Two years ago as a sophomore, Williamsport’s Evan Hardy took second place in the Maryland Class 1A 3,200-meter run at the state indoor track & field championships, finishing in 10 minutes, 19.43 seconds.
The winner was Smithsburg senior David Wilson, who set Washington County and Maryland Class 1A indoor records while lapping every runner in the field on the way to a 9:31.42 finish.
“He’s a monster,” Hardy said that day. “Just insane.”
On Friday, Hardy came within a second of eclipsing Wilson’s county record at the Frostbite Invite on the same track where Wilson set the mark at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
Hardy, now a senior, edged out Thomas Johnson’s Hassan Omar by a second to win the 3,200 in 9:32.04 — just 0.62 seconds slower than Wilson’s county mark.
“I am a little surprised,” Hardy said. “Going in, I saw the meet record was 9:45 and I thought with me and Hassan, we could both go for it.”
Hardy, Omar and Winters Mill’s Weston Carvalho — who finished third in 9:37.66 — battled for much of the race, with Hardy chasing down Omar in the final lap.
“He got away from me a couple times, but I was able to stick with him,” Hardy said. “The 4x400 anchor legs I do at the end of meets prepared me for that.”
Hardy said Wilson’s county indoor record in the 3,200 had not been a goal of his, but Friday’s performance has changed that.
“Before yesterday, no, but now I know what I can do, and I can definitely go for it,” he said. “I don’t see why not. ... It just feels pretty good. All the miles I’ve put in over the summer and the time spent at practice, it’s all paying off and hopefully I can finish it out.”
* Williamsport’s boys finished fourth in the boys team standings with 48 points, 44 behind champion Francis Scott Key. Collin Linton was second in the 55 dash in 6.84 seconds, Jesse Zeger took third in the 55 hurdles in 8.21 seconds, and the Wildcats were second in the 4x800 relay in 8:31.16.
Boonsboro’s J.R. Lowery won the boys shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Smithsburg took second in the boys 4x200 relay in 1:36.71.
* Boonsboro’s Abby Duncan won the girls 55 dash in 7.45 seconds and was third in the 300 in 42.90 seconds as the Warriors finished fourth in the girls team standings with 38 points, 80 behind champion McDonogh.
Sarah Zielinski was third in the 1,600 in 5:31.47, and Maggie Sullivan was third in the 55 hurdles (9.00 seconds) and fourth in the 300 (44.17 seconds) for the Warriors.
Williamsport finished second in the girls 4x800 relay in 10:23.04, while Smithsburg took third in the girls 4x200 relay in 1:53.52.