Avon Grove graduate Eric Broadbent was a master in three field events and showed he could do a little running, too, for West Chester University at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Track and Field championships last weekend at Shippensburg.
The 21-year-old senior won the high jump, long jump and triple jump as the Golden Rams finished fifth with 88 points. He just missed tying a personal best with a 6-foot, 103/4-inch effort in the high jump. He followed that with a 47-9 triple jump, and a 23-113/4 long jump.
"I had high hopes," said Broadbent, a physical education major. "I was confident in the jumps although I wasn't necessarily the favorite. I've done better in the triple jump, but by that time, it was my fourth or fifth event and I was pretty tired."
Broadbent, who captured fifth place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.92 seconds, was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that took first place in 3:14.05. His 4x100 relay team clocked the fastest qualifying time but took third in the finals.
Broadbent's effort earned him most-valuable honors for field events as well as most valuable athlete for the meet. WCU assistant coach Jason Kilgore said he was not surprised by Broadbent's performance.
"I see him work every day in practice," Kilgore said.
Earlier this year, Broadbent was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference indoor track and field athlete of the year. Now, he's looking toward the coming NCAA championships and a possible future as a decathlete.
Old habit for WCU women. It's getting to be old habit for the West Chester women's lacrosse team.
The Golden Rams (18-1), ranked third in NCAA Division II, will face Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Lock Haven at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in Salem, Va. They will be making their sixth appearance in the four-team tournament in the last seven years.
West Chester, the top-ranked team in the NCAA's South Region, will be trying to break one habit, however. The Rams have lost in the NCAA final for the last three seasons.
"We're trying to rectify that quickly," WCU coach Ginny Martino said. "We like our odds against Lock Haven. Hopefully, we can take care of them. I think the other semifinal could go either way."
The Golden Rams have beaten Lock Haven (16-3) three times this season, most recently by 14-10 in the PSAC title game last Saturday. That win marked West Chester's fourth straight PSAC title and 19th overall. The university's only NCAA championship came with an 11-6 win over Stonehill in 2002.
The West Chester-Lock Haven winner will play the winner of the other semifinal, between No. 1 C.W. Post (15-0) and No. 2 Stonehill (18-1), in the title game Sunday. Post handed West Chester its only loss.
The championship game will be televised live on CSTV starting at 12:07 p.m.