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One for the record books

Brown, Hasan eclipse county 100-meter mark

Brown, Hasan eclipse county 100-meter mark

May 11, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

Maybe Smithsburg's Chad Brown and North Hagerstown's Jarell Hasan should be blamed for the lightning that suspended action two-thirds of the way through the Washington County Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening at School Stadium.

Their duel in the 100-meter dash was absolutely electrifying.

In arguably the greatest footrace in county history, Brown edged Hasan by two-hundredths of a second in a fully automatic timed 10.74 seconds, as both seniors went under the previous all-time county record of 10.84, set in 1987 by South Hagerstown's Dwayne Freeman.

"I'm happy for those guys," said Freeman, who now coaches track at South. "Watching them compete all season and beat one another, I'm just happy to see them peaking and improving their times.

"I know when I was a senior, I'd look at the county record and it was a challenge for me."

The championships resume today at 5:30 p.m. All of Thursday's results will stand. Brown's 10.74 might stand for a long time in the record book.

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"It's great to have something that everyone in the county can see," said Brown, the two-time defending Maryland Class 1A state champ in the 100. "As far as how close it was and the rush I got from it, it's pretty close up there with winning states. ... Racing against Jarell this year has been the best thing that's happened to me in track."

"I take my hat off to Chad," said Hasan, who's in his first season of outdoor track after edging Brown to set the Class 2A-1A state-meet record in the 300 in his first season of indoor track this past winter.

Brown and Hasan, who will compete in separate classes at regions and states, will go head-to-head for the final time in the 200 this evening.

The county record in the 200 is 21.54, set in 1965 by North's Gene O'Keefe.

"We've got the 200 tomorrow, so hopefully it will be the same," Hasan said. "Me and Chad might snatch that record, too."

In Friday's other feature duel - and the final race before the lightning - Williamsport's Mike Lilley held off Clear Spring's Dustin Adams by two seconds in the 3,200, winning in a personal-record 9:51 (official time unavailable). It was their first race against each other in the 3,200 since Adams outdueled Lilley to win the indoor state title in February.

"I wanted to break 9:50, but it was a PR and a win, so I can't really complain," Lilley said. "It's always nice to win. Dustin's a big rival, but also a really good friend."

The Williamsport girls and Smithsburg boys both seem to be on track to winning the team titles.

The Williamsport girls got individual victories from Jess Johnson in the 400 (1:00.47), Tracey Forsythe in the 1,600 (5:48.84), Kara Hardy in the 3,200 (official time unavailable), Amy Taylor in the 100 hurdles (16.75) and Cayla Broadwater in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches). The Wildcats also won the 3,200 relay.

Jamal Campbell won the 110 hurdles (14.89) and long jump (21-1 3/4) for the Smithsburg boys, while Brown won the 400 (51.8) in his debut in the event.

Other boys winners included Williamsport's Justin Cole in the 1,600 (4:54.48) and Sean Dixon in the high jump (6-0) and South's Trey Jones in the shot put (51-4 3/4). The Rebels won the 800 relay and the Wildcats the 3,200 relay.

North's Katie Ritter equaled the county-meet record in the 100 (12.4) and was a member of the Hubs' 800-relay team, which won in an area-leading 1:47.1.

Other girls winners included Smithsburg's Erin Kittel in the discus (89-9) and Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett in the long jump (17-5 1/4) and Sarah Johnson in the shot put (32-9 3/4).

Several results from Thursday were unavailable. They will be in Saturday's Herald-Mail.

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