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Brown wants to add indoor gold to his outdoor stash

February 18, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

Smithsburg senior Chad Brown is golden in outdoor track.

He's the two-time defending Class 1A state champ in the 100-meter dash and the reigning state champ in the 200.

Indoors, it's a different story.

"The best I've gotten there is third," said Brown, who took the bronze in the 55 at last year's Maryland Class 2A-1A indoor state meet. "Obviously, I want to improve. I want to pick up a couple places in the 55."

Translation: He won't be satisfied with anything worse than first under the roof of the Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex at Monday's state meet.

Brown had state silver locked up in the 300 last winter, before he locked up in the final meters and stumbled to the track, finishing last.

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This season, he and North Hagerstown senior Jarell Hasan, a first-year track athlete, have been locked in one of the area's best duels in the 300.

"I think Jarell and I can go 1-2 in the 300," Brown said. "I'm not saying who will beat who."

Smithsburg senior Jamal Campbell is a little more bold with his predictions in the 55 hurdles.

"I'm going to win, hopefully," said Campbell, the state runner-up in the hurdles last winter. "I'm definitely a better hurdler than I was last year."

Two Washington County senior girls enter the meet as reigning state champs - Clear Spring's Katherine McCormick in the high jump and Boonsboro's Sarah Johnson in the shot put.

Both seem more concerned about their performances Monday than their places.

"I just want to PR. That's all I'm looking for," said McCormick, whose personal record is 5 feet, 2 inches. "I've never PR'd at a state meet."

Despite unleashing a season-best throw of 32-10 at the West region meet, Johnson wasn't pleased.

"I was hoping I could do better than that," said Johnson, who won states with a toss of 32-5 3/4 last year. "It's my senior year. I want to pop out a 35."

And it might take even more than that to repeat as state champ. Liberty's Melissa Stansbury won the West region title with a throw of 35-5 3/4, while Johnson was third.

"Today was discouraging, but also really good because I needed the competition," Johnson said at regionals. "Now I know I need to work really hard."

In boys shot put action, South Hagerstown senior Trey Jones, last year's state runner-up, enters Monday's meet with a regional victory over Brunswick's Ben Horner, the defending state champ.

"Horner is really good," said Jones, who beat him with his indoor personal-best throw of 49-11 1/2. "I just need to go down there and perform like I know I can. I'm making 51 the goal."

Williamsport's Mike Lilley vs. Clear Spring's Dustin Adams in the boys 3,200 has been one of best duels on the track all winter. Adams, whose personal record is 9:58.6, won MVAL Antietam and county titles, while Lilley, whose PR is 10:03.3, won the region title.

Their next battle likely will be for the state title.

"I just want to go under 10 and try to win. And I know he'll be with me the entire way," Lilley said. "It'd be really cool if we both went under 10 and it came down to a really good fight."

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