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Wildcats, Warriors excel for quick start on season

December 18, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Kenny Kopp finished second in the boys pole vault and won the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump at the Smithsburg Holiday Invitational indoor track and field meet.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

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No Washington County school won more events than Boonsboro at

Saturday’s Smithsburg Holiday Invitational indoor track & field meet at Hagerstown Community College’s athletic complex.

No Washington County school placed more athletes in the top eight than Williamsport.

Needless to say, both Warriors coach Becky Walter and Wildcats coach John Bailey left Saturday’s meet feeling pretty good.

Boonsboro won five events (four boys, one girl) and finished third in both the boys and girls team standings, while Williamsport had 39 top-eight finishes (19 boys, 20 girls) and took second in both team standings.

“I’m ecstatic,” Walter said. “They stepped it up today and did exactly what I asked them to. I was hoping they’d come in and get some wins to get the season started.”

“I’m proud of all the kids,” Bailey said. “We’ve had some rough weather to train in, and these kids have stuck it out.”

Williamsport’s boys scored 88.83 points, trailing only Clarksburg, which won with 101.5. Boonsboro was third with 84.

The Wildcats had two boys champions. The 4x800 relay team of Cody Grams, Cody Bowman, Cody Gardenhour and Evan Hardy pulled away in the final two legs and clocked 8:42.58. Later, Hardy stormed to the lead in the third lap of the 800, then held off Western Tech’s hard-charging Kemahn Jones by two-hundredths of a second in 2:08.70.

Boonsboro’s boys were led by Kenny Kopp, who cruised to the win in the 55 hurdles in 8.52 seconds and also won the high jump, clearing 6 feet. Kopp added a second-place finish in the pole vault (10-6).

“I ran faster (in the hurdles) two weeks ago. I slammed the last two hurdles and I think that’s what killed my time,” said Kopp, who clocked 8.43 seconds at the Terry Baker Invitational. “We haven’t had hurdles practice in a week. I also jumped 6 feet two weeks ago. I was disappointed.”

The other two wins for Boonsboro’s boys came from Evan Moser in the 1,600 and J.R. Lowery in the shot put.

Moser outdueled Clarksburg’s William Bertrand — who later won the 3,200 — over the final two laps to win in 4:46.28.

“We separated from the pack and were battling the whole way,” Moser said. “He put on a surge, then I put on a surge. I wasn’t expecting that kind of race.”

Lowery won the shot put by more than seven feet with a throw of 46-7 1/2.

Western Tech easily won the girls team title with 131 points, followed by Williamsport (84.5) and Boonsboro (81.5).

North Hagerstown’s girls, who finished fifth, won three events and were led by Beth Wagner’s double. Wagner cruised to the 55 hurdles title in 9.38 and cleared 5-2 in the high jump to beat second place by eight inches.

“It’s good for the first meet of the season,” Wagner said. “(The hurdles) actually felt really good. My starts are getting a lot better, that’s the big difference from last year. I’d like to go sub-9 (seconds) in the hurdles this season and would like to jump 5-8 by the end of the year.”

Charlotte Anderson won the girls shot put with a throw of 31-3 for the Hubs.

Williamsport’s girls 4x800 relay team of Kaelii Stout, Emily Snyder, Samantha Taylor and Renee Barnes edged out Boonsboro by about a second to win in 10:47.55. The Warriors got a win from Megan Deckert in the girls pole vault, as she cleared 8-6.

Boonsboro got a pair of second-place efforts from Sarah Zielinski in the 1,600 (5:43.22) and 3,200 (12:10.47). Her 3,200 time set a school record. The Warriors’ boys and girls combined for 30 top-eight finishes.

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Smithsburg Holiday Invitational
Saturday at HCC
Boys
Team Results:
1. Clarksburg 101.5, 2. Williamsport 88.83, 3. Boonsboro 84, 4. Western Tech 79, 5. Brunswick 58.5, 6. Westminster 28, 7. Landon School 25, 8. South Carroll 22, 9. North Hagerstown 18.83, 10. Smithsburg 0.33.

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