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Prep Track: 'Embarrassing' motivation pushes Sullivan to come-from-behind win at Scott Invitational

April 06, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Maggie Sullivan, left, comes from behind to edge Francis Scott Key's Jordan Fine for the victory in the girls 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Dwight Scott Invitational.
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BOONSBORO — While Maggie Sullivan might not have time to sit down and grab a bite to eat in the middle of one of her races, the Boonsboro junior showed that she indeed had time to spare Saturday.

Sullivan was in the lead in the girls 100-meter hurdles at Boonsboro’s 14th Dwight Scott “Battlefield Blast” Track & Field Invitational, before she abruptly came to a stop.

“I heard someone yelling, ‘Stop, stop, turn around’ — or so I thought — so I stopped and turned around,” Sullivan said. “And then I made eye contact with my dad (Boonsboro hurdles coach Dan Sullivan), and he was like, ‘What are you doing?’

“It’s pretty embarrassing, but that’s what happened.”

Meanwhile, Francis Scott Key’s Jordan Fine had moved into the lead. But that didn’t last long, as Sullivan got herself going again and overtook Fine just before the finish line to win in 17.82 seconds. Fine was second in 17.93.

“Somehow I managed to get it back,” Sullivan said. “It was adrenaline — and embarrassment.”

Sullivan later returned for the 300 hurdles, and never paused for even a split second during this one. She won the race by more than 2 seconds in 47.90 as she swept both hurdles races at the invitational for the third straight year.

“It’s kind of like a personal goal I’ve had since the beginning of freshman year,” she said of her sweeps. “But I never really know what to expect.”

The field of 22 schools from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia included only one other program from Washington County — newcomer St. Maria Goretti.

The only other county champion Saturday was Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski, who won the 3,200 for the third straight year. She led from start to finish, going through halfway in 5:31 and winning by more than 7 seconds in a personal-record time of 11:25.53. But she had hoped for more.

“I PR’d, but I didn’t get my goal at all, not even close,” said Zielinski, whose previous personal best was 11:26.51. “I wanted to run 11:12.”

The all-time county record for the girls 3,200 is 11:14.55, set in 2003 by Clear Spring’s Ashley Lockard.

“I want to get that record,” Zielinski said. “I guess I’ll just try harder at the next meet.”

Liberty won the girls team title with 86 points, while Mount Hebron was second with 61. Boonsboro, which entered as the two-time defending champ, tied for third with Century at 54.5.

“We have a couple of kids out sick, but even with them, we weren’t going to compete with Liberty,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “They just have a great team.”

Also for the Boonsboro girls, Lashanta Tonsil placed second in the long jump (15-5 1/2) and Emily Moats was third in the pole vault (8-6).

Century won the boys team title with 93 points, while Mount Hebron was second (76) and Stone Bridge was third (64).

For the Boonsboro boys, who finished ninth (22), Gerick Allen placed second in the discus (129-10) and third in the shot put (44-11).

St. Maria Goretti’s Luke Daigneault placed fourth in the boys 3,200 in a personal-best time of 9:45.91. His previous best was 9:58.84 at last year’s MPSSAA state meet when he won the Class 1A title as a junior at Smithsburg.

Saturday’s race was won by Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling in a meet-record 9:21.53. He and Catoctin’s David Dorsey, who was second in 9:24.49, set the pace in their attempts to qualify for the Penn Relays, needing to reach 9:23.0.

Daigneault, who did not run indoor track this year, held on for as long as he could.

“It was his first 3,200 he ran since he won states last Memorial Day weekend, and he ran 13 seconds faster,” Goretti coach Mike Spinnler said. “He spent the winter doing base mileage in the morning and the weekends, and in the afternoons he was in the pool with the Goretti swim team. So far, I like how that experiment worked. Hopefully when he gets to the college system in a few months, he’ll be ready for the next step.”

Eight other meet records were broken Saturday — Liberty’s Sarah Rinehart in the girls 800 (2:21.99), Mount Hebron’s Rachel Yep in the girls 1,600 (5:21.17), Catoctin in the girls 4x800 (10:03.07), Thomas Johnson’s Tamara Ovejera in the girls discus (138-9), Mount Hebron’s Nate Gainey in the boys 400 (49.21), Century’s John Mead in the boys 1,600 (4:20.49), Stone Bridge’s D’Ante Yarborough in the boys 110 hurdles (14.86) and Mount Hebron in the boys 4x400 (3:29.42).

Thomas Johnson’s Sam Shipley and Century’s Chandler Kennell equaled the meet record in the boys pole vault (14-0).

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