Escamilla makes wins family affair at state track

May 28, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Brunswick shot putter Kacie Escamilla proved Saturday that all it takes is one great effort to become a state champion.

Escamilla, who averaged 34-35 feet in the shot put most of the season, made a throw of 36 feet, 8 inches to win the Md. Class 1A girls shot put title at the state championships at University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

"That's one of her better throws," Brunswick coach David Spiezio said. "She's been averaging 34-35, but once in a while she pops one out to 36, and that's what she did today."


Escamilla joins her brother, Adam, as a state shot put champion. Adam won the indoor and outdoor shot put titles last year.

"Coach (Pat) Morgan told me the last two weeks she buckled down and put her nose to the grindstone," Spiezio said. "This is a great reward for her."

n Walkersville senior K.T. Hessler failed to clear her goal height of 5-4 in the 2A girls high jump, but won the state title anyway, beating Kent Island's Amanda Virgets on fewer misses.

"The one girl from Kent Island got 5-2, but since she missed an earlier height, I was like, 'Thank God,'" said Hessler, who will attend Lehigh on a partial track scholarship.

Hessler had finished second at state meets twice - as a sophomore outdoors in 2000, and indoors earlier this year.

"I've always been getting second, and I really wanted first," Hessler said.

n Hancock junior Carrie Beaver, who jumped 16 feet in the long jump for the first time at blast week's 1A West regional meet, duplicated it with an effort of 16-6 1/2 for a surprising second.

"I was nervous (Friday) to come here," Beaver said. "That's how nervous I was. When I jumped 16-4 (on the first attempt), they went away a little."

With one 16-foot leap in the bag, Beaver made her best leap on her third attempt, eliminating a disastrous state meet last year.

"Last year when I came here, I scratched every time," Beaver said. "I'm happy I got second. I was jumping up and down."

n Smithsburg junior Corey Brown followed up his 1A state championship in the high jump with a second in the triple jump in 43-10 3/4.

Williamsport's 3,200 relay team finished second in 1A in 3:29.50.

Middletown's Emily Buzzell was second in the 2A girls 1,600 in 5:16.42, with North Hagerstown's McKenzie Fox third in 5:19.40. The Knights' Justin Myers was second in the boys 1,600 in 4:31.28 after winning the event last year.

South Hagerstown senior David Line finished his prep track career with a third in the 1A boys 800, breaking 2 minutes for the first time in 1:59.26.

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