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Indoor Track: Boonsboro sweeps county titles

January 18, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Maggie Sullivan races to victory in the girls 55-meter hurdles Friday at the Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Count out Boonsboro?

Count again.

The Warriors swept the boys and girls team titles at the 22nd annual Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday evening at Hagerstown Community College.

The Williamsport boys and girls both finished second, just two weeks after both Wildcats teams finished comfortably ahead of Boonsboro at the MVAL Antietam championships.

“We had a lot of people sick at the MVAL meet, and we really didn’t put people in maximum events,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “But I won’t say it felt good to get beat by them. It was an eye-opening meet, and it motivated a lot of people.”

Maybe no one was more motivated than Walter was in the days leading up to Friday’s meet.

“It was a nerve-racking week, because I was crunching numbers and figuring out where we could maximize people in certain events,” the coach said. “I was driving myself crazy all week. I really didn’t want to lose.”

While the Boonsboro girls finished with 144 points — 25 more than Williamsport — to win their second straight county crown indoors, the boys meet went down to the wire. The Warriors edged the Wildcats, last year’s champs, by three points, 154-151.

The back-and-forth boys battle turned in Boonsboro’s favor in the night’s 10th event — the 800-meter run — in which the Warriors took three of the top four places to surpass the Wildcats for the final time, taking a 142-137 lead.

Boonsboro’s Josh Testa came from behind on the last lap of the 800 to edge Williamsport’s Cody Grams at the line, winning by a fraction of a second in 2:04.63.

“We got to the back straightaway, and he was 15-20 meters ahead of me, and I just went after him,” Testa said. “I thought it would be close, but I didn’t think I’d get him.”

But he did, scoring his second victory of the meet. He also won the 500 (1:10.24).

Nick Seabright also came through with valuable points for the Warriors, placing second in both the high jump (5-8) and pole vault (11-7) and taking third in the 55 hurdles (8.31).

The Boonsboro girls were led by Maggie Sullivan and Sarah Zielinski. Sullivan won both the 55 hurdles (8.87) and the high jump (5 feet), while Zielinski won the 3,200 in a meet-record time of 11:38.94, after placing second in the 1,600 (5:22.60) and contributing to the winning 4x800 relay team (10:42.34).

“I don’t know where it came from,” Sullivan said of her performances. “I haven’t competed in the high jump since last year at states, and I’ve never jumped 5 feet before. And in the hurdles, (South Hagerstown’s) Hayley Freeman (who finished second) is a really great competitor. The last time we competed against each other in the hurdles, she beat me.”

It was Freeman’s only setback of the night. The Rebels senior won the 300 in a meet-record 41.85 seconds and the 55 dash in 7.47, before anchoring the winning 4x200 (1:50.82).

“As a senior, I’m hungry,” Freeman said. “I want to make sure I do great. It feels really good to get these wins.”

Emily Ward had a big night for the North Hagerstown girls, setting meet records with her victories in the 800 (2:24.78) and 1,600 (5:13.25).

“I’m so excited,” Ward said. “I really can’t believe it right now. I said a prayer before both races, and God really helped me. I prayed for strength.”

For the Williamsport girls, Lizzy Willis won the 500 (1:23.66), Morgan Oyster won the shot put (34-8 1/2) and the Wildcats also won the 4x400 (4:27.31).

The Williamsport boys got wins from Jesse Zeger in the 55 hurdles (8.10) and high jump (5-8), Gabe Auldridge in the 300 (36.98), Grams in the 1,600 (4:38.53), Cody Bowman in 3,200 (10:08.72) and Bowman, Clayton Smith, Austin Keplinger and Scott Long in the 4x800 (meet-record 8:40.34).

For the Smithsburg boys, Caleb Cardone won the 55 (6.81) and teamed with Nate Craig, Brandon Athey and Steven Rishell to win the 4x200 in a meet-record 1:35:42. The Leopards also set a meet record in the 4x400, as Athey, Brian Garcia, Rishell and Zane Gardenhour won the race in 3:41.31.

In the pole vault, the boys champ was North’s Jason White (12-7), while the girls winner was Smithsburg’s Emma Gerhold (9-7).

South’s Daniel Stokes won the boys shot put (46-2).

