Brown bags pair of wins for Faith

April 06, 2008|By Andrew Mason

BOONSBORO -- It's easy to understand why Taylor Brown felt a little overwhelmed at the beginning of the Dwight Scott Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.

Brown is one of only 16 members of the sophomore class at Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg, W.Va. On Saturday, Faith was one of 16 schools at the largest outdoor track invitational in Washington County.

"When you first get here, you're like, 'I'm not sure I'll do very well,'" Brown said. "Most meets I go to, there's not much competition. But there was a lot of competition to push me today."

Brown didn't back down. She won the 400-meter dash (1:03.55) and the 300 hurdles (47.65), and placed third in the 100 hurdles (17.29).


"My coach and my mom say it all the time, that I have good potential to be a good athlete," Brown said, "especially when I'm running this well against the public schools."

In the 300 hurdles, Brown edged out Berkeley Springs senior star Meghan Mock, the West Virginia Class AA state record holder in the event.

"I knew she was fast," Mock said. "If there was anyone to beat me, I'd like it to be her. She's really nice."

That was the only setback Saturday for Mock, last year's Herald-Mail Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. The West Virginia University recruit won the 100 hurdles (17.05), long jump (17-10) and high jump (4-8).

"I'm definitely more excited for Taylor than I am for me," Mock said. "She's been practicing for a while now."

Scott Rice's hard work is paying off, too. The Boonsboro junior was the lone winner for the host Warriors. He cleared 12 feet, 9 inches on a windy day to set a meet record in the boys pole vault. The previous record was 12-6, set by Boonsboro's Mike Mullendore in 1997.

"The wind and the cold were big factors, and the higher you go, the more the wind affects it," Rice said. "I was really worried about it at first. I kept missing at the lower heights."

He cleared 11-0, 11-6 and 12-0 on second tries, and won the event by clearing 12-6 on his third try. He needed all three attempts to set the record at 12-9, before missing three times at 13-3.

"My goal is 14," said Rice, who set a Maryland Class 1A indoor state-meet record at 13-2 in February. "That's what I want by the end of the season."

Smithsburg's Erin Kittel -- last year's Tri-State leader in the girls discus -- won the shot put with a throw of 31-4 1/2.

South Hagerstown produced Washington County's only other champions Saturday -- Sam Johnson in the boys high jump (5-8) and Rachel Loudin, Kayla Freeman, Bria Harmon and Kaitlyn Bosco in the girls 4x400 relay (4:24.90).

Williamsport, the Tri-State leader in the girls 4x400, was not at the meet.

"We want Williamsport," Loudin said.

"By the end of the season, I think we can beat them," Bosco said.

Jefferson and Urbana duked it out for the overall team titles. The Cougars edged the Hawks 101-96 for the boys crown, while the Urbana girls held off runner-up Jefferson, 131-84.

The Jefferson boys -- who were without sprinter Dominique Jones and state champion high jumper Dewey McDonald due to injuries -- won the 4x100 and 4x200 and got individual victories from Keenan DeLawder in the 100 (11.87), Brandon Hyler in the 400 (52.46), David Acly in the 110 hurdles (16.06) and Casey Johnson in the long jump (21-6 1/4).

"We didn't know how we'd do without two of our top guys," Jefferson coach Craig Hunter said. "We had to ask kids to step up and fill in at spots, and they responded.

"This was good competition for us to see where we're at this time of the year. I'm liking what I'm seeing right now."

The Jefferson girls got their lone victory in the 4x200 (1:51.20).

Berkeley Springs swept the boys and girls discus titles. Sam Byrne had a winning boys throw of 140-9, and Kelsey McCoy was the girls champion at 98-8.

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