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Leopards boys, 'Cats girls get 'real'

May 06, 2006|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG

"It's May. It's championship season," Smithsburg senior Derek Martin said. "It's for real now."

The Leopards clearly weren't pretending Friday at the third annual MVAL Antietam Conference Track & Field Championships.

Highlighted by Martin's performance in the 300-meter hurdles - in which he clocked a Washington County record time of 38.6 seconds in the victory - Smithsburg easily defended its boys team title. The Leopards outscored runner-up Brunswick, 182.5-109.

"I hit all my steps and attacked all my hurdles," said Martin, who broke the three-year-old mark of 38.94 set by 2003 Boonsboro graduate Brett Morrell. "It makes up for my bad 110 race."

In the 110 hurdles, Martin was edged at the line by teammate Jamal Campbell in an upset as both runners were clocked at 14.8. However, Campbell was disqualified for knocking over one of his hurdles, which impeded another competitor, and the victory was given to Martin.

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"I'm very disappointed that he got DQ'd," Martin said. "Even though I got first, we wanted the 18 points."

Fortunately for the Leopards, they had plenty of points to spare.

Chad Brown won the 100 (10.7) and 200 (22.4) and anchored Smithsburg's winning 400 (44.4) and 800 (1:31.3) relays. The Leopards also won the 3,200 relay (8:31.9) and got a slam dunk from Tyler King in the jumps.

King - the champion of the High Rock Roundball Classic dunk contest at North Hagerstown in March - soared again Friday, winning the long jump (20 feet, 8 inches), triple jump (42-7.5) and high jump (6-0).

"I just wanted to have a little fun and do what I could," King said.

The Leopards are through with practice meets.

"Our goal is to peak in May," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "The only meets that are important are in May. That's our program's philosophy. Everything else during the season is practice."

The Williamsport girls also are peaking at the right time. They scored 189.5 points Friday, more than doubling the total of runner-up Brunswick (88).

"The kids have done well all year, but they've gone up to a different level now," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "They don't mind working hard. It's like a coach's dream."

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