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County battle ends up being for third best

February 17, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Williamsport and Smithsburg boys indoor track teams battled each other all winter for the conference, county and region titles.

It was no surprise that they were at it again Monday at the Maryland Class 1A State Championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

In another tight finish, the Wildcats edged the Leopards 44-41 -- for third place. The title went to Western Tech (69), while Glenelg (56) was second.

"You always come down here trying to win, and the kids made a run at it," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "(The rivalry with Williamsport) always makes things interesting. You always have someone to gun for."

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"We had some big guns," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "But not enough."

Williamsport senior Michael Lilley captured titles in the same two events he did last year. After teaming with Evan Clark, Naseem Haje and Danny Quinn to win the 4x800-meter relay in 8:28.94, he and Haje went 1-2 in the 3,200.

Lilley, who had his sights set on the 1A meet record of 9:49.50 in the 3,200, just missed the mark, crossing the finish line in 9:49.81. Haje was second in 10:01.11.

"Nothing spectacular," Lilley said. "But two state titles -- I'll take it."

"We were defending champs in the 4x8, and I had to bring it home. That was one thing we weren't going to lose today. ... I wasn't going to lose (the 3,200) either. I was the defending champ, and it's my senior year."

Williamsport's other champion was Justin Bowie, who took the 55 hurdles in 7.92. Smithsburg's Michael Jewell was second in 8.10.

"I was just hoping to come out and do exactly what I did -- run hard and go fast," Bowie said. "Everything fell together nicely."

Smithsburg's Billy Lawrence won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches to tie the 1A meet record.

"I definitely didn't think I'd be able to get it. I just was hoping for 6-2," said Lawrence, whose previous best this season was 6-1. "I'm happy. It hasn't really kicked in. I'll go home tonight and get pumped."

Leopards teammate Tyler Craig finished third in the high jump (5-8) and also placed a close second in the 300 (37.08).

The Boonsboro boys won two medals. Eddie Seabright placed second in the pole vault (12-0), and Jordan Acton finished third in the 800 (2:06.46).

Cory Horton was the runner-up in the 1,600 (4:45.44) for Clear Spring.

In Class 2A, North Hagerstown's Dominic Sink placed second in the pole vault with a personal-best jump of 13-0.

"Let me tell you, I've been working so hard this season to get 13 feet, and I wanted to do it at states," Sink said. "I'm really happy about second place, too. There were a lot of good vaulters. That just pumped me up."

South Hagerstown's Kyle Toms finished second in the shot put with a throw of 49-11 3/4. He was in first place until Clarksburg's Robert Thompson unleashed a 50-1 on his final attempt.

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