Jones takes shot, puts self in states

May 18, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

South Hagerstown senior Trey Jones didn't have to be at his best to be the best Thursday during Day 1 of the Maryland 2A West Track & Field Championships at South's School Stadium.

Jones, the reigning state champ in the boys shot put, easily won the region title in the event Thursday. His winning toss of 50 feet and a quarter inch came on his first throw in the finals. While Jones beat runner-up Thomas Threadgill of Frederick by more than 3 1/2 feet, he was more than 5 feet off his season best.

"I would have liked to have thrown farther," said Jones, who never trailed. "I hope to throw farther at states. I don't know if I'll win if I throw this."

To advance to next week's state championships in Baltimore, Jones only needed to place in the top four or meet the qualifying standard of 46-1 Thursday.


"My goal was just to qualify," Jones said. "It's nice to come in first, but my goal was just to get to states.

"Once I get to states, I think the adrenaline and everything will take over. I just need to get in a good week of practice here and I'll be ready."

North Hagerstown's Hillary Zampelli, Tia Scott, Katie Ritter and Liz Smith - the Tri-State's top girls 800-meter relay team - placed second in the event in 1:47.1. Ritter, the third leg, moved the Hubs from third to first place, but Smith, the anchor, was unable to hold off Middletown (1:45.4).

"Our handoffs were great," Smith said. "Katie, once again, came out of nowhere. But then Middletown came out of nowhere, too.

"Our goal was just to get to states, so we're there and we're happy."

Ritter, a freshman, turned in the fastest time in the 100 (13.2) and equaled the top time in the 200 (27.1) during the semifinals. The finals of those events will be Saturday - the second and final day of the meet. Action begins at 10 a.m. at South.

North senior star Jarell Hasan - who led the Hubs to a state-qualifying, fourth-place finish in the boys 800 relay (1:34.3) - was the fastest in the 100 (11.3) and second-fastest in the 200 (22.9) in the semifinals.

"Saturday, I've got to bring my 'A' game," Hasan said. "I can't slack off. I've just got to come do it. That's it.

"I just want to get to states and compete with the best in Maryland. Everyone wants the same thing."

Also qualifying for states was North's Whitney Garvin, who placed fourth in the girls triple jump (32-3 3/4).

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