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Track & Field: Meet's results take back seat to Hoover's memory

March 23, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — It’s more than a little unusual when a host track and field team does not run in its own meet, as was the case at Friday’s Clear Spring Invitational.

Then again, nothing has been typical about this week for the Blazers family.

Still mourning the death of senior Quinn Hoover — a 17-year-old student and member of the Blazers’ track team, who was fatally injured in an auto accident Sunday and was taken off life support Tuesday — Clear Spring sat out of its invitational and postponed its other after-school activities. A viewing for Hoover was held Friday night and his funeral is today.

“Quinn has left a lasting legacy, as the lives of others were saved or improved, as Quinn was an organ donor,” long-time Blazers cross country and track coach Jaime Mason read as part of a prepared statement that was followed by a moment of silence before the meet. She added, “Quinn, we thank you for teaching us how to embrace life and to leave a legacy.”

Clear Spring also collected donations to go toward the Quinn Alec Hoover Legacy Scholarship fund.

“We thought this would be the simplest, classiest thing to honor him, especially with our kids not participating today,” Blazers outdoor head coach Doug McBurney said. “This was a school-wide decision. Everything was canceled except for the meet, we didn’t think that would be fair to the other 10 teams.”

Other teams also were thinking of Hoover. Several members of Williamsport’s girls team wore blue and yellow ribbons, and Smithsburg’s girls — who won the team title — gave the championship trophy to Hoover’s family, according to coach T.J. Hood.

“That means way more than winning a track meet to me,” Hood said of his team’s gesture.

Williamsport’s boys won seven of 18 events and easily won the team title with 164 points, 54 ahead of Smithsburg.

The Zeger twins led the way. Kevin Zeger won the 300 hurdles (43.07 seconds) and long jump (18 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and was second in the 110 hurdles. Jesse Zeger won the 110 hurdles (16.32), was second in the high jump and third in the 300 hurdles.

“My brother beat me at the 110 hurdles, so I had to beat him in the 300 (hurdles),” Kevin Zeger said. “That’s what drove me to run faster.”

“It definitely drives both of us,” Jesse Zeger said of the sibling rivalry.

Cody Grams won the 800 (2:04.52), Evan Hardy won the 1,600 (4:29.48), and Williamsport’s boys also won the 4x400 relay (3:50.06) and 4x800 relay (9:03.60).

“We’ve got a good core of kids who work hard,” Wildcats coach Teresa Weaver said. “We were just looking to see where we are. We’re pretty pleased with what we found.”

Smithsburg’s girls only won two events — Emma Gerhold in the pole vault (8 feet) and the 4x100 relay (53.32) — while Berkeley Springs’ girls won five events. But the Leopards had 15 other point-scoring finishes — including seven seconds and six thirds — while the Indians managed 11 other point-scoring finishes, including six seconds and just one third-place finish. Smithsburg’s extra depth led to a two-point victory, 118-116.

“Honestly, I’m pleasantly surprised,” Hood said. “The girls did a great job today. We had a lot of girls step up. We were using this meet as an opportunity to see what we had.”

Smithsburg’s boys won five events — and sprinter Chad Greene had a hand in four of them, winning the 100 (11.58) and 200 (23.37) — each by .01 seconds over Maryland School for the Deaf’s Mohamed Kamara — and anchoring the winning 4x100 relay (46.39) and 4x200 relay (1:32.96).

“I love competition like that,” Greene said of his battles with Kamara.

Preston Miller won the triple jump (38-8) for the Leopards.

Williamsport’s girls got victories from Meggan Grams in the 1,600 (5:35.58) and the 4x400 relay team (4:24.81).

Berkeley Springs’ girls were led by Harlie Stotler, who won the shot put (34-4) and discus (92 feet). Sarah Haynes won the high jump (5 feet) in a three-way jumpoff, Danielle Haynes won the 800 (2:40.21) and the Indians also won the 4x800 relay (10:53.07).

For the Berkeley Springs boys, Dylan Reynolds won the 400 (55.56) and Billy Smith won the shot put (40-0 1/4).

