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Wildcats boys defend Antietam title

January 09, 2009|By Andrew Mason

Bodies were sprawled out on the track, and oxygen was at a premium.

The boys 800-meter run -- the next-to-last event -- had just finished at the MVAL Antietam Indoor Track Championships at Hagerstown Community College on Friday night. And with Smithsburg, Boonsboro and Williamsport all still fighting for the team title, the significance of the race was evident.

"I knew I needed to win for us to have a chance," said Boonsboro's Jordan Acton, who dove across the finish line to edge Williamsport's Michael Lilley by an eyelash for the victory in 2:04.84. "Last 10 meters, I could tell he was a little bit ahead of me. Once I could tell he was starting to lean, I just went for the dive. It was all I had left."

While Acton collected 10 valuable team points for the win, Lilley (2:04.90), Mark Oliver (2:06.21) and Danny Quinn (2:09.51) took second through fourth, earning 18 points for Williamsport.

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The Wildcats, who entered the race in third place, were now in first.

"They came through and did what they had to do," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "You can tell where the season is. People are putting it on the line."

Smithsburg edged Williamsport by a fraction of a second to win the 4x400 relay, the final event, but it wasn't enough to overtake the defending-champion Wildcats.

Williamsport won with 103 1/2 points, Smithsburg was second with 97 and Boonsboro finished third with 95.

The Wildcats also captured the girls team title with 135 points. South Carroll, last year's champ, was the runner-up with 104, and Boonsboro was third with 42.

"I'm excited for the kids. It's a big meet," Bailey said. "Now we have two weeks to train for counties."

Amy Taylor led the way for Williamsport, getting victories in the 55 hurdles (9.40), 500 dash (1:27.26) and 4x200 (1:54.62).

"As a team we're just very confident right now," Taylor said. "Every area is covered."

Other girls champions included Williamsport's Morgan Keplinger in the 800 (2:38.64), Smithsburg's Erika Gerhold in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) and Clear Spring's Paige Shirk in the shot put (39-10 3/4).

Gerhold equaled the meet record set by Boonsboro's Eileen Stump in 2004, while Shirk shattered the previous meet record of 36-0 set by North Hagerstown's Sharnay Burnett in 2005.

Williamsport's Jordie Lord, the defending Maryland Class 1A state champ in the shot put, finished a distant second at 33-0 1/4.

"I was thrilled with myself," Shirk said. "I had high goals and I got pretty close to them.

"I wanted to hit 40 and I'm just that far away," she said, showing the distance with her thumb and index finger. "I just kind of keep going with the flow and making the goals as I go."

Boonsboro's Scott Rice -- the Washington County record holder in the pole vault at 14-3 1/4 -- won the event Friday at 13-0 -- 6 inches better than the previous meet record.

"I'm excited about the record, but I wish it could have been higher," said Rice, who had issues adjusting to a new pole.

Smithsburg's Billy Lawrence cleared 6-1 to set a meet record in the high jump.

"Usually I get over 6 feet, but 6-1 is tough," Lawrence said. "I guess I got lucky today."

Also for the Leopards, Erick Parker won the 55 dash (7.05) and Tyler Craig won the 300 (38.17) and anchored the winning 4x400 (3:45.52).

Other individual champs included Williamsport's Justin Bowie in the 55 hurdles (7.99) and Acton in the 500 (1:13.20).

MVAL Antietam Championships

at Hagerstown Community College

Girls results

Teams: 1. Williamsport 135; 2. South Carroll 104; 3. Boonsboro 42; 4. Catoctin 40; 5. Smithsburg 38; 6. Brunswick 27; 7. Clear Spring 16.

55 -- 1. Cody Mezebish (SC) 7.76; 2. Rehema Emanuel (Wi) 7.83; 3. Shaleigh Saylor (Ca) 8.00; 4. Cheyenne Ganley (Ca) 8.03; 5. Cara Wagaman (Sm) 8.29; 6. Lacey Martin (Br) 8.32.

55 hurdles -- 1. Amy Taylor (Wi) 9.40; 2. Nina Boston (SC) 9.62; 3. L. Weicht (Wi) 10.36; 4. Hannah Stone (Ca) 10.44; 5. Katie Miller (Bo) 10.57; 6. Anna Olszewski (Bo) 13.36.

300 -- 1. Cody Mezebish (SC) 44.31; 2. Morgan Keplinger (Wi) 44.85; 3. Brittany Weaver (Wi) 44.90; 4. Rehema Emanuel (Wi) 44.94; 5. Cheyenne Ganley (Ca) 45.23; 6. Amy Poffenberger (Sm) 45.86.

500 -- 1. Amy Taylor (Wi) 1:27.26; 2. Kaelii Stout (Wi) 1:32.15; 3. Emily Snyder (Wi) 1:32.35; 4. Caity Martin (SC) 1:32.53; 5. Stephanie Breen (Sm) 1:33.78; 6. Jessica Nicolao (Bo) 1:34.01.

800 -- 1. Morgan Keplinger (Wi) 2:38.64; 2. Tracey Forsythe (Wi) 2:38.81; 3. Amy Moore (Bo) 2:42.14; 4. Jen Tompkins (SC) 2:43.76; 5. Leah Stone (Ca) 2:44.04; 6. Emily Carlin (SC) 2:44.95.

1,600 -- 1. Rachel Sykes (SC) 5:28.03; 2. Tracey Forsythe (Wi) 5:45.07; 3. Becky Kaler (Br) 5:58.21; 4. Emily Carlin (SC) 6:09.91; 5. Jamie Wisz (Sm) 6:16.72; 6. Krysten Runci (SC) 6:19.00.

3,200 -- 1. Racel Sykes (SC) 11:45.96; 2. Becky Kaler (Br) 12:49.72; 3. Catherine Robinson (SC) 12:54.51; 4. Kellie Quinn (Wi) 13:08.19; 5. Jamie Wisz (Sm) 14:07.02; 6. Hillary Jardine (CS) 14:19.41.

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