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Wildcats do well for the fun of it

January 03, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Everyone seemed to agree that the Dwight Scott Western Maryland Relays were mostly about having fun Friday evening at Hagerstown Community College.

But the meet obviously had more significance than that, because the races were timed, the jumps and throws were measured and scores were kept.

"The relay meet is always fun, getting to do different things," Williamsport's Morgan Keplinger said. "Every meet's about having fun, but we're always wanting to win."

Winning just adds to the pleasure, and Keplinger was a member of two winning relays Friday.

She teamed with Amy Taylor, Lenzie Weicht and Rehema Emanuel to win the hurdle-sprint medley, and then joined Taylor, Emanuel and Brittany Weaver to win the 4x400 (4:18.92).

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The efforts helped the Williamsport girls finish second overall out of 13 teams with 51 points. Linganore was first with 56, while Thomas Johnson was third with 42.

"Running against teams like this - the big schools - helps us to improve and get stronger," Keplinger said. "The goal is to get that state championship."

The Williamsport boys also had the best finish among Washington County teams, finishing third with 40 points. TJ won with 76, and Middletown was second with 53.

The Wildcats won the distance medley (1,200-400-800-1,600) in 11:01.95 and the sprint medley (400-200-200-800) in 3:53.67. Four-time state champion Michael Lilley anchored both with splits of 4:31 and 2:05.

"It was all right. I wouldn't say we did anything spectacular today," said Lilley, who won the 3,200 at the Frostbite Invitational on Monday in a personal-best 9:45.40. "All my times were 1 or 2 seconds off what I wanted to run. I'm still a little tired from Monday."

He teamed with Naseem Haje (1,200), Sean Walters (400) and Mark Oliver (800) in the distance medley, and with Stephen Ingraham (400), Justin Bowie (200) and J.P. League (200) in the sprint medley.

"This meet is supposed to be fun, but you still want to make a good showing," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "The important meets are down the road, and this is a tuneup for them."

The only other county victory came from North Hagerstown's Beth Wagner and Kelly Tinlin, who won the girls high jump with a combined height of 9 feet, 8 inches.

Clear Spring junior Paige Shirk, in her first season of indoor track, had one of the most dominant individual performances of the meet as part of the Blazers' third-place girls shot put team. Her throw of 37 feet, 5 inches was nearly 5 feet farther than her closest competitor's - and would have won last year's Maryland Class 1A state title by more than 4 feet.

"My 37 wasn't really that good. Most of my throws recently in practice have been near 40," Shirk said. "But my legs are sore because I've been lifting - some hard-core stuff. I figure if I work hard now, later in the season it will pay off."

Western Maryland Relays
at Hagerstown Community College
Girls results

Teams scores: 1. Linganore 56; 2. Williamsport 51; 3. Thomas Johnson 42; 4. Middletown 40; 5. North Hagerstown 29; 6. Urbana 19.5; 7. Boonsboro, Frederick 14; 9. Clear Spring, Walkersville 6; 11. Smithsburg 1.5.

Hurdle-sprint medley - 1. Williamsport 35.65; 2. North 36.82; 3. Linganore 36.92; 4. Middletown 37.14; 5. Frederick 37.54; 6. Boonsboro 37.93.

4x200 - 1. Linganore 1:54.63; 2. TJ 1:56.13; 3. Williamsport 1:57.26; 4. Frederick 1:57.86; 5. North 1:58.93; 6. Urbana 2:00.37.

4x400 - 1. Williamsport 4:18.92; 2. Linganore 4:23.03; 3. Middletown 4:28.24; 4. TJ 4:30.91; 5. Frederick 4:43.39; 6. Walkersville 4:45.39.

4x800 - 1. TJ 10:24.29; 2. Linganore 11:04.06; 3. North 11:05.11; 4. Williamsport 11:05.51; 5. Frederick 11:20.88; 6. Smithsburg 11:35.30.

Sprint medley - 1. TJ 4:27.31; 2. Williamsport 4:33.09; 3. Middletown 4:35.83; 4. Walkersville 4:57.74; 5. Frederick 4:59.12; 6. Urbana 5:02.17.

Distance medley - 1. TJ 13:01.76; 2. Middletown 13:16.91; 3. Linganore 13:46.98; 4. Williamsport 13:47.72; 5. North 14:10.11; 6. Walkersville 14:59.89.

High jump - 1. North 9-8; 2. Linganore 9-3; 3. Middletown, Urbana 9-2; 5. Frederick 9-0; 6. Walkersvile, Smithsburg 8-6.

Pole vault - 1. Middletown 16-0; 2. Linganore 15-6; 3. Boonsboro, Williamsport 15-0; 5. Walkersville 14-0; 6. North 12-0.

Shot put - 1. Walkersville 56-9; 2. Boonsboro 56-7 3/4; 3. Clear Spring 55-9 1/2; 4. Williamsport 52-7; 5. Linganore 52-5 1/4; 6. Middletown 52-0 1/2.

Boys results
Team scores: 1. Thomas Johnson 76; 2. Middletown 53; 3. Williamsport 40; 4. Linganore 34; 5. Walkersville 24; 6. Boonsboro 21; 7. Frederick 12; 8. Smithsburg 10; 9. North Hagerstown 4; 10. Brunswick, Urbana 2; 12. South Hagerstown 1.

Hurdle-sprint medley - 1. TJ 31.18; 2. Middletown 31.74; 3. Williamsport 31.86; 4. Boonsboro 32.75; 5. Smithsburg 33.45; 6. Walkersville 33.94.

4x200 - 1. TJ 1:35.27; 2. Frederick 1:35.47; 3. Middletown 1:37.95; 4. Walkersville 1:38.15; 5. Linganore 1:38.45; 6. Smithsburg 1:41.64.

4x400 - 1. TJ 3:38.65; 2. Middletown 3:45.86; 3. Williamsport 3:45.92; 4. Linganore 3:47.22; 5. Frederick 3:49.56; 6. Walkersville 3:54.33.

4x800 - 1. Linganore 8:37.86; 2. Williamsport 8:46.15; 3. Thomas Johnson 8:46.91; 4. Middletown 8:58.04; 5. Walkersville 9:10.56; 6. Smithsburg 9:19.37.

Sprint medley - 1. Williamsport 3:53.67; 2. TJ 3:53.88; 3. Boonsboro 4:00.89; 4. Middletown 4:02.85; 5. Urbana 4:10.11; 6. South 4:13.06.

Distance medley - 1. Williamsport 11:01.95; 2. TJ 11:33.79; 3. Walkersville 11:35.95; 4. Smithsburg 11:36.00; 5. Linganore 11:37.16; 6. Middletown 11:47.59.

High jump - 1. Walkersville 12-3; 2. Middletown 11-10; 3. TJ 11-8; 4. Linganore 11-0; 5. Smithsburg 10-10; 6. Boonsboro 10-8.

Pole vault - 1. TJ 26-6; 2. Middletown 25-0; 3. Boonsboro 24-6; 4. North 22-6; 5. Linganore 21-0; 6. Brunswick 18-0.

Shot put - 1. Linganore 84-1 1/2; 2. TJ 82-8 1/2; 3. Middletown 79-0; 4. Boonsboro 76-8; 5. Frederick 74-11 1/4; 6. Brunswick 72-6 1/4.

By Colleen Helf/Staff Photographer

Williamsport's Morgan Keplinger finishes the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Western Maryland Relays. More photos at herald-mail.com.

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