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Sung Byon of Hohenfels takes the last hurdle on his way to winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles event in 41.58 seconds at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday.

Sung Byon of Hohenfels takes the last hurdle on his way to winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles event in 41.58 seconds at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Sung Byon of Hohenfels takes the last hurdle on his way to winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles event in 41.58 seconds at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday.

Sung Byon of Hohenfels takes the last hurdle on his way to winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles event in 41.58 seconds at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Ramstein’s Danny Edwards, left, and Lakenheath’s Greg Billington are still neck-and-neck as they head to the finish line in the boys 3,000-meter race. Billington won in 8 minutes, 58.30 seconds in an exciting race run in the rain on an extremely wet track.

Ramstein’s Danny Edwards, left, and Lakenheath’s Greg Billington are still neck-and-neck as they head to the finish line in the boys 3,000-meter race. Billington won in 8 minutes, 58.30 seconds in an exciting race run in the rain on an extremely wet track. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Kaiserslautern’s Lynndsey Hyter cruises to her fourth straight 300-meter intermediate hurdles title in 46.70 seconds in the DODDS European track and field finals at Wiesbaden on Saturday.

Kaiserslautern’s Lynndsey Hyter cruises to her fourth straight 300-meter intermediate hurdles title in 46.70 seconds in the DODDS European track and field finals at Wiesbaden on Saturday. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Kaiserslautern’s Colleen Smith leads Chealse Kropushek of Heidelberg and the rest of the runners in the girls 1,500-meter run at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday. Smith won the race in 4 minutes, 57.05 seconds.

Kaiserslautern’s Colleen Smith leads Chealse Kropushek of Heidelberg and the rest of the runners in the girls 1,500-meter run at the DODDS European track and field finals in Wiesbaden on Saturday. Smith won the race in 4 minutes, 57.05 seconds. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

Wiesbaden’s Courtney Walden, right, hugs Shamara Lane after they helped their team win the girls 400-meter relay final Saturday in the DODDS European track and field championships at Wiesbaden, Germany.

Wiesbaden’s Courtney Walden, right, hugs Shamara Lane after they helped their team win the girls 400-meter relay final Saturday in the DODDS European track and field championships at Wiesbaden, Germany. (Michael Abrams / S&S)

WIESBADEN, Germany — A soaked track and a nasty wind created problems for some athletes during the second day of the DODDS European track and field championships. The elements didn’t stop Kaiserslautern freshman Colleen Smith.

Smith breezed to victory in the girls 1,500-meter and 800-meter finals, giving her first-place finishes. The freshman phenom took top honors on Friday in the girls 3,000-meter race.

Smith won the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 57.05 seconds, about 12 seconds faster than her closest competitor.

Smith, 14, voted the girls track MVP, was modest about her impressive debut in the European championships. She’s only been running for about a year.

“I was kind of tired,” Smith said after the 1,500 race. “Your legs get cold.”

Smith said she’s looking forward to running more distance races in the coming years.

The weather cost Kaiserslautern senior Lynndsey Hyter a good shot at the record in the 300-meter hurdles.

Hyter still dominated, taking gold in the hurdles and long jump on Saturday to go along with the triple-jump gold she won Friday. But she was unable to crack that DODDS hurdle record she wanted. She beat the record earlier this month, but there weren’t the required three watches to officially clock her record time.

On Saturday, Hyter, the girls field MVP, won the hurdles in 46.7 seconds, the fourth year in a row she’s won the event. Despite not setting a record, Hyter’s time was one second faster than her time in the 2005 championships.

Still, she looked sullen after failing to break the record.

“She worked hard for it all season long,” Stan Kyle, a Kaiserslautern assistant coach, said. “When the weather doesn’t offer the optimal opportunity to show what you’re capable of, it’s disappointing.”

Hyter won the long jump at 16 feet, 10 inches.

In other second-day results, the girls of Wiesbaden blasted through the finals of the 400-meter relay. Seniors Courtney Walden, Tiffani Thomas, Shamara Lane and sophomore Charne Donaldson set the best time in five years with a mark of 50.7 seconds.

The boys 400-meter relay was a display of lightning in sneakers. Würzburg juniors Cameron Huffman, Donald Bryant, B.J. Harvey and sophomore Dominic Lee flashed around the track in 45 seconds.

Among Saturday’s other winners:

Aaron Ellison of Hanau squeaked to victory in the boys 200-meter dash. Ellison crossed the finish line just ahead of runner-up Dominique Whaley of Ansbach, in 23.19 seconds. Ellison, voted the boys track MVP, also won the 400.Heidelberg senior Brandon Simmons dominated the boys discus throw with a mark of 130 feet, 2 inches, about 8 feet farther than his nearest competitor. He had won the shot put Friday and was voted the boys field MVPAnne Newman, a Munich International School junior, won the girls high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.Whaley, an Ansbach sophomore, won the boys 100-meter dash in 11.48 seconds.After holding back for the initial leg of the race, Hohenfels junior Sung Byon took the gold in the boys 300-meter hurdle.

“I was afraid to slip after I jumped over the hurdles,” the 18-year-old Byon said. “But I feel good.”

The hardest part of the hurdles is keeping a proper form, he said.

“You jump too high and it just takes up time,” Byon said.

Byon said he likes competing against his school’s big rivals from Ansbach, but also enjoys the camaraderie of the championships.

“I make new friends every year,” he said.

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