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2011 All-County Boys Track & Field: Gussio finally strikes gold

June 16, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Coby Gussio is The Herald-Mail's 2011 Washington County Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Track and field is more than just a sport to Boonsboro’s Coby Gussio. It’s his way of life.

“Track is my heart and soul. I put everything I have into it,” he said. “Everything that I do is for the sport.”

If any athlete deserved to end his high school career as a champion, it was Gussio, who fittingly did at the Maryland state championships last month.

Gussio is The Herald-Mail’s 2011 Washington County Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Gussio began his senior outdoor season as the owner of five silver medals and three bronzes from state meets.

“Not getting the gold before, I felt like that pushed me more,” he said. “That gave me the drive to do it. It made me more eager.”

Gussio wasted little time.

At the first day of the state championships, he won the Class 1A long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 1/2 inches — a mark that would have won all three of the state’s other classifications.

He returned two days later and won the 100-meter dash in 10.93 seconds.

“Working hard every day paid off,” he said. “I got the two golds, which is something I wanted since freshman year. I’m so happy I got them. I’m just so thankful. This season was an awesome season to end on.”

Gussio also added to his stash of state medals with a third-place finish in the 400. And he anchored the 4x400 relay to a fifth-place finish, as Boonsboro finished fifth in the team standings.

Too bad for the Warriors that an athlete is only allowed to compete in four events, because Gussio is capable of excelling in most of them.

“I really wish we didn’t have a limit, because I would love to do way more events,” he said. “I feel like I would have placed pretty well in a lot of them. ... I have 14 school records (indoors and outdoors). Some are relays, but a lot of them are individual.”

Gussio finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Tri-State area in the long jump (22-10 1/2) and No. 2 in all three dashes — 100 (10.86), 200 (22.10) and 400 (48.99).

He said a major highlight of the spring was the Boonsboro boys team’s first-place finish at the county championships.

“That was a big statement for us, that we weren’t little old Boonsboro anymore, that we were pretty powerful when it came to track,” he said.

Gussio, obviously, will be difficult to replace.

“He’s extremely talented athletically,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “But he brings more than that to the team. He’s a great leader. He helps a lot with the new kids, the freshmen, the beginners. He understands it.”

Gussio is now set to compete at the NCAA Division I level for Mount St. Mary’s. He signed his letter of intent last month.

Now his wish to compete in more events might get granted.

“At the Mount, the coach said he might have me work on the decathlon,” he said.

“It’s a new beginning, a new team,” he added. “I’m sad to leave our team, but hopefully there are bigger and better things to come when I go to the Mount.”

Joining Gussio on the all-county first team are:

Jordan Alston, South Hagerstown

The senior was a 3A state placewinner in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x200.

Chima Ezidinma, Williamsport

The senior was a 1A state placewinner in the high jump, 4x100 and 4x200.

Cody Grams, Williamsport

The sophomore earned 1A state silver in the 4x800 and was the county champ in the 3,200.

Anthony Green, South Hagerstown

The senior was the county champ in the 110 hurdles.

Evan Hardy, Williamsport

The junior was the 1A state champ in the 1,600 and 3,200. He also earned state silver in the 4x800 relay.

Devon Herring, South Hagerstown

The senior was the county champion in the triple jump and had the top mark in the Tri-State area (43-8 3/4).

Olympic Johnson, North Hagerstown

The senior earned 2A state bronze in the high jump.

Johnny Karroll, Smithsburg

The senior earned 1A state silver in the pole vault and also placed in the long jump.

Kenny Kopp, Boonsboro

The senior was a county champ and 1A state placewinner in the high jump and 4x400.

J.R. Lowery, Boonsboro

The junior was the 1A state champ in the shot put and had the top mark in the Tri-State area at 56 feet, 1 1/2 inches. He also was a county champ in the discus.

Nick Porter, Smithsburg

The junior won county gold and 1A state bronze in the pole vault.

Devin Repp, Clear Spring

The senior was a 1A state placewinner in the 200 and 400.

Nate Willis, Williamsport

The senior earned 1A state silver in the 4x800 and was a state placewinner in the 300 hurdles, 4x200 and 4x400.

Anthony Winter, North Hagerstown

The senior won 2A state gold in the 100, silver in the 4x200 and bronze in the shot put. He set the all-time county record in the 100 at 10.67 seconds.


ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Tyler Cheng, Pole vault, Hancock, Junior

Luke Daigneault, Distance, Smithsburg, Soph.

Rodney Flora, Relays, Boonsboro, Senior

Brandon Horning, Distance, South Hagerstown, Senior

Trey King, Throws, North Hagerstown, Soph.

Arthur Lacey, Distance, Boonsboro, Senior

Collin Linton, Sprints, Williamsport, Junior

Jarrod McCoy, Throws, Hancock, Senior

Reggie Moody, Jumps/relays, South Hagerstown, Soph.

Chip Rittenhouse, Sprints, South Hagerstown, Senior

Nick Tilden, Mid. distance, Smithsburg, Senior

Matt Toth, Sprints, North Hagerstown, Junior

Graylon Wright, Distance, Williamsport, Senior

Jesse Zeger, Hurdles, Williamsport, Soph.

Kevin Zeger, Hurdles, Williamsport, Soph.

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