Bowie hurdles way to records

May 29, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • Williamsport's Justin Bowie clears the final hurdle on his way to victory in the Class 1A boys 110 hurdles on Saturday. Bowie set Class 1A state and Washington County records with his time of 14.46 seconds.
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    BALTIMORE -- Justin Bowie was Washington County's lone boys champion Saturday at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University.

    The Williamsport senior won his third straight Class 1A title in the 110-meter hurdles in a 1A meet-record time of 14.46 seconds. He also set a Washington County record, breaking the mark of 14.50 set by Boonsboro's Dan Robinson in 2004.

    Forest Park's Chris Jackson was the runner-up in 14.80.

    "I'm real excited about that," Bowie said. "I just had to get out and away from that Forest Park kid because he got me in indoor."

    Bowie, who was edged by one-hundredth of a second by Jackson for the indoor state title in the 55 hurdles this year, fell just short in another close one Saturday in the 300 hurdles.

    Carver Vo-Tech's Aaron Dove won the race in 39.90 seconds, with Bowie second in 39.91.


"You win some, you lose some," Bowie said. "He got me. I just didn't have a clean race, but I really thought I had him."

Carver Vo-Tech also won the team title with 114 points. Williamsport, which was a co-champion with Smithsburg last year, held off Western Tech 66-62 for second.

"Our goal is always to win, but it just can't happen every year," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "Second place isn't too bad. Hopefully it will inspire them to do even better next year."

Smithsburg's David Wilson, who set the 1A meet record in the 3,200 (9:25.14) on Thursday, capped his splendid senior year Saturday with a school-record 4:21.52 in the 1,600.

But it was only good enough for third place. Allegany's Ian MacFawn won the race in 4:19.93, and Pikesville's Blake Stein was second in 4:21.42.

"I gave it a try," Wilson said. "We ran a great race. Ian was just the best guy today.

"I'd rather get third with a 4:21 than win or whatever with a 4:27."

Smithsburg's Joey Barvir, who had owned the school record (4:25.30), finished fourth in 4:27.97. Barvir also placed second in the 800 (1:59.76).

Also for the Leopards, Johnny Karroll, the reigning indoor state champ in the pole vault, tied for second in the event Saturday at 11-6.

For Boonsboro, Drew Lowery was the 1A runner-up in the discus (127 feet, 7 inches), while Coby Gussio placed second in the 400 (48.95) and fourth in the triple jump (44-8 3/4) after taking second in the long jump Thursday.

It initially was reported that Gussio had won the long jump. Although he and Carver Vo-Tech's Jawan Parker each had a best jump of 22-4 1/2, Gussio's second-best jump (22-0 1/2) was listed at the conclusion of Thursday's competition as being a half-inch superior to Parker's, giving the Boonsboro junior the win.

But Parker's second-best jump later was listed as 22-0 1/2 -- the same as Gussio's -- and Parker was given the victory because his third-best (21-7 1/2) was better than Gussio's (21-2).

"I'm beyond furious. The scorecard was changed," Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. "I saw the scorecard Thursday, and I saw the card today, and they were different.

"I talked to the head field ref, and he treated me like a 5-year-old who had no clue. He said, 'Can't you read? Do you want to borrow my glasses so you can see it?'

"There's nothing I can do. But as far as I'm concerned, he's the state champ. If I have to, I will buy him a gold medal. I'll order one online."

North Hagerstown's Frederick Owusu-Ayim, who was sidelined about half the season with a hamstring injury, held his own Saturday in Class 2A. He placed third in the 400 (49.66), fourth in the 100 (11.08) and sixth in the 200 (22.79).

Maryland State Championships

at Morgan State University

Winners and Washington County results

Boys Class 1A

Team scores: 1. Carver Vo-Tech 114; 2. Williamsport 66; 5. Boonsboro 50 1/2; 6. Smithsburg 46.

100 -- 1. Parker (Carver Vo-Tech) 10.95; 7. Githens (Williamsport) 11.40.

200 -- 1. Killikelly-Lee (Western Tech) 22.15.

400 -- 1. Patterson (Catoctin) 48.51; 2. Gussio (Boonsboro) 48.95; 10. Gardenhour (Smithsburg) 51.42; 11. Repp (Clear Spring) 51.51.

800 -- 1. Sheppard (Carver Vo-Tech) 1:59.03; 2. Barvir (Smithsburg) 1:59.76; 13. Oliver (Williamsport) 2:07.99.

1,600 -- 1. MacFawn (Allegany) 4:19.93; 3. Wilson (Smithsburg) 4:21.52; 4. Barvir (Smithsburg) 4:27.97; 5. Oliver (Williamsport) 4:35.52; 6. Hardy (Williamsport) 4:36.55.

110 hurdles -- 1. Bowie (Williamsport) 14.46.

300 hurdles -- 1. Dove (Carver Vo-Tech) 39.90; 2. Bowie (Williamsport) 39.91; 6. Kopp (Boonsboro) 41.68; 9. Smith (Williamsport) 44.21.

4x100 -- 1. Forest Park 42.91; 5. Williamsport 44.36.

4x400 -- 1. Western Tech 3:23.69; 7. Williamsport 3:34.11; 12. Smithsburg 3:48.91.

Discus -- 1. Smith (Brunswick) 155-0; 2. D. Lowery (Boonsboro) 127-7; 6. Adams (Williamsport) 118-3.

Pole vault -- 1. Diaz (Brunswick) 12-0; 2t. Karroll (Smithsburg) 11-6; 4. Porter (Smithsburg) 11-0; 5t. Kopp (Boonsboro) 10-0.

Triple jump -- 1. Waithe (Loch Raven) 48-8 3/4; 4. Gussio (Boonsboro) 44-8 3/4; 6. Christy (Williamsport) 42-10 1/2; 12. Ezidinma (Williamsport) 37-8 1/4.

Boys Class 2A

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