Broadwater soars under pressure

Broadwater soars under pressure

June 19, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

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Cayla Broadwater did more than just jump this spring.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders, the Williamsport junior soared.

Broadwater won three jumping titles at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships last month -- all with personal-best leaps -- to lift the Wildcats to the Class 1A girls team title.

"I love the pressure," said Broadwater, The Herald-Mail's All-Area and All-Washington County Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. "I love being the last person to make a jump. I love when my competition sets the bar even higher so I have to do even better."

She couldn't have done much better than she did at the state meet.

First she won the triple jump with an area-leading mark of 36 feet, 6 inches. Then, in the very last jump of the long jump competiton, she soared from second to first with a school-record leap of 17-7 1/2.


And in the 18th and final event of the meet, Broadwater won the high jump for the second straight year, clearing a school-record and area-best height of 5-7 1/4. That victory moved the Wildcats from second to first in the team standings, as they edged Western Tech 66-64 for the title.

"It was one of the best overall performances I've ever seen," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "She was so calm in the high jump that she looked like she had been there before, and she had. She won the long jump on her last jump. She knows what she needs to do and likes to face the challenge. She's that kind of kid. She comes through."

"It's still overwhelming to this day. I can't believe I did it," Broadwater said. "I always want to peak at the right moment, and this year it was dead on in all three events. I had been struggling all season long with my long jump. That was the one I had to work at the most to get."

Broadwater, who also periodically ran legs of the Wildcats' 4x100 and 4x200 relays this spring, scored a single-season, school-record 266.05 points.

"We've had some pretty good girl athletes, and she beat the No. 1-rated girl by 30 points," Bailey said. "And she has another year to go."

"I'm even more thrilled for next year," Broadwater said. "Hopefully, I'll get four (state titles)."


"The coaches are saying discus, but I'm not sure about that," she said. "If it will help get that fourth state title, maybe."

Whatever it takes for her team to win.

"We're not going to stop," she said. "We're going to get it again."

Broadwater, a two-sport star, made a verbal commitment last week to the University of Connecticut to play volleyball on a full athletic scholarship.

Joining Broadwater on the All-Area First Team are:

Anyssa Barbour, Jr., Chambersburg, sprints

The junior was the area leader in 100 (12.12) and 200 (24.84) and ranked second in the 400 (58.78). At the PIAA Class AAA state championships, she placed third in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

Athena Barbour, Chambersburg, jumps

The junior was No. 2 in the area in the triple jump (33-9), tied for third in the high jump (5-2) and was fifth in the long jump (16-1).

Taylor Brown, Faith Christian, hurdles, sprints

The sophomore was named the most valuable athlete at the Association of Christian Schools International Northeast Region meet after winning the 100 hurdles, 200 and 400. She ranked No. 2 in the area in the 100 hurdles (15.54) and 300 hurdles (47.44).

Brittany Carr, Jefferson, sprints

The junior won West Virginia Class AAA state titles in the 100, 4x100 and 4x200. Both relays ranked first in the area -- 49.83 and 1:44.49.

Katie Farr, Sr., Boonsboro, pole vault

The senior was the Maryland Class 1A state runner-up. She tied for the area lead at 9-0.

Lena Finucane, Jr., Mercersburg Academy, distance

The junior was the area leader in the 1,600 (5:13.50) and ranked No. 2 in the 800 (2:25.84) and No. 3 in the 3,200 (12:05.23). She was the Pennsylvania Independent School state champ in the 1,600.

Miranda Hicks, Martinsburg, throws

The junior placed second at the West Virginia Class AAA state meet in the discus and sixth in the shot put. She was the area leader in the discus (131-9).

Laurie Jones, Chambersburg, distance

The sophomore ranked No. 1 in the area in the 3,200 (11:40.52) and No. 3 in the 1,600 (5:27.44).

Meghan Mock, Sr., Berkeley Springs, hurdles, jumps

The senior ranked No. 1 in the area in the 100 hurdles (15.16), 300 hurdles (44.70) and long jump (17-10) and was No. 2 in the high jump (5-6). She won West Virginia Class AA state titles in both hurdles races and the long jump, and was the meet's high-point scorer for the third straight year.

Renee Phillips, North Hagerstown, sprints

The sophomore ranked No. 3 in the area in the 100 (12.54) and 400 (59.70) and was No. 4 in the 200 (26.07).

Katie Ritter, So., North Hagerstown, sprints

The sophomore was the area leader in the 400 (57.68) and ranked No. 2 in the 100 (12.32) and 200 (25.14). At the Maryland Class 2A state meet, she was second in the 400 and third in the 100 and 200.

Liz Ross, Chambersburg, throws

The senior broke the 40-foot barrier in the shot put, leading the area by more than four feet at 40-0 1/4.

Amy Taylor, Williamsport, hurdles, sprints

The junior anchored the Wildcats' 4x400 relay to the Maryland Class 1A state title in an area-leading and school-record 4:05.19. She ranked No. 3 in the area in the 100 hurdles (15.59) and No. 4 in the 300 hurdles (47.99).

All-Area Second Team

Deborah Adjibaba, Fr., Mercersburg, middle distance

Lindsey Egolf, Jr., Waynesboro, distance

Kortney Eshelman, Sr., Greencastle, javelin

Chelsea Flinchum, Jr., Jefferson, sprints

Nicole Himes, Sr., Jefferson, sprints

Katrina LaMar, Jr., Waynesboro, jumps/sprints

Shelby Layman, Sr., Smithsburg, pole vault

Kerryn Lowe, Sr., Jefferson, throws

Jess Palmer, Sr., Williamsport, hurdles, sprints

Alaina Pletcher, Sr., Musselman, sprints

Paige Shirk, So., Clear Spring, throws

Anne Spencer, Sr., Mercersburg, distance

Beth Wagner, Fr., North Hagerstown, jumps/sprints

Tyreeya Yearby, Sr., Chambersburg, throws

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