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Williamsport boys, girls rule wild West

May 16, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

CLEAR SPRING - Thursday night's Maryland Class 1A West track and field meet was the entrance way to next week's state championships in Baltimore.

Williamsport will enter on the red carpet after capturing both the boys and girls regional team titles.

"It says a lot for the kids because this is really tough competition," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "This region is going to do great at the state meet. A lot of state champions are going to come out of this region.

"Our goal was just qualify as many kids as possible for states, and we did a good job."

The Williamsport boys scored 141 points. Smithsburg, the defending state champion, was a distant second with 73.

The Williamsport girls outscored runner-up Poolesville, 129-93.

Jesse Buchman won the 400 (52.35) and 800 (2:00.62) and anchored the winning 4x800 (8:25.16) to lead the Williamsport boys.

"I've been really stressed out lately with a lot of stuff," Buchman said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, and sometimes that stress wears me out.

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"But then I step on the track and it all disappears. ... I love to win."

The Williamsport boys also got victories from Cortez Boyce in the 100 (11.35), Justin Bowie in the 110 hurdles (15.45) and Sean Dixon in the triple jump (42-1). They also won the 4x200 (1:34.00).

Cayla Broadwater won the high jump with a personal-best leap of 5 feet, 6 inches and added a victory in the triple jump (34-7) for the Williamsport girls, who also won the 4x200 (1:48.97) and 4x400 (4:09.35).

Broadwater, who won the state title in the high jump last year at 5-2, described her victory in that event Thursday as "the greatest moment of the season."

"Oh, wow," she said. "My personal goal this year was 5-4."

Boonsboro junior Scott Rice had the meet's top performance as he cleared 14 feet to win the boys pole vault by more than two feet. He set a school record and equaled the Washington County all-time mark. David Miller jumped 14 for North Hagerstown in 2001.

"I finally got it. I'm so happy," said Rice, who cleared 14 on his second attempt at the height Thursday. "All season that's what I've been going for. I've been practicing all season for it."

Rice, whose previous best was 13-8, missed his next three attempts at 14-6.

"Hopefully I'll get 14-6 at states," he said.

Boonsboro's Katie Farr completed the Warriors' sweep of the event, winning the girls pole vault at 8-10.

Williamsport's Michael Lilley, the defending state champ in the boys 1,600, finished second in both the 1,600 (4:30.48) and 3,200 (9:54.08). Catoctin's Ceth Parker won both (4:29.51 and 9:50.30).

"I was just going for decent times and just trying to qualify," Lilley said. "It felt really good, really easy. I had a lot left in me.

"No one wants to walk away being a regional champ and then not win at states. At states, I'm going to give it my all and hopefully it will be all right."

Clear Spring's Paige Shirk, the reigning state champ in the girls shot put, won her first region title in the event with a throw of 34-1.

Smithsburg's Tyler Barnhart remained undefeated in May in the boys discus, adding to his conference and county titles with a winning throw of 129-9 Thursday.

"If Barnhart throws in the high 130s, low 140s at states, he has a chance," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "He's been in the 130s a few times this season."

The Smithsburg boys also won the 4x100 (45.38) and 4x400 (3:33.87).

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