Wildcats girls, Rebels boys in zone at Zonis

April 27, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

BOONSBORO - "What?" Dwayne Freeman said. "We won? We won?"

The South Hagerstown track coach couldn't believe his ears as the boys team scores were announced at the conclusion of the Zonis Invitational on Saturday.

Yes, Coach Freeman, your boys won.

The Rebels edged Smithsburg 140 to 136 1/3 for the title. Williamsport was third with 112 1/3 points.

"I'm just shocked. There's no way I expected this," Freeman said. "When God does his work, he does his work. He works mysteriously. There's no other way to explain it.

"We only had 19 boys. We had prom today. Our lineup was down."

The Rebels stepped up, with senior Jamal Kirby leading the way.

Kirby won the 100-meter dash in 11.3 seconds, the 200 in 23.0 and he ran a leg of the winning 4x200 relay (1:35.1).


"I've been trying to keep my times down, and today was just a great day," Kirby said. "I'm feeling great, feeling loose."

South also got wins from Chris Callahan in the 400 (54.1) and Isaiah Mosley in the quadathlon - an event that combined the 200, 800, long jump and discus.

"I'm just really happy for the kids," Freeman said. "It's a big confidence boost. We're still shooting for the county."

All the big championship meets are just around the corner next month.

The Williamsport girls seem more than ready to flip the calendar to May after racking up a winning total of 223 points Saturday. North Hagerstown was second with 115.

"I think we're contenders for the state title," Williamsport's Jess Johnson said.

"We're just waiting for that big breakthrough," teammate Jess Palmer said. "Everyone's right there."

Johnson and Palmer teamed with Amy Taylor and Brittany Weaver to win the 4x400 relay in a meet-record 4:12.7.

"Our school record is 4:07, and we want to beat that. That's our goal" said Johnson, who also won the open 400 in 1:00.5.

Palmer added victories in the 100 hurdles (16.9) and 300 hurdles (49.2) and ran a leg of the winning 4x200 relay, which equaled the meet record at 1:49.7.

"I was really mentally preparing myself because we have really big meets coming up," Palmer said.

Williamsport's Cayla Broadwater outleapt everyone Saturday, winning the long (14-4 1/4), triple (33-10 1/4) and high (5-2) jumps.

But she wasn't very excited about her performances.

"I can't lie and say that I am," said Broadwater, who equaled the meet record in the high jump. "I'm hard on myself. I want to jump 5-4 in the high jump and I want 36 in the triple. I set goals for myself and I like to reach them. But I'm getting there."

The Williamsport girls also got wins from Samantha Ebersole in the pole vault (7-0) and Lenzie Weicht in the quadathlon.

North's Shuntia Hamilton, Renee Phillips, Katie Ritter and Whitney Garvin produced the other meet record Saturday with their win in the girls 4x100 (51.5).

"Wow, that's crazy," said Ritter. "Our last handoff wasn't the greatest so we can improve."

Ritter also won the 100 (12.6) and 200 (26.8). She's the reigning Maryland Class 2A West champ in both events.

"I'm getting in my zone again," she said. "I was slacking off a little in the beginning of the season."

The Williamsport boys showed their strength in the distance events. Jesse Buchman won the 800 (2:02.1), Michael Lilley won the 1,600 (4:37.1) and Naseem Haje won the 3,200 (10:15.6) for the Wildcats.

The Williamsport boys also got wins from Justin Bowie in the 110 hurdles (15.4) and Sean Dixon in the triple jump (40-11).

The Smithsburg boys got wins from Tyler Barnhart in the discus (138-4), Joe Edwards in the long jump (18-9 1/2) and Billy Lawrence in the high jump (5-10). Lawrence also ran a leg of the winning 4x100 (45.4).

Smithsburg's Erin Kittel won the girls shot put (31-11) and North's Corey Forsyth won the boys pole vault (11-3).

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