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North Hagerstown's Phillips making a name for herself on the track

April 04, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Who's Renee Phillips?

She's listed on North Hagerstown's girls track roster as a sophomore middle distance runner.

Apparently, she can also sprint.

In the first edition of this spring's Tri-State leaderboard, Phillips is No. 1 in the 200-meter dash (26.6 seconds) and No. 2 in the 100 (12.7).

She's one spot above Chambersburg superstar Anyssa Barbour in the 200 and one spot below her in the 100. Phillips, a first-year outdoor track athlete, also is ahead of teammate Katie Ritter - the reigning Maryland Class 2A West champion in the 100 and 200 - in both.

That all seems quite surprising.

"To a lot of people, I'm sure, but not to me," North coach Curtis Graff said. "She's legit. She's that fast."

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Phillips turned in her top dashes Wednesday in a tri-meet with Brunswick and Smithsburg at Brunswick, winning both. Ritter was the runner-up in the 100, but did not run the 200.

"(Phillips) is more of a quarter miler, but (Wednesday) was more of a speed workout for her," Graff said. "All the kids, early in the year, I move them around. Ultimately, she'll end up running the quarter, maybe even the half.

"Who knows? She's got a lot to learn."

· The Herald-Mail Super 7 team power rankings are back.

The rankings are based entirely on the points accumulated by scoring the Tri-State leaderboard - 10 points for first, eight for second, six for third, four for fourth and two for fifth.

The leaderboard is maintained and updated each week by me. Please e-mail any questions or concerns to me at andrewm@herald-mail.com. Accuracy is the top priority.

Remember, only times recorded by FAT (fully automatic timing) are listed to the hundredth of a second. Hand-held times are all to be rounded up to the next tenth of a second. There are no exceptions.

· Twelve of last year's 14 All-Area First Team girls are back in action this spring, including Berkeley Springs senior Meghan Mock, the athlete of the year.

Mock has picked up where she left off. She's the Tri-State leader in the 100 hurdles (15.7), 300 hurdles (48.4) and long jump (16 feet, 2 inches). She's tied for the lead in the high jump (5-2) and tied for fifth in the 200 (27.7).

Mock equaled the Tri-State record in the high jump last spring at 5-8.

Chambersburg has the other two active members of the Tri-State's all-time leaderboard - juniors Barbour and David Eubanks.

Barbour ran a record 12.09 in the 100 as a freshman, while Eubanks ran the third leg of the Trojans' record-setting 3,200 relay (7:50.70) last year.

· Waynesboro senior Terrell Rickard and Jefferson junior Dewey McDonald are the only returning All-Area First Team boys.

Both are reigning state champions in the high jump - Rickard in PIAA Class AAA and McDonald in West Virginia Class AAA. No surprise, they're currently 1-2 in the event this spring.

· Chambersburg senior Liz Ross, who led all area girls in the shot put last spring with a throw of 35-6 1/2, surpassed that mark in the Trojans' first meet of the spring.

Ross unleashed a heave of 37-11 1/4 in a dual meet with James Buchanan last month.

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