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Indoor Track: 'Cats boys complete one 'wonderful day' at county championships

January 20, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Cody Grams races to victory in the boys 3,200-meter run Friday night at the Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Williamsport boys listened to their coach and seized the day at the 21st annual Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College on Friday.

“I just told the guys, ‘It’s a wonderful day. Let’s go win some races,’” Williamsport coach Teresa Weaver said. “And it did turn into a wonderful day. They worked hard.”

The Wildcats dominated, winning 10 of the 13 events and finishing with 176.5 points to capture their first indoor county boys title since 2009 and fifth overall. Smithsburg finished second (112) in the field of seven teams, while South Hagerstown edged Boonsboro 74-72 for third.

Jesse Zeger helped lead the way for Williamsport, winning both the 55-meter hurdles (8.25 seconds) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches). He got a push in both events from his twin Kevin Zeger, who finished second to him in the 55 hurdles (8.31) and third in the high jump (5-2).

“It’s definitely made us better because we always try to beat each other,” Jesse said.

“He always beats me in the high jump,” Kevin said. “But in hurdles it’s back and forth.”

Few athletes Friday seemed as pumped up as Williamsport’s Collin Linton was after winning the 55 dash in a personal-best time of 6.76 seconds.

“I’ve been waiting for that all day,” he said. “I really wanted to win, and running that time made it even better. I really wanted to break that 6.8 barrier. I trained hard to prepare for this meet because I knew I had a shot at winning.”

Evan Hardy also had a big day for the Wildcats, winning the 800 in a meet-record time of 2:00.98 after anchoring the 4x800 to a comfortable victory (8:57.72).

While Hardy is the class of the county in the 1,600 and 3,200, he didn’t run either. So his teammates capitalized on the opportunities and won both — Cody Bowman in the 1,600 (4:46.40) and Cody Grams in the 3,200 (10:16.39).

Also for Williamsport, Theron Palmer won the 500 (1:10.61) and anchored the winning 4x400 (3:46.30), and Nicholas Berchock won the pole vault (11-6).

Chad Greene led the runner-up Leopards. He placed first in the 300 (37.23), third in the 55 (6.90) and contributed to the winning 4x200 (1:36.69).

The shot put was all J.R. Lowery, as the Boonsboro senior prevailed by more than 11 feet with a meet-record throw of 53-3 1/2.

South was led by Daniel Hockensmith, who placed second in the 500 (1:10.86), second in the 1,600 (4:47.96) and third in the 800 (2:07.87).

Washington County Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Boys results
Team scores: 1. Williamsport 176.5; 2. Smithsburg 112; 3. South Hagerstown 74; 4. Boonsboro 72; 5. North Hagerstown 39; 6. Clear Spring 18; 7. Hancock 5.5.
55 — 1. Linton (Wi) 6.76; 2. Toth (NH) 6.84; 3. Greene (Sm) 6.90.
55 hurdles — 1. J. Zeger (Wi) 8.25; 2. K. Zeger (Wi) 8.31; 3. Stover (Sm) 9.00.
300 — 1. Greene (Sm) 37.23; 2. Gardenhour (Sm) 37.69; 3. Waters (SH) 37.96.
500 — 1. Palmer (Wi) 1:10.61; 2. Hockensmith (SH) 1:10.86; 3. Allnutt (Bo) 1:11.28.
800 — 1. Hardy (Wi) 2:00.98; 2. Grams (Wi) 2:06.63; 3. Hockensmith (SH) 2:07.87.
1,600 — 1. Bowman (Wi) 4:46.40; 2. Hockensmith (SH) 4:47.96; 3. Snyder (Bo) 4:53.60.
3,200 — 1. Grams (Wi) 10:16.39; 2. Daigneault (Sm) 10:19.50; 3. Durboraw (SH) 10:19.53.
4x200 — 1. Smithsburg (Gardenhour, Greene, Athey, Cardone) 1:36.69; 2. South 1:39.51; 3. Williamsport 1:41.10.
4x400 — 1. Williamsport (Gardenhour, K. Zeger, Hagerperry, Palmer) 3:46.30; 2. Boonsboro 3:48.83; 3. South 3:57.50.
4x800 — 1. Williamsport (Gardenhour, Long, Smith, Hardy) 8:57.72; 2. Boonsboro 9:25.03; 3. Smithsburg 9:36.89.
High jump — 1. J. Zeger (Wi) 5-6; 2. Kirby (Sm) 5-4; 3. K. Zeger (Wi) 5-2.
Pole vault — 1. Berchock (Wi) 11-6; 2. Porter (Sm) 11-0; 3. Stover (Sm) 11-0.
Shot put — 1. Lowery (Bo) 53-3 1/2; 2. Stokes (SH) 42-0 1/2; 3. Smith (SH) 41-4.

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