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No fooling as Indians remain Tri-State's 'golden' boys

No fooling as Indians remain Tri-State's 'golden' boys

April 27, 2006|by ANDY MASON

CLEAR SPRING - All-Area stars Tony Belt and Ricky Kump are gone, but their winning ways are not forgotten.

At the silver anniversary of the Tri-State Track & Field Invitational, the Berkeley Springs boys remained golden.

"We won it last year, but that was with Tony Belt and Ricky Kump," Berkeley Springs sophomore Paul Truitt said. "Those two guys graduated, and we lost a lot of talent. But we gained a lot of talent also."

Truitt's talent is finally coming to fruition. He won the 110-meter hurdles (16.4 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (43.5) as Berkeley Springs scored 171 points to top the nine-team field for its second straight Tri-State Invitational title. McConnellsburg was second with 153 and Clear Spring took third with 134.

Northern Bedford repeated as girls team champion, holding off Berkeley Springs, 178-163. Clear Spring was third with 107.

"I've improved about a second-and-a-half in the high hurdles, which is a lot," Truitt said. "And I didn't even run the 300s last year."

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The Indians also won three relays (4x100, 4x200, 4x800) and got victories from Zack Byrne in the shot put (42 feet, 11.75 inches) and discus (124-0), Luke Unger in the 3,200 (10:21.5) and Foster Sirbaugh in the high jump (6-0).

"It was a great day all around. It seems like everyone got their personal bests," Byrne said. "Last year I placed like fourth in the discus here and wasn't even close in the shot put. I've definitely improved greatly."

Chris Snyder led McConnellsburg, winning the 1,600 (4:36.3), taking second in the 800 (2:02.4) and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay (3:35.2).

Donnie Lapole was a double winner for the Clear Spring boys, taking the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.2). It was his debut in the 200.

"Coach (Terry Baker) told me to try it, and I was like, 'OK,'" Lapole said. "He said if we want to win counties that I need to place in four events. Today was just practice, but it means a lot. They told me all week that Berkeley Springs and McConnellsburg had great sprinters, so this gives me a lot of confidence."

The Berkeley Springs girls were led by their sophomore stars - Megan Mock and Rachel Buser. Buser, named the most valuable track athlete of the girls meet, got wins in the 1,600 (5:30), 3,200 (12:01.5) and 3,200 relay (10:34) and took second in her final event of the day, the 800 (2:31.5).

Mock swept both hurdles races in 16.3 and 48.4, won the high jump (5-2) and took third in the 200 (27.2). The Indians swept all four relays.

"When I'm out there, I'm not really thinking about winning. I'm just trying to do my best," Mock said. "But I like to be first."

Jamie Beckley held off Buser in the 800 (2:27.5) for the lone victory for the Clear Spring girls.

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