Year In Review: Century's Jalen Stanton stood out in earning Male Athlete of the Year honors

Former Westminster basketball standout JD Byers presents Century's Jalen Stanton with Male Athlete of the Year award at the Carroll County Times 2018 Athlete of the Year Awards held June 26, 2018 at Martin's in Westminster.
Former Westminster basketball standout JD Byers presents Century's Jalen Stanton with Male Athlete of the Year award at the Carroll County Times 2018 Athlete of the Year Awards held June 26, 2018 at Martin's in Westminster. (Doug Kapustin / For the Carroll County Times)

Century’s Jalen Stanton participated in four varsity sports during the 2017-18 school year.

The junior shined on the football field in the fall, moved indoors for track in the winter, and went back outside for more track in the spring while making lacrosse his primary sport in that season. Stanton didn’t have a break from sports, and it seems he wouldn’t have it any other way.


“It’s just one sport built onto another,” said Stanton, who stood out so much in each athletic endeavor he was recognized with