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Broadwater, Shirk win titles at state meet

May 23, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

BALTIMORE -- For the Williamsport girls to have a shot at winning the Class 1A team title at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships, they're likely going to need a bunch of points from Cayla Broadwater.

"I like being in that position," she said. "I like carrying that weight."

Broadwater was as light as a feather Thursday as she sailed through her first event at Morgan State University. The Williamsport junior won the triple jump by more than three feet with a personal- and area-best leap of 36 feet, 6 inches, which came on her first jump of the event.

"I just wanted to put one out there," said Broadwater, who will try to defend her title in the high jump and also capture the long jump when the meet concludes Saturday.

"I'm excited. One down, hopefully two to go," she said. "We're here to win, we really are."

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Washington County's other state champ Thursday was Clear Spring sophomore Paige Shirk, who won the girls discus with a personal-best throw of 100-9. Smithsburg's Erin Kittel was the runner-up at 94-3.

"I'm shocked that I won," said Shirk, who shocked everyone last year at states, coming from seemingly nowhere to win a title in the shot put.

But no one will be surprised if she wins the event Saturday. She's seeded first.

"I don't want to be too confident because you never know what can happen," she said.

The Williamsport girls, who seemingly have the county's best shot at a team title, are tied for fourth with 16 points after six of 18 events.

The leader, somewhat surprisingly, is Smithsburg with 24 points.

"It's an honor. It's fun," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "We'll enjoy it for a few days, but it's not going to last. We don't have enough kids Saturday to make it hold up."

The Smithsburg girls had two bronze medalists Thursday -- Colleen Black in the triple jump (32-8 1/4) and Shelby Layman in the pole vault (8-6).

The Williamsport boys are tied for third through six events with 19 points. Western Tech leads with 36.

"We're in it," said Williamsport junior Michael Lilley, whose quest for three gold medals is now a hunt for one.

Lilley had to settle for runner-up finishes Thursday in the 4x800-meter relay (8:33.30) and 3,200 (9:50.81).

While Lilley came from behind to edge West region champ Ceth Parker of Catoctin by a fraction of a second in the 3,200, Western Tech's Chris Mills was long gone, winning in 9:43.69.

"I'm not too pleased with my performance. I completely overlooked Mills," Lilley said. "I wasn't able to win it, but I was able to stay strong. Catching Ceth at the end and getting second, that's what it's all about. If I couldn't get first, I wanted to get second.

"I left it all on the track."

Lilley, who will try to defend his title in the 1,600 on Saturday, teamed with Justin Gardenhour, Mark Oliver and Jesse Buchman in the 4x800.

"Maybe not winning today will make the 1,600 win even better Saturday, if I can get that," Lilley said.

Boonsboro senior Katie Farr finished second in the 1A girls pole vault for the second straight year, clearing 9 feet to match her personal best.

"I'm happy, but I wish I could have done better," she said. "Our school record is 9-3, and I've been trying to get it."

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