Sophomore Gabe Auldridge was one of the Wildcats’ newer products on display Friday evening at the 10th annual MVAL Antietam indoor championships at Hagerstown Community College.
Auldridge won the 300-meter dash in 37.75 seconds, placed second in the 55 dash (6.91) and contributed to relay victories in the 4x200 (1:37.70) and 4x400 (3:42.46).
His efforts helped the Wildcats win the boys team title, which they did convincingly, outscoring runner-up Catoctin 107-74. Boonsboro held off Oakdale 60.5-55 for third in the field of 12 schools.
“We always try to do well, get first place when we can,” Auldridge said.
But even he admitted that his own results were a bit of a surprise.
“This was my first time getting first place in a 300 and my first time placing as high as second in a 55,” he said. “This is by far my best meet.”
There haven’t been many meets in his career. This is just his second indoor season, and he didn’t run outdoor track last spring.
“I was decent as a freshman last year,” he said. “I did OK, but I was kind of in the shadows.”
Now he’s soaking up the spotlight.
“I came into this season with high expectations,” he said. “I’ve given it my best shot, and it’s turned out pretty well so far.
“That’s the advantage of growing up, you get bigger and stronger,” he added. “I really hope that by the time I’m a senior that I’m doing really well.”
The Williamsport boys also got individual victories Friday from Jesse Zeger in the 55 hurdles (8.00) and Nick Berchock in the pole vault (12 feet, 10 inches).
The Wildcats also won the 4x800 relay in a meet-record 8:33.50 with a thrilling finish.
Cody Grams, Williamsport’s anchor, overcame a 10-second deficit to edge Catoctin by a tenth of a second with his 2:01 split.
His sister, Meggan Grams, went 3-for-3 for the Williamsport girls. She won the 800 (2:28.12) and 1,600 (5:27.22) and anchored the winning 4x400 (4:23.15).
“I was more worried about times than places, and I PR’d in both the 800 and 1,600 indoors,” she said. “I’m just trying to run smarter.”
Oakdale won the girls team title with 101 points, while Williamsport was second (85) and North Carroll edged Boonsboro 51-50 for third.
“It was a very nice showing by our boys, and I’m really proud of our girls,” Williamsport coach Teresa Weaver said. “We knew Oakdale was going to be tough, and the girls stepped up to them. I’m just really proud of both teams. They’ve worked hard.”