Gowda the man to beat at NCAA championships

June 05, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

Vikas Gowda, a Frederick graduate and a junior at the University of North Carolina, will be the favorite in the men's discus at the NCAA track and field national championships June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif.

Gowda qualified at the East regionals in Randalls Island, N.Y., with a throw iof 198 feet, 1 inch (64.69 meters), easily the top mark of championship qualifiers.

The nearest qualifier is junior Michael Robertson of Stanford with a throw of 61.70 meters.

Mount St. Mary's Corey Brown, a Smithsburg graduate, missed out on his opportunity at nationals. He was 13th in his flight at Randalls Island in the long jump at 7.16 meters.


Tunisia Lacy, a Chambersburg graduate, finished third in the triple jump at the NCAA Division II Championship at Abilene Christian University with a leap of 39-5 3/4. Lacy also finished ninth in the long jump at 18-5 1/4.


Two cross country athletes from Thomas Johnson have committed to Hood College.

Kevin Worley earned five letters in cross country and track at Thomas Johnson and specialized in the 3,200-meter relay.

Faraz Shoai graduated from TJ in 2004 and spent this past year at Frederick Community College.

He was TJ's most improved runner in 2004 and last month finished second in the Garrett's Run 5K with a time of 17:43, taking nearly 50 seconds off his personal best following a year of training.

· Aaron Buchman, a Williamsport graduate, completed his freshman year at Lafayette College and had one highlight in the 3,200 relay with a win over Lehigh University. However, he suffered a hamstring injury that ended his indoor season and, upon returning health nearing the outdoor campaign, he came down with mononucleosis. Buchman has recuperated and is looking forward to his sophomore year.

· Devin Hewitt, a Williamsport graduate, was at Eastern Kentucky University but has returned home and plans to be at Hagerstown Community College for fall classes. Rhet Troxell, also a Williamsport graduate, had an injury-plagued year with hamstring problems at HCC and will be training for next season. He also plays soccer.

· Katie Witman and Laura Scuffins, both senior graduates of Williamsport, will take their talents to Roanoke College. Each was successful this year at Williamsport in relay teams.


Some final numbers at Hagerstown Community College for the baseball team that finished 30-20:

Kyle Robinson, a North Hagerstown graduate, hit .286 (30-for-105) with 16 RBI, 27 walks and eight doubles, second on the team; Orland Dean, a North graduate, hit .323 (10-for-31) with five RBI; Andy Taylor, a Williamsport graduate, hit .232 (13-56) with 12 RBI and was 1-3 on the mound with a 5.18 earned run average and 39 strikeouts in 47 innings.

Lowell Coats, a Thomas Johnson graduate, hit .262 (34-for-130) with 13 RBI, a team-leading 26 runs scored and 19 stolen bases; Robbie Davis, a Frederick graduate, hit .302 (19-for-63) with three home runs and 13 RBI and was 5-3 pitching with a 3.59 ERA and 49 Ks in 54 2/3 innings.

Matt Tedrick, a North graduate, hit .237 (22-for-93) with one homer and 17 RBI; Marty Kaetzel, a Boonsboro graduate, hit .274 (31-for-113) with 20 RBI and a team-leading three triples; Jeremy McAfee, a South Hagerstown graduate, had arm problems and ended at 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA; Hugh Wescott, a St. John's at Prospect Hall graduate, was 3-1 with two saves and a 2.29 ERA; and Cole Bellon, a North graduate, was 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA.

n T.J. Hose, a North Hagerstown graduate and East Carolina's winningest pitcher with seven victories, was named to the Conference USA second team.

n Adam Caron, a Waynesboro graduate, hit .320 (24-for-75) at Shippensburg University with four doubles and six RBI, while Brad Fitz, a Greencastle graduate, was 2-1 in nine appearances on the hill with a 2.25 ERA and 18 Ks and only four walks in 24 innings.


Frederick's Kara Robert will continue her student-athlete activities at Hood College. Robert led Frederick to Class 3A West titles in two of the last four years. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Cadets and the team MVP.

· Some final numbers at Hood College:

Caroline Woodhams, a Boonsboro graduate, hit .250 with three RBI; Katherin Law, a Walkersville graduate, hit .329 with nine RBI; Julie Pallansch, a Frederick graduate, hit .428 with a team-leading eight doubles and 23 RBI; Janelle Moss, a Brunswick graduate, hit .232 with one homer and 13 RBI; and Alecia Weddle, a Walkersville graduate, hit .317 with one homer and 11 RBI and also was Hood's top fielder with a .968 percentage.


Chad Baker, a Brunswick graduate, led Hood College in scoring with eight goals. Other athletes on the Hood team this year were: Robert Jarvis and Robert Mitchell (Thomas Johnson), Vincent Shirbach (Catoctin) and Jason Anderson (Brunswick).

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. If you have information on a college athlete, e-mail him at

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