|May 23, 1997 Westminster MD - Maryland State Meet|
Derek and Natalie win gold; trackdad John Dye decides to take DyeStat national
Derek Dye's 6-8 Ties Class 2A State Record
WESTMINSTER MD - 5/23/97 -- Middletown junior Derek Dye soared to 6-8 to grab the Class 2A state high jump championship and tie the state meet 2A record. The best high jump of all four classes this year also tied for fifth on the all-time Maryland state meet list, and set a new Middletown High School record.
Dye came from behind in a three-way battle with Brian McGowan of Fort Hill and Teron Gary of Howard. All three were perfect going to 6-4, when Gary took the lead by clearing the bar on his first try as the other two missed once. Then McGowan set a second straight personal record by making 6-6 cleanly on his first try to take over first place as Gary dropped out.
Dye, facing a third place finish, got 6-6 on his third try to stay alive. At 6-8, it went down to the last jump again, when the top-seeded Dye was victorious with the best state meet high jump in Maryland in the last two years. The two jumps were about the equivalent in basketball of hitting two three-point buzzer beaters -- one to get to overtime and one to win the game.
2A BOYS HIGH JUMP
# 1 DEREK DYE 11 6'08.00" MIDDLETOWN
2 BRIAN MCGOWAN 11 6'06.00" FORT HILL
3 TERON GARY 12 6'04.00" HOWARD
4 DWAINE ABRAHAM 11 6'00.00" OWINGS MILLS
5 DEREK BELL 11 6'00.00" WILDE LAKE
6 JASON BROWN 12 5'10.00" CITY
The next day, Natalie Dye matched her brother's gold by winning the class 2A girls pole vault. It was only the second year of girls pole vault in Maryland.
2A GIRLS POLE VAULT
1 NATALIE DYE 10 9'00.00" MIDDLETOWN
2 TENISHA CHESTER 11 9'00.00" ATHOLTON
3 KEELEY FALLON 11 8'06.00" SOUTH RIVER
4 SUZANNE TURELL 11 8'00.00" MIDDLETOWN
5 ANGELA GROVES 11 8'00.00" SOUTH RIVER
6 LAUREN FALLEN 11 8'00.00" SOUTH RIVER
6 SHIMUL PATEL 11 8'00.00" ATHOLTON
the beginning of DyeStat as a national site
For the founder, DyeStat was always about keeping track of the kids' competition. As the kids got better, Trackdad's area of interest grew wider. It started with a Monday morning email newsletter to coaches in five counties in Western Maryland. After the kids became champions in that area, DyeStat started covering all of Maryland. Now, with Derek and Natalie champions of Maryland, Trackdad wanted to know how they compared nationally. Thus was born the DyeStat Elite top 100 national rankings in 1998, and DyeStat began covering national caliber meets around the country. In the 10 years since, DyeStat has reported on many Magic Moments.
1997 Maryland state meet http://www.dyestat.com/97/out/md/state/index.htm
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