Washington County Championships
Girls results
Team scores: 1. Boonsboro 144; 2. Williamsport 119; 3. South Hagerstown 104; 4. North Hagerstown 48; 5. Smithsburg 43; 6. Clear Spring 21; 7. Hancock 9.
55 — 1. Hayley Freeman (SH) 7.47; 2. Laruen Johnson (Wi) 7.54; 3. Kiona Mency (SH) 7.64.
300 — 1. Hayley Freeman (SH) 41.85; 2. Lauren Johnson (Wi) 42.20; 3. Elizsha Streeter (SH) 42.82.
500 — 1. Lizzy Willis (Wi) 1:23.66; 2. Emily Cronise (Bo) 1:24.13; 3. Alexis Kastelein (Wi) 1:26.14.
800 — 1. Emily Ward (NH) 2:24.78; 2. Lizzy Willis (Wi) 2:28.15; 3. Emily Cronise (Bo) 2:30.69.
1,600 — 1. Emily Ward (NH) 5:13.25; 2. Sarah Zielinski (Bo) 5:22.60; 3. Meggan Grams (Wi) 5:22.61.
3,200 — 1. Sarah Zielinski (Bo) 11:38.94; 2. Meggan Grams (Wi) 12:14.17; 3. Kortney Cunningham (Bo) 12:51.38.
55 hurdles — 1. Maggie Sullivan (Bo) 8.87; 2. Hayley Freeman (SH) 9.16; 3. Dominique Dilandro (Sm) 9.42.
4x200 — 1. South 1:50.82; 2. Williamsport 1:53.49; 3. Boonsboro 1:55.78.
4x400 — 1. Williamsport 4:27.31; 2. Boonsboro 4:38.78; 3. South 4:45.09.
4x800 — 1. Boonsboro 10:42.34; 2. Smithsburg 11:06.59; 3. South 11:30.10.
High jump — 1. Maggie Sullivan (Bo) 5-0; 2. (tie) Sarah Elwood (CS), Sydniy Mabey (Ha) 4-10.
Pole vault — 1. Emma Gerhold (Sm) 9-7; 2. Courtney Rose (Bo) 9-1; 3. Emily Moats (Bo) 8-7.
Shot put — 1. Morgan Oyster (Wi) 34-8 1/2; 2. Diane Branham (SH) 31-6; 3. Sarah Elwood (CS) 29-6.
Boys results
Team scores: 1. Boonsboro 154; 2. Williamsport 151; 3. Smithsburg 77; 4. South Hagerstown 62.5; 5. North Hagerstown 30.5; 6. Clear Spring 16; 7. Hancock 1.
55 — 1. Caleb Cardone (Sm) 6.81; 2. Gabe Auldridge (Wi) 6.87; 3. Devon Fairhall (Bo) 6.88.
300 — 1. Gabe Auldridge (Wi) 36.98; 2. Riley Lazich (CS) 37.32; 3. Nick Seabright (Bo) 38.11.
500 — 1. Josh Testa (Bo) 1:10.24; 2. Ethan Allnutt (Bo) 1:10.88; 3. Daniel Hockensmith (SH) 1:11.63.
800 — 1. Josh Testa (Bo) 2:04.63; 2. Cody Grams (Wi) 2:04.88; 3. Sean Snyder (Bo) 2:08.04.
1,600 — 1. Cody Grams (Wi) 4:38.53; 2. Sean Snyder (Bo) 4:43.59; 3. Daniel Hockensmith (SH) 4:58.88.
3,200 — 1. Cody Bowman (Wi) 10:08.72; 2. Clayton Smith (Wi) 10:35.79; 3. Austin Schetrompf (Wi) 10:37.16.
55 hurdles — 1. Jesse Zeger (Wi) 8.10; 2. Kevin Zeger (Wi) 8.27; 3. Nick Seabright (Bo) 8.31.
4x200 — 1. Smithsburg 1:35.42; 2. Williamsport 1:37.00; 3. Boonsboro 1:42.63.
4x400 — 1. Smithsburg 3:41.31; 2. Williamsport 3:43.81; 3. Boonsboro 3:46.33.
4x800 — 1. Williamsport 8:40.34; 2. Boonsboro 8:54.42; 3. Smithsburg 9:08.60.
High jump — 1. Jesse Zeger (Wi) 5-8; 2. Nick Seabright (Bo) 5-8; 3. Dillon Palmer (Wi) 5-4.
Pole vault — 1. Jason White (NH) 12-7; 2. Nick Seabright (Bo) 11-7; 3. Brandon Kline (Wi) 11-7.
Shot put — 1. Daniel Stokes (SH) 46-2; 2. Andrew Volz (SH) 45-3; 3. Gerick Allen (Bo) 45-0 1/4.

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