North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown competed in the Maryland Class 3A West Indoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday evening at the Baltimore National Guard Armory, and Hubs junior Emily Ward left with a pair of region titles.
Ward prevailed in the girls 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
“We just went out and said, ‘OK, we want to have a good showing and run our race and make sure we qualify for states,’” North coach Brian Myers said. “Winning was a bonus, basically.”
The top four finishers in each event automatically qualified for the state championships Feb. 19 at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover.
South’s Daniel Stokes also was a champion Wednesday. He won the boys shot put with a heave of 46 feet, 3 inches, holding off runner-up Andrew Volz, his teammate, by an inch.
“We’ve just been practicing hard and this is it. This is what we’ve been working for,” said Stokes. “It feels a lot better to be going down there with a bunch of my friends. I’ll have them down there pushing me to be better.”
Other individual state qualifiers for South include Hayley Freeman, Elizsha Streeter, Bryhanna Masser and Whitney Jarrett in girls events.
Streeter placed second in both the 55 dash (7.62) and 300 (43.81), while Freeman was second in the 55 hurdles (9.37) and third in the 300 (44.47), Masser was fourth in the shot put (29-0) and Jarrett advanced in the high jump (4-10).
Streeter, Freeman, Jarrett and Kiona Mency also won the 4x200 relay in 1:51.7.
“We’re ready to go win some medals,” said Freeman.
“We’ve been at this for four years, we feel like we deserve it,” said Streeter. “The seniors came to do what we do today, and we’re going to keep it going at states.”
Their efforts helped the South girls finish second in the team standings with 67 points, only nine points shy of Damascus.
South’s boys finished fifth with 34 points.
“I’m happy for our kids,” said South coach Dwayne Freeman. “I knew we could score a lot of points and we had an outside chance of winning, but I do miss competing at HCC, since they have a real track.
“We came to qualify as many kids as we could for states. That’s exactly what we accomplished.”
For North, Jason White also qualified for states, placing third in the boys pole vault (11-6).
The Hubs finished eighth in the girls team standings and 12th in the boys.
“We had a young team this year. I’m not disappointed with how we finished,” Myers said. “I know we have a lot of work to do, but I know that we have potential for the next couple years.”