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Williamsport reaches first major goal by taking 1A West region title

February 05, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • The Williamsport girls indoor track team celebrates after collecting the first-place trophy for winning the Maryland Class 1A West championship.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — When it comes to local indoor track and field, the Maryland Class 1A West region meet is what it is.

“It’s big. We definitely wanted to win,” Williamsport coach John Bailey said. “But it’s more about getting as many kids as we can to the state meet.”

The top four finishers in each event at Saturday’s region meet at Hagerstown Community College automatically qualified for the state championships Feb. 21 in Landover, Md.

The Williamsport girls team got to have its cake and eat it, too.

The Wildcats won the team title, edging Smithsburg 83.5 to 79.25, while advancing enough girls to the state meet to contend for that crown as well.

“It was very close. It was just one of those days when everyone did well,” Bailey said. “You won’t find a better region in the state. The competition level always goes up. Everyone does all they can here because this is their shot. You have to do it here — go big or go home.”

No Wildcat went bigger than Renee Barnes did. The junior won the 800 (2:32.76), took second in the 500 (1:21.81) and anchored both the winning 4x800 (10:26.74) and runner-up 4x400 (4:30.90).

“My mentality is just to win,” Barnes said. “The 500 was my main goal. That’s the one I really wanted to win. I came in second, but I’m content with that because I PR’d.

“Walking away with the team title just makes it better. We made a statement. We want to win states. Overall, that’s what we’re going for.”

Also for Williamsport, Lauren Johnson won the 300 (42.47) and took third in the 55 (7.64) and 500 (1:23.42), and Kaelii Stout was the runner-up in the 800 (2:33.24).

For Boonsboro, which finished third in the team standings, Sarah Zielinski was a double-winner, prevailing in the 1,600 by four seconds in 5:39.48 and the 3,200 by 26 seconds in 12:21.75.

“It feels really cool, really good,” Zielinski said. “I can’t say I was expecting it because I knew there was going to be one heck of a lot of competition in the 1,600. ... In the 1,600, I was just focusing on beating my best time from before (5:39.92) and I did.”

The Warriors also were victorious in the 4x400 (4:26.91).

Smithsburg, last year’s region champion, gave Williamsport all it could handle despite only winning one event (the 4x200 in 1:53.88).

Lauren Johnson placed second in the 3,200 (12:47.69), third in the 1,600 (5:47.03) and contributed to the runner-up 4x800 (10:29.37) for the Leopards, who also got second-place finishes from Jonelle Jerwick in the pole vault (10-7) and Katie Schoen in the shot put (29-2).

Hancock’s Emily Johnson was the top Washington County performer in the 55 hurdles, placing placed in 9.68 seconds, while Clear Spring’s Valerie Carey led the county in the high jump, taking third at 4-7.

Md. 1A West Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Girls results
Team scores:
1. Williamsport 83.5; 2. Smithsburg 79.25; 3. Boonsboro 71; 4. Manchester Valley 67; 5. Oakdale 41.25; 6. Catoctin 39; 7. Clear Spring 13; 8. Hancock 8; 9. Brunswick 0.
Individual Results
55 — 1. Hurd (MV) 7.49; 2. Gates (MV) 7.59; 3. Johnson (Wi) 7.64; 4. Cardone (Sm) 7.67; 5. Wren (Sm) 8.06; Kadin (Bo) FS.
300 — 1. Johnson (Wi) 42.47; 2. King (Oa) 43.12; 3. Cronise (Bo) 44.74; 4. Wren (Sm) 44.87; 5. Kadin (Bo) 45.44; 6. Suder (Wi) 45.68.
500 — 1. Stone (Ca) 1:21.48; 2. Barnes (Wi) 1:21.81; 3. Johnson (Wi) 1:23.42; 4. Jerwick (Sm) 1:24.20; 5. Portoghese (Sm) 1:26.74; 6. Baytop (MV) 1:27.04.
800 — 1. Barnes (Wi) 2:32.76; 2. K. Stout (Wi) 2:33.24; 3. Kohler (MV) 2:38.30; 4. Cline (Sm) 2:39.79; 5. Edwards (Oa) 2:39.91; 6. Myers (Ca) 2:44.78.
1,600 — 1. Zielinski (Bo) 5:39.48; 2. Edwards (Oa) 5:43.61; 3. Johnson (Sm) 5:47.03; 4. Valentine (Ca) 5:54.48; 5. Cunningham (Bo) 5:59.61; 6. Davis (Oa) 6:12.61.
3,200 — 1. Zielinski (Bo) 12:21.75; 2. Johnson (Sm) 12:47.69; 3. Ullrich (Oa) 13:13.34; 4. McCarthy (MV) 13:16.09; 5. Taylor (Wi) 13:30.90; 6. Hott (Wi) 13:37.19.
55 hurdles — 1. Gates (MV) 9.23; 2. Johnson (Ha) 9.68; 3. Sullivan (Bo) 9.79; 4. Nunnally (Wi) 9.80; 5. Dilandro (Sm) 10.48; 6. Portoghese (Sm) 10.91.
4x200 — 1. Smithsburg 1:53.88; 2. Williamsport 1:53.97; 3. Manchester Valley 1:54.59; 4. Boonsboro 1:56.01; 5. Catoctin 1:59.10; 6. Clear Spring 2:02.65.
4x400 — 1. Boonsboro 4:26.91; 2. Williamsport 4:30.90; 3. Smithsburg 4:36.91; 4. Catoctin 4:38.01; 5. Oakdale 4:42.72; 6. Manchester Valley 4:57.16.
4x800 — 1. Williamsport 10:26.74; 2. Smithsburg 10:29.37; 3. Catoctin 10:35.04; 4. Boonsboro 10:39.68; 5. Oakdale 11:50.98; 6. Manchester Valley 13:29.73.
High jump — 1. Hurd (MV) 5-4; 2. Stone (Ca) 4-11; 3. Carey (CS) 4-7; 4. Manning (Ca) 4-7; 5t. Jerwick (Sm), Reimnitz (Oa), Wyant (Wi), Hilliard (Wi) 4-5.
Pole vault — 1. King (Oa) 11-1; 2. Jerwick (Sm) 10-7; 3. Deckert (Bo) 8-1; 4. Moats (Bo) 7-1; 5t. Gerhold (Sm), Bromhal (Oa) 7-1.
Shot put — 1. Gereny (MV) 30-6 1/2; 2. Schoen (Sm) 29-1; 3. Cochran (Bo) 28-2; 4. Wiles (CS) 28-0 3/4; 5. Elwood (CS) 27-2 3/4; 6. Heaney (Bo) 26-6 3/4.

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