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Prep Track & Field: Freeman shocks herself, stuns 3A field

May 17, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. — Hayley Freeman had reason to be stunned after she crossed the finish line in the girls 300-meter hurdles Thursday at the Maryland Class 3A West Track & Field Championships at Tuscarora High School.

After all, the South Hagerstown junior’s time (45.55 seconds) was a school record. After all, she had only competed in the event for the first time a month ago. And after all, she had just become a region champion.

“We were all shocked, not that I didn’t think Hayley had it in her,” said South coach Dwayne Freeman, Hayley’s father. “When I saw that boost by her at the end, I was shocked.”

Hayley took the lead from Tuscarora’s Mary Mowoe, the favorite, just before the last hurdle and held her off for a split-second victory.

“I thought she was going to beat me again,” said Hayley, who finished second to Mowoe earlier in the meet in the 100 hurdles (in 15.49 seconds, also a South record). “I don’t know if it was an adrenaline boost or what. It was something, I surprised myself, I’m excited. Man, I’m excited.”

Moving on was the name of the game, as the top four finishers in each event automatically qualified for next week’s state meet in Baltimore, as did those who met certain advancement standards.

“I’m so happy to have qualified in two events. I’m so excited,” said North Hagerstown sophomore Emily Ward, who did much more than just qualify.

Ward, who won the girls 3,200 in 11:50.18 when the meet began Wednesday, made it 2-for-2 Thursday with her victory in the 1,600 (5:23.94).

“It’s a championship, a regional championship, and I just wanted to do the best that I could,” said Ward, who did not compete in the 800. “If the win was in sight, I wanted to go for it. It always feels good to win. It gives you that extra boost of confidence going into states.”

Shortly after winning the 300 hurdles, Hayley Freeman was back at it, teaming with Elizsha Streeter, Paige Flemings and Noelle Seals to win the 4x100 relay in 50.07. On Wednesday, Freeman, Streeter, Flemings and LaTraya Landsdowne placed second in the 4x200 in a school-record 1:43.59.

Streeter also shined individually Thursday. She placed second in the 400 in 59.41, becoming the first sub-60 girl in Washington County this spring and the first in South history. She also qualified for states in the 200, placing fourth in 25.65.

For the South boys on Thursday, Aaron Waters was the runner-up in the 400 (50.96) and teamed with Emmanuel Morris, Isiaha Smith and C.J. Davis to place third in the 4x100 (44.37).

On Wednesday, Smith, Waters, Davis and Jarred Moquin placed second in the 4x200 in a county-record 1:29.17.

“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to have a strong effort at regionals and qualify as many kids as we could for states,” Dwayne Freeman said. “I’m extremely pleased. It’s a good feeling to have kids achieve their goals. They worked hard for them.”

The North girls got fourth-place finishes Thursday from Charlotte Anderson in the shot put (33-5 3/4) and Emily Simmons in the 1,600 (5:27.37).

Md. 3A West Championships
Day 2 at Tuscarora HS
Girls results
Final team scores: 1. Thomas Johnson 103.5; 2. Urbana 98; 3. Tuscarora 75; 4. Linganore 71.5; 5. (tie) South Hagerstown, North Hagerstown 48; 7. Northwood 37; 8. Damascus 25; 9. Albert Einstein 22; 10. Seneca Valley 15; 11. Watkins Mill 11; 12. Frederick 3; 13. Rockville 1.
Winners and North and South Hagerstown top-6 placewinners
100 — 1. Aromolaran (TJ) 12.17; 5. Randall (NH) 12.97.
200 — 1. Aromolaran (TJ) 25.10; 4. Streeter (SH) 25.65.
400 — 1. Sarr (Nw) 58.66; 2. Streeter (SH) 59.41.
800 — 1. Vannoy (Li) 2:22.82.
1,600 — 1. Ward (NH) 5:23.94; 4. Simmons (NH) 5:27.37.
100 hurdles — 1. Mowoe (Tu) 15.09; 2. Freeman (SH) 15.49.
300 hurdles — 1. Freeman (SH) 45.55.
4x100 — 1. South 50.07.
4x400 — 1. Linganore 4:04.15.
Long jump — 1. Clarke (Tu) 17-0.
Shot put — 1. Ovejera (TJ) 37-10 1/2; 4. Anderson (NH) 33-5 3/4.
Boys results
Final team scores: 1. Thomas Johnson 114; 2. Linganore 95; 3. Watkins Mill 76; 4. Tuscarora 69.5; 5. Urbana 54.5; 6. Albert Einstein 44; 7. Frederick 39; 8. Damascus 33; 9. South Hagerstown 24; 10. North Hagerstown 4; 11. Seneca Valley 3; 12. Rockville 2.
Winners and North and South Hagerstown top-6 placewinners
100 — 1. Davis (Tu) 10.90.
200 — 1. Davis (Tu) 22.09; 6. Waters (SH) 22.85.
400 — 1. Oyeshile (Da) 50.11; 2. Waters (SH) 50.96; 6. Moquin (SH) 53.71.
800 — 1. Cook (Li) 1:59.51.
1,600 — 1. Duboyce (Li) 4:24.29.
110 hurdles — 1. Foster (Tu) 14.79.
300 hurdles — 1. Bryan (Fr) 39.79.
4x100 — 1. Linganore 42.76; 3. South 44.37.
4x400 — 1. Watkins Mill 3:29.19.
High jump — 1. Coiner (Li) 6-7; 5. Veneble (NH) 5-7; 6. (tie) Aviles (NH) 5-5.
Triple jump — 1. Hears (WM) 42-6 1/2.
Discus — 1. Schlosser (WM) 150-2.

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