Third is charming for Warriors at Boyer Invitational

April 09, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Boonsboro’s track and field stars were at it again on Saturday at the Don Boyer Invitational in Middletown.

Abby Duncan, Maggie Sullivan, Coby Gussio and Kenny Kopp each scored big points in multiple events as the Warriors’ boys and girls both finished third in the team standings.

Boonsboro’s girls were coming off a team title last weekend at the Dwight Scott Invitational, while the boys finished second.

“We loaded kids up last week because we wanted to do well at home, so we backed off them today” Warriors coach Becky Walter said. “Sarah (Zielinski) only ran one event. I’m very pleased with how we did. I wasn’t expecting top three on either side.”

For a second straight weekend, Duncan was untouchable in the girls 100 and 200. She won the 100 in 12.76 seconds and the 200 in an official time of 24.5 seconds — although Walter said the official times for the 200 were wrong and that she had a hand-held time of 25.3 for Duncan.

“I’m really proud of each race, and our team’s doing really well, also,” Duncan said. “I’m excited because I’m improving my time each time I run.”

“She knew going in she was anchoring the 4x400 today, so she took it a little easy in the 100 because I wanted her to run a good time in the 200,” Walter said.

Sullivan took second in the 100 hurdles (16.80) and third in the 300 hurdles (49.20) for Boonsboro, which finished with 72 points to trail only Thomas Johnson (108) and Liberty (83). Becky Young was third in the shot put (35 feet, 8 1/2 inches) and discus (95-7), and the Warriors’ 4x100 relay (52.70) and 4x400 relay (4:21.50) each took third.

“The girls team is surprising me the most,” Walter said. “I’m finding more depth there than anticipated. They’re stepping up.”

Williamsport’s Lauren Johnson finished second in the girls 200 in an official time of 25.10 — she was several meters behind Duncan at the finish.

Hedgesville’s girls 4x800 relay finished second in 10:22.60, and Anna Lizson was third in the 800 in 2:26.20 for the Eagles.

Jefferson’s girls were second in the 4x100 relay in 52.30.

n Kopp led Boonsboro’s boys with three top-three finishes, winning the high jump (6-2), taking second in the pole vault (11-6) and finishing third in the 300 hurdles (41.50).

Gussio won the long jump (22-3 1/2) and was second in the 200 (22.20) despite battling left hamstring and knee issues for a week.

“I only had one jump that counted, I scratched on all the others,” Gussio said. “My steps were way off, but it turned out pretty good.”

“Kopp and Gussio, I can put them in anything and they’ll score points,” Walter said.

J.R. Lowery finished second in the boys shot put with a very good throw of 52-3 1/4, but it wasn’t enough to beat rival Brian Uthe of Thomas Johnson, who threw 53-4 1/2. Still, Lowery helped the Warriors score 53 points, good for third behind two reigning outdoor state champions in TJ (Maryland Class 4A, 158 points) and Jefferson (West Virginia Class AAA, 66 points).

“I’ll take a third behind two state championship teams,” Walter said.

Williamsport’s Evan Hardy finished third in both the 800 (2:02.60) and 1,600 (4:26.93).

Jefferson’s Brandon Doughty made a huge move with 300 meters left to win the 1,600 in 4:21.60. Prior to that, he ran a blistering anchor leg of the Cougars’ 4x800, which finished second in 8:18.26.

“I was hoping the pace would be slow (for the 1,600) because I had run the 4x800 and I was tired,” Doughty said. “I wasn’t planning on making that move, but I felt good, so I just went. I was really happy with how it went.”

Jefferson’s 4x400 relay team won in 3:25.90, while Sam Munnis finished second in the 3,200 (9:50.38) and the Cougars’ 4x200 relay team also was second (1:32.81).

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