March 16, 2009


BOSTON — Clear Spring junior Paige Shirk, a three-time Maryland Class 1A state champion, placed eighth in the girls shot put at Nike Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

Shirk’s best throw of 39 feet, 11 1/4 inches came on her sixth and final attempt. She set the 1A state record at 41-4 1/2 last month.

Boonsboro senior Scott Rice — the Washington County record holder in the pole vault at 14-3 1/4 — tied for 23rd in the event Saturday with a jump of 13-8 1/2.

The top six in each event earned All-American honors.