Eagles win without Clarius

May 17, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Sports Writer

THURMONT -- It was no surprise that defending state champion Francis Scott Key won Friday night's Class 1A Region II boys' championship at Catoctin High.

The surprising part was that they did it without distance standout Jim Clarius.

Clarius, the second-fastest qualifier in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs and a key member of the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams, was hospitalized Monday night after complaining of shortness of breath and chest tightness associated with asthma. He attended the meet, but did not compete, following doctor's orders.

The rest of the Eagles, however, picked up the slack. They won the rain-soaked meet with 156 points, beating out second-place Milford Mill by 56, and qualified athletes in 15 events for next weekend's Class 1A state championship meet.

On the girls side, senior Dani Deeds led Key to a surprising second-place finish, 19 points behind champion Milford Mill.

Two who were outstanding for the boys team were Pat Bosley and Mitch Jones. Bosley finished first in the 400 and second in the 800, and Jones took fourth in the 800 and fifth in the 1600. Both also played key roles on Key relay teams.

"I talked to Pat and Mitch Jones and told them I needed them to step up and pick up the slack," said Seaman. "That's just what they did."

Jones, who qualified in the 800 and 1,600, said, "It might have made me run better. Knowing that [Clarius isn't] there, you just go all out to try to make up the points he would have scored."

With the Class 1A state finals scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Westminster High, boys coach John Seaman remains hopeful that Clarius can return to compete in the relays. That will depend on his recuperation over the next several days.

But, if not, Seaman won't be especially worried. Last night on a sloppy track in the humid mountain air, his team proved that it can still shine without the guiding star.

"[The conditions] hurt me," said Key's Jon Cox, who qualified in the long and triple jumps. "The footing was bad, the pits were wet, it was a muddy day. It held me back a little bit."

The girls team began the season with a second-place finish in a tri-meet. Friday, the team took runner-up in a field of 12.

Said Eagles girls' coach Tom Hill: "The girls stayed within themselves and didn't overextend. They were just outstanding."

"This was definitely the highlight of my career," said Deeds. "These are the best times I've ever had."

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY QUALIFIERS (Top 5 or 6 advance to states) Class 1A Region II (Friday at Thurmont) BOYS

Team scores: 1. Francis Scott Key 156; 2. Milford Mill 100; 3. (tie) Catoctin and Wilde Lake, 82; 5. Havre de Grace, 38.

Individual results: Shot put -- 2. Brian Lawson, 44-07.5; 4. Christian Hochberg, 37-11; 3,200 relay -- Francis Scott Key, 1. 8:39.0; high hurdles -- 3. Jason McCorley, 16.15; 4. Bill Stonesifer, 17.42; 5. Christian White, 17.53; discus -- 2. Brian Lawson, 117-04; 4. Christian Hochberg, 111-05; triple jump -- 1. Dave Bull, 41-2 1/4 ; Jon Cox, 39-03; 1,600 -- 5. Mitch Jones, 5:01.0; 800

relay: 2. Francis Scott Key, 1:35.65; 400 -- 2. Pat Bosley, 54.23; 4. Ryan Robertson, 55.34; pole vault -- 1. Josh Crone, 12-0; 2. Ryan HTC Dunn, 10-6; intermediate hurdles -- 2. Christian White, 44.69; 3. Jason McCorley, 44.76; 4. Bill Stonesifer, 45.33; 800 -- 1. Patrick Bosley, 8:05.51; 4. Mitch Jones, 8:07.55; high jump -- 3. Steve Wright, 5-10; long jump -- 5. Jon Cox, 19-0; 400 -- relay -- 3. Francis Scott Key, 45.79; 1,600 relay -- 2. Francis Scott Key, 3:37.13.

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. Milford Mill, 105; 2. Francis Scott Key, 86; 3. Catoctin, 80; 4. Brunswick, 76; 5. Fallston 71.

Individual results: 3,200 relay -- 4. Francis Scott Key, 11:04.0; 1,600 relay -- 5. Francis Scott Key, 4:33.17; 400 relay -- 1. Francis Scott Key, 53.61; long jump -- 2. Laurrie Ryer, 14-3; high jump -- 2. Kelly Jirout, 4-8 5/8 ; 3,200 -- 3. Sarah Hugg, 13:06.52; 200 -- 3. Dani Deeds, 28.48; 100 -- Dani Deeds, 13:40; 5. Carrie Ryer, 13.85; intermediate hurdles -- 4. Kelly Jirout, 52.14; triple jump -- 1. Carrie Ryer, 30-5 1/4 ; 3. Jackie Miller, 29-11 1/2

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