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Keyfauver sets state 1A 800 mark; King gets county record

Keyfauver sets state 1A 800 mark; King gets county record

May 29, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

BALTIMORE - As Josh Keyfauver charged to the finish line, he couldn't take his eyes off the Hughes Stadium scoreboard.

"I was watching the clock the whole last straight," the Clear Spring senior said.

Keyfauver probably couldn't believe what he saw - not a single runner in front of him as he stopped the clock in a Class 1A record time of 1 minute, 56.33 seconds to win the 800-meter run Saturday at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University.

Kent County's Francis Ciganek set the previous mark of 1:56.58 in 2000.

"That's all I've wanted - the state record. I've been thinking about it since the summer of my sophomore year," said Keyfauver, who led Clear Spring to its first team title in cross country last fall. "It's definitely a year I can walk away from satisfied."

Keyfauver was one of five Washington County athletes to win Class 1A state titles Saturday.

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Smithsburg senior Derek Martin and junior Chad Brown each won two events as the Leopards won their first boys team title since 1978. Martin won the 110 hurdles (14.84) and 300 hurdles (39.00) and Chad Brown won the 200 (22.13) after claiming his second straight 100 title in 11.28.

Smithsburg's Tyler King, who won the long jump when the meet began Thursday, added a title in the triple jump (46 feet, 11.25 inches), setting the county record in the process by more than an foot. South Hagerstown's Dwayne Freeman set the previous mark of 45-9 in 1988.

Jordan Atha won the girls 1,600 in 5:23.19 for the Williamsport girls, who won their first team title.

Martin's time in the 300 hurdles also was a meet record - .02 seconds superior to the mark set by Boonsboro's Brett Morrell in 2003. Earlier this season, Martin also replaced Morrell in the Washington County record book in the event with his 38.6 at the MVAL Antietam meet.

"I was a freshman when Morrell was a senior," Martin said. "He was the established hurdler, and I wanted to be just like him. That's why I'm running the times I am now."

Also for Smithsburg on Saturday, Jamal Campbell won three bronze medals - 110 hurdles (15.09), 300 hurdles (41.15) and triple jump (42-2.5) - and Martin and Brown teamed with Dustin Mitchell and Josh Edwards to place third in the 400 relay (43.85).

It all made for a fitting sendoff for Buddy Orndorff, who's expected to announce soon that he's stepping down as Smithsburg's coach after 16 years.

"It will give him something to remember for years to come," Brown said.

Orndorff has won 10 state titles with the girls team and now 11 overall.

"All of this will sink in one of these days," Orndorff said.

The Williamsport girls also got second-place finishes from Kristin Berry in the high jump (5-2) and Atha in the 800. Jess Palmer, Morgan Keplinger, Amy Taylor and Atha took third in the 1,600 relay (4:10.89).

The Boonsboro girls, who entered as the two-time defending 1A team champs, had to settle for eighth. Hayley Harnett, who was the two-time defending champ in the 800, finished third in 2:24.79. The Warriors also got a third-place finish from Sarah Johnson in the shot put (32-0).

North Hagerstown senior Anna Lenhart was the county's top Class 2A finisher Saturday, placing second in the girls pole vault (9-0), a seemingly unusual event for a county cross country champ.

"Pole vaulting is for sprinters and gymnasts, but I'm neither," Lenhart said. "I'm a distance runner. But the pole vault is more fun than running."

For the North boys, Lamar Harris took third in the 400 (50.38).

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