Leopards, Wildcats share title

May 23, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

BALTIMORE -- The Smithsburg boys must have figured that if they couldn't beat Williamsport for first place, they might as well join them.

The two teams each finished with 71 points Saturday at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University, forcing the rivals to share the Class 1A title. Defending champ Western Tech was third with 67.

"A lot of people had Williamsport winning, and winning comfortably," said Smithsburg coach T.J. Hood, whose boys had finished second to the Wildcats at the MVAL Antietam, Washington County and West region championships this season. "So this a testament to these young men and their belief in each other.

"I just told the kids to do their job, get the points where they could get them and let the cards fall where they may."


But who could have predicted a tie?

"Vince Lombardi always said a tie is like kissing your sister," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "But if we had to tie, I'm glad it was with Smithsburg. They're a very good team and we're both from the West region, the same county. That just shows how good track is in our county. And it just keeps the rivalry going for next year."

Billy Lawrence led the Leopards. He won the triple jump at 42 feet, 3 3/4 inches after winning the high jump and placing second at the long jump Thursday, when the meet began.

"It's better than what I thought I was going to do," Lawrence said. "I just wanted to help out the team.

"Williamsport's really good, but we knew we had a shot."

Justin Bowie won his second straight title in the 110-meter hurdles (14.77 seconds) for the Wildcats. He also placed second in the 300 hurdles (40.86) and anchored the second-place 4x100 relay (43.92).

"It's always what we try to do -- run strong, run up front and get big points for the team," Bowie said.

As for the tie for first, he said, "That's way better than losing."

There might not have been an athlete at the meet more disappointed with a second-place finish than Williamsport senior Michael Lilley was with his in the 1,600.

Lilley, who was the two-time defending champ in the event, had to settle for being the runner-up in the final race of his storied career as a Wildcat.

"It didn't end the way I wanted it to," he said.

Glenelg's Robby Creese pulled away down the stretch to win in 4:25.27, while Lilley finished a couple strides behind in 4:26.24.

"I'll never forgive myself for that," said Lilley, who won the 3,200 Thursday. "I let myself down and I let my team down. For four years, I wanted to be that guy that everyone could count on, but not today."

Smithsburg got second-place finishes from Tyler Barnhart in the discus (135-2) and Michael Jewell in the 110 hurdles (15.42).

The Boonsboro boys picked up several Class 1A medals Saturday. Eddie Seabright tied for second in the 1A pole vault (12-6), Shane Lowery took third in both the 110 hurdles (15.60) and 300 hurdles (41.79), Coby Gussio was third in the triple jump (41-7 1/4) and Jordan Acton was third in the 800 (1:59.69), breaking 2 minutes for the first time.

"I wanted to win, but I'll take that," said Acton, a senior. "Getting under 2 has been my No. 1 goal since last year, and that was my last race to do it."

In Class 2A, North Hagerstown's Frederick Owusu-Ayim was the runner-up in the 100 (11.18).

Maryland State Championships


Winners and Washington County results

Girls Class 1A

Teams: 1. Williamsport 108; 6t. Clear Spring 22; 9t. Smithsburg 20; 13t. Boonsboro 12.

100 -- 1. Alyssa McClure (Digital Harbor) 11.86.

200 -- 1. Chelsea Walker (Digital Harbor) 25.12; 8. Rehema Emanuel (Wi) 27.42.

400 -- 1. Ekundayo Sogbesan (Forestville) 55.36; 7. Brittany Weaver (Wi) 1:02.35; 11. Alexa Mills (CS) 1:05.64.

800 -- 1. Morgan Keplinger (Wi) 2:17.19; 8. Kaelii Stout (Wi) 2:31.77.

1,600 -- 1. Jennifer Cleary (Bohemia Manor) 5:06.61; 5. Tracey Forsythe (Wi) 5:26.73.

100 hurdles -- 1. Olivia Durr (Poolesville) 15.06; 2. Amy Taylor (Wi) 15.58.

300 hurdles -- 1. Amy Taylor (Wi) 47.31.

4x100 -- 1. Digital Harbor 48.73; 5. Williamsport 51.97; 9. Smithsburg 52.87.

4x400 -- 1. Digital Harbor 3:57.57; 2. Williamsport 4:06.17; 10. Clear Spring 4:26.99.

High jump -- 1. Cayla Broadwater (Wi) 5-2.

Long jump -- 1. Cayla Broadwater (Wi) 17-6; 5. Jessica Nicolao (Bo) 16-2 1/2; 11. Kirstie McMurray (CS) 14-5 3/4.

Shot put -- 1. Paige Shirk (CS) 39-9 3/4; 2. Jordie Lord (Wi) 36-2 1/2; 3. Danielle Brown (Bo) 36-2; 8. Carlee Myers (Wi) 29-10.

Girls Class 2A

Teams: 1. North Point 92; 5. North Hagerstown 50; 10t. South Hagerstown 18.

100 -- 1. Alese Forbes (Northwestern-BC) 12.45; 2. Katie Ritter (NH) 12.57; 3. Renee Phillips (NH) 12.70.

200 -- 1. Alese Forbes (Northwestern-BC) 25.18; 3. Katie Ritter (NH) 25.95; 5. Renee Phillips (NH) 26.31.

400 -- 1. Katie Ritter (NH) 57.08; 11. Corie Anderson (NH) 1:02.02.

800 -- 1. Maura Linde (Century) 2:17.35.

1,600 -- 1. Kaitlin Harman (River Hill) 5:04.07.

100 hurdles -- 1. Shavon Briscoe (North Point) 14.46.

300 hurdles -- 1. Shavon Briscoe (North Point) 43.83; 4. Beth Wagner (NH) 47.42.

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