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Chaney's Widget among Division I track qualifiers



Published: Fri, May 31, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Boardman senior Brian Zorman broke his own school record in the pole vault and advanced to the state meet.

By JOE SCALZO

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

AUSTINTOWN -- Cameron Widget is putting the past behind him. Way behind him.

After getting knocked out in the district meet last year and struggling with an injured quadriceps much of this spring, the Chaney High junior jumped 22 feet, 31/2 inches to break the school record and finish second in the high jump at Thursday's Division I regional at Fitch High.

District to state in one year. Not a bad leap.

"It's a big step," he said, smiling. "I've been dreaming about going to state since I lost last year. When I won districts last week, I figured I might as well make it to state."

Only one thing would have made the day better.

"I would have been happier if I had won," said Widget. "I kind of got my hopes up. But I'm real happy with how things turned out."

Also qualifying

Boardman senior Brian Zorman pole vaulted 13-6 to break his school record and finish third.

The top four in each event advanced to next weekend's state meet in Dayton.

Zorman spent the past week studying jumping tapes and photos to improve his form. He tried not to get too nervous.

"I didn't know what to expect," Zorman, who will attend the University of Toledo this fall, said. "I tried to keep it out of my mind today. Keep calm. Sometimes I let the meets get to me."

Zorman vaulted 11-6 at the regional last year, which wasn't good enough to make it to state.

"This was my last chance -- go big or go home," he said. "At the beginning of the year, I told myself I was going to make it. I guess I kept my promise to myself."

After Zorman cleared 13-6, he hit the mat, grinned and pumped his fist in the air.

"It was a big relief," he said. "Like something heavy just came off my back. Now I have an another week."

Spartans 1-2

Boardman seniors Evan Beard and Steve Vallos finished 1-2 in the discus. Vallos finished third in the event at state last year.

Beard is the only person to beat Vallos in the event this season.

"Evan's come a long way since last year," Vallos, who will play football at Wake Forest this fall, said. "I'm more consistent, but [Beard] just seems to get one out there. He somehow does it on meet day.

"I'll get him next week."

scalzo@vindy.com




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