Prep notebook: Hosby fast, but not THAT fast

April 21, 2011

Track & Field

It was reported in Thursday’s Martinsburg Journal newspaper that Martinsburg junior Jasmyn Hosby shattered the West Virginia girls state record in the 400-meter dash Wednesday on her home track in a tri-meet with Hedgesville and Musselman.

Her reported time: 52.48 seconds.

There’s no doubt that Hosby is fast, as she’s the reigning Class AAA state champ in the 100 and 200. But 52.48 seconds? That would be off the charts — and the top high school girls time in the U.S. this spring by more than a second.

It turns out that it was, indeed, too good to be true.

“It’s completely bogus,” Martinsburg assistant coach Brad Sponaugle said Thursday afternoon. “There was a screw-up at the finish line. She didn’t run anywhere close to that. That’s the real story. We believe it’s closer to 59.2 seconds.”

* Who’s the top girls distance runner in Washington County?

The answer, perhaps surprisingly, right now might be North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward.

The freshman, who has seemingly come out of nowhere, has the county’s top performances this spring in the 800 (2:33.44) and 1,600 (5:32.14) and is a close third in the 3,200 (11:54.28).

Ward finished 12th at the county cross country championships last fall, nearly 3 minutes behind champion Sarah Zielinski of Boonsboro, whom Ward beat by 3 seconds in the 1,600 in a dual meet Wednesday.

* No athlete has more individual entries on this season’s Tri-State leaderboard than Boonsboro senior Coby Gussio currently has.

He ranks No. 1 in the 200 (22.44), No. 1 in the long jump (22-10 1/2), No. 2 in the 400 (51.11), No. 2 in the 300 hurdles (41.44) and No. 3 in the 100 (11.20).

South Hagerstown senior Jaid Sandeen leads the girls with an area-best four entries. She is No. 2 in the triple jump (34-7), tied for second in the high jump (4-10), No. 3 in the long jump (16-5 1/2) and No. 3 in the pole vault (10-0).

* The 18th annual Chuck Zonis Invitational will be held Saturday at North Hagerstown, beginning at 10 a.m.


Did you get a real close look at the report on the South Hagerstown-Clear Spring game Wednesday?

In a 16-14 slugfest won by Clear Spring, there were nine home runs hit — a sign of how the season has progressed to date.

South hit six blasts, with warmer temperatures and a slight breeze aiding the cause.

In Washington County, Smithsburg’s Ryne Willard leads individuals with four homers, while Boonsboro and Williamsport have put together big team numbers.

Williamsport has 12 homers, with three apiece by Tyler Byers, Tyson Cline, Zach Lucas and Tyler Nally. Boonsboro has launched nine long balls.

Jordan Nicewarner has three homers for South, and there’s a longer list of hitters with two homers.

* North Hagerstown’s 7-6 victory over Williamsport on Wednesday not only took some steam out the Wildcats, but gave the Hubs some momentum to get back into the MVAL Antietam race.

North (5-3, 5-2) is now only one-half game behind Catoctin (6-1, 5-1). Williamsport is next at 5-3 in the conference after back-to-back losses this week to Boonsboro and North.

The only head-to-head meeting left is slated for May 4, when Catoctin visits North.

Williamsport still has two suspended games to finish playing, while North still has a makeup with South.


Boonsboro senior Haley Payne turned in one of the top pitching performances of the season on Wednesday in the Warriors’ 5-3 upset of Smithsburg.

Payne — who has been lighting it up with her bat all season — got the best of the Leopards from the circle. Facing a Smithsburg team that had scored 107 runs during its nine-game winning streak (11.9 per game), Payne held the Leopards to just four hits, and Boonsboro’s defense made just one error behind her.

As usual, Payne made an impact at the plate as well, dirving in a run with a double. Payne is hitting .528 with 10 extra-base hits (four doubles, four triples, three homers).

* Payne is on the short list of hitters in contention for Herald-Mail Washington County Hitter of the Year honors — a list that includes three Smithsburg players (Brooke Parks, Cara Ferguson, Shayla Murray) as well as North Hagerstown’s Allysen Breeden and Williamsport’s Kayla Ewing.

* Smithsburg’s loss to Boonsboro dropped the Leopards (9-2, 7-1) back into a first-place tie atop the MVAL Antietam with Catoctin (9-1, 7-1). Smithsburg handed the Cougars their only loss, 6-4 on April 4, and the rematch is Wednesday at Smithsburg.

* North Hagerstown (5-5, 5-3) is two games behind the leaders and is starting to roll, having won three straight by a combined 22-4 over Clear Spring, Brunswick and Williamsport.

The Hubs next two league games come at Boonsboro on Wednesday and at Smithsburg next Friday, and with a pair of wins, they can put themselves right back in the mix for the league title — especially if Smithsburg knocks off Catoctin.


One of the season’s most anticipated showdowns took place Wednesday, when South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji faced Clear Spring’s Megan Crowl at No. 1 singles.

Adetunji — the 2010 Herald-Mail Girls Tennis Player of the Year who’s 8-1 overall and unbeaten against Washington County opponents — gave Crowl (9-1) her first loss in a close two-setter, 6-4, 7-5.

* The battle for the MVAL Antietam boys title is up for grabs between Clear Spring (9-1, 6-1), North Hagerstown (6-2, 5-1) and Williamsport (7-1, 5-1). The Blazers and Hubs split their two matches this season, while Clear Spring is 1-0 against Williamsport. The Hubs and Wildcats have not played yet.

Clear Spring’s girls are 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Antietam, but have not played their closest league challenger yet in Boonsboro (8-1, 6-1).

— Assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writers Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble contributed to this notebook.

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