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by DAN KAUFFMAN | June 27, 2002
The most exciting sporting events I've covered in my four years as a reporter were when Middletown's Greg McCormick and Brunswick's Steve Ferrell went head to head a handful of times in the pole vault during the 2000 prep indoor track season. There's a beauty, an awe and an unmistakable aura about pole vaulting. It is the single most breathtaking event in track and field and, in the span of two months and a handful of meets that season, McCormick and Ferrell pushed each other to majestic heights.
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by ANDREW MASON | April 28, 2003
andrewm@herald-mail.com Pole vaulting is such a fixture in track & field that not even the waves in Ocean City, Md., could wash it away. There are too many anchors to the event, including two big weights locally. Seemingly swayed by a powerful presentation by Middletown track coach Don Boyer and Boonsboro track guru Dwight Scott, the MPSSAA Board of Control voted 29-24 at its beach meeting Friday to reinstate pole vaulting as a scoring event for indoor and outdoor track next school year - a year after it was all but wiped out. "They prepared a power-point presentation about the vault and reasons for keeping it," said North Hagerstown principal and Board of Control member Bo Myers.
NEWS
by ANDREW MASON | May 26, 2006
BALTIMORE - Williamsport senior Lacie Johnson made it a repeat three-peat on Day 1 of the Maryland Track & Field State Championships at Morgan State University on Thursday. Johnson won her third straight state title in the Class 1A girls pole vault. "It's like volleyball - three-peat both of them," she said. "I've been on three straight state championship volleyball teams. " Johnson dominated Thursday, clearing a personal-best 10 feet to win by more than a foot. Kendal Moss, her teammate, was the runner-up at 8-6 as the Wildcats began their chase for their first Maryland team title in girls track.
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by BOB PARASILITI | April 26, 2003
bobp@herald-mail.com The MPSSAA Board of Control spent Friday clearing a number of hurdles, but only one had anything to do with track. The governing body for Maryland's public school athletics agreed on proposals to expand the number of playoff teams in football and to reinstate the pole vault as a scored event in track meets, as opposed to the exhibition status the event was given in the 2003 season. The committee also agreed on a motion to move the state wrestling tournament from McDaniel College to a new venue.
NEWS
June 13, 2003
Carrie Beaver, Sr., Hancock - jumps Kristin Berry, Fr., Williamsport - middle distance Laurel Bobo, Fr., Martinsburg - sprints Lauren Bumbaugh, Jr., Chambersburg - pole vault Kandace Cook, Sr., Martinsburg - jumps/sprints/hurdles Brittany Crum, Sr., Thomas Johnson - pole vault/hurdles Erin Dilley, Sr., Jefferson - sprints/hurdles Kacie Escamilla, Sr., Brunswick - throws Tara Hintgen, Sr., Thomas Johnson -...
NEWS
March 26, 2008
FIRST TEAM Justin Bowie, So., Williamsport -- Hurdles Jesse Buchman, Jr., Williamsport -- Mid-distance, relays Kyle Byrne, Sr., Clear Spring -- Pole vault Corey Centofonti, Sr., Smithsburg -- Distance Tyler Craig, Jr., Smithsburg -- High jump Ben Courter, Sr., Clear Spring -- High jump, relays Justin Donaldson, Sr., North Hagerstown -- Sprints Justin Gardenhour, Jr., Williamsport -- Mid-distance ...
NEWS
May 26, 2004
The following area teams and athletes are set to compete at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships: Boonsboro (1A) - Girls: 400 relay; 800 relay; 1,600 relay; Kristie Johnson (1OO hurdles, triple jump); Sarah Hensley (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Kara Wastler (1,600, 800); Hayley Harnett (400, 800); J. Weddle (pole vault); Eileen Stump (pole vault); Sarah Murto (pole vault); Ashley Rhoderick (discus). Boys: Dan Robinson (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump); Brian Smith (400, 800)
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SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
While weather ultimately prevailed, Washington County athletes still managed to win a pair of Class 1A titles during Day 1 of the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University on Thursday. Boonsboro's Ethan Allnutt, Bryan Letendre, Sean Snyder and Josh Testa won the boys 4x800-meter relay,  and Smithsburg's Emma Gerhold won the girls pole vault, before the meet was suspended due to thunder, lightning and heavy rain. Events that weren't completed will be finished Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. - an hour earlier than the final day of the meet originally was scheduled to start.
