Trojans lose one star, gain another

April 07, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

The two stars aren't aligning for the Chambersburg girls track team this spring, but the Trojans still are shining brightly.

Junior Sarah Morrison, perhaps the most talented distance runner in the history of girls Tri-State track, is sidelined with mononucleosis.

"She's definitely out for a while, and honestly I don't know if she'll be back this season," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "If anything at all, it would be the very end of the year. But I don't know. She hasn't been in school in a while."

Freshman sprinter Anyssa Barbour has taken over the role of turning heads and raising eyebrows for the Trojans.

In her first varsity action last month in a dual meet with Central Dauphin East, Barbour won the 100-meter dash in 12.2 seconds, breaking Becky Davis' 16-year-old school record of 12.3.

Barbour currently is the area leader in the 100 and 200 (25.8) and runs a leg of the Trojans' area-leading 400 relay (50.7).


"She's phenomenal. She'll have all the sprinting records very soon," Monheim said. "It'll be fun to see how things go when she sees some competition. She's a star.

"If we had Morrison and Barbour on the 4x4, I could see us going 3:55. But we might have to wait a year for that."

Last year, Morrison won the PIAA Class AAA state title in the 1,600 in 4:59.36 and set an all-time Tri-State record in the 800 (2:14.10).

Less than two months ago, Morrison won an indoor state title in the 1-mile run, clocking a Tri-State record time of 4:54.05, which converts to roughly 4:52.5 for 1,600. At the time, it was the nation's eighth fastest indoor time for the season.

"When she did that, we were thinking about running sub-4:50 this spring," Monheim said. "I feel bad for her. She went from being one of the top kids in the nation one week to being sick two weeks after that.

"But she's a tough kid. She'll bounce back, and she'll be back even stronger than before. But we're going to be smart. I'm not going to have her run a step until her family and her doctor say it's OK. She has to be 100 percent healthy for us to try it."

Naming rights

After all these years, Richard Newton, Terry Baker, Jeff Scuffins and Kelly Lowery still have their names in the Washington County record book.

Newton's boys 800 record (1:54.54) was set in 1962, Baker's boys 3,200 record (9:14.44) in 1973, Scuffins' boys 1,600 mark (4:18.94) in 1980 and Lowery's girls high jump record (5-8) in 1987.

On Saturday at the Dwight Scott Invitational at Boonsboro, the winners of those events will each receive an award named after the county record holder and presented by the county record holder. Also, the winners of the distance medleys will receive the Mike Spinnler Award. Spinnler won back-to-back titles in the JFK 50 Mile in the early 1980s.

In another attempt to add some excitement and shake things up at the meet, the distance and sprint medleys and 400 and 1,600 relays will award more team points than the other events. The 800 and 3,200 relays won't be scored.

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