Warriors' Rice soars to record heights



June 20, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Boonsboro's Scott Rice could be considered the greatest pole vaulter ever in Maryland Class 1A.

He wants to be remembered as the best in state history.

"I want the overall state record," said Rice, who set two Class 1A state-meet records in the pole vault this year as a junior.

Rice -- The Herald-Mail's Washington County Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year -- won the indoor title at 13 feet, 2 inches in February and the outdoor title at 13-10 last month.

The overall state-meet record outdoors was set in 1999, when Springbrook's Chris Stark won the Class 4A outdoor title at 15-1.


"I'm hoping for 15-2," Rice said. "I'm practicing every day still and am going to be all summer."

Rice equaled the all-time Washington County record at the West region championships last month with his personal-best jump of 14-0. David Miller also cleared 14-0 for North Hagerstown in 2001.

Rice could have the county record to himself next week, when he competes at the 2008 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

"The way he's jumped at practice recently, I think he could be over 14-6 or 15 feet at nationals," said Boonsboro coach Becky Walter, a former standout pole vaulter. "He's really jumping well."

She said Rice has become "obsessed with pole vaulting."

"He watches meets on TV, looks up stuff online and is always comparing himself with other vaulters," she said. "He's always aiming higher, trying to figure out what his next goal will be.

"He works hard and keeps getting stronger and faster."

Rice placed third in the 100-meter dash at the MVAL Antietam championships this spring and ran a leg of the Warriors' 4x100 relay, which placed seventh at states.

He also plans on running cross country for the first time this fall to improve his fitness.

"He really wants the all-time state record," Walter said.

The Tri-State record is 14-8, set by Chambersburg's Pete Johncour in 1994.

"Hopefully we'll have him over that as well," Walter said.


Tyler Barnhart, Jr., Smithsburg, throws

Justin Bowie, So., Williamsport, hurdles

Jesse Buchman, Jr., Williamsport, middle distance

Corey Centofonti, Sr., Smithsburg, distance

Jason Chase, Jr., South Hagerstown, sprints

Ben Courter, Sr., Clear Spring, distance

Tyler Craig, Jr., Smithsburg, middle distance/hurdles

Sean Dixon, Sr., Williamsport, jumps

Jamal Kirby, Sr., South Hagerstown, sprints

Marc Lewis, Jr., South Hagerstown, hurdles

Michael Lilley, Jr., Williamsport, distance

Scott Rice, Jr., Boonsboro, pole vault/sprints

Xavier Richardson, So., South Hagerstown, jumps

Kyle Toms, Jr., South Hagerstown, throws


Jordan Acton, Jr., Boonsboro, distance

Ian Anderson, Jr., South Hagerstown, sprints

Devaun Bowie, Jr., South Hagerstown, jumps

Cortez Boyce, Jr., Williamsport, sprints

Cory Forsyth, Sr., North Hagerstown, pole vault

Naseem Haje, Jr., Williamsport, distance

Stephen Ingraham, Jr., Williamsport, hurdles

Austin Jones, Sr., South Hagerstown, throws

Billy Lawrence, Jr., Smithsburg, jumps

Colt Linton, Sr., Williamsport, sprints

Jackson Phillipson, Jr., Boonsboro, hurdles

Shane Santell, Jr., South Hagerstown, middle distance

Eddie Seabright, Jr., Boonsboro, pole vault

David Wilson, So., Smithsburg, distance

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