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Boonsboro's Gussio hates feeling of taking second place in rivalry

February 05, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Coby Gussio, middle, spent most of the day following Catoctin's Deven Patterson.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — It might not be Yankees-Red Sox or Celtics-Lakers or Ravens-Steelers, but when it comes to local track and field, Gussio-Patterson is as good as rivalries get.

The two record-breaking seniors — Boonsboro’s Coby Gussio and Catoctin’s Deven Patterson — can flat-out fly.

“He’s a hell of an athlete,” Gussio said Saturday after completing his fourth and final event at the Maryland Class 1A West region indoor championships at Hagerstown Community College. “I’m just glad I have someone to race against. I push him, he pushes me and it always comes down to the end. Today, he just got me.”

Gussio ran the open 300- and 500-meter races and anchored the Warriors’ 4x200 and 4x400 relays Saturday — and finished second in all four, seeing the backside of Patterson each time.

Patterson, who will compete for HCC next school year, edged Gussio 35.80 seconds to 36.20 in the 300 and 1:07.91 to 1:08.10 in the 500, and then held on to the lead he was given in the 4x200 and overtook the lead from Gussio in the 4x400.

When it was all said and done, Catoctin won the team title with 103 points, while Boonsboro was second (93) and Williamsport was third (69).

“I’m very, very disappointed,” said Gussio, who has beaten Patterson this winter. “I’m tired of getting second.”

The top four finishers in each event Saturday automatically qualified for the state meet Feb. 21 in Landover, Md., where Gussio and Patterson most certainly will butt heads again.

“I’m definitely going to be working my butt off to make sure I don’t get second anymore,” Gussio said.

Kenny Kopp and J.R. Lowery came through with victories for the Warriors. Kopp won the 55 hurdles (8.42 seconds) and high jump (6 feet), while Lowery prevailed in the shot put (47-9 1/4).

“I’m tired, I’m just so drained,” said Kopp, who also placed second in the pole vault (12-1) and ran a leg of the 4x400. “But it was a good day. I feel accomplished. I just wanted to make sure I qualified for states in my events.”

Lowery won the shot put by nearly 6 feet, despite competing with a broken pinky finger in his right, throwing hand. He suffered the injury playing hockey for the Washington County Northstars earlier in the week.

“You don’t know how much you use your pinky until you hurt it,” said Lowery, who was a few feet off his season-best throw of 51-3 1/2. “I had to throw with three fingers, but I still got it out there. ... I hope it’s healed up for states.”

Williamsport’s Evan Hardy won the 1,600 (4:28.99) and 3,200 (10:18.74) to remain undefeated in those races this season.

In the 1,600, he edged rival Jason Hill of Clear Spring (4:30.98) in a back-and-forth battle in which both runners set personal records. Hardy then had considerably more breathing room in the 3,200, even though he was 20 seconds off his season-best time.

“It feels pretty good to finally get that out of the way,” said Hardy of joining the 1,600’s exclusive sub-4:30 club. “But I felt more tired for (the 3,200) than I usually do. ... I’m happy but not satisfied. I definitely want to do more.”

Also for the Wildcats, Jesse Zeger was the runner-up in the 55 hurdles (8.46).

Devin Repp placed third in both the 300 (37.74) and 500 (1:09.48) for Clear Spring.

Md. 1A West Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Boys results
Team scores:
1. Catoctin 103; 2. Boonsboro 93; 3. Williamsport 69; 4. Brunswick 57; 5. Smithsburg 47; 6. Clear Spring 20; 7. Oakdale 7; 8. Manchester Valley 6; 9. Hancock 1.
55 — 1. Lawson (Ca) 6.76; 2. Smith (Br) 6.79; 3. Linton (Wi) 6.82; 4. Smith (Sm) 6.95; 5. Blickenstaff (Bo) 7.08; 6. Davis (Ca) 7.15.
300 — 1. Patterson (Ca) 35.80; 2. Gussio (Bo) 36.20; 3. Repp (CS) 37.74; 4. Paguirigan (Ca) 38.00; 5. Smith (Br) 38.32; 6. McCullough (Sm) 38.36.
500 — 1. Patterson (Ca) 1:07.91; 2. Gussio (Bo) 1:08.10; 3. Repp (CS) 1:09.48; 4. Trettel (Br) 1:11.42; 5. Humerick (Ca) 1:11.65; 6. Allnutt (Bo) 1:12.90.
800 — 1. Trettel (Br) 2:05.64; 2. Stone (Ca) 2:07.19; 3. Moser (Bo) 2:08.77; 4. Jerwick (Sm) 2:11.00; 5. Grams (Wi) 2:11.05; 6. Lacey (Bo) 2:11.84.
1,600 — 1. Hardy (Wi) 4:28.99; 2. Hill (CS) 4:30.98; 3. Good (Oa) 4:42.96; 4. D. Dorsey (Ca) 4:42.98; 5. Bowman (Wi) 4:48.29; 6. K. Dorsey (Ca) 4:49.79.
3,200 — 1. Hardy (Wi) 10:18.74; 2. D. Dorsey (Ca) 10:33.83; 3. Wright (Wi) 10:48.87; 4. Trapane (Ca) 10:53.81; 5. Kersting (Bo) 11:04.75; 6. Ryberg (Bo) 11:05.84.
55 hurdles — 1. Kopp (Bo) 8.42; 2. J. Zeger (Wi) 8.46; 3. Betson (Sm) 8.70; 4. Leonards (Sm) 8.77; 5. K. Zeger (Wi) 8.95; 6. Baseley (Ca) 8.98.
4x200 — 1. Catoctin 1:35.27; 2. Boonsboro 1:37.36; 3. Smithsburg 1:38.06; 4. Williamsport 1:39.71; 5. Manchester Valley 1:46.12; 6. Oakdale 1:46.71.
4x400 — 1. Catoctin 3:35.10; 2. Boonsboro 3:35.38; 3. Williamsport 3:44.27; 4. Smithsburg 3:51.56; 5. Manchester Valley 3:58.41; 6. Brunswick 4:10.90.
4x800 — 1. Catoctin 8:35.91; 2. Boonsboro 8:37.15; 3. Williamsport 8:43.34; 4. Smithsburg 8:55.62; 5. Manchester Valley 9:21.27; 6. Brunswick 9:44.80.
High jump — 1. Kopp (Bo) 6-0; 2. Jenkins (Br) 5-8; 3t. Farmer (Br), Ezidinma (Wi) 5-6; 5. Flora (Bo) 5-6; 6. Smith (Wi) 5-4.
Pole vault — 1. Diaz (Br) 13-0; 2. Kopp (Bo) 12-1; 3. Karroll (Sm) 11-7; 4. Porter (Sm) 10-7; 5. Lindahl (Ca) 10-7; 6. McNaney (wi) 10-1.
Shot put — 1. Lowery (Bo) 47-9 1/4; 2. Silverman (Ca) 42-0 1/4; 3. Pagel (Br) 36-11 3/4; 4. Karroll (Sm) 36-4 1/4; 5. Ramella (Br) 35-10 3/4; 6. Smith (Ha) 33-10 1/4.

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