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Dress rehearsal

Williamsport girls, Smithsburg boysmake dry run for state meet

Williamsport girls, Smithsburg boysmake dry run for state meet

May 19, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG - The Williamsport girls track and field team is scary.

"We have that Wildcat tradition," Williamsport sophomore Cayla Broadwater said. "Coaches tell us that when we step off the bus, we intimidate people.

"We just go out there and know that we're going to win."

Broadwater won the triple jump (34-0 3/4) and high jump (5-2), took second in the long jump (16-4) and ran a leg of the winning 400-meter relay (53.14) as the reigning Maryland Class 1A state champion Wildcats ran away with the West region title Friday at Smithsburg High School.

The Wildcats outscored runner-up Clear Spring 132-65 and seem more than prepared to defend their state title next week in Baltimore.

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"We're back to win a second championship," said Williamsport's Jess Palmer, who won the 300 hurdles (48.89) and anchored the winning 400 relay and 800 relay (1:49.08).

The Smithsburg boys team also is set to defend its state title. The Leopards captured the region crown Friday with 164 points - 55 more than runner-up Williamsport.

Seniors Jamal Campbell and Chad Brown once again led the way for Smithsburg.

"Me and Chad and a couple of seniors were like, 'This is the last time that we're going to run here,'" Campbell said. "So we wanted to go out with a bang."

Campbell won the 110 hurdles (15.31), 300 hurdles (41.24), long jump (20-10 1/2) and triple jump (43-5) and is now 12-for-12 in those events this month. Brown swept the dashes, winning the 100 (11.21), 200 (22.88) and 400 (51.43).

While Brown is a veteran in the 100 and 200, having won state titles in both, he ran the 400 Friday for only the second time in his career.

"All you can do after you finish running the 400 is fall over," Brown said. "I love pushing myself to the limit and giving all I can, but I hate feeling half-dead afterward."

"I decided to run the 400 because I thought it would improve my stamina for the 200 and maybe even the 100. I ran it last week for the first time (at the Washington County championships) and did pretty well with it (winning), and now I'm kind of stuck with it. Hopefully I can get my team some points in it at states."

The Leopards also won the 800 relay (1:34.95) and got victories from Leon Souders in the pole vault (11-8) and Clayton Rohrer in the discus (134-5).

Jesse Buchman won the 800 (2:05.95), Justin Cole won the 1,600 (4:36.14) and both ran legs of the winning 1,600 relay (3:37.53) for the Williamsport boys, who also got a victory from Sean Dixon in the high jump (6-1).

Jessica Johnson won the 400 (1:00.41) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (4:12.41) for the Williamsport girls.

Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett won the girls 800 (2:22.55) and long jump (16-4 1/2) - a somewhat rare double.

"That's what people keep telling me," said Harnett, who owns school records in both events (2:21.7 and 17-5 1/4). "But it's a nice combination. One's in the beginning of the meet, and one's in the end. I kind of like that."

Smithsburg's Erin Kittel turned in one of the top performances of the meet, winning the girls discus in a personal-best and area-leading 104-5.

"I had a good one during warmups, and I was afraid I wouldn't get another good one. But I felt good," Kittel said. "My goal was just to PR since I was seeded first.

"I was going for first in shot also, but I didn't quite get it."

Boonsboro's Sarah Johnson won the shot put with a throw of 32-10, while Kittel was second at 31-7.

In the triple jump, Broadwater became the first Tri-State girl to surpass 34 feet this season.

"I'm surprised, especially on a wet and miserable day like this, that I was able to do that," Broadwater said. "But I was determined. You've got to do what you've got to do."

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