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SPORTS
April 13, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013 PREP OUTDOOR TRACK SMITHSBURG - Preston Miller and Emma Gerhold earned two victories and a second-place finish each for the host Leopards at Saturday's Charles Heurich Invitational. For the boys, Miller won the long jump (20 feet) and the shot put (41 feet, 7 inches) and was second in the triple jump (38-11). Zane Gardenhour also won the high jump, clearing 5-6 for Smithsburg. For the girls, Gerhold won the 100 hurdles (18 seconds flat) and the pole vault in a jumpoff (10-0)
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
Big surprise, Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year again, earning the honor for the third straight year. She and her Warriors just continue to find ways to win. Boonsboro swept the boys and girls team titles at both the county and Maryland Class 1A West region championship meets. The girls went on to win their second straight state title, while the boys were state runners-up for the second straight year. The girls managed to prevail without star sprinter Abby Duncan, who was sidelined all winter with an injury.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
It might seem like Boonsboro senior Josh Testa came out of nowhere in indoor track this year. In some ways, he did - just ask the Williamsport Wildcats. Testa overcame a seemingly insurmountable deficit on the final lap of the 800-meter run at the Washington County championships on Jan. 18 as he edged Williamsport's Cody Grams at the finish line for the victory. It was a four-point swing in a meet Boonsboro ultimately won by three points, 154-151, over the heavily favored Wildcats.
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By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | February 19, 2013
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)
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By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | February 19, 2013
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.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2013
Williamsport's athletes experienced the full range of emotions during Saturday's Maryland Class 2A West indoor track and field championships at the HCC athletic complex. There was the thrill of victory - which Wildcats senior Lauren Johnson experienced twice. And there was the agony of defeat - or more accurately in this case, failing to qualify for the state championships, sometimes by the slimmest of margins. Johnson certainly had the best day of any Wildcat. It started with a thrilling victory over heavily favored Devonni Farrar of Largo in the girls 300-meter dash.
SPORTS
December 8, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012 PREP INDOOR TRACK The Williamsport boys topped a field of 15 teams to win Boonsboro's Warrior Invitational at Hagerstown Community College on Friday. Williamsport scored 75 points, while Smithsburg held off Walkersville 57-50 for second. For Williamsport, Jesse Zeger won the 55 hurdles (8.02) and was second in the high jump (5-10), Kevin Zeger was second in the 55 hurdles (8.15), Gabe Auldridge placed second in 300 (38.04), Cody Grams was second in the 1,600 (4:42.82)
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
The Boonsboro girls indoor track and field team won the Maryland Class 1A state title last winter, while the Boonsboro boys were state runners-up. The Warriors are aiming for the title sweep this season, like they accomplished last month in cross country. “We want more,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “We want to come home with two state trophies again. It was a nice bus ride home from the state cross country meet, and we'd like to repeat that again. We definitely have the potential.” Sarah Zielinski (distance)
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2012
After taking the lead for good in Saturday's race, Williamsport senior Evan Hardy still had one guy left to beat - Jeff Scuffins. And he got past him too. Hardy convincingly won the Class 2A boys 1,600-meter run at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University in 4:17.82 to break Scuffins' long-standing Washington County record in the event. The former North Hagerstown star's mark of 4:18.94 had stood since 1980. “I wanted to beat 4:18 and I just went for it,” said Hardy, who took the lead for good at the end of the first lap and won by 4.68 seconds.
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