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Friends team up for records

April 26, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

HANCOCK - Tussey Mountain's Jordan Donaldson was in the lead and McConnellsburg's Chris Snyder trailed by a stride as the rivals flew into the final straightaway of the boys 800-meter run at the 26th annual Tri-State Track & Field Invitational on Wednesday.

"We came around the corner and I knew I had the school record, and I was like, 'Now let's try to beat him,'" Snyder said. "I kicked, I tried, but he's too fast for me."

In the race of the day, Donaldson edged Snyder by three tenths of a second, winning in 1:58.5 as both runners went under the previous meet record of 2:01.4, set in 1998 by McConnellsburg's Nick Wolfe. Snyder also broke his previous school record of 1:59.14.

"We're good friends," said Snyder of Donaldson, who also won the 400 in 50.3. "I told him before the race I wanted to get the school record, and we went out and did it."

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Snyder also won the 1,600 (4:44.6) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (3:42.0) to help the Spartans top the nine-team field with 158 1/2 points, 21 1/2 more than runner-up Berkeley Springs.

McConnellsburg - which won its eighth Tri-State title and first since 2004 - also got victories from Evan Mellott in the 100 (11.5) and 200 (23.9) and Jarrod Appleby in the triple jump (38-1 1/2) and pole vault (11-0).

"Obviously, it's good to have your outstanding athletes," McConnellsburg coach Josh Strait said. "But it's all those fourths and fifths - those guys that don't get their names in the paper - that win meets like this.

"This is always one we circle on our schedule each year."

Berkeley Springs won the 4x100 (44.9) and 4x200 (1:35.9) and got individual titles from Brian Ness in the 300 hurdles (42.2) and high jump (6-4) and Paul Truitt in the 110 hurdles (15.6).

Other boys champions included Hancock's Dustin Hull in the long jump (19-5) and Clear Spring's Dan Jarvis in the discus (118-10).

Meghan Mock went 4-for-4 to lead the Berkeley Springs girls to their first Tri-State team championship in 21 years. She won the 100 hurdles (16.1), 400 (1:01.5), high jump (5-0) and long jump (15-6 1/2) as the Indians edged defending champ Northern Bedford 158-152 on a wet and chilly day.

"It definitely wasn't the best day. I could've done better," said Mock, who high jumped 5-6 and long jumped 18-5 last weekend. "It's cold and that kind of throws you off."

The Indians also got individual titles from Megan Risinger in the 100 (13.3), Breanna Henry in the 1,600 (5:50.0), Rachel Buser in the 3,200 (11:40.5) and Brittany Naill in the discus (82-5). And their 3,200 relay team of Kari Mundey, Adrath Osborne, Henry and Buser broke a 15-year-old meet record, winning in 10:27.3. Berkeley Springs set the previous mark of 10:29.0 in 1992.

Other champions included Southern Fulton's Christy Hill in the 200 (28.0), Clear Spring's Hillary Jardine in the 800 (2:36.8) and Faith Christian's Taylor Brown in the 300 hurdles (48.9). Berkeley Springs also won the 4x200 (1:58.7) and host Hancock won the 4x400 (4:33.0).

ยท Winning the meet's outstanding-athlete awards were Appleby (boys field), Donaldson (boys track), Mock (girls field) and Brown (girls track).

Brown also placed second in the 400 (1:04.2) and third in the 100 hurdles (17.5).

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