By Jim Laise - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Trent McCarty's performance Saturday changed with the weather as his discuss throw of 135-02 gave Sherando's boys track team its lone individual winner in the 46th Apple Blossom Invitational, one of two victories accumulated by the Warriors, who finished fifth overall in the 20-team meet.
McCarty's victory -- along with that of coach Tom Grim's 4X800 meter relay team -- helped Sherando notch 32 points, which tied Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) for fifth. Briar Woods (80), Loudoun County (75), James Wood (51) and St. Albans (Washington, D.C.) with 37 points rounded out the boys' top five teams.
Sherando's girls finished ninth overall behind Angelique Matthews' 16.43 second-place dash in the 100 meter hurdles, which placed her runner-up to Jeryne Fish, of National Cathedral. Warrior teammate Alaina Combs (108-05) finished runner-up to Loudoun County's Jesslyn Manni in the girls discuss throw.
McCarty, a junior, recovered from a "tough start" to power past runner-up Campbell Parker, of Greencastle-Antrim, as the clouds broke.
"Things were a little rough because of the storm, but I stayed with it and came out pretty good at the end," said McCarty.
The "storm" was a period of overcast skies even as the meet continued at Jerry Kelican Stadium under different weather conditions. The clouds pushed away in the morning events --with warmth during the course of the day, though times and distances were tempered due to blustery conditions.
"This is a really big deal for me, because it's the first time I've won such a big event," said McCarty. "I was on the varsity as a sophomore and have taken my share of seconds and thirds in meets like this, but never won one. It takes the pressure off."
The Sherando 4x800 relay team faced a different kind of pressure since the Warriors had won the Handley Invitational two weeks ago. That group had put up a time of 8:13.22.
This day the group clocked an 8:18.85, in part because regular team member Trevor Whiteside missed the meet while recovering from illness. In his place was Noel Weber.
Weber joined regulars Justin Hammer, Daniel Snapp and Ryan Hindle to win the relay.
"Because we were able to win without Trevor [Whiteside] who was out sick ... gives us a lot of confidence, because we know we can replace one man with another and still win the event," said Snapp, who finished third in the boys 800 meter run (2:05.44).
Hammer finished sixth (10:21.54) in the boys 3,200-meter run. Teammate Thomas Shea added points with a fourth in the 3,200 (10:13.2) and sixth (4:37.52) in the boys 1,600-meter run, edging out Hindle, who finished seventh.
Warren County's Wesley Childress (52.55) finished fourth in the boys' 400 meter run; Strasburg's Trenton Davis finished fourth in the boys discuss (128-02) and the Rams' Cody Darr (11.72) posted a fifth in the boys 100 meters.
All events were run against time or distance with participants competing in a series of flights.
Warren County's 4x800 meter relay team finished fifth. The team of Childress, Nick Myers, Matthew Mallery and Zach Workman sped to a time of 8:39.06 to round out the local points-makers on the boys' side.
The Wildcats and the Rams finished in a tie for 15th place in the boys' meet with six points apiece.
In girls' competition, Strasburg (six points) finished 14th; Warren County (four) was just behind in 15th (four). Skyline was 17th (three).
Greencastle-Antrim (103 points) was the girls champ, followed by Briar Woods (60.50) National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.) was third (58), Mountain Ridge (55) finished fourth, Loudoun County (50) was fifth and James Wood (38) finished sixth.
Katie Dofermire (35-00.00) and McKenna Orndorff (33-10.75) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for Strasburg in the girls' shot put.
Crystal Utter, of Warren County, finished fourth in the girls discuss with a 106-10 effort.
Sherando's 4x800 meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 10:19.62. The squad was composed of Katie Rogers, Haley Powers, Catherine Prince and Andi Crosby.
Skyline was represented by Shayne Clifton's fifth place (32--11) in the triple jump, while teammate McKayla Jackson finished sixth in the girls 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.19.
Qualifying for the state meet for Strasburg's boys was the 4x800 relay team of Austin Bartley, Matthew Chimento, Ryan Davis and Angel Hernandez (9:18.60). The 4x100 squad of Michael Conley, Darr, Cody Price and Austin Schlentner (3:45.52) qualified for the regionals. The Rams' girls 4x800 relay team of Combs, Kelsey Jenkins, Payton Miller and Madison Orndorff (10:49.84) also qualified for the regionals.
"This is a big meet, almost like a state meet. We like to come here and compete against the best and raise our times," Strasburg coach Jeff Rudolph said.