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Indoor Track & Field: Ward, White win state titles for Hubs

February 19, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Emily Ward celebrates after winning the Maryland Class 3A girls 800-meter run Tuesday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

LANDOVER, Md. — While North Hagerstown only had two athletes who qualified to compete at the Maryland Class 3A State Indoor Track & Field Championships, Emily Ward and Jason White clearly weren’t just happy to be there Tuesday at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Both Hubs won state titles with personal-best performances — Ward in the girls 800-meter run and White in the boys pole vault.

“Words don’t describe it,” said Ward, who won in 2:23.51. “I’m so happy, I can’t believe it, I can’t believe I’m state champ. It feels so amazing. I just told myself I could do this. I trained so hard.”

Ward took the lead halfway through the race and never relinquished it, holding off Hereford’s Sarah Ashwood by nearly 2 seconds.

“I realized I had to be more aggressive if I wanted to win it,” Ward said. “I wanted to run an honest pace.”

The victory made up for her disappointing third-place finish in the 1,600 earlier in the meet.

In that race, Ward stayed in the lead pack, even though the pace was slow. With the front of the field still clumped together at 900 meters, Ward tripped, fell and lost ground — just as the pace was about to pick up.

“I definitely was not going to DNF,” she said. “It just made me angry. It made me more determined.”

Ward, who was in eighth place after the crash, fought her way back to a third-place finish in 5:18.09. Ashwood won in 5:15.94.

“I was pretty crushed. I wanted that pretty badly,” Ward said. “After that race, I just said, ‘There’s still one more race. I can still get the state title. I just have to stay focused.’”

In the boys pole vault, White prevailed with a jump of 13 feet.

His previous best was 12 feet, 7 inches, which earned him first place at the Washington County championships last month.

White said he knew he’d have to soar even higher to win at states.

“I thought it was going to take at least 14 feet to win,” he said. “I thought I could hit that, but I knew it would take a really good day.

“I still PR’d, so it’s still a good day.”

Thomas Johnson’s Sam Shipley finished second at 12-6 after his strategy backfired. Shipley, whose personal best is 14-7, opted to pass at 13-0 after easily clearing 12-6. But then he missed on all three of his attempts at 13-6.

While White also failed to clear 13-6, he still had that 13-0 on the board, which gave him the victory.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I really didn’t expect it.”

White’s come a long way from last winter, when he tied for ninth at states at 10-0.

After winning the county title this year, he became even more focused.

“I’ve been doing three workouts a day the last month, just trying to get ready,” he said. “It was a lot of preparation.”

For South Hagerstown, Elizsha Streeter, Kiona Mency, Whitney Jarrett and Hayley Freeman won 3A medals in the girls 4x200 relay, placing third in an indoor school-record time of 1:46.47.

But the Rebels had hoped for more than bronze in the event, which was won by Huntingtown in 1:46.23.

“We were top-seeded and we expected to win,” South coach Dwayne Freeman said. “We set our goals higher than a third-place medal. It’s not what we wanted, but I’ll take it. A 1:46 indoor, that’s pretty darn good. I’m very pleased with the time.

“The girls have a bitter feeling in their stomachs, but they have a chance to redeem themselves in outdoor.”

Hayley Freeman also placed fourth in the 300 (41.68) and sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.03), while Streeter was sixth in the 55 dash (7.45) and eighth in the 300 (42.23).

For the South boys, Andrew Volz placed sixth in the shot put (46-11).

Maryland Class 3A State Championships
Tuesday at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover

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Girls
55 — 1. Parker (Westlake) 7.19, 6. Streeter (South Hagerstown) 7.45.
55 hurdles — 1. London (Howard) 7.98, 6. Freeman (South Hagerstown) 9.03.
300 — 1. Johnson (Friendly) 40.92, 4. Freeman (South Hagerstown) 41.68, 8. Streeter (South Hagerstown) 42.23.
500 — 1. Halmon (Thomas Stone) 1:19.38.
800 — Ward (North Hagerstown) 2:23.51.
1,600 — 1. Ashwood (Hereford) 5:15.94, 3. Ward (North Hagerstown) 5:18.09.
3,200 — 1. Krein (River Hill) 11:28.02.
4x200 relay — 1. Huntingtown 1:46.23, 3. South Hagerstown 1:46.47.
4x400 relay — 1. Thomas Stone 4:05.10.
4x800 relay — 1. Thomas Stone 9:44.98.
High jump — 1. Janss (Damascus) 5-2.
Pole vault — 1. Johnson (Linganore) 9-0.
Shot put — 1. Ovejera (Thomas Johnson) 42-3, 11. Masser (South Hagerstown) 29-11 3/4.

Boys
55 — 1. Peoples (Howard) 6.47.
55 hurdles — 1. Foster (Tuscarora) 7.66.
300 — 1. Flaviano (Digital Harbor) 34.82.
500 — 1. Gainey (Mount Hebron) 1:06.66.
800 — 1. Virostek (Wilde Lake) 1:57.44.
1,600 — 1. Virostek (Wilde Lake) 4:21.45.
3,200 — 1. Bullen (Annapolis) 9:27.05.
4x200 relay — 1. Thomas Stone 1:32.54.
4x400 relay — 1. Digital Harbor 3:26.70.
4x800 relay — 1. Mount Hebron 8:20.33.
High jump — 1. Duker (Stephen Decatur) 6-0.
Pole vault — 1. White (North Hagerstown) 13-0.
Shot put — 1. Mackey (North Harford) 50-0 3/4, 6. Volz (South Hagerstown) 46-11, 9. Stokes (South Hagerstown) 45-8.

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