Add two more names to the list of Harford County Champions – Charlotte Haggerty and Caroline Sdanowich – as in the list of big time champions.
There’s a long list of people (and horses) from Harford County who have national championships in everything from baseball and boxing to golf and horse racing to football and track.
Some of the most obvious ones are Cal Ripken Jr., who won a World Series in 1983, Kimmie Meissner, a national and world champion figure skater and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic swimmer in history.
There are others not to be overlooked, including the brother and sister tandem, Courtney and Chase Kalisz, national champion swimmers. Warrenell “Boom” Lester was a champion boxer as was Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, a Baltimore native, who won the heavyweight championship and moved to Harford County for a few years.
Earl Christy, a Perryman native, who is forever linked to the former Havre de Grace Consolidated School, where he was known as “All World” because of his athletic prowess, is the only Harford County native to have won a Super Bowl. “All World” Christy and “Broadway Joe” Namath shocked the world and crushed Baltimore when the Jets, coached by former Colts coach Weeb Ewbank, upset the Colts and the mighty NFL in the third Super Bowl.
Cigar won 16 stakes races in a row from 1994-96 which tied the legendary Citation a the only two horses to accomplish the feat.
Don’t’ forget lacrosse where Jarrettsville’s Casey Donohoe may have forged a record that won’t be approached; it can’t be surpassed. In four years at Northwestern University, she was one of the leaders of a program that won four straight national championships. Yes, four in a row from 2006 through 2009.
Women’s lacrosse is where Haggerty and Sdanowich struck gold last week, winning a national championship as part of James Madison University’s thrilling, 16-15, win over Boston College in the title game.
“Obviously, it’s incredible,” Haggerty said, “I never honestly thought that I would be in the national championship or a national champion.”
A dream of hers or not, Haggerty and her teammate, Sdanowich, are national champions, joining the gallery of national and/or world champions with Harford County ties.
We congratulate each and encourage them to enjoy the moment. Not many are lucky enough to win a national championship.