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Indoor Track: Boonsboro boys fall just short

February 19, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Gerick Allen won the Class 1A boys shot put Monday in Landover, Md.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

LANDOVER, Md. — The Boonsboro boys had a solid showing Monday at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, winning Class 1A titles in three events and second- or third-place medals in seven others.

However, the Warriors, who’d seemed poised to win their first team title, finished second for the second straight year.

Pikesville defied pre-meet projections, holding off Boonsboro 110-103, while Smithsburg, last year’s champion, finished third (54).

“They had guys coming out of the woodwork,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said of Pikesville. “I had us up 50 points on them coming into the meet. They just had a monster meet. Our guys, for the most part, did what they were supposed to do, but Pikesville was just picking up points everywhere.”

Ethan Allnutt, Alex Thaggard, Tom Kersting and Josh Testa won the 4x800-meter relay in 8:34.31 for the Warriors, while Nick Seabright won the high jump (6 feet) and Gerick Allen won the shot put (47-0 1/4) for Boonsboro.

Testa and Seabright both had very productive days.

“It was absolutely nonstop,” said Testa, who placed second in both the 500 (1:09.49) and 800 (2:04.15) and fourth in the pole vault (11-0). “I got to sit down for maybe a half-hour, between events and running around cheering for people.”

Almost immediately after placing second in the pole vault (12-6), Seabright took second in the 55 hurdles (8.07). Then he had to race to the high jump, where he finally won, by 2 inches.

“I finished the hurdles and didn’t even have time to warm up for high jump,” he said. “I went 5-10 and then 6 feet.”

“I went straight to all three events without any break,” said Seabright, who then ran on the fourth-place 4x400 (3:43.21) to complete his day.

While Allen won the shot put by more than 6 feet with his mark of 47-0 1/4, he was nearly 3 feet short of his goal.

“I’m happy I won, but you always want to do better,” he said. “You think you won’t be nervous, but it still gets to you.

“I wanted to get 50 feet, but I’ll save that for outdoor. I just have to keep working at it.”

The Warriors also earned three bronze medals, getting third-place finishes from Allnutt in the 500 (1:09.61), Sean Snyder in the 1,600 (4:42.03) and Cory Debaugh in the pole vault (11-0).

“Our guys did well and fought for it,” Walter said. “It would have been nice to have come out on top, but they can’t be upset about anything.”

Pikesville’s showing also surprised Smithsburg.

“I thought we’d be neck-and-neck with Pikesville for second,” Leopards coach Ray Shriver said. “But they just really brought it. It was impressive.

“But I’ll take it,” he said of third place. “I’m really proud of the boys. It gives us a real good start for outdoor.”

Caleb Cardone led Smithsburg, placing second in the 55 (6.77) and third in the 300 (36.92). He also contributed to the second-place 4x200 relay (1:35.16), as he impressively rebounded from a fall on the track after receiving the baton, and he ran on the third-place 4x400 (3:39.07).

Andy Anderson placed third in the shot put (40-3 1/2) for the Leopards.

Williamsport finished 14th in the 2A boys team standings. Highlights included Jesse Zeger’s fourth-place finish in the 55 hurdles (8.01) and Nick Berchock’s fifth-place finish in the pole vault (13-0).

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