The Howard Community College track program competed at the NJCAA National D-III Track and Field Championships last weekend at Alfred State College in New York. The men placed fourth out of 20 teams entered; the women were 13th. This was the strongest showing of the programs in their history.
Calder Walker led the team with two first-place finishes. Walker won the 200 meters in 22.07 and the 400 meters (48.07). He was one of two double winners for the meet and he earned All-American status for each event.
Mary Rzegocki earned All-American status in the steeplechase and the 4x400 relay team of Chris Hill, Walker, Chris Patrice, Brandon Woodley also earned All-American status.
Other HCC results: Brandon Woodley: 4. 400 (49.21); 4. 800 (1:56); 3. 5k (16:06); Filagot Dinku: 4. 1,500 (4:09); 2. 10k (35:17); 3. 5k (16:06). Andrew Parlette: 5. 1,500 (4:31); 5. 5k (16:18) 3. 3k steeplechase (10:08). Jessica Garyz; 6. shot put (9.80 meters); 9. discus (27.81 meters). Mary Rzegocki: 6. 1,500 meters (5:24); 2. 5k (19:39); 2. 3k steeplechase (12:22). Jon Fourney: 3. decathlon (5,104). Rafael Fernandez: 7. 10k (38:54). Eric Bishop: 4. 110 high hurdles (15.8). 4x400 relay (Chris Hill, Walker, Chris Patrice, Woodley): 1. 3:19; 4x100 relay: 4. (43.17).
Howard County resident Danny Michalek (Mount St. Joseph) finished seventh at the NEC Championship to be named to the NEC All-Tournament team. He is a senior at the Mount and has the second-best scoring average on the team this year.
The St. Mary's College of Maryland Female Rookie Athlete of the Year Award went to dual-sport first-year player Paige Decker (River Hill). Decker had a tremendous impact on the success of the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams this year.
Decker was awarded the CAC Field Hockey Co-Rookie of the Year to become only the second St. Mary's field hockey player to ever receive the award. She finished the season tied for first on the team in goals and game-winning goals.
She is a starting low defender on the women's lacrosse team that led the Seahawks and the conference in caused turnovers. In addition to her defensive efforts, Decker scored four goals on four shots this year and tallied three draw controls. She was rewarded for her play on the lacrosse field with second team All-CAC honors.
Toria Shepherd (Wilde Lake) finished the season as the second leading scorer on the Waynesburg University team. The sophomore midfielder had 29 goals and 10 assists. She also picked up 20 ground balls for the Yellow Jackets, which went 2-10 on the year.
Shepherd was also a defender of the Waynesburg women's soccer team that came up just short in its bid to win the first Presidents' Athletic Conference women's soccer championship in school history.
Liz Trainer (Mt. Hebron) was a midfielder on the Longwood University time, which defeated Howard, 25-14, in the National Lacrosse Conference Tournament consolation match. A freshman, Trainer started all 17 games and scored five goals to go with one assist for the Lancers (4-13 overall).
Goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial) and defender Katie Sheridan (Good Counsel) are members of the Towson University team that recently won its fourth Colonial Athletic Association championship since 2005.
Towson defeated Monmouth, 15-5, in a play-in game for the NCAA Division I tournament. The Tigers (16-3) host Penn State on Saturday in a first round game. Teeters has 153 saves to her credit this season. She has a 8.19 goals against average and a 51.3 save percentage.
Teeters and Ohio State University's Alayna Markwordt (Glenelg) are among the 25 college women's lacrosse players on the Tewaaraton Watch List. The five men's and five women's finalists will be announced May 10.
May 1, senior baseball player Shane Mattingly (Centennial) was named Shoreman of the Week at Washington College. Mattingly threw a complete-game five-hitter in game one as the Shoremen swept a double-header at Muhlenberg to clinch a conference playoff spot.
Mattingly struck out 10 batters in nine innings of work while walking just one. He gave up one earned run in the 6-1 victory. Washington then won game two, 5-3. The Shoremen will play in the Centennial Conference Tournament for just the second time ever, with both appearances coming in the last three seasons.
Senior pitcher Josh Futter (Wilde Lake) has appeared in 19 games, and started three, for the James Madison University team. The Dukes are 15-29-1 overall and 9-15 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Katie Harman (River Hill) was one of three at James Madison University who won individual championships on the final day of the Colonial Athletic Association Track and Field Champions. Harman, a junior, won the 1,500 title in 4:30.70. Her victory helped the Dukes win their first CAA title.
Washington College junior Lindsey Glascock (Glenelg) was named Shorewoman of the Week May 1. Glascock hit the game-winning home run as the Shorewomen took game one of a double-header against McDaniel to clinch a conference playoff berth.
Glascock led off the top of the seventh with her home run to left field on a full count to give Washington a 5-4 lead which would prove to be the final score. Glascock also walked, scored another run, and had a sacrifice hit in the game. The Shorewomen are making back-to-back appearances in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time in team history.
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