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Williamsport is MVAL's cat's meow

May 01, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG -- Williamsport, Williamsport, Williamsport, Williamsport.

If you're tired of hearing about and reading about the Williamsport track and field teams, too bad.

The championship month of May has only begun, and the Wildcats don't look like they'll be going away any time soon.

Williamsport swept the team titles Friday at the sixth annual MVAL Antietam Conference championships at Smithsburg High School, with the girls scoring 197 points and the boys 170. The Smithsburg girls (124) and boys (137) each finished second.

"This is the important part of the season," said Williamsport senior Amy Taylor, who won the girls 100 hurdles (16.01 seconds) and 300 hurdles (48.23). "We've pretty much been training through all the other meets. This is when we need to perform.

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"This is the season -- conference, counties, regions and states."

The Williamsport girls won all four last year, and seem more than capable of doing it again.

Senior Cayla Broadwater -- the defending Maryland Class 1A state champ in the high, long and triple jumps -- won all three jumps Friday for the Wildcats. She set meet records in the long jump (17-0) and triple jump (36-1) and equaled the meet record in the high jump (5-4).

"For some reason, I'm still not satisfied. I definitely want to do better," Broadwater said. "I just hope I peak at the right time at states again this year."

The Williamsport girls also got victories from Brittany Weaver in the 400 (1:02.00) and Morgan Keplinger in the 800 (2:25.04), and the Wildcats won three of the four relays -- the 4x200 (1:52.86), 4x400 (4:11.92) and 4x800 (10:27.84).

The Williamsport boys' winners included Nate Tyson in the 100 (11.59), Justin Bowie in the 110 hurdles (15.14), Stephen Ingraham in the 300 hurdles (41.04), Michael Lilley in the 1,600 (4:26.09) and Naseem Haje in the 3,200 (9:57.59). The Wildcats also won the 4x800 (8:41.58).

"We're tearing it up," said Haje, who broke the 10-minute barrier in the 3,200 for the first time. "With the way everyone's running, we should be able to win counties and states."

Lilley, the two-time defending state champ in the 1,600, lowered his personal record in the event by .24 seconds Friday, winning by 11.32 seconds while breaking the meet record by 4.67 seconds.

"My goal today was to get the meet record, but I was hoping to go under 4:26," said Lilley, who recently made a verbal commitment to compete at the NCAA Division I level for Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. "I'm excited to run with some people at states and be pushed."

There were several other impressive performances Friday.

Clear Spring's Paige Shirk won the girls shot put with a throw of 43-5 1/2, winning by almost 7 feet while shattering the meet record by almost 6 feet. She set the Tri-State area record at 43-7 earlier this season.

"You really never know what's going to happen," said Shirk, who also won the discus (110-3). "I just wanted to do my best in case anyone came out of nowhere today."

Jonelle Jerwick's performance seemed to come out of nowhere in the girls pole vault. The Smithsburg sophomore won it at 9-9, as she set a personal record by 1 1/2 feet while breaking the meet record by 6 inches.

"I got it right in practice and just brought it here," Jerwick said.

Coby Gussio starred for the Boonsboro boys, winning the 400 (51.49) and triple jump (39-8). The Warriors also got a win from Jordan Acton in the 800 (2:01.42).

For the Smithsburg boys, Billy Lawrence won the high jump (6-0) and anchored the winning 4x200 (1:33.39), while Tyler Barnhart won the discus (142-10).


MVAL Antietam Championships
at SMITHSBURG
Boys results

Team scores: 1. Williamsport 170; 2. Smithsburg 137; 3. Boonsboro 98; 4. Catoctin 75; 5. Brunswick 58; 6. Clear Spring 20.

100 -- 1. Tyson (Wi) 11.59; 2. Patterson (Ca) 11.60; 3. Nowaczyk (Ca) 11.80.

200 -- 1. Patterson (Ca) 22.89; 2. Boyce (Wi) 23.08; 3. Cardwell (Sm) 23.40.

400 -- 1. Gussio (Bo) 51.49; 2. Githens (Wi) 51.74; 3. Repp (CS) 51.90.

800 -- 1. Acton (Bo) 2:01.42; 2. Oliver (Wi) 2:03.24; 3. Buchman (Wi) 2:05.65.

1,600 -- 1. Lilley (Wi) 4:26.09; 2. Wilson (Sm) 4:37.41; 3. Quinn (Wi) 4:46.82.

3,200 -- 1. Haje (Wi) 9:57.59; 2. Wilson (Sm) 10:06.81; 3. Ferrario (Wi) 10:33.57.

110 hurdles -- 1. Bowie (Wi) 15.14; 2. S. Lowery (Bo) 15.66; 3. Jewell (Sm) 15.69.

300 hurdles -- 1. Ingraham (Wi) 41.04; 2. Bowie (Wi) 41.35; 3. Mills (Br) 42.87.

4x100 -- 1. Catoctin 44.34; 2. Williamsport 44.61; 3. Boonsboro 45.81.

4x200 -- 1. Smithsburg 1:33.39; 2. Brunswick 1:34.69; 3. Williamsport 1:37.04.

4x400 -- 1. Catoctin 3:35.71; 2. Smithsburg 3:36.43; 3. Williamsport 3:37.57.

4x800 -- 1. Williamsport 8:41.48; 2. Clear Spring 8:57.02; 3. Smithsburg 8:57.08.

High jump -- 1. Lawrence (Sm) 6-0; 2. Christy (Wi) 6-0; 3. Gibson (Sm) 6-0.

Long jump -- 1. Nowaczyk (Ca) 20-7 1/2; 2. Lawrence (Sm) 20-2 1/4; 3. Edwards (Sm) 19-7.

Triple jump -- 1. Gussio (Bo) 39-8; 2. Garver (Sm) 38-3 1/2; 3. Christy (Wi) 37-10 1/2.

Pole vault -- 1. Diaz (Br) 11-6; 2. Thompson (Sm) 11-0; 3. Pellegrino (Sm) 11-0.

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