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Blazers' Courter enjoys career day

April 22, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

BOONSBORO - The eighth annual Dwight Scott Track & Field Invitational almost could have been mistaken for the Ben Courter Championships on Saturday.

Courter had a career day at the fully automatic timed (FAT) meet. The Clear Spring junior won the 800-meter run in 2:05.91, cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump and ran key legs of the winning 3,200 relay (8:43.16) and 1,600 relay (3:44.93).

"I was 4-for-4," Courter said. "I was trying to do that sometime this season. I was 3-for-4 at a dual meet in Brunswick.

"This is the first season I've ever won anything. I don't know what the difference is this year. I want to run in college, and I know you need faster times."

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After winning the high jump, Courter ran the second leg of the 3,200 relay, moving the Blazers from third to first, where they stayed. Then after winning the 800, he held off Westminster's Alan Jaeger, the 400 champ, by .21 seconds in the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay.

"It was tiring," Courter said. "I just hope I keep getting faster."

Overall, the Clear Spring boys won nine of the 18 events, more than any other team. However, Westminster used its depth to top the six-team field with 164 points, 12 more than the runner-up Blazers.

"We came here to win," said Clear Spring junior Adam Reid, who won the 100 (12.29) and 200 (24.62). "We had high expectations."

The Blazers' other individual champs were Dustin Adams in the 3,200 (10:10.50), Kyle Byrne in the long jump (17-10) and Dan Jarvis in the discus (127-4).

For host Boonsboro, which finished third with 89 points, Aaron Hauber cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault by a foot.

In the girls meet, Boonsboro senior Hayley Harnett looked like she's picked up where she left off her sophomore year, when she won her second straight Maryland Class 1A state title in the 800.

Harnett, who had a somewhat disappointing junior season, won the 800 on Saturday by nearly an entire straightaway in 2:26.81.

"I'm enjoying it a lot more this year. I'm just trying to make it as stress-free as possible," she said. "I had a lot of stress last year. After two years of being pretty successful, there was a lot of pressure to do the same, and it's no fun when there's a lot of stress.

"And they're letting me do the long jump this year. It's nice to not always be running."

Harnett was equally productive off the track, winning the long jump in 16-2.

Westminster won the girls team title with 140 points. Boonsboro and Linganore tied for second with 111 each.

The Warriors also got titles from Katie Farr in the pole vault (8-0) and Sarah Johnson in the shot put (30-11 1/2).

Missie Grove won the 3,200 (14:01.09) and Lindsay Mizell won the high jump (5-0) for Clear Spring, which finished fourth with 106 points.

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