Winters Mill's boys, girls run board

Second-year Falcons win both titles in meet

Liberty, Century in second

Carroll County indoor track and field championships

High Schools

January 13, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

HAGERSTOWN - Two was the magic number for the Winters Mill indoor track and field program.

In just their second season as a varsity sport, the Falcons picked up two titles - the boys' and girls' - at the Carroll County championships at Hagerstown Community College last night.

Winters Mill's boys squad collected 110 points, easily beating runner-up Liberty (67 points) and third-place finisher North Carroll (61).

The Falcons girls registered 100 points, eclipsing Century by just three points.

Winters Mill became the first boys program other than Westminster's to capture a county crown. The Owls had secured the last three titles.

"It was kind of intimidating, but the fact that a lot of schools lost seniors, the perspective of us winning became clear," said Falcons junior Chris Stinnette. "All these other schools had a chance [to stop Westminster], but we came up and did it."

Stinnette paced Winters Mill with three firsts. He won the 500 (1 minute, 13.40 seconds), teamed with junior Joe Taylor and sophomores Jordan Wike and Ndang Azang-Njaah in the 800 relay (1:38.59) and joined Taylor, Azang-Njaah and freshman Tom Martz in the 1,600 relay (3:50.12).

Azang-Njaah picked up a third win in the 55 (6.62 seconds), while Taylor added a third in the 300 (a county-record 38.12). Junior Dave Robertson claimed the 800 (2:08.73).

North Carroll junior Tim Wunderlich also recorded three victories. He won the high jump (6 feet), the pole vault (11 feet) and the shot put (46 feet, 10 1/4 inches).

Other winners included South Carroll senior Phil Diven in the 1,600 (a county-record 4:39.56) and the 3,200 (10:52.50), Century senior Zach Reeser in the 55 hurdles (a county-record 7.95) and Liberty's 3,200-relay team of senior Troy Massagee, junior Carl Henn and sophomores Rush Lester and Jim Ridder (9:12.4)

The Falcons also put an end to the North Carroll girls squads' run - the previous two county championships.

The key event for the Winters Mill girls was the 800, in which sophomore Katie Hertsch and freshman Allison Hart went 1-2. That was enough to give the Falcons 18 points and take a five-point lead into the evening's final event - the 1,600 relay.

Century won that event in a county-record 4:25.04, but Winters Mill finished second in 4:34.29 and gained eight points to protect its lead and take the team crown.

"I think we knew that we were pretty good," said sophomore Katie Hertsch, who set county records in the 500 (1:23.16) and the 1,600 (5:34.90) and also won the 800 (2:33.16). "We came in with an open mind and confidence to do our best."

Century boasted the evening's only four-time winner in senior Stephanie Dickerson, who collected individual titles in the 55 (7.41) and 300 (a county-record 43.43) and teamed with senior Jess Belsinger, junior Teresa Yannone and sophomore Kelly Burgoyne in the 800 relay (a county-record 1:55.00) and Belsinger, Burgoyne and sophomore Megan Thomas in the 1,600 relay (a county-record 4:25.04).

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