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Leopards boys, Wildcats girls repel Rebel

April 30, 2005|by ANDY MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The 26th annual Rebel Relays offered a little something for everyone Friday at South Hagerstown.

"What's fun about this meet is that you can mix and match people," said Buddy Orndorff, coach of the winning Smithsburg boys team. "It's just a fun time. It's always cool."

With only four weeks left in the season, the focus now will shift toward posting good times, rather than just letting them roll.

"It's nice to see the boys put together a good meet," Orndorff said. "Hopefully this will be some incentive for them."

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While the Leopards had to scrape and claw their way past North Hagerstown 98-94 for the boys team title, Williamsport dropped a 122-point hammer on the girls field to easily outdistance runner-up Smithsburg (88).

The Williamsport girls won 10 of the 14 events - going 5-for-8 on the track and 5-for-6 in the field.

"It was a good all-around effort," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "We don't have any stars. We just have a lot of kids who are real good and a great coaching staff.

"Jordan Atha winning the open 800, that was big. That was a PR for her."

Atha led from start to finish in the Dr. James Banks 800-meter run - the only open event of the meet - defending her title in 2:28.4.

Justin Cole's race was nearly a carbon copy of Atha's, as he also won easily in 2:06.5 to give Williamsport a sweep of the event.

"We had it planned out," Cole said. "We wanted to go out and bring both 800 titles home to Williamsport."

Overall, North won seven of the 14 boys events.

"I always like this meet," North's Darail Porter said. "I get to do a little bit more than I get to do in normal meets, like the 4x4."

Porter and Bernard Artilus both contributed to all four of the Hubs' victories on the track - the sprint medley and the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

"We've just all been working really hard, mainly on handoffs," Porter said. "That's what killed us last year."

In the end, Smithsburg's depth is what did North in Friday.

The Leopards only won two events - the sprint/hurdle shuttle relay and the high jump - but picked up six second-place finishes and five thirds.

"The trick is to get points in every event," Orndorff said. "You don't have to win an event, but you have to get points in it. You have to understand the team aspect of that and sell the kids on it to be successful."

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