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Buzzell takes over defending champs

Track notes

Track notes

April 08, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Dave Buzzell isn't your typical chalkboard-by-day, clipboard-by-night high school track coach.

"I'm a self-employed writer," said the first-year Boonsboro coach, who took over for Jason Orendi. "But it's nothing exciting. I just finished writing a book about law and banking."

Buzzell is hoping the Boonsboro girls team can write another state-championship story this season. That would be exciting.

Last year, the Warriors ended Smithsburg's eight-year reign as Maryland Class 1A state champions by edging the Leopards, 97-96. Hayley Harnett, who won state titles in the 400 and 800, and Sarah Hensley, the defending champ in the 300 hurdles, are there to lead the way again this spring.

"If everything falls into place, we should be competitive again," Buzzell said. "It's going to be really tough, though, because out of the 90 points, we graduated about 45. We have to replace those. That will be the biggest challenge."

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Buzzell, 50, of Middletown, Md., is new to the Warriors but no stranger to the running world.

"I've run my whole life," he said. "I've run like 35 or 40 marathons and did Boston 10 years in a row."

Daughters Emily and Randy both were standout distance runners at Middletown and now compete at the NCAA Division I level. Emily is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania and Randy is a senior at Princeton. When they ran for Middletown, Buzzell worked as an assistant coach for the Knights, who were nationally ranked in cross country.

Now he's in charge of two track programs - boys and girls.

"I was a little nervous at first, but now that I'm doing it, it's a lot of fun," Buzzell said. "I've really been enjoying myself. They're great kids and we've got a great coaching staff."

'Joy to the world'


Jeremiah might have been a bullfrog, but Jeremiah Kimberley was the top dog Tuesday.

The James Buchanan senior clocked an are-you-kidding-me 1:54.4 in the 800-meter run during the Rockets' 93-57 dual-meet victory over host Shippensburg, breaking his own school record.

Kimberley ran an area-leading 1:55.9 in a dual meet last year to set the record.

If he can run like that Memorial Day weekend at Shippensburg University, he'll be singing, "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea."

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