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Brunswick boys edge Smithsburg in final event

April 15, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg track and field team was without several key members as it hosted the Charas Heurich Invitational meet Saturday.

Still, the Smithsburg boys managed to be in the hunt for the team title at day's end.

A Florida band trip depleted Smithsburg's roster by about 25 percent, but the Leopards were still in position for the title, tied with Brunswick at 84 with one event remaining.

The event - the 1,600-meter relay - went in favor of the Railroaders for the third time this year.

"Two of the guys that usually run for us in the event happened to be two that aren't here," Leopards coach Ray Shriver said. "And Brunswick has beat us in the 4x400 in every meet this year."

The Railroaders finished the mile relay in 3 minutes, 35.3 seconds, good for second place, to clinch the title with 92 team points. Smithsburg finished 10 1/2 seconds later for fourth place and second overall with 88 points.

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"We always expect to win. It's a character flaw," Shriver said. "Then we realize that without some of the people we usually have, it's probably not going to happen."

Among the absent Leopards were sprinter Chad Brown and distance runners Bret Marfut, Andrew Popper and Corey Centofonti.

But a shorthanded Smithsburg squad was still enough to top the four other Washington County teams involved in the 10-team meet. Clear Spring (38 points) was sixth, South Hagerstown (33 1/4) seventh, North Hagerstown (32) eighth and Boonsboro (31 1/2) ninth.

Leopards senior Jamal Campbell had three wins - he shared the 110 hurdles title with Frederick's Quentin Ferguson - and one second-place finish. He won the triple jump and the long jump and was second in the 300 hurdles - by 1.1 seconds to Ferguson.

"I'm glad I won some, but I don't think I did as well as I could," Campbell said. "(Ferguson) is the competition. We battled like that in indoor track."

Another familiar showdown from indoor track will have to wait, as North Hagerstown's Jarell Hasan missed out on the chance to sprint against Brown.

"I was like, 'Where's Chad?'" Hasan said. "He's my biggest competition and I think I kind of slacked because he wasn't here."

Hasan won the 100 in 10.9 seconds and placed second in the 200 behind Walkersville's D.J. Watkins.

"I tried something different in the 200," Hasan said. "I tried to pace myself for the first 100, then go all-out on the last 100. But what happened was (Watkins) turned it up before I did, so it didn't work. I'm just going to go back to sprinting the whole thing."

South Hagerstown's Trey Jones unleashed a personal best to win the shot put. Jones, last year's Maryland Class 2A champion, recorded an area-leading distance of 55 feet, 2 inches - 5 1/2 feet better than Brunswick's Ben Horner, the defending Class 1A champion.

Other county boys winners were Clear Spring's Dustin Adams (3,200, 10:15.4) and Ben Courter (high jump, 5-6) and Smithsburg's Leon Souders (pole vault, 13-0).

n North Hagerstown was the top Washington County girls team, finishing fifth with 68 points, followed by Boonsboro (sixth, 59), Clear Spring (seventh, 31), Smithsburg (eighth, 14) and South (10th, 9). Frederick won the meet with 105 points.

Katherine McCormick led the Clear Spring girls with a win in the high jump and a second in the long jump to Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett, who leaped 16 feet, 3 inches.

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