

Boonsboro's Hensley, the reigning state champ in the 55 hurdles, won the event in a personal- and school-record 8.4 seconds.

"I really wanted to PR in the hurdles because so far this year I've been plateauing," she said.

Hensley, who also owns three outdoor state titles in the hurdles, also won the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) Friday and teamed with Jessica Robertson, Hayley Harnett and Hannah Walla to win both the 800 and 1,600 relays. The Warriors finished second to Poolesville in the overall team standings.

Witman of Williamsport won the 55 dash in 7.2 seconds. As a sophomore, she was the outdoor state champ in the 100 and 200. A back injury prevented her from defending those titles last spring.

"My goal was just to get to states, after being injured last year," Witman said. "This definitely proves that I'm back in shape and picking up where I left off. It's exciting. It's senior year, so I'm giving it my all. Hopefully outdoor goes well and I can bring back those titles."

Walkersville's Rachel Hepburn was the area's other girls winner, taking the shot put with a throw of 38-6.

Smithsburg sophomore Chad Brown was the area's lone winner on the boys side, making it 2-for-2 in the 55. He edged teammate Justin Thompson to defend his dash title in 6.5 seconds.

"It feels pretty good to win it twice," Brown said. "I hope I win another two. I can only get faster, I guess."

Brown, who also anchored the Leopards' 800 relay to a second-place finish, is aiming to improve on last year's fourth-place finish in the 55 at states.

"I just want to get a medal," he said.

The boys 3,200 was the night's most competitive race, sending its top eight finishers to states, including two from Clear Spring - Jimmy Atkins (fourth, 10:29.1) and Dustin Adams (sixth, 10:42.5).

Winters Mill won the boys team title.

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