HAGERSTOWN — The championship month of track and field meets is just around the corner, and Jaid Sandeen seems more than ready for the calendar to flip to May.
The South Hagerstown senior had a career day at the 18th annual Chuck Zonis Invitational at North Hagerstown on Saturday.
Sandeen won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet and was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (17.10 seconds), pole vault (10-6) and triple jump (35-4 1/2) — setting personal records in all four events.
“I don’t know. It was just a good day, I guess,” Sandeen said. “The long jump was more of a revenge thing. (Kathleen McPhillips of Carlisle) beat me in the pole vault, and then I got her by half an inch in the long jump. But then she got me in the triple jump. But I’ll never see her again because she’s from Pennsylvania.”
No one at the meet had a bigger day than Anthony Winter had for host North.
The senior won the 100 (11.21) and shot put (46-3), anchored the 4x100 relay to a come-from-behind victory (44.00) and he placed second in the 200 (22.98).
Winter seemed most pleased about his effort in the shot put.
“I’d been throwing pretty badly, but I stepped it up today,” he said. “I’ve got my technique back. I’m hoping for 50 feet sooner or later. And hopefully I’ll be at sub-11 in the 100 soon.”
Who knows where North senior Corie Anderson might be a month from now in the 300 hurdles.
After competing in the event for the first time earlier in the week, she ran away from the field Saturday, winning in 47.64. Smithsburg’s Jonelle Jerwick was the runner-up in 49.32.
“(North coach Robert Waugh) apologized to me for not putting me in the hurdles as a sophomore,” Anderson said. “He said I would be so much better if I had started years ago.”
But better late than never.
“The Mount St. Mary’s coach will be excited,” Anderson said. “I’m going to be running track there.”
The North girls, who finished second to Carlisle in the team standings, also got victories from Beth Wagner in the high jump (5-2) and Charlotte Anderson in the shot put (34-6).
Wagner, who was battling shin splints in both legs, also finished third in the 100 hurdles (17.57) before scratching from the 300 hurdles.
“I’m disappointed,” Wagner said. “I just want to be at my best for states. It would be nice not to be hurt.”
The boys pole vault — no surprise — came down to Smithsburg’s Johnny Karroll and Brunswick’s Nathan Diaz, who’ve combined to win the last three Maryland Class 1A state titles, indoors and outdoors.
“Me and Nathan, back and forth, all the time,” Karroll said.
Both pole vaulters topped out at 12 feet Saturday, with Karroll claiming the victory with fewer misses.
But he was more excited about his performance in the long jump, which he won with a leap of 20-7 1/2 — a personal best by 6 inches.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Karroll said.
The Smithsburg girls got victories from Sara Rishell in the discus (102-3) and Taylor Cline in the quadathlon (200, 800, discus, long jump).
The South Hagerstown boys, who edged rival North 69-68 for fifth place in the 15-team field, had two champions. Chip Rittenhouse won the quadathlon, and Jordan Alston prevailed over Winter in the 200 (22.98) after finishing second to him in the 100. Also for South, Devon Herring had an impressive runner-up performance in the triple jump (43-8 3/4).
For the South girls, Elizsha Streeter, Kayla Freeman, Hayley Freeman and Kiona Mency prevailed in both the 4x100 (50.13) and 4x200 (1:46.78).
Shane O’Neal had a nice day for the James Buchanan boys, winning both the 400 (50.21) and high jump (5-10). North’s Olympic Johnson also cleared 5-10 in the high jump and took second.
Reservoir held off Linganore 97-85 for the boys team title.
Chuck Zonis Invitational
at North Hagerstown
Team scores: 1. Carlisle 133; 2. North Hagerstown 92; 3. Mount Hebron 80; 4. South Hagerstown 78; 5. Smithsburg 77.5; 6. Hammond 66; 7. Reservoir 61; 8. Winters Mill 53; 9. James Buchanan 36.5; 10. Fort Hill 24; 11. Faith Christian 23; 12. Brunswick 8; 13. Allegany 6.