Warriors' chips ante up short

February 22, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

LANDOVER, Md. - What the heck was Edmondson doing in first place?

"I've never even heard of Edmondson," Boonsboro senior Sarah Murto said. "That's a new one."

Poolesville was supposed to be the Class 2A-1A girls team to beat Monday at the Maryland State Indoor Track Championships at the Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex. After all, the Falcons were the four-time defending state champions, who ran away with last year's team title by scoring 83 points, more than doubling runner-up Boonsboro's total.

"We wanted to beat Poolesville," Murto said, "because we thought they were our competition."

The Warriors outscored Poolesville 45-32 Monday - to capture fourth place. The top three teams were Edmondson (60), Atholton (48) and Reservoir (47 1/2).

"The chips fell the way they did. We have no control over the competition," Boonsboro coach Dave Long said. "I think the girls are pleased, though. They should feel good about what they did."


Sarah Hensley led the Warriors, defending her title in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.64 seconds, placing second in the high jump in 5 feet, 2 inches and teaming with Hayley Harnett, Jessica Robertson and Hannah Walla for bronze medals and school records in the 800 and 1,600 relays (1:48.85 and 4:11.96).

"The team we have for the 4x2 and 4x4 is like our dream team," Harnett said. "We all just work so well together."

Harnett added a runner-up finish in the 500 in a school-record 1:20.51, and Murto tied for second in the pole vault in 8-6, equaling her personal best.

"A few of our team members were like, 'Ah, man,'" said Harnett of Boonsboro's fourth-place finish. "But the big thing was that we improved our times."

Clear Spring's Ashley Lockard and North Hagerstown's Sharnay Burnett also captured state titles. Lockard won the 2A-1A 3,200 in 11:43.63 after finishing second in the 1,600 in 5:19.99, and Burnett took the 3A-2A shot put in 35-11 1/2.

North's Hemu Arumugam was the area's lone boys champion, winning the 3A-2A 3,200 in 10:01.74. He also captured bronze in the 1,600 in 4:30.8.

Clear Spring's Josh Keyfauver and Jimmy Atkins both chased their gold-medal dreams before settling for silver.

Keyfauver took a slight lead into the final straightaway of the 2A-1A 800.

"I was leading and then I blinked my eye and lost it," said Keyfauver, who crossed the line in 2:04.14 - a painful .09 seconds behind Atholton's Johnny Beltran. "It was unbelievable. I thought I had it the entire way."

Atkins wasn't as disappointed that his late run at Beall star Dan DeWitt fell short. DeWitt won in 10:20.28, Atkins was second in 10:24.24 and Winters Mill's Dave Robertson was third in 10:29.01.

"I wanted to break 10:20, but the pace just didn't go out hard enough, and I'm kind of glad that it didn't because it was easier for me to hold on," Atkins said. "I was catching Dan, but I was more worried about Robertson from Winters Mill because I knew Dan would have a kick."

Boonsboro's Peter Frey also captured silver, finishing second in the 2A-1A pole vault in a personal-record 11-6 - the same height as winner Jordan Wke of Winters Mill.

"I had one miss at 11 feet and the guy who won had no misses," Frey said. "I'm pretty excited. It's a good way to go into outdoor. I got a PR at states, so that's pretty cool."

Smithsburg's Chad Brown won bronze in the 55 dash in 6.73 seconds. The top five finishers were separated by .06 seconds.

"It was real close," Brown said. "I got a good start out of the blocks."

Middletown won three 3A-2A medals. Matt Kepler was the runner-up in the boys pole vault (12-0), Steve Papuchis placed third in the boys 55 hurdles (8.01) and Amber Butler finished third in the girls shot put (33-8 3/4).

Also, Walkersville's Rachel Hepburn was second in the 2A-1A girls shot put (37-7 1/2), Tuscarora's Jasmine Ingram took third in the 2A-1A girls 500 (1:20.52) and Frederick's Morgan Sowell finished third in the 3A-2A boys 800 (2:05.81).

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