Westlake sophomore Corryl Boyd had a slew of strong performances last weekend, but he was a little disappointed because he couldn't be in two places at one time. He's fast, but not that fast -- after winning the long jump and 400 meters, Boyd finished second in the 200 and fifth in the triple jump, his favorite event, when he had to compete in the two almost simultaneously.
"They had me running around the stadium just to get [to the starting blocks]," Boyd said. "I didn't have any time to stretch or warm up; I just went straight to the blocks. But I'm not complaining, because I got second."
On Friday night in the Maryland 3A outdoor meet, Boyd won the long jump with a mark of 23 feet 101/2 inches, and early Saturday he captured the 400 crown with a time of 49.63 seconds. Rain halted the competition Saturday, and running events resumed before field events, pushing Boyd's triple jumps into the same time frame as the 200.
Still, Boyd remains the Washington area's leader in the triple jump with his leap of 47-31/4 in the 3A South Region meet. He is likely to compete in that event at the Nike Outdoor Nationals on June 17 and 18 at N.C. A&T State University.
"The triple jump, I'll hang with [that result] because I'm still best in the state," Boyd said. "I love the triple jump because it's one of the hardest events to do, to get down all the steps and work through it to become good."
Boyd helped lead the Wolverines to 41 points and a tie for third place with Northwest. Mervo was the 3A champion with 84 points.
Boyd was one of four Southern Maryland athletes to take home titles during the three-day meet at Morgan State University.
In 4A, Thomas Stone senior Amy Bilmanis won the discus for the fourth consecutive year, with a throw of 149-8. She completed her high school career with records in two classifications: 4A (153-6 in 2004) and 3A (152-7 in '03). Bilmanis will defend her national title at the Nike Outdoor Nationals.
Patuxent sophomore Chrissy Robinson was second behind Bilmanis in the discus with a throw of 113-5, and the next day she won the shot put with a throw of 38-73/4.
In 3A, McDonough junior Ashley Thompson won the shot put with a throw of 35-2. She also tied for first place in the high jump with a mark of 5-2.
Another strong performance came from Northern junior Keely Murphy, who was second in the 1,600 and third in the 800. Murphy's time of 5:02.5 in the 1,600 was a school and personal record; it was the fifth time this season Murphy had broken the school record in the race, Patriots Coach Vickie Murphy said.