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Reaux steals Rice's thunder, record

May 03, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG -- Scott Rice entered Friday's MVAL Antietam Conference Track & Field Championships as the No. 1 pole vaulter in the Tri-State this spring and the best in Boonsboro history.

Travis Reaux, his teammate, now has both distinctions after clearing 13 feet, 10 inches to win Friday. Rice, who jumped 13-8 earlier this season, finished second at 13-0.

"(Rice) has been jumping so good, he's just helped me jump that much higher," said Reaux, whose previous best was 13-0.

The Warriors now have the area's top two vaulters.

"It helps having both of them together because they motivate each other and help each other out," Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. "Scott will now be trying to regain his record."

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"We both want to clear 14," Reaux said. "It's just a matter of who does it first."

The pole vault, the 18th and final boys event Friday, also decided the team championship.

Smithsburg trailed Williamsport 136-133 through 17 events. But Leopards Kyle Thompson (11-6) and Dustin Pellegrino (11-0) took fourth and fifth in the pole vault to outscore the Wildcats 6-1 in the event and 139-137 overall.

"I knew Boonsboro would go 1-2, and I knew our boys would do well. But I didn't know about Williamsport," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "It was a waiting game. It was tense, too close for comfort."

There was little suspense in the girls title chase as Williamsport outscored runner-up Smithsburg, 197-119.

"Big-time athletes show up at big-time meets, and we've got some big-time kids," said Williamsport coach John Bailey, whose girls won eight individual events and two relays.

For the Wildcats, Cayla Broadwater won the high jump (5-0), long jump (15-4 1/2) and triple jump (34-2 1/4), and Jess Johnson won the 400 (1:00.96) and 800 (2:30.96). Their other winners were Brittany Weaver in the 200 (27.59), Amy Taylor in the 100 hurdles (16.25) and Jess Palmer in the 300 hurdles (48.62).

"We're still working toward the end of the season," Bailey said. "We're getting there."

The race of the day was the boys 1,600, which featured the best of the best in Maryland 1A. Catoctin's Ceth Parker, this year's indoor state champ in the event, won in 4:30.76. Williamsport's Michael Lilley, the reigning 1,600 state champ outdoors, was second in 4:31.01. And Smithsburg's Corey Centofonti, the state runner-up in cross country last fall, took third in 4:35.48.

Lilley, who suffered his first loss of the season, said he's confident that he won't lose his state title later this month.

"I've turned to my faith," he said. "At states, I just want to pour myself out to God on the track."

Centofonti, a senior, came back to win the 3,200 in 10:09.68, stunning everyone.

"He was a man possessed," Shriver said.

Centofonti was in third place with 400 left, trailing teammate David Wilson, the leader, by about 40 meters.

"This was my last race on my home track," said Centofonti, who beat Wilson by almost 2 seconds after blazing the last lap in 63 seconds. "It was a good ending for me."

The Smithsburg boys also got individual wins from Tyler Craig in the 400 (52.85), Billy Lawrence in the high jump (6-0) and Tyler Barnhart in the discus (139-0).

Other boys champs included Clear Spring's Ben Courter in the 800 (2:02.82) and Williamsport's Colt Linton in the 200 (23.56) and Sean Dixon in the triple jump (39-7 1/2).

Other girls champs included Clear Spring's Paige Shirk in the shot put (35-5 1/2) and Smithsburg's Shelby Layman in the pole vault (9-0) and Erin Kittel in the discus (95-0).

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