Relay helps prove Warriors are for real

January 22, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Boonsboro's J.R. Lowery won the boys shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 3 1/2 inches Friday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The defending champion Boonsboro boys team trailed Williamsport by one point heading into the 13th and final event — the 4x400-meter relay — Friday at the 20th annual Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.

“I had no idea. I didn’t know what the score was,” said Boonsboro senior Kenny Kopp. “I just wanted to go out there and demolish.”

Kopp ran the opening leg of the final relay and put the Warriors in front for good, as they won the race in 3:43.45 to capture their second straight team title with 131 points. Williamsport, which finished third in the 4x400 (3:48.70), had to settle for second with 128, while South Hagerstown was a distant third (73.5).

“It’s counties, so it’s always a big deal,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “We knew what we had to do, and everyone was up for the task. Every person that put on a uniform for us today did their job.

“We don’t have the depth that some of these schools do, but we have the talent.”

The Warriors took first place in six events, and set meet records in three of them.

Coby Gussio won the 300 in 35.85 seconds and the 500 in 1:09.12, setting meet records in both.

“I’m pretty pleased with that,” said Gussio, who also anchored both the winning 4x400 and third-place 4x200. “I really, really wanted to defend our title from last year. It took everything we had, and I’m glad we got it done.

“I puked about 15 times before the 4x4, I was so drained. It was really hard.”

Kopp set a meet record in the high jump with his winning leap of 6 feet, 4 inches. He also won the pole vault (11-6) and placed second in the 55 hurdles (8.41), while teammate J.R. Lowery won the shot put (51-3 1/2).

“Everybody did what they could,” Kopp said.

Runner-up Williamsport swept the distance events. Evan Hardy won the 1,600 (4:34.22) and 800 (2:06.99), Graylon Wright was victorious in the 3,200 (10:43.50) and the Wildcats also won the 4x800 relay (8:53.20).

“Losing hurts, but we still have regionals and states,” Hardy said. “Counties is nice, but in the long run, it really doesn’t matter too much.”

Anthony Winter won the 55 dash in a meet-record time of 6.55 seconds for North Hagerstown, which also got a win from Jordy Hose in the 55 hurdles (8.40).

For South, Kwasi Ofosu-Ameyaw, Jordan Alston, Chip Rittenhouse and Jarred Moquin won the 4x200 in a meet-record 1:36.54.

Washington County Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Boys results
Team scores:
1. Boonsboro 131; 2. Williamsport 128; 3. South Hagerstown 73.5; 4. Smithsburg 61.5; 5. North Hagerstown 58; 6. Clear Spring 42; 7. Hancock 6.
Individual results

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