Wilson is unbeatable in long run

May 28, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • Williamsport's Mark Oliver, right, was passed by an Owings Mills runner on the way to the finish of the Class 1A Boys 3,200-meter relay Thursday afternoon at Morgan State University. Owings Mills was disqualified and Williamsport was awarded the championship.
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    BALTIMORE -- David Wilson completed his 2009-10 distance-running sweep in record fashion Thursday during Day 1 of the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University.

    The Smithsburg senior won the Class 1A boys 3,200-meter run in a 1A meet-record time of 9:25.14 in hot and muggy conditions. He was a state champion in cross country in the fall and in the 3,200 indoors (in a meet-record 9:31.42) in the winter.

    "It's a relief," said Wilson, who led the entire race Thursday. "There's been a lot of pressure to come in first. I'm glad I could pull it off."

    Allegany's Ian MacFawn was second in 9:31.45 as both runners went under the previous record of 9:32.48, set by Jon Goldsmith of Glenelg in 2001.

    "I didn't realize how close (MacFawn) was," Wilson said. "I didn't look back."

    Washington County had champions in three other boys events -- North Hagerstown's Dominic Sink in the 2A pole vault, Boonsboro's Coby Gussio in the 1A long jump and Williamsport's Nate Willis, Evan Hardy, Cody Gardenhour and Mark Oliver in the 1A 4x800 relay.


Sink cleared 14 feet, 6 inches on his third and final attempt at the height to win his first state title and break the county record of 14-4 he set earlier this year. Walkersville's Nick Bowen was second at 14-0.

"I got to that third attempt at 14-6, and I wanted it so bad," Sink said. "When I was coming down to the mat after I cleared it, I was shocked.

"I've been real up and down this year. I'm just glad everything fell together today. I've been having a hard time with my knee, but I got out there today and everything felt fine."

Gussio won the long jump at 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches -- the same mark achieved by runner-up Jawan Parker of Carver Vo-Tech. But Gussio's second-best jump (22-0 1/2) was superior to Parker's by a half-inch, giving the Boonsboro junior the title.

"I'm ecstatic, speechless really. I thought he had me, but I got him so I'll take it," said Gussio, who will compete in the triple jump and 400 Saturday. "I'm hoping for two more golds."

In the 4x800, Williamsport's disappointment after initially finishing second to Owings Mills didn't exactly change to elation when Owings Mills was later disqualified for interference during the third leg.

But the Wildcats are team-title contenders, and the 10 points they got for winning in 8:21.87 was better than the eight they would have received for second place.

"I would have much rather have held on and won that way," said Oliver, who went from third place to first on the last leg, before getting nipped at the line. "But it's still a good way to start the meet."

"It's definitely not as good, but 10 points is 10 points," said Hardy, who then gave his team another six points with a third-place finish in the 3,200 (10:09.68).

In the 1A boys shot put, Boonsboro's Lowery brothers, J.R. and Drew, made their mom proud. J.R., a sophomore, placed second at 49-4 1/2, while Drew, a senior, was third at 46-2. Brunswick's Grant Smith won at 55-6 1/2.

"I'm extremely proud of them that they threw to their potential," said Sue Lowery, their mom and throwing coach. "I knew that if they did that, they could be second and third. We knew Grant was going to win. He's top-notch, all-around."

Maryland State Championships

Day 1 at Morgan State University

Winners and Washington County results

Boys Class 1A

3,200 -- 1. Wilson (Smithsburg) 9:25.14; 3. Hardy (Williamsport) 10:09.68.

4x200 -- 1. Western Tech 1:29.05; 5. Williamsport 1:31.38.

4x800 -- 1. Williamsport (Nathan Willis, Evan Hardy, Cody Gardenhour, Mark Oliver) 8:21.87; 6. Smithsburg 8:36.70; 8. Boonsboro 8:39.76.

High jump -- 1. Barnes (Carver Vo-Tech) 6-4; 4. Christy (Williamsport) 5-10; 9. Ezidinma (Williamsport) 5-8; 10. Kopp (Boonsboro) 5-8.

Long jump -- 1. Gussio (Boonsboro) 22-4 1/2; no other results available.

Shot put -- 1. Smith (Brunswick) 55-6 1/2; 2. J. Lowery (Boonsboro) 49-4 1/2; 3. D. Lowery (Boonsboro) 46-2.

Boys Class 2A

3,200 -- 1. Creese (Glenelg) 9:17.28.

4x200 -- 1. Oakland Mills 1:28.62.

4x800 -- 1. Walkersville 8:03.84.

Long jump -- 1. Gage Ealey (Oakland Mills) 21-7.

High jump -- 1. Jeffress (Francis Scott Key) 6-4.

Pole vault -- 1. Sink (North Hagerstown) 14-6.

Shot put -- 1. Dayhoff (Walkersville) 51-0 3/4.

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