Digest (June 21): Bel Air's Kieran McDermott named state's best boys track and field athlete

Kieran McDermott of Bel Air was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. McDermott is the first athlete from Bel Air to earn the award, making him a finalist for the top national award. The 6-foot-2, 162-pound senior won the 800-meter run with a state-record time of 1 minute, 50.90 seconds and captured the 1,600 in 4:17.10 at the Class 3A state meet this past season. McDermott also anchored the winning 4x800 relay and took third in the 800 at this month's New Balance Nationals Outdoor in 1:49.80, which ranked as the nation's No. 6 performance among prep competitors in 2018. McDermott has a 3.87 GPA in the classroom. He will attend Princeton this fall, where he will compete in track and field.

Soccer

Maryland School for Blindhosting development camp

Twenty athletes and 15 coaches, representing several countries, will attend the first blind soccer development camp in North America from Tuesday to Thursday on the campus of The Maryland School for the Blind at 3501 Taylor Ave. in Baltimore. Development of blind soccer has been limited in North America since its introduction at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, but this camp hopes to change that. The United States Association of Blind Athletes, a Colorado-based non profit organization focused on providing life-changing opportunities in sport to Americans with visual impairments, partnered with the International Blind Sports Federation and MSB to host the event. MSB, which houses the only blind soccer field in the United States, introduced the sport to its students this past fall and is a leader in the effort to develop the sport nationally. IBSA blind soccer chairman, Ulrich Pfisterer will direct the camp, empowering athletes and coaches with hands-on experience on the field of play. Athletes and coaches will be on the MSB field learning and practicing two sessions per day (9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m.). Players will be learning the basics of the game and how to communicate with players on the field, and will wrap up the camp with a friendly match at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Colleges

Berdan promoted to headtrack coach at Stevenson

Dave Berdan, who has served as Stevenson's men's and women's cross country coach as well as an assistant with the Mustangs track and field teams, will take over as head coach of track and field. He will continue to serve as the cross country head coach. Berdan, who was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in men's outdoor track this past spring, takes over a program coming off its best season. The Stevenson men captured both the Middle Atlantic Conference indoor and outdoor championships, while the Mustangs women placed second at both meets, their highest finish.

Women's college lacrosse: Lynchburg's Rachel Henderson (St. Paul's) was named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference first-team defense and selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II Senior All-Star Game. She finished her career third all time in caused turnovers at Lynchburg.

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