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Donaldson sprints to win for Hubs

January 13, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Justin Donaldson's story is strikingly similar to his friend Jarell Hasan's - except for one thing.

"I don't think he's faster than me," Donaldson said.

Donaldson, a senior at North Hagerstown, said he decided to run track this winter for the first time since his freshman year to get in shape for college football.

Hasan, who recently completed his first football season at Shepherd University, won three Maryland state titles as a first-year sprinter for the Hubs last year. He, too, joined the North track team to prepare for football at the next level.

Like Hasan, Donaldson is on a different level on the track.

On Saturday night, Donaldson won the 55-meter dash in 6.5 seconds at the MVAL Piedmont Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.

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Donaldson - an All-Area First Team running back for the Hubs this past fall - said his goal is to play football at Shippensburg University.

He now has another goal for this winter.

"I just want to get to states and win that, and put a name out there for my school," he said.

North track coach Sarina Hamilton seems as delighted as she is frustrated with Donaldson.

"I've been after him for three years," she said. "It's a little frustrating when you have someone with that much natural talent come out senior year, because you haven't had a chance to work with him all those years to get him to his full potential.

"But I am very pleased to have him on the team."

Donaldson said it beats "sitting around the house."

"I just wanted to try to get in shape for football," he said. "I didn't have anything else to do."

Will we see him this spring in outdoor track?

"I don't know yet," he said.

North and South Hagerstown were the only area schools competing in the Piedmont meet, which ended too late to get complete results and team scores in this edition of The Herald-Mail.

South's Isaiah Mosley placed third in the boys 500 (1:13.7), and North's Renee Phillips took third in the girls 300 (46.0).

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