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Track, lacrosse keep Cline on run, scoring

April 30, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Taylor Cline is a busy girl this spring, competing in both lacrosse and track and field for Smithsburg.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Taylor Cline said she was born to play lacrosse.

Thanks to a recent change in rules, the Smithsburg junior also can run outdoor track this spring for the Leopards.

Now that Washington County Public Schools athletes are allowed to participate in more than one varsity sport in the same season, Cline has no time to waste.

She’s Smithsburg’s leading scorer in lacrosse and a jack of all trades in track and field.

“One is your primary, and the other is your secondary,” Cline said. “So if there’s a lacrosse game and a track meet on the same day, I’ll go to the lacrosse game.

“It’s kind of fun. Track gets you in shape for lacrosse, and lacrosse is a lot of speed work so it’s pretty good training both ways.”

Cline, a midfielder, has scored 40 of her team’s 66 goals this season in eight games.

“She’s getting her fair share of assists too,” said Smithsburg girls lacrosse coach Cheryl Dietrich, whose team is 2-6. “She tries not to be a ball hog, but it’s kind of hard because the girls depend on her. They know she’ll get it in.”

The highlight of her track season this spring came last weekend when she won the quadathlon — an event that included the long jump, discus throw and races of 200 and 800 meters — at North Hagerstown’s Chuck Zonis Invitational.

“The same thing that makes her a good lacrosse player is the same thing that made her so good in that quadathlon — she’s a great athlete,” Smithsburg track coach T.J. Hood said. “For her to go out and win that event with track not being her primary sport is phenomenal. It speaks volumes about her athleticism. She’s the type of athlete that the dual-sport policy is almost geared toward because she’s so athletic.”

Cline is one of four girls at Smithsburg doing both sports this spring, and Hood doesn’t mind that track is “secondary.”

“Any time with a small school that you can get more bodies on a team, it’s helpful,” he said.

Dietrich said sharing the wealth hasn’t been an issue.

“At first I was leery ... but it’s worked out really well because the track schedule doesn’t really conflict with ours,” she said. “Both coaches know not to overextend the kids and wear them down.”

All the running is nothing new for Cline, who competes in cross country in the fall and indoor track in the winter for the Leopards.

Lacrosse, however, is her favorite sport and the one she hopes to play in college.

“She’s definitely our best player,” Dietrich said.

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