Track & Field: Owls' Johnson in running for state crown

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One could argue Westminster junior sprinter Troy Johnson has been the county's top boys track performer this spring.

Johnson ran the county's fastest 400 meters time ever (48.67) at the Gator Track & Field Invitational in late April — a time that wasn't recorded at the county championships.

He bettered that mark (48.28) at the Class 3A West regional championships in mid-May while winning a title there. Johnson also won a county title in the same event.

He'll be going for a hat trick in the Class 3A state championships Saturday at Morgan State University.

"We are certainly anxious to see how he does," Westminster co-coach Ryan DuLaney said. "He really has put in the hours necessary to improve. He's had a great attitude and been very responsive to the coaching staff."

Senior Zane Lewis is another top-notch Westminster sprinter to watch Saturday in the state championships. He qualified in the 200 after placing seventh in the preliminaries Friday.

Lewis, Johnson, and seniors Garvin Steele and Terrence McAllister will also be running in Westminster's 4x400 relay.

"We kind of thought our 4x200 was our best relay team, but now I think you can make the argument that 1,600-meter relay team is our best relay team," DuLaney said. "Oxon Hill has run a much faster time in the 1,600. If they put their best team out there, they should win. We definitely don't want to be any worse than second."

Two Westminster relay teams placed Friday in the state meet. The Owls sit tied for ninth place after six events.

Westminster's 4x800 relay team of Steele, senior Sam Dipietro and juniors Kyle Cotoia and Brandon Arbaugh placed fifth (8:17.84) while 4x200 group of Johnson, Steele, McAllister, and Lewis garnered fourth (1:30.94).

Adam Melville's first season at Manchester Valley has been highly successful after coming over from North Carroll. Melville won his school's own Maverick Madness Invite high jump crown, and added a county championship as well.

He also set a personal-best jump of 6 feet, 3 inches in the Class 3A West regional championships while placing fourth.

But he probably would have liked to place higher in the state meet Friday.

Melville tied for 17th with a leap of 5-10.

"Adam was nervous," Manchester Valley assistant coach Erika Hurd said of Melville, who was second in the Class 1A state meet last year for North Carroll. "That threw him off physically and mentally. Adam is great jumper. We just have to work on the mental part."

Melville's Manchester Valley teammate, senior Carson Miller, finished in 14th (5-10) in the high jump Friday.

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