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Hill makes her mark at Penn Relays

May 05, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

Since Southcentral Pennsylvania typically is the only part of our Tri-State area where the javelin is thrown, there are no official Tri-State records for that event.

If there were, Chambersburg senior Lorraine Hill might have set the girls record last week at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Sitting in fifth place in a field of 19, Hill unleashed a national-class throw of 146 feet, 11 inches on her final attempt to capture second place (first among U.S. competitors).

Her mark was a school record by 11 feet and is believed to be the top throw by a Pennsylvania girl this spring.

Hill also leads the Tri-State this season in the shot put (34-4) and discus (107-3.5).

Victory laps



This month might start feeling like Feb. 2 before it's over.

The MVAL Antietam meet is today, the Washington County championships are Thursday and the Maryland 1A West region meet is May 18. All three meets are at Smithsburg.

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One of the more intriguing races each week will be the girls 800. Williamsport's Jordan Atha and Clear Spring's Jamie Beckley have two of the top three 800 times in the Tri-State this season, while Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett, who's not on the leaderboard, is the two-time defending state champ in the event.

Will today's winner see her shadow?

Where is he now?

Tony Belt is no longer the Tri-State's top boys track and field athlete.

He's one of the top men in the United States.

Belt - a 2005 Berkeley Springs graduate, now a freshman at the University of Louisville - is ranked sixth in the nation in the high jump with his school-record mark of 7-3.75. He also is ranked 26th nationally in the long jump (24-9.25).

Last year, Belt won state gold in both events for the second straight year, set the Tri-State record in the long jump (24-0) and was named The Herald-Mail's Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Morrison's back



Chambersburg junior star Sarah Morrison competed Tuesday for the first time this spring, running a leg of the Trojans' winning 3,200 relay in a dual meet with Central Dauphin.

Morrison, who was sidelined with mononucleosis, owns Tri-State records in the 800 (2:14.10) and 1,600 (4:52.44).

Power rankings



This week's Super 7 leaderboard teams:

Boys: 1. Chambersburg (90 points); 2. Jefferson (86.5); 3. Greencastle-Antrim (76.5); 4. James Buchanan (61); 5. Smithsburg (58); 6. Mercersburg Academy (44.5); 7. Waynesboro (37).

Girls: 1. Chambersburg (146); 2. Jefferson (75); 3. Hedgesville (59); 4. Berkeley Springs (57); 5. Williamsport (50); 6. Mercersburg Academy (38); 7. Musselman (36).

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