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Berkeley Springs counts on two little Indians

March 30, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

CLEAR SPRING - "We have a pretty good team, I guess," Berkeley Springs sophomore Megan Mock bashfully said with a smile near the end of the Clear Spring Track & Field Invitational on Wednesday night.

Her actions are louder than her words. With Mock and teammate Rachel Buser, the Indians are more than pretty good.

The duo, who combined for six gold medals at the West Virginia Class AA-A state championships as freshmen last spring, combined for five victories Wednesday as Berkeley Springs held off Jefferson and Williamsport to win the girls team title with 134 points. The Cougars took second with 131 points, and the Wildcats were third with 128.

Bowling Brook ran away with the boys team title with 155 points - 50 more than runner-up Jefferson.

Mock won three events - the 200-meter dash in 27.8 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 48.9 and the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches - and took third in the 100 (13.4).

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"Last year I didn't even run the 100 or 200," she said. "I just wanted to try something new."

Buser, the two-time Herald-Mail Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, dominated the distance events as usual, winning the 1,600 by 22 seconds in 5:36 and the 3,200 by 16 seconds in 11:52.

"I felt good in all my races," Buser said. "But it's hard when I don't have anyone to push me."

That wasn't the case in the 800, however, as Buser, the reigning state champ in the event, had to settle for a rare runner-up finish. Williamsport's Jordan Atha, albeit with a pair of fresher legs, blew by her midway through the race and won in 2:27.3 - 6 seconds ahead of Buser.

"Everyone knows she's the person to beat," said Atha, who later ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4:18.5). "Everyone just figured she would win it, but I figured I'd just try my best. I was optimistic and ready to go, and I had a lot of energy left."

The Wildcats also got victories from Jess Palmer in the 100 hurdles (17.6) and 400 (1:02.7), Lacie Johnson in the triple jump (31-3) and Amy Taylor in the long jump (15-4 ).

"We have a really good team and have high expectations," Palmer said.

Jefferson won the 400, 800 and 3,200 relays and got victories from Amanda Gardner in the shot put (29-11) and Sarah White in the discus (91-5).

Tia Scott won the 100 in 12.9 and Anna Lenhart took the pole vault in 8-6 for North Hagerstown.

Bowling Brook won eight of the 18 events in the boys competition.

It was no surprise that Jefferson senior Josh Brown, the winner of four gold medals at the West Virginia Class AAA state meet last year, had his legs in all three of the Cougars' victories - the 100 (10.9) and 400 and 1,600 relays (44.3 and 3:30.0).

Clear Spring senior Josh Keyfauver pulled off a somewhat unusual double, winning the long jump (19-5) for his first career field victory and the 800 (2:04.2).

"I want to do the decathlon in college," said Keyfauver, who led the Blazers to the Maryland 1A state cross country title last fall. "I'm just trying to try everything to see what I have to work on."

Other winners included North Hagerstown's Lamar Harris in the 400 (50.8), McConnellsburg's Chris Unger in the 1,600 (4:40.3) and Jared Appleby in the pole vault (10-6) and Berkeley Springs' Luke Unger in the 3,200 (10:22) and Foster Sirbaugh in the high jump (5-10).

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