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Graham-Gray achieves biggest goal at Pocono

May 07, 2007

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Susan Graham-Gray, 38, of Greencastle, Pa., became only the second legally blind runner ever to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials when she won the women's title Sunday at the Pocono Run for the Red Marathon.

Graham-Gray, running for the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, broke the women's course record by nearly two minutes, finishing in 2 hours, 45 minutes, 32 seconds.

Graham-Gray won $2,000 and more importantly broke the qualification mark of 2 hours, 47 minutes needed to run in the Olympic trials on April 20, 2008 in Boston.

"I'm so excited," Graham-Gray said. "It's been five years of hard work with Mike (Spinnler, CVAC President) and the team. ... I was running the times I needed to be running at each interval, and all the work paid off. It's a dream come true."

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Graham-Gray joins Marla Runyan, a 2000 Olympian, as the only legally blind runners to qualify for Olympic trials. She's also the first Tri-State runner to qualify for the marathon trials since Earl Stoner, who qualified in 1995 for the 1996 trials.

"The last 10 (kilometers) is very very mental, and it was tough to hang in there," Graham-Gray said. "I couldn't be more pleased. Tim (Skoczen) helped tremendously. ... I'm trying to take everything in and enjoy it, because it's taken so long to get there."

Skoczen served as a guide for Graham-Gray during the marathon and wound up finishing eighth in the men's race in 2:45:49.

Bret Mower, 36, of Greencastle, also running for the CVAC, finished fifth in 2:42:47.

Frederick Marathon

FREDERICK, Md. - Christopher Zieman won the men's title in a course-record time of 2:27:14.

Andy Mason, 35, of Hagerstown, running for the CVAC, finished seventh in 2:48:44.

In the women's race, two Washington County high school track coaches earned top-50 finishes. Becky Walter, 27, the head track coach at Boonsboro finished 31st in 3:50:40. Jaime Mason, 29, the head cross country and track coach at Clear Spring, finished 39th in 3:54:41.

Karen Abbamonte, 48, of Boonsboro, finished 38th overall and was the 11th Master in 3:53:50.

In the half-marathon, Dani Mason, 34, of Hagerstown, finished eighth in 1:33:01.




HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY



Feathers goes wire to wire

Bo Feathers led from start to finish Saturday night to earn his fourth career victory in Hagerstown, taking the Cindy Rowe Auto Glass late models win by five lengths over Gary Stuhler.

In the first points event for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman division, Barry Miller recorded his second career victory and his first since September 2003.

Mike Warrenfeltz, of Hagerstown, and Darrin Younker, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., split the Ernie's Auto Enterprises pure stock events.

Kenny Thomas, of Keedysville, Md., won the season's first Enduro Dash.




COLLEGE BASEBALL



Shepherd 7, West Liberty 2

PRINCETON, W.Va. - John Hawse had four hits in Shepherd University's victory over West Liberty State in the West Virginia Conference tournament.

Josh Wenderoth's two-run homer gave the Rams a 2-1 lead in the first inning.

Steve Kozak threw seven strong innings for Shepherd, allowing five hits and two runs. The senior fanned six. Kenny Reisinger struck out four the final two innings to close out the game.

Shepherd plays Concord today at 1 p.m., with the winner playing in the championship game later in the day.




YOUTH LEAGUES



National Little League

AMVETS 2, FOP 1

AMVETS: Dylan Appel 4-hitter, 7 Ks.

FOP: Jordie Dickens 1-hitter, 10 Ks; Bryce Nigh 2 hits.

National Minor League

Antietam 17, AMVETS 7

Antietam: Eric Hornsher 4 hits; Brandon Gooden, Jed Lewis 3 hits each; Blake Gooden, Chad Schumaker 2 hits each.

AMVETS: Dimitri Barnes 2 hits.

American Minor League

VFW 10, South Hagerstown 7

South: Ryan Carter 2 hits.

Goodwill 12, Eagles 9

Eagles: Chad Feigley 2 hits.

Goodwill: Jakerian Jones 2 hits, HR.

AFSCME 10, Antietam 6

Clear Spring Minor League

Divelbiss Construction Pirates 20, Beacon Electric Orioles 6

Pirates: Noah Hose 4 hits; Gerritt Raidt 3 hits; Jaret Lazich, Timmy Stoner, Sean Little 2 hits each; Ryder Mills HR.

Orioles: Cody Royce 2 hits; Collin Bucher 2 hits, HR.

Hancock Little League

Mr. Hardware Nationals 10, Appalachian Archery Red Sox 0

Nationals: Nathan Koontz 3 hits; Tristan Douglas, Tanner Manning 2 hits each; Tyler Trail HR; Chad Gordon 9 Ks.

Girls club soccer

Hagerstown Freedom 87 5, Crofton Strikers 2

Hagerstown: Erica DiMercurio, Melanie Connor, Kaytie Johnson, Hannah Barton, Carlie Colella goal each.

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