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Hasan catches Brown's eye

January 13, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

North Hagerstown senior Jarell Hasan said he decided to join the Hubs' track team this year to get faster for college football.

He's already plenty fast for high school track.

Just ask Smithsburg senior Chad Brown, the state-champion sprinter and Mount St. Mary's recruit.

At the fourth annual MVAL Antietam Indoor Track Championships at Hagerstown Community College on Friday night, Hasan edged Brown to win the 300-meter dash in a meet-record 36.5 seconds. He then finished a narrow second to Brown in the 55 as both sprinters equaled the meet record of 6.4.

"It's nice to have a little bit of friendly competition this year," Brown said. "It's only going to benefit both of us. ... I've got something to think about when I'm training now."

"Chad and I are good friends," said Hasan, an All-Area First Team wide receiver who's still undecided on his collegiate plans. "I'm just trying to give him a run for his money."

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That was especially evident in their final clash of the night in the 800 relay. Hasan moved the Hubs from third to second in the final leg and then nearly caught Brown, who anchored the Leopards to a meet-record 1:37.7.

"I had him at 22-flat. That was ridiculous," North coach Craig Bathgate said of Hasan's 200 split. "I just want to go smack him for not running all four years."

Smithsburg also narrowly prevailed in the overall team race, edging Brunswick by less than a point - 85 to 84 1/3 - to defend its conference title. The Railroaders won five of the 13 events, while the Leopards only won three.

"Brunswick is going to be a force in the region and a force in the state meet," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "Our depth tonight just managed to edge out their talent."

The Williamsport girls remained perfect in the Antietam meet, scoring 116 points to easily win their fourth straight title. North was second with 74.

"All four years I was here. That's exciting," said Williamsport senior Jordan Atha, who won the 1,600 (5:43.4), 800 (2:35.8) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (4:24.2).

"We have good kids," Williamsport coach Cindy Mease said. "You've heard me say that before, but we do have good kids. They work hard and it shows. They lay it all out on the track."

Williamsport also got victories from Rehema Emanuel in the 300 (44.7) and Amy Taylor in the 55 hurdles (9.5).

Other individual girls winners included North's Tia Scott in the 55 (7.6), Clear Spring's Katherine McCormick in the high jump (5-0 1/2) and Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett in the 500 (1:23.2) and Sarah Johnson in the shot put (31-6).

Harnett and McCormick both set meet records. Harnett, a senior, broke the mark of 1:23.5 she set as a freshman.

"I was like, 'Man, as a freshman I could do this. I should be able to improve,'" Harnett said. "My sophomore year I was injured a lot, and I just didn't have a very good year last year."

Other individual boys winners included Smithsburg's Jamal Campbell in the 55 hurdles (7.9), Williamsport's Mike Lilley in the 1,600 (4:47.6), Clear Spring's Dustin Adams in the 3,200 (10:04.9) and Boonsboro's Robert Kornides in the high jump (5-10).

Adams set a meet record, while Kornides equaled one.

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