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Girls gone wild - Area stars light up the track

June 02, 2005|by ANDY MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Girls, girls, girls.

You gotta love 'em.

Especially after this high school track and field season.

There were enough stars in the Tri-State area to form a constellation. Enough gold brought home to boost the local economy. Enough dazzling performances to rewrite the record books.

Trying to keep tabs on all these girls took some work. Trying to pick one as our track and field athlete of the year is nearly impossible.

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I mean, look at this list:

· Jefferson senior Shardal Twyman, last year's athlete of the year after winning West Virginia Class AAA state gold in the 200-meter dash and long jump, captured four state titles this season. She won the 100 (12.16 seconds), 200 (25.12) and long jump (17 feet, 7 3/4 inches) and anchored the winning 400 relay (50.01).

· Berkeley Springs freshman Rachel Buser - our 2004 girls cross country runner of the year - matched Twyman gold for gold in West Virginia Class AA. Buser won the 800 (2:20.84), 1,600 (5:08.25) and 3,200 (10:57.43) and anchored the winning 3,200 relay (9:34.99), setting Class AA records in all but the 800.

· Brunswick sophomore Rachel McCallum kept her team in the Maryland Class 1A title hunt by winning gold medals in the 100 (12.76), 200 (25.47) and 400 (58.43).

· Boonsboro senior Sarah Hensley made sure Brunswick settled for second, winning the 100 hurdles (15.00) and 300 hurdles (44.07) and running a leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4:04.54) as the Warriors won their second straight Maryland Class 1A team title. Hensley's time in the 300 hurdles was a 1A state-meet and all-time Washington County record. Had the high jump not coincided with the 1,600 relay, she likely would have won four golds.

· Boonsboro sophomore Hayley Harnett also left the state meet with three golds to go along with one silver. She got victories in the 800 (2:22.17), 800 relay (1:46.53) and 1,600 relay and took second in the 400 (59.80). Earlier in the season, she teamed with Hensley, Jessica Robertson and Hannah Walla to set an all-time county record in the 1,600 relay (4:04.53) at the Penn Relays.

· Middletown senior Amanda Spickler won four state titles in Maryland Class 2A, leading the Knights to a third-place finish nearly all by herself. Spickler won the 300 hurdles (46.25), triple jump (35-10 1/4) and long jump (16-6) and ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4:04.85).

· And last, but by no means least, is Chambersburg's Sarah Morrison. In her first season of outdoor track, the sophomore set an all-time Tri-State record in the 800 (2:14.10) and dipped under the hallowed 5-minute mark in the 1,600, clocking a 4:59.36 to win PIAA Class AAA state gold.

Girls, girls, girls.




Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at andrewm@herald-mail.com

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