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Repeat three-peat

Johnson adds third pole vault title to volleyball trifecta

Johnson adds third pole vault title to volleyball trifecta

May 26, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

BALTIMORE - Williamsport senior Lacie Johnson made it a repeat three-peat on Day 1 of the Maryland Track & Field State Championships at Morgan State University on Thursday.

Johnson won her third straight state title in the Class 1A girls pole vault.

"It's like volleyball - three-peat both of them," she said. "I've been on three straight state championship volleyball teams."

Johnson dominated Thursday, clearing a personal-best 10 feet to win by more than a foot. Kendal Moss, her teammate, was the runner-up at 8-6 as the Wildcats began their chase for their first Maryland team title in girls track.

"We got first and second like we wanted to. That's 18 team points," Johnson said. "That's going to help tremendously."

After six of 18 events, Williamsport is in first place with 35 points. Poolesville is second with 28.

Three other Washington County athletes won state titles with personal-best performances - Smithsburg senior Tyler King in the 1A boys long jump (21-6.5), Boonsboro senior Pete Frey in the 1A boys pole vault (13-6) and South Hagerstown junior Trey Jones in the 2A boys shot put (50-5.75).

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King rebounded from a disappointing sixth-place finish in the high jump (5-10) to lead the Leopards to a 1-3-6 finish in the long jump. Jamal Campbell placed third (20-3.25) and Jeremy Rupert was sixth (19-10).

Smithsburg - in pursuit of its first boys team title since 1978 - scored 17 points in the event on the way to a Day 1-high of 38 points after seven events. Brunswick is second with 28.

"That was great for the team. It really helped us out," King said. "I didn't do too good in the high jump, so we needed to make up for it."

Frey prevailed in a duel with Brunswick's Matt Baum, who cleared 13 feet on his second attempt to take the lead. Frey cleared 13 on his third try and then won the contest by clearing 13-6, also on his third try. Had Frey failed on either of those third tries, Baum would have won.

"It was pretty amazing. I was just so shocked," Frey said. "I just give God all the glory. He gave me the strength. He mounted me on eagles wings."

Jones, the West region runner-up last week, upset top-seeded Josh Cole of Francis Scott Key to win the shot put by more than 2 feet. Cole, the West champ, finished second at 48-3.

"(Jones) had a great week of practice, and we had confidence coming in. We knew he could win it," South throws coach Dave Schofield said. "His second throw (50-1.25) was enough to win it, but his last one was his best one."

Several other county athletes won silver and bronze.

For the Williamsport girls, Meghann Weaver placed third in the discus (96-5) and the 3,200-relay team of Laura Forsythe, Kristin Berry, Adria Moyer and Jordan Atha finished second to Digital Harbor by less than a second in 9:47.44.

Clear Spring's 3,200-relay team of Jamie Beckley, Hillary Jardine, Lindsey Keyton and Laura Canfield edged 1A West champ Boonsboro for third in 10:04.42.

Smithsburg's Shelby Layman finished third in the 1A girls pole vault in 8-6 to give Washington County a sweep of that event's medals.

For the Smithsburg boys, Derek Martin, Dustin Mitchell, Josh Edwards and Chad Brown placed second in the 800 relay in 1:30.84, and Brian Kiel, Tyler Craig, Dustin Davidson and Charlie Wisz placed second in the 3,200 relay in 8:19.76.

Williamsport's Matt Oliver, Jesse Buchman, Justin Gardenhour and Justin Cole finished third in the 3,200 relay in 8:20.49.

Missing from the Class 2A boys 3,200 medal stand was North Hagerstown senior Hemu Arumugam, who entered the meet as the two-time defending state champ in the event. He finished fifth in 10:00.24. Howard sophomore Joey Thompson won the race in a blazing 9:23.10 as the top four finishers all turned in times superior to Arumugam's best time at states (9:50.45 last year).

"I was just ... slow," Arumugam said. "It's disappointing because it was my last 3,200. You'd like to do well in your last race, but ... it's all right. They probably trained harder so they deserved it."

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