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Warriors' Duncan still unbeatable

January 06, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Abby Duncan won the girls 55-meter dash on Friday at the MVAL Antietam Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Abby Duncan has been almost as unbeatable indoors as she has been outdoors on the track — as expected, at least by most.

“I always set high goals, but I never expect to win,” the Boonsboro junior said. “If I expect to win, I’ll get beat.”

Duncan, a four-time outdoor state champ competing indoors for the first time this winter, more than lived up to expectations Friday night at the ninth annual MVAL Antietam championships at Hagerstown Community College.

She won the 55-meter dash in 7.46 seconds to remain undefeated in that event this season, and she also was victorious in the 300 (43.47).

“I’m pretty surprised at how I’ve adjusted to indoor,” Duncan said. “But it’s still a work in progress, and hopefully it just gets better from here.”

She can say the same thing about her team. The Warriors were hindered by some miscues Friday, such as a false start in one race and a bad baton exchange in another, and were edged 84-81 by Catoctin for the girls team title. Oakdale finished third (76) in the 12-team field.

“I’m a captain and I feel like I need to stay positive, but I also need to make sure everyone is on their game,” said Duncan, who helped lead Boonsboro to the Maryland 1A state team title last spring. “We’re having our struggles, but state-championship teams go through that. There are ups and downs, but we’re always supportive of each other and that’s what makes the difference in the end.”

Francis Scott Key won the boys team title with 117 points, while Williamsport finished second with 92 and Catoctin was third with 65.

“It was a pretty good stepping stone for us as a team,” said Williamsport senior Evan Hardy, who led the Wildcats.

He won the 1,600 in a meet-record time of 4:27.30, leading from start to finish, and then placed second in the 800 in 2:02.71.

“I took it out a little harder than I wanted to in the 1,600, but I’m glad I was still able to get the record,” Hardy said. “I felt pretty good and know I can do better.”

Boonsboro senior J.R. Lowery had one of the most convincing victories of the meet, winning the boys shot put by more than 9 feet with a throw of 54 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

But Lowery said he was disappointed with his performance. He had hoped to improve on his season-best mark of 55-2 1/2 and break the meet record of 56-0 3/4, set by former Brunswick star Grant Smith two years ago.

“I’ve known Grant since my freshman year and have always looked up to him,” Lowery said. “And now I want to beat him.”

He has his sights set on an even bigger goal.

“The overall indoor state record is 61 feet,” Lowery said. “It will take a lot of work, but I think I have it in me.”

A whopping 13 meet records were set Friday — eight in girls events and five in boys.

The Boonsboro girls set a record in the 4x800, as Katie Rickerds, Rachel Doane, Sarah Zielinski and Kortney Cunningham combined to win the relay in 10:28.29.

MVAL Antietam Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Girls results
Team scores: 1. Catoctin 84; 2. Boonsboro 81; 3. Oakdale 76; 4. North Carroll 59; 5. (tie) Manchester Valley, Smithsburg 45; 7. Williamsport 43; 8. Winters Mill 30.5; 9. Francis Scott Key 21; 10. Brunswick 9.5; 11. South Carroll 7; 12. Clear Spring 6.
55 — 1. Duncan (Bo) 7.46; 2. Mizansky (NC) 7.53; 3. Klosterman (Oa) 7.62.
55 hurdles — 1. Cianfarini (NC) 8.91; 2. Remsberg (Oa) 8.94; 3. Ebbert (NC) 9.61.
300 — 1. Duncan (Bo) 43.47; 2. Klosterman (Oa) 43.90; 4. Mizansky (NC) 44.25.
500 — 1. Stone (Ca) 1:21.44 (meet record); 2. Barnes (Wil) 1:24.24; 3. Davis (FSK) 1:24.86.
800 — 1. Steinly (Ca) 2:28.61; 2. Myers (Ca) 2:32.35; 3. Grams (Wi) 2:33.67.
1,600 — 1. Oneda (WM) 5:10.90 (meet record); 2. Steinly (Ca) 5:23.35; 3. Grams (Wil) 5:34.24.
3,200 — 1. Oneda (WM) 11:08.15 (meet record); 2. Zielinski (Bo) 11:43.97; 3. Culp (MV) 12:10.89.
4x200 — 1. Oakdale 1:52.33 (meet record); 2. Smithsburg 1:55.43; 3. Boonsboro 1:56.57.
4x400 — 1. Catoctin 4:19.82 (meet record); 2. Boonsboro 4:27.68; 3. North Carroll 4:41.03.
4x800 — 1. Boonsboro 10:28.29 (meet record); 2. Catoctin 10:34.58; 3. North Carroll 10:45.74.
High jump — 1. Stone (Ca) 5-6 (meet record); 2. Hurd (MV) 5-2; 3. Sullivan (Bo) 4-10.
Pole vault — 1. King (Oa) 11-6 (meet record); 2. Ebbert (NC) 10-0; 3. Bromhal (Oa) 8-6.
Shot put — 1. Gereny (MV) 34-3 1/4; 2. Cochran (Bo) 29-9; 3. Oyster (Wil) 29-0 3/4.

Boys results
Team scores: 1. Francis Scott Key 117; 2. Williamsport 92; 3. Catoctin 65; 4. Winters Mill 54.5; 5. Oakdale 39.5; 6. Smithsburg 36; 7. Brunswick 34; 8. North Carroll 27; 9. Boonsboro 20; 10. South Carroll 13; 11. Manchester Valley 9.
55 — 1. Lawson (Ca) 6.80; 2. Madison (FSK) 6.81; 3. Redhi (FSK) 6.82.
55 hurdles — 1. Daigle (FSK) 7.97; 2. K. Zeger (Wil) 8.26; 3. J. Zeger (Wil) 8.28.
300 — 1. Redhi (FSK) 36.95; 2. Thomas (FSK) 37.31; 3. Madison (FSK) 37.54.
500 — 1. Smith (NC) 1:08.44 (meet record); 2. Trettel (Br) 1:08.60; 3. Stone (Ca) 1:09.48.
800 — 1. Trettel (Br) 2:02.24; 2. Hardy (Wil) 2:02.71; 3. Warfield (WM) 2:05.67.
1,600 — 1. Hardy (Wil) 4:27.30 (meet record); 2. Carvalho (WM) 4:28.85; 3. Grams (Wil) 4:34.63.
3,200 — 1. Carvalho (WM) 9:51.68; 2. D. Dorsey (Ca) 10:09.54; 3. Hopkins (WM) 10:24.57.
4x200 — 1. FSK 1:35.74 (meet record); 2. Smithsburg 1:36.33; 3. Catoctin 1:39.35.
4x400 — 1. FSK 3:37.96 (meet record); 2. Catoctin 3:44.57; 3. Williamsport 3:45.28.
4x800 — 1. Catoctin 8:36.05 (meet record); 2. Winters Mill 8:43.57; 3. Williamsport 8:48.19.
High jump — 1. (tie) Cook (FSK), Daigle (FSK) 5-10; 3. Gill (MV) 5-8.
Pole vault — 1. Stearns (FSK) 12-0; 2. Riley (Oa) 12-0; 3. Berchock (Wil) 11-6.
Shot put — 1. Lowery (Bo) 54-5 1/2; 2. Silverman (Ca) 45-1 3/4; 3. McGraw (Oa) 42-4.

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