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North senior Winter storms through 2A West field to post two wins

February 12, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Anthony Winter, right, pulls ahead of the field to win the 55-meter dash during the Maryland Class 2A West Championships at the Hagerstown Community College athletic complex. Winter won and qualified for the state meet in two events.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Track and field meets are fantastic tools for finding out who’s the fastest and who’s the strongest.

At Saturday’s Maryland Class 2A West Championships at Hagerstown Community College, North Hagerstown’s Anthony Winter was both, winning the boys 55-meter dash (6.49 seconds) and the shot put (50 feet, 0 3/4 inches) for the Hubs’ only two victories.

“It just felt like everything was right since I entered the gym,” said Winter. “That’s my best time in the 55 and my best throw in the shot by three feet. Jumping that much in one meet is unheard of. Maybe it’s just the adrenaline.”

Winter actually ran 6.49 in the semifinals of the 55, then proved it was no fluke by doing it again in the final. In addition to qualifying for the Maryland State Championships on Feb. 21 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Winter also met the 55 qualifying standard for the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York from March 11-13.

“Once he finished football, he was determined to come in and do well in both the 55 and the shot,” Hubs coach Brian Myers said. “His goal coming into this meet was to finish first in both. I could use about 30 of him.”

Individuals and relay teams who finished in the top four in their events, or who met the state qualifying standards, earned spots in the state meet. North had five individuals qualify in eight events — Winter, Beth Wagner and Kristin Kelly each qualified in two events — and the Hubs’ 4x800 relay team met the qualifying standard while finishing fifth in 10:27.69.

“I was expecting about five or six qualifications, so we’re meeting or exceeding our expectations,” Myers said. “I’m very happy with the way some of the athletes stepped up.”

Wagner was not particularly pleased with her day despite taking second in the girls 55 hurdles (9.40) and third in the girls high jump (5-1). She also was disappointed that teammate Raven Jackson — who was in the 55 hurdles final — fell after hitting a hurdle and did not qualify for states.

“I know I can jump better than I have been,” said Wagner, whose best jump this season is 5-2 but has jumped 5-6 outdoors and 5-4 indoors previously. “Hopefully at states I’ll be able to PR. I’d like to jump 5-4 and be top three. ... My (hurdles) time could have been faster, but it’s my fourth event of the day.”

Kelly finished fourth in the girls pole vault (7-6) and met the qualifying standard in the high jump while taking seventh in 4-9.

Charlotte Anderson finished second in the girls shot put with a throw of 32-5 3/4, nine inches behind first place.

“I’m very pleased,” Anderson said. “I was afraid I wasn’t going to make (states). It was my second-to-last throw.”

Olympic Johnson finished fourth in the boys high jump, clearing 5-8 to punch his ticket to states.

North’s girls finished sixth as a team with 33 points, 54 behind champion Liberty. The Hubs’ boys were seventh with 28 points, 36 behind champion Century.

Maryland Class 2A West Championships
Saturday at HCC athletic complex
Winners and North Hagerstown finishers
Top four finishers automatically qualify for Class 2A state meet
* — Qualified on performance standard.
Boys team scores:
1. Century 64, 7. North Hagerstown 28.
Individual results

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55 — 1. Winter (NH) 6.49, 8. Toth (NH) 6.99. 55 hurdles — 1. Lumley (Middletown) 7.94, 5. Hose (NH) 8.74, 14. Johnson (NH) 10.22. 300 — 1. Depadua (Walkersville) 36.37, 15. Toth (NH) 40.63. 500 — 1. Smith (North Carroll) 1:07.74, 11. Waters (NH) 1:14.24, 20. Degrange (NH) 1:21.40. 800 — 1. Smith (North Carroll) 2:04.92, 20. Muggenburg (NH) 2:24.29. 1,600 — 1. Spangler (Winters Mill) 4:28.79, 14. Smith (NH) 5:12.73. 3,200 — 1. Hopkins (Winters Mill) 10:22.85, 17. Edlund (NH) 13:08.35, 18. Hamilton 13:42.03. 4x200 relay — 1. Gwynn Park 1:33.35, 5. North 1:39.21. 4x400 relay — 1. Central 3:33.05. 4x800 relay — 1. Liberty 8:39.43, 8. North 11:05.37. High jump — 1. Simons (Walkersville) 5-10, 4. Johnson (NH) 5-8, 10. Waters (NH) 5-4. Pole vault — 1. Fritz (Middletown) 12-3. Shot put — 1. Winter (NH) 50-0 3/4, 17. Johnson (NH) 32-3.

Girls team scores: 1. Liberty 87, 6. North Hagerstown 33.
Individual results

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