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Talbott too fast for his clothes

May 03, 2007|by JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When Musselman's Louie Talbott says he needs to reach for the tape, he's not talking about lunging across a yellow sash stretched across a finish line.

He's just trying to keep his clothes on.

The Musselman junior distance runner won a pair of events at Wednesday's Berkeley County championships, despite a tank top so oversized that it caused his left shoulder strap to slip down to his upper arm during the 1,600-meter run.

"This is the smallest size we have. I try to tuck it in as best I can," said Talbott, slight in stature but long on endurance. "I'm going to have to find the tape soon."

Sure enough, moments before he took off for the 3,200, Talbott found a roll of masking tape and rigged his shirt a little tighter. The result was a runaway victory for Talbott.

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Musselman's girls and Hedgesville's boys each finished first at the three-team meet, while Musselman's Alaina Pletcher and Hedgesville's Robin Dean took high-point awards.

Talbott finished just behind Dean. And he did it despite his wardrobe woes.

"I'd pull it back up (during the race), but it would just fall off again," Talbott said. "So I don't bother with it."

In fact, Talbott has gone as far as wearing a girls jersey, which he did during last year's state meet.

"It was actually a lot more comfortable," he said.

He looked comfortable enough Wednesday, finishing the 1,600 in 4:40.5, more than 16 seconds ahead of second-place Nick Belotte of Hedgesville, who also took second in the 3,200. Talbott won that race with a time of 10:32.8.

The individual wins didn't matter much in the team standings. Musselman finished a distant third with 39 points. Hedgesville's 91 also easily bested Martinsburg's 63.

Dean contributed wins in the 110 high hurdles (15.7) and long jump (20 feet). Adding his performance on the shuttle hurdles relay, and he finished with 11.5 points.

Other winners for the Eagles were: Matt Moriarty, pole vault (10-6); 4x100 relay team (44.2); Chris Deaner, high jump (6-2); and Jordan Reed, 200 (22.8).

Martinsburg's 4x800, shuttle hurdles, 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams each took first, with Brandon Cato winning the 100 (11.0), Donald St. Clair winning the 400 (51.9), Khiry Timbers winning the 800 (2:03.8) and Matt Porter winning the shot put (46-7 3/4) and discus (162-6).

In addition to Talbott's two, Musselman received another first from Logan Holloman in the 300 hurdles (42.8).

On the girls side, Musselman's 69 points edged Hedgesville's 63, with the Bulldogs amassing 56.

The Applemen can thank Pletcher for winning three individual events, the 100 (12.8), 400 (1:00.1) and 200 (26.4).

Also, Brittany Marsh took first in the shot put (31-9), Morgan Harms won the 800 (2:37.7) and 1,600 (5:38.24) and Cassandra Lioi won the long jump (15-4) for Musselman.

The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams added wins for the Applemen.

For Hedgesville, Destiny Brindle won the pole vault (7-6), Katie Rude the high jump (4-8), Olivia Scott the 100 high hurdles (16.1) and Jordan Brown the discus (97-1 1/2). The shuttle hurdles team also finished first.

Martinsburg received wins from its 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams, as well Shelby Wilkinson in the 3,200 (12:44.3) and 300 hurdles (51.9).

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