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Trojans make their mark in dual meets

May 04, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

While most area track and field teams focus on the big invitationals during the spring, Chambersburg circles the key dual-meet dates on its schedule.

"We definitely stress dual-meet performance," Chambersburg distance and head girls coach Chris Monheim said.

The Trojans' performances have littered the weekly Tri-State leaderboard as their boys and girls teams have each been ranked No. 1 all season, far ahead of No. 2.

Chambersburg closed out its dual-meet season with a pair of Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division wins against Central Dauphin on Tuesday. The boys went 7-0 (6-0) to win the division crown, while the girls finished 6-1 (5-1) and in a three-way tie with Cedar Cliff and Harrisburg for the title.

"I love a good dual meet. I prefer it over an invitational, and our conference lends itself to good competition in dual meets. We can't relax in any of our meets," Monheim said. "There's no better competition than having two teams go at each other in a dual-meet environment. If you don't emphasize dual meets, it's tough to emphasize the team concept.

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"We're probably a better dual-meet team than championship-type team because of our depth, same with the boys."

The Trojans still have their stars.

The only Tri-State prep record-holders still active are a pair of Chambersburg girls - sophomore sprinter Anyssa Barbour and senior distance runner Sarah Morrison, a Villanova recruit.

"That kind of sums it up," Monheim said. "You take two kids like that to a meet, we're tough to beat. And fortunately we have enough depth that we don't have to kill them."

Barbour set the record in the 100-meter dash at 12.09 seconds last year, while Morrison set the 800 mark at 2:14.10 as a sophomore and the 1,600 record at 4:52.44 as a junior.

The Tri-State record currently being eyed up by the Chambersburg boys is the 3,200-relay time of 7:52.04, set by Hedgesville in 1995.

"They're real excited about it," Monheim said. "If they don't run 7:50, I'll be real disappointed."

Trojans Corey Grove, Channon Riggs, David Eubanks and J.J. Strike - who are all on the area leaderboard individually - have a season-best time of 8:02.6 in the 3,200 relay, which, of course, came in a dual meet.

"There's nothing better than a good 4x8, at least in Pennsylvania. There's a lot of tradition and history there," Monheim said. "Eubanks and Grove are so into that 4x8 right now that we have to help keep them focused on their individual stuff."

The Trojans have remarkable depth in the event. Corey Snyder, an area leader in the 300 hurdles, ran a 1:59 leg on the 3,200 relay last year.

"Our No. 7 guy in the 800 has run 2:04," Monheim said. "It's been kind of weird. A few years ago, if our guys ran 8:20, we'd be excited. We just had our 'B' team run 8:16.

"Things are going well."

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