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'Cats' depth too much for Warriors

April 06, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

To the casual observer, it must have seemed like the Boonsboro girls team ran away with the five-team track and field meet Tuesday at South Hagerstown.

The Warriors won 11 of 18 events in their first outdoor competition since capturing the Maryland Class 1A state title last spring.

But winning isn't everything. Just ask Williamsport, the winner. The Wildcats, who only won four events, edged Boonsboro 181-176, while Clear Spring was a distant third with 57 points.

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"In a meet like this, all those second-, third- and fourth-place finishes add up," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "Our strength is our depth. ... It's still early, though, and in a big meet Boonsboro's good kids are going to score."

Catie Witman led the Wildcats, winning the 100-meter dash (12.8 seconds), anchoring the winning 400 relay (53.8) and taking second in the 200. Williamsport also got victories from its 3,200-relay team and Sarah Tritsch in the triple jump (31 feet, 7 inches).

The team competition on the boys side wasn't as close as Boonsboro outscored Clear Spring 171-132 for top honors. Matt Wood won the 1,600 (4:48.0) and 3,200 (10:54.8) and Adam Flook won the high jump (5-8) and anchored the winning 400 relay (48.8) to lead the Warriors.

"Our new coach (Dave Buzzell) is helping a lot," Wood said. "This is the hardest I've trained for the first half of the season, some of the hardest training I've gone through. I'm setting the bar high this year."

South Hagerstown's Ronald Jackson and Williamsport's Neil Forsythe each won three events in the boys competition.

"For the beginning of the season, it wasn't a bad meet," said Jackson, who took the 100 (11.2), 200 (23.5) and 400 (53.1). "Last week in trials I didn't have these times."

Forsythe looked as deadly as the giant dragon tattooed on his right arm in the hurdles as he captured the 110s (16.0) and 300s (44.3) - before anchoring the winning 1,600 relay (3:40.8).

"Maybe it's a little intimidating to people," Forsythe said jokingly, referring to his tattoo. "Maybe."

Boonsboro's Sarah Hensley was the brightest star of the meet, getting victories in the 100 hurdles (15.1), 300 hurdles (47.6), high jump (5-0) and 1,600 relay (4:15.9).

"I was really excited after missing the first two meets (both rainouts) just to get out here and run," Hensley said.

Hayley Harnett and Jessica Robertson were both triple winners for the Boonsboro girls. Each ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay, while Harnett took the 800 (2:32.3) and 1,600 (5:46.6) and Robertson won the 200 (27.3) and 400 (1:02.8).

"I'm really excited about this season," Robertson said. "A lot of people think we're not going to be able to (win states) again, like it was a one-time thing, but we have talent. I don't think it was a fluke. I hope it wasn't."

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