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Williamsport girls and Smithsburg boys win 1A state championships

Williamsport girls and Smithsburg boys win 1A state championships

May 28, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

BALTIMORE - The high schools of Smithsburg and Williamsport are separated by only about 15 miles.

Their separation from the rest of the Class 1A schools in Maryland was more easily measured in points Saturday at the state track and field championships at Morgan State University.

The Williamsport girls team edged runner-up New Town 78-75 for its first state title, while the Smithsburg boys team dominated with 116 points - 60 more than second-place Brunswick - for its first title since 1978.

The last time Washington County swept both Class 1A titles was in 1999, when the Smithsburg girls and Williamsport boys teams won.

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Derek Martin, Chad Brown and Tyler King each won two events to lead Smithsburg. Martin won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.84 seconds and the 300 hurdles in a 1A state-record 39.00 seconds; Brown took the 100 in 11.28 seconds and the 200 in 22.13 seconds; and Tyler King, who won the long jump when the meet began Thursday, leaped 46 feet 11.25 inches to capture the triple jump.

"They carried us," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "It's nice to have individual winners and meet records, but it's about the team, and we have kids that buy into that system. That's why our program's been as successful as it's been."

"I'm on Cloud 9 right now," said Martin, a senior. "When I came into this meet, I had never won an individual state title or a team championship, so I had two goals. How else would I want my career to end?"

The Williamsport girls trailed New Town 75-68 heading into the high jump, the 18th and final event.

"We had a motto all week: 'We believe,'" Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "The kids persevered."

Williamsport outscored New Town 10-0 in the high jump as Kristin Berry placed second and Cayla Broadwater took fifth.

"It was a little nerve-racking, but I just kept my mind on what I had to do," said Berry, who cleared a personal-best 5 feet 2 inches. "I just took it one jump at a time."

"Luckily, we had some kids step up and perform under pressure," Bailey said. "But you can't just look at one event. You have to look at the whole thing. All the kids came through."

Jordan Atha won four medals for Williamsport, including gold in the 1,600-meter run, in which she ran a personal-best 5:23.19.

"I felt pressure, but I was doing it for the team," Atha said. "I knew I had people counting on me and that the meet was going to go down to the wire."

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