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Indoor Track: Ward pushes through pain for silver

February 21, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Emily Smith clears 8 feet Tuesday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning complex.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

LANDOVER, Md. — North Hagerstown sophomore Emily Ward left it all on the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex track during the Class 3A girls 1,600-meter run Tuesday evening at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Ward fought through the pain to stay in a lead group that was four runners early, then three with two laps to go before the final lap became a battle between her and Hereford sophomore Sarah Ashwood.

Ashwood held off Ward in the final 50 meters to win in 5:16.33, while Ward settled for second in 5:18.05 — her best time indoors or outdoors, and the best finish by a Washington County athlete on Tuesday.

“My goal was to get a medal (with a top-three finish),” said Ward. “I wanted it so badly and I told myself before the race that I was going to have to hurt badly, but try to ignore it and run as hard as I could.”

She did ... and after crossing the finish line, she collapsed along the steel barrier in exhaustion. It was several minutes before she could talk.

“That was everything I had left,” Ward said of the final-lap battle with Ashwood. “I went into the second lane a little bit to try to pass her, but she was going as fast as I was and I couldn’t get past her. She had a little more than I did.”

Not that settling for second diminished Ward’s joy.

 “I’m so happy right now. I seriously can’t believe it. I knew it would be all-out guts because these girls are so good.”

South Hagerstown junior Hayley Freeman finished fourth in the girls 300 in a school-record time of 41.63 seconds — and did it out of the slow heat, as she was seeded seventh.

Freeman actually was fourth in her heat entering the final 40 meters, but found a little extra and passed two competitors to take second. Then only two of the six runners in the fast heat bettered Freeman’s time.

“My arms were burning very badly. I just tried to push. I wanted to make my dad (Rebels coach Dwayne Freeman) proud and try to get a medal,” Hayley Freeman said. “I was very surprised (with taking fourth), I thought the girls in the fast heat would definitely beat me.”

Hubs senior Charlotte Anderson finished fifth in the girls shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 1 1/4 inches — her personal-best indoors this season. She hopes it leads to better things outdoors, where she threw 37-6 in 2011.

“I’m actually pretty happy with it,” Anderson said. I’d never thrown 36-anything indoors.”

Ward also finished sixth in the girls 3,200 in 12:20.48. South Hagerstown’s girls 4x200 relay team — with Elizsha Streeter, LaTraya Landsdowne, Whitney Jarrett and Freeman — finished seventh in 1:48.13, winning the slow heat. North Hagerstown’s Emily Smith finished eighth in the girls pole vault, clearing 7-6.

Boys
Team standings (top 5; North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown did not score): 1. Thomas Johnson 46 1/2, 2. Potomac 43, 3. Linganore 42, 4. tie, Digital Harbor and Wilde Lake 39.
Winners and Washington County finishers
55 — 1. Echols (Potomac) 6.44.
55 hurdles — 1. Echols (Potomac) 7.20.
300 — 1. Flaviano (Digital Harbor) 35.48.
500 — 1. Usher (Reservoir) 1:06.54.
800 — 1. Virostek (Wilde Lake) 2:00.37.
1,600 — 1. Virostek (Wilde Lake) 4:26.66, 12. Hockensmith (South) 4:45.33.
3,200 — 1. Bruning (Linganore) 9:38.37.
4x200 relay — 1. Potomac 1:32.61.
4x400 relay — 1. Digital Harbor 3:28.71.
4x800 relay — 1. Urbana 8:11.11.
High jump — 1. Petersen (Stephen Decatur) 6-6.
Pole vault — 1. Mercer (Crossland) 14-0, 9. tie, White (North) 10-0.
Shot put — 1. Davey (Thomas Johnson) 52-7 3/4.

Girls
Team standings (top 5 and Washington County teams): 1. Hereford 65, 2. Milford Mill 54, 3. tie, Mount Hebron and Thomas Stone 35, 5. Franklin 29, 11. North Hagerstown 16, 23. tie, South Hagerstown 7.
Winners and Washington County finishers
55 — 1. Watkins (Tuscarora) 7.21.
55 hurdles — 1. London (Howard) 8.15.
300 — 1. Moses (Milford Mill) 40.31, 4. Freeman (South) 41.63.
500 — 1. Brannock (Franklin) 1:17.73.
800 — 1. Wilkins (Mount Hebron) 2:25.17.
1,600 — 1. Ashwood (Hereford) 5:16.33, 2. Ward (North) 5:18.05.
3,200 — 1. Carter (Hereford) 11:26.76, 6. Ward (North) 12:20.48, 9. Moody (North) 12:55.73.
4x200 relay — 1. Milford Mill 1:44.01, 7. South Hagerstown 1:48.13.
4x400 relay — 1. Thomas Stone 4:02.30.
4x800 relay — 1. Hereford 9:44.55, 9. North Hagerstown 10:37.71.
High jump — 1. Alper (Atholton) 5-4.
Pole vault — 1. Kalisz (Urbana) 9-6, 8. Smith (North) 7-6.
Shot put — 1. Ovejera (Thomas Johnson) 41-3 1/2, 5. Anderson (North) 36-1 1/4.

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