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Century's Julian Woods named Gatorade Maryland Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year

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Century's Julian Woods was picked as the Gatorade Maryland Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday, according to a news release.

Woods, a senior who made the All-Metro first team for indoor track and outdoor track and field this year, played a big role in the Knights winning class 2A state championships in both seasones.

At the indoor track state championship meet in February, Woods won the 55-meter hurdles, finished third in the 300-meter race, fourth in the 55 dash and ran on Century's third-place 4 x 200-meter relay team.

Woods won three individual events -- 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump -- and anchored the Knights' winning 4 x 200-meter relay team during the outdoor track and field state championships last month.

Woods also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays in April, and his time ranked eighth among prep competitors in the United States this year.

"Julian Woods is basically unstoppable," Francis Scott Key coach Tim Walsh said in the news release. "He is a tremendous competitor and always strives to be the best. His effort, attitude and talent are apparent no matter the size of the meet. His goal is to win. He's a great athlete and with the right collegiate coaching may be one of those few kids who makes it big time."

Woods will compete in track and field at Mount St. Mary's beginning this fall. He is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.

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