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Prep Track & Field: Handy win is Ward's breath of fresh air

May 03, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

SYKESVILLE, Md. — Emily Ward didn’t have to be at her best to be the best.

A nasty cold that kept the North Hagerstown sophomore out of school Wednesday couldn’t keep her down Thursday at the MVAL Piedmont Conference Track & Field Championships at Century High School.

Ward won the 1,600-meter run in 5:25.95.

“My legs felt OK, but it was harder than usual to breathe,” said Ward, who took the lead for good at the end of the first lap. “It hurt, but it wasn’t awful.”

 While she was well off her season-best time of 5:09.87, she gave herself plenty of breathing room against Liberty’s Sarah Rinehart, who outkicked Westminster’s Natalie Eastwood to place second in 5:30.76.

“I knew (Rinehart) had a great kick, so I wanted a nice lead,” Ward said. “All things considered, I’m pleased with how it went.”

North and South Hagerstown were the only Washington County teams in Thursday’s field of 12 schools, and Ward was Hagerstown’s only champion before the meet was suspended due to lightning.

It will resume Saturday at 2 p.m. at Century with the boys 800, boys and girls 4x100 and 4x400 relays, girls triple jump, boys long jump and boys pole vault still to be completed.

Ward decided not to attempt to go 2-for-2 in the 800.

“I didn’t want to overdo it,” she said. “I didn’t want to push it and make it worse.”

Reggie Moody also had a big performance for North, placing second in the boys triple jump with the top mark in the Tri-State area this spring (44 feet, 1/4 inch).

“Reggie really put it together in that one,” North coach Robert Waugh said. “Now he just has to get more consistent.”

The South girls were led by Hayley Freeman and Elizsha Streeter. Freeman placed third in the 300 hurdles (47.20) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.34), Streeter tied for third in the 200 (25.97) and was fourth in the 100 (12.54) and both contributed to the second-place 4x200 (1:47.03).

South also placed second in the boys 4x200 (1:34.15) and got fourth-place finishes from Aaron Waters in the 100 (11.16), 200 (23.05) and 400 (51.47).

Of note, the boys 3,200 was won in 10:03.12 by Frederick’s Daniel Christiansen, who was an all-Washington County first-team cross country runner last fall for Broadfording Christian Academy.

MVAL Piedmont Championships
at Century High School
Winners and top-eight placewinners from North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown
GIRLS
100 — 1. Watkins (Tuscarora) 12.22; 4. Streeter (SH) 12.54; 8. McLeod (NH) 13.03.
200 — 1. Watkins (Tuscarora) 25.45; 3. (tie) Streeter (SH) 25.97.
400 — 1. Ross (Liberty) 59.20.
800 — 1. Rinehart (Liberty) 2:24.79.
1,600 — 1. Ward (NH) 5:25.95.
3,200 — 1. Eastwood (Westminster) 11:56.02; 8. Moody (NH) 12:30.33.
100 hurdles — 1. Mowoe (Tuscarora) 15.28; 4. Freeman (SH) 16.34.
300 hurdles — 1. Kelly (Middletown) 45.89; 3. Freeman (SH) 47.20.
4x200 — 1. Tuscarora 1:44.03; 2. South 1:47.03; 7. North 1:50.46.
4x800 — 1. Linganore 9:59.37.
High jump — 1. Brownfield (Thomas Johnson) 5-6; 3. Randall (NH) 5-0; 7. (tie) McLeod (NH) 4-10.
Long jump — 1. Clarke (Tuscarora) 17-4 1/2; 4. Jackson (NH) 15-9.
Pole vault — 1. Kalisz (Urbana) 9-6; 5. (tie) Smith (NH) 8-6.
Shot put — 1. Overjera (Thomas Johnson) 39-1; 4. Anderson (NH) 34-8 1/2.
Discus — 1. Overjera (Thomas Johnson) 136-6.

BOYS
100 — 1. Riddle (Liberty) 10.98; 4. Waters (SH) 11.16; 5. Davis (SH) 11.17.
200 — 1. Fernekees (Westminster) 22.37; 4. Waters (SH) 23.05; 6. Davis (SH) 23.43.
400 — 1. Fernekees (Westminster) 49.16; 4. Waters (SH) 51.47.
1,600 — 1. Omar (Thomas Johnson) 4:22.03.
3,200 — 1. Christiansen (Frederick) 10:03.12.
110 hurdles — 1. Woods (Century) 14.52.
300 hurdles — 1. Woods (Century) 38.33.
4x200 — 1. Linganore 1:30.98; 2. South 1:34.15.
4x800 — 1. Urbana 8:14.85.
High jump — 1. Coiner (Liberty) 6-6.
Triple jump — 1. Woods (Century) 44-6 1/4; 2. Moody (NH) 44-0 1/4.
Shot put — 1. Davey (Thomas Johnson) 52-7.
Discus — 1. Kaas (Thomas Johnson) 135-8.
Note: The meet was suspended due to lightning. It will resume Saturday at 2 p.m. at Century with the boys 800, boys and girls 4x100 and 4x400, girls triple jump, boys long jump and boys pole vault still to be completed.

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