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Trey Jones' throw hits high point, beats beats Horner, too

Trey Jones' throw hits high point, beats beats Horner, too

February 03, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

South Hagerstown senior Trey Jones said beating Brunswick star Ben Horner in the shot put wasn't on his list of priorities Friday night at the Maryland Class 2A-1A West Indoor Track Championships at Hagerstown Community College.

If it were, Jones could have checked that one off too.

"It feels good to beat him, but I really only care about my own personal distance," said Jones, who finished second to Horner at states last winter.

On his first throw of the finals, Jones unleashed a winning toss of 49 feet, 11 1/2 inches for an indoor personal best. Horner was the runner-up at 49-3 1/2.

"I'm pretty excited," said Jones, who won the 2A outdoor state title in the shot put last spring, while Horner was the 1A outdoor state champ in the shot and discus. "I just want to go to states and throw even better. I want to win that one."

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The 2A-1A state meet will be held Feb. 19 in Landover, Md. The top four in each event Friday automatically qualified for states, while others advanced by meeting certain standards.

Overall, six Washington County athletes won individual titles Friday.

In girls action, Clear Spring's Katherine McCormick cleared 5-1 on her first attempt at that height to win the high jump, while Tia Scott led North Hagerstown to a 1-2 finish in the 55-meter dash. Scott won in 7.72 seconds, while teammate Katie Ritter was the runner-up in 7.74.

"That was incredible - a senior and a freshman 1-2 at regionals," North coach Craig Bathgate said. "I'm going to be sad to see Tia go, but I'm excited about Katie coming back next year."

Chad Brown and Jamal Campbell both repeated as West champs for the Smithsburg boys - Brown in the 55 (6.55) and 300 (37.06) and Campbell in the 55 hurdles (7.98).

North's Jarell Hasan was the runner-up to Brown in both sprints, losing by an eyelash in the 55 in 6.56.

"When the (55) was over, neither one of us knew who won," Brown said. "We were just kind of looking at each other like, 'I think you won.'

"Of course I'm happy to win, but ... my 300 time I'm really going to have to improve if I'm going to make any noise at states."

Brown and Campbell won't be competing at states in the 800 relay - the event they helped the Leopards set a meet record in last week at the county championships. A bad handoff between the pair, resulting in a dropped baton, ruined their chances.

"It's just one of those things. It happens," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "They tried their best."

In the boys 3,200, Williamsport's Mike Lilley - the runner-up to Clear Spring's Dustin Adams at the county and MVAL Antietam championships - took the lead from Adams with 300 meters left and never relinquished it, winning in 10:05.8. Adams was second in 10:11.0.

"At the beginning of the race I was just thinking that I had to qualify, but ... I wanted to win," Lilley said. "In the last 300 meters I was feeling good, and I decided to go for it.

"I'm just hoping I can hold him off again at states."

The Poolesville girls and Liberty boys both successfully defended their team titles Friday.

Poolesville ran away from runner-up Williamsport, 113-63.

Amy Taylor, Morgan Keplinger, Jess Johnson and Jordan Atha teamed for the Wildcats' lone title in the 1,600 relay (4:17.70).

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