Wildcats sweep county meet

May 08, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

For the first time since 1983, Williamsport swept the girls and boys team titles at the Washington County Track & Field Championships, which were held Thursday evening at North Hagerstown's new complex at Mike Callas Stadium.

The Williamsport girls edged North 207 1/2 to 199 for their fourth straight county title. The Williamsport boys scored 165 1/2 points to win their first county championship since 2000, holding off Smithsburg (149 1/2) and defending champ South Hagerstown (137 1/2).

"This was very important to the kids," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "This was one of their big goals, and they knew it wouldn't be easy. But that just makes it nicer that they had to work real hard against some very good teams."

Points were awarded to the top eight finishers in each event. And the girls meet, as expected, was a shootout between the Wildcats and Hubs.


"North pushes us to do better, as I'm sure we do for them," Williamsport's Cayla Broadwater said. "We were fired up."

Broadwater won the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches), long jump (17-9 3/4) and triple jump (35-9 1/4). Her performance in the long jump was a meet and personal record.

"Nothing's guaranteed for us," she said. "We come into every meet knowing we have to work hard for it, and a lot of people stepped up today."

The Williamsport girls also got wins from Amy Taylor in the 100-meter hurdles (15.52 second) and 300 hurdles (46.89), Tracey Forsythe in the 1,600 (5:38.64) and 3,200 (12:13.95) and Morgan Keplinger in the 800 (2:32.66). The Wildcats won the first event on the track (the 4x800 in 10:29.34) and the last (the 4x400 in a meet-record 4:06.68).

"We've been working really hard for this," Forsythe said. "I just wanted to get as many points as I could for my team."

For the second straight year, North's Katie Ritter won the 100 (meet-record 12.47), 200 (26.14) and 400 (59.35) and ran a leg of the winning 4x100 (50.95).

What made Ritter's performance even more remarkable is that she was sidelined nearly all of April with a broken toe.

"I was so tired of just watching. Getting back in the groove of things is just amazing," she said. "But I wasn't expecting this, not at all. My gosh, I was just hoping to win one of my events."

Ritter was really hoping for the team victory, though, as well.

"We wanted to be the first ones to win it on this track," she said. "It's definitely a downer, but there's always next year. I'm just a junior."

Williamsport senior Jesse Buchman also is back in top form. He won the 800 for the third straight year after missing the entire indoor season this past winter with a hamstring tear.

"This one's definitely the best, just coming back from the depths of everything," Buchman said. "I thought I'd lost everything, that I couldn't run again."

The Wildcats took three of the top five places in the 800 -- the last non-relay race of the meet -- to take control.

"I knew that 800 was huge," he said.

The Williamsport boys also got wins from Michael Lilley in the 3,200 (9:47.94) and Justin Bowie in the 110 hurdles (14.90).

"We wanted it bad. It's been a while," said Bowie, who also anchored the winning 4x100 (44.61). "Every one of us was out there racing for every place and point we could get."

Billy Lawrence led the runner-up Leopards, winning the high jump (6-4), long jump (21-5 1/2) and triple jump (43-6 1/2). He had never performed better in any of those jumps, and his effort in the triple jump was especially impressive because it was his first time competing in the event.

"I just hope I can do this well at states," said Lawrence, who equaled the meet record in the high jump. "It was a good day. But I was sore from practice because my first time ever triple jumping was yesterday. It just kills your legs, shins and everything."

Other individual boys champs included: North's Anthony Winter in the 100 (11.08), Frederick Owusu-Ayim in the 200 (22.70) and Dominic Sink in the pole vault (13-3); South's Ian Anderson in the 400 (51.58) and Kyle Toms in the shot put (45-2); Smithsburg's David Wilson in the 1,600 (4:32.41) and Tyler Barnhart in the discus (151-11); and Boonsboro's Shane Lowery in the 300 hurdles (40.96). South won the 4x200 (1:33.50) and 4x400 (3:31.52), while North won the 4x800 (8:27.51).

Other individual girls champs included Smithsburg's Jonelle Jerwick in the pole vault (8-9), Clear Spring's Paige Shirk in the shot put (41-9 3/4) and South's LaKesa McClain in the discus (116-9). The 4x200 was won by North in 1:48.98.

Prep Track & Field
Washington County Championships
at North Hagerstown
Boys results

Team scores: 1. Williamsport 165 1/2; 2. Smithsburg 149 1/2; 3. South Hagerstown 137 1/2; 4. Boonsboro 131 1/2; 5. North Hagerstown 83; 6. Clear Spring 17; 7. Hancock 14.

100 -- 1. Winter (NH) 11.08; 2. Owusu-Ayim (NH) 11.11; 3. Tyson (Wi) 11.42.

200 -- 1. Owusu-Ayim (NH) 22.70; 2. Boyce (Wi) 23.02; 3. Githens (Wi) 23.40.

400 -- 1. Anderson (SH) 51.58; 2. Gussio (Bo) 51.68; 3. Cardwell (Sm) 51.95.

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