North, Smithsburg win girls state track titles

May 29, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • North Hagerstown's Renee Phillips, left, in congratulated by teammate Katie Ritter after Phillips won the Class 2A girls 100 at the Maryland State Championships on Saturday.
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BALTIMORE -- Washington County girls dominated Saturday at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University.

North Hagerstown won the Class 2A team title, Smithsburg was the 1A champion, Boonsboro's Abby Duncan and Clear Spring's Paige Shirk each finished with two individual titles and North's Renee Phillips won one race and helped set another record.

"Washington County has to be one of, if not the best counties for track and field in the state," North coach Robert Waugh said.

Fueled by the best collection of sprinters any area team has ever had, the county-champion North girls blazed to their first state title in program history, outscoring runner-up Digital Harbor 83.5 to 67.

"Our girls have worked hard all year from Day 1," Waugh said. "They absolutely deserve this. They did everything I asked them to do, with only a little complaining along the way.


"They all peaked at the right time for states. They came together, and they won it together."

Phillips, a senior, won the 100-meter dash in 12.25 seconds, placed second in the 200 in 25.49 and teamed with Katie Ritter, Imani Carter and Corie Anderson to place second in the 4x100 in 48.47 -- the fastest time in Tri-State history. The same four girls broke their own Tri-State record in the 4x200 on Thursday, when the meet began.

"That's an awful lot of medals to take home. All the hard work has paid off now," Phillips said. "This is an awesome day. This is an awesome year. This year tops all."

The Hubs' Beth Wagner contributed by placing third in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and fourth in both of the hurdles races, while teammate Raven Jackson was the runner-up in the long jump (16-7 1/2).

The Smithsburg girls held off Harford Tech 73-69 to win their first team title since 2003 and 14th overall.

The Leopards didn't win a single event the whole meet and only captured top-three medals Saturday in two events -- Jonelle Jerwick was second in the high jump (5-2) and their 4x100 team took third (50.85).

But the top eight finishers in each event got points, and Smithsburg found a way to score.

"Depth, depth, depth," Smithsburg coach T.J. Hood said. "Twelve of the 13 girls we brought scored.

"Our quote on our T-shirt this year was: 'Individuals win events, teams win state championships.' Our girls bought into that team concept."

Duncan, a freshman, capped her sensational first season of track with a showcase day in Class 1A, leading Boonsboro to a fourth-place team finish.

Duncan won titles in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (25.33) and placed second in the 400 with the top time in the Tri-State area this spring (57.42).

"I'm so tired. I'm just speechless," Duncan said. "I'm just so happy, for myself, for my team, for everybody.

"It was a great experience for me to win and have my family here watching me. It was all I could ask for."

Shirk, a senior, won the 1A shot put for the third time with a throw of 41 feet, 1 3/4 inches, breaking the 1A meet record (39-9 3/4) she set last year.

"I'd like to say I'm completely satisfied," she said, "but I'm not because I didn't break my own personal record (43-8 1/2)."

Shirk, who won her third straight state title in the discus Thursday, also is a two-time state champ in the shot put indoors.

"I'm pretty happy that I can end my career with eight state championships," said Shirk, the most decorated athlete in Clear Spring track and field history. "It's kind of nice to say."

In Class 3A, South Hagerstown's La'Kesa McClain, who won the discus Friday, placed third in the shot put Saturday with a throw of 38-7 1/4, breaking her own school record by 1 1/4 inches. The Rebels also set a school record in the 4x100 (49.98).

Boonsboro's Becky Young placed third in the 1A girls shot put (35-5 3/4).

Maryland State Championships

at Morgan State University

Winners and Washington County results

Girls Class 1A

Team scores: 1. Smithsburg 73; 2. Harford Tech 69; 4. Boonsboro 53 1/2; 11. Williamsport 22 1/2; 13. Clear Spring 20 1/2.

100 -- 1. Duncan (Boonsboro) 12.26.

200 -- 1. Duncan (Boonsboro) 25.33.

400 -- 1. Sogbesan (Forrestville) 55.26; 2. Duncan (Boonsboro) 57.42.

800 -- 1. Cleary (Bohemia Manor) 2:19.19; 7. Barnes (Williamsport) 2:27.60; 9. Arnone (Williamsport) 2:28.56.

1,600 -- 1. Cleary (Bohemia Manor) 5:06.71; 6. Price (Williamsport) 5:45.37; 7. Johnson (Smithsburg) 5:52.66; 8. Breen (Smithsburg) 5:54.46.

100 hurdles -- 1. Dixon (Pikesville) 15.68; 7. Miller (Boonsboro) 16.75.

300 hurdles -- 1. Lake (Washington) 47.78; 8. Gulnac (Williamsport) 49.65; 11. Brandt (Clear Spring) 51.73; 12. Portoghese (Smithsburg) 52.05.

4x100 -- 1. Harford Tech 50.44; 2. Smithsburg 50.85; 6. Boonsboro 51.50; 10. Williamsport 52.03.

4x400 -- 1. Western Tech 4:07.15; 4. Williamsport 4:13.27; 6. Boonsboro 4:18.82.

Long jump -- 1. Diamond (Harford Tech) 16-3 1/2.

Shot put -- 1. Shirk (Clear Spring) 41-1 3/4; 3. Young (Boonsboro) 35-5 3/4; 4. Black (Smithsburg) 32-10 1/2.

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