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Rebels boys sprint to quad victory

April 02, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

By CHRIS CARTER

chris.carter@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - The depth of the South Hagerstown boys track team measured 400 meters Tuesday in a quad meet with Williamsport, Clear Spring and host Boonsboro.

The Rebels sprinted past the competition, taking the top spots in each of the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs, as well as the 400 relay team of Jon Gray, Chris Callahan, Ian Anderson and Eric Phillips, en route to a first-place finish with 99 points.

Jason Chase won the 100 in 11.3 seconds, Jamal Kirby took the 200 in 23.1 and Anderson won the 400 in 53.7. The winning 400 relay team finished in 46.8.

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"We've always been a good sprinting school. When you talk about South High track, you always mention our sprinters," said Rebels coach Dwayne Freeman. "The difference this year will be distance runners, and it could determine the outcome of the county meet. We're really shooting to be in the running for the county meet."

South took first in the 800 relay and second in the 1,600 relay, but did not field a 3,200 relay team and failed to score points in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. The Rebels got picked up in the field events with Kyle Toms winning both the shot put and the discus, and Devaun Bowie taking first in the long jump.

"We're still trying to get ready, still trying to prepare for the end of the season," Freeman said. "Each week we're trying to build our confidence. We're still far away from where we want to be, but I'm pleased with where we're at."

Williamsport's Justin Bowie won both hurdles events, Sean Dixon took first in the high and triple jumps and Naseen Hage won the 1,600 run to help the Wildcats to a second-place finish with 91 points. Mike Lilley took first in the 800 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay team for Williamsport, which also won the 1,600 relay.

Scott Rice took first in the pole vault and was the lone winner for Boonsboro, which finished third with 54 points.

Clear Spring's Ben Courter turned on the jets over the final 400 meters to win the 3,200 run in 10:52.9. Entering the final quarter-mile stretch, Courter trailed Williamsport's Danny Quinn by a few steps, but Quinn finished almost 12 seconds behind.

The Blazers finished fourth with just 26 points.

Williamsport ran away with the girls meet, finishing first in 13 events to post 144 points.

Cayla Broadwater - the defending state champion in the high jump - won that event, as well as the long jump, with relative ease. Jess Palmer won both hurdles events and ran the opening leg of the winning 400 relay team, and Amy Taylor won the triple jump and was part of all three winning relay teams - the 400, 800 and 1,600 - for the Wildcats.

"Our girls are starting to come along. They're doing what we ask them to do," said Williamsport coach John Bailey. "We worked pretty hard (Monday), which we don't really do at this point in the season. I expected them to do well."

Morgan Keplinger won the 100 in 13.2 seconds, Brittany Weaver won the 200 in 27.6 and Tracey Forsythe won the 1,600 in 5:57.6. In the field, Tonya Campbell won the discus with a winning throw of 77 feet, 10 inches.

Wildcats sophomore Samantha Ebersole tied Boonsboro's Katie Farr in the pole vault - the last event of the meet. Freshman Amy Moore won the 800 for the Warriors, who finished second with 56 points.

South Hagerstown's Rachel Loudon won the 400 in 1:05.3, topping Keplinger by one second. The Rebels also won the 3,200 relay - the first event of the day - and finished third with 44 points.

Clear Spring scored 24 points, led by Paige Shirk, who took first in the shot put with a winning distance of 31 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

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