Clear Spring Invitational
Friday at Clear Spring High School
Boys
Team standings: 1. Williamsport 164, 2. Smithsburg 110, 3. Berkeley Springs 68, 4. Faith Christian 41, 5. Northern Garrett 34, 6. tie, Maryland School for the Deaf and Berlin Brothersvalley 31, 8. Frankfort 30, 9. Mount Airy Christian 26, 10. Hancock 21.
100 — 1. Greene (S) 11.58, 2. Kamara (MSD) 11.59, 3. Linton (W) 11.65.
110 hurdles — 1. J. Zeger (W) 16.32, 2. K. Zeger (W) 16.71, 3. Stover (S) 17.03.
200 — 1. Greene (S) 23.37, 2. Kamara (MSD) 23.38, 3. Athey (Sm) 24.18.
300 hurdles — 1. K. Zeger (W) 43.07, 2. Price (FC) 43.26, 3. J. Zeger (W) 43.77.
400 — 1. Reynolds (BS) 55.56, 2. Burke (Fr) 56.29, 3. Boyer (BB) 56.45.
800 — 1. Grams (W) 2:04.52, 2. Shetler (BS) 2:08.23, 3. Keplinger (W) 2:11.67.
1,600 — 1. Hardy (W) 4:29.48, 2. Daigneault (S) 4:51.52, 3. Buchman (W) 4:52.15.
3,200 — 1. Sigmon (MAC) 10:35.09, 2. Long (W) 10:49.26, 3. Schetrompf (W) 11:01.04.
4x100 relay — 1. Smithsburg 46.39, 2. Faith Christian 48.75, 3. Williamsport 49.20.
4x200 relay — 1. Smithsburg 1:32.96, 2. Williamsport 1:37.56, 3. MSD 1:38.40.
4x400 relay — 1. Williamsport 3:50.06, 2. Northern Garrett 3:52.28, 3. Frankfort 3:52.79.
4x800 relay — 1. Williamsport 9:03.60, 2. Smithsburg 9:30.23, 3. Berkeley Springs 9:34.83.
Long jump — 1. K. Zeger (W) 18-5 1/2, 2. Morris (MSD) 18-5, 3. Faith (H) 17-10 1/2.
Triple jump — 1. Miller (S) 38-8, 2. Faith (H) 38-3, 3. Boyer (BB) 37-6 1/2.
High jump — 1. Tvardzik (MAC) 6-2, 2. J. Zeger (W) 5-6, 3. Johnson (W) 5-6.
Pole vault — 1. Arrowood (BS) 12-0, 2. Berchock (W) 11-6, 3. Porter (S) 11-6.
Shot put — 1. Smith (BS) 40-0 1/4, 2. Michael (FC) 39-2 1/4, 3. Anderson (S) 39-1.
Discus — 1. Wagner (BB) 117-1, 2. Beitzel (NG) 111-8, 3. Mills (FC) 108-7.

Girls
Team standings: 1. Smithsburg 118, 2. Berkeley Springs 116, 3. Williamsport 94, 4. Northern Garrett 79, 5. Frankfort 74, 6. Berlin Brothersvalley 37, 7. Hancock 24, 8. Faith Christian 12, 9. tie, Maryland School for the Deaf and Mount Airy Christian 2.
100 — 1. Welker (Fr) 12.78, 2. Cardone (S) 13.88, 3. Dodge (NG) 14.04.
100 hurdles — 1. Murphy (NG) 17.25, 2. Dilandro (S) 17.35, 3. Gaines (W) 17.98.
200 — 1. Welker (Fr) 25.90, 2. Cardone (S) 28.76, 3. Thompson (S) 28.99.
300 hurdles — 1. Murphy (NG) 51.64, 2. Gaines (W) 52.69, 3. Cline (W) 55.67.
400 — 1. Welker (Fr) 58.66, 2. Johnson (W) 1:04.49, 3. Thompson (S) 1:06.78.
800 — 1. Haynes (BS) 2:40.21, 2. Ganoe (NG) 2:45.87, 3. Riesco (NG) 2:46.01.
1,600 — 1. Grams (W) 5:35.58, 2. Younker (BS) 6:13.54, 3. Foreman (H) 6:13.84.
3,200 — 1. Jan (Fr) 12:11.41, 2. Johnson (S) 12:45.73, 3. Haynes (BS) 13:09.25.
4x100 relay — 1. Smithsburg 53.32, 2. Berkeley Springs 56.50, 3. Frankfort 58.13.
4x200 relay — 1. Northern Garrett 1:54.92, 2. Smithsburg 1:55.11, 3. Berkeley Springs 1:55.17.
4x400 relay — 1. Williamsport 4:24.81, 2. Berkeley Springs 4:37.83, 3. Northern Garrett 4:45.37.
4x800 relay — 1. Berkeley Springs 10:53.07, 2. Smithsburg 11:06.86, 3. Northern Garrett 11:15.53.
Long jump — 1. Welker (Fr) 16-8, 2. Bennett (BS) 14-8, 3. Cline (S) 14-4.
Triple jump — 1. Will (BB) 30-3, 2. Christy (W) 30-1, 3. Cline (S) 29-4 1/2.
High jump — 1. Haynes (BS) 5-0, 2. Solomon (BS) 5-0, 3. Christy (W) 5-0.
Pole vault — Gerhold (S) 8-0, 2. Solomon (BS) 7-6, 3. Brown (S) 7-0.
Shot put — 1. Stotler (BS) 34-4, 2. Oyster (W) 32-0, 3. Slayman (S) 26-2 1/2.
Discus — 1. Stotler (BS) 92-0, 2. Slayman (S) 84-4, 3. Coughenour (BB) 73-1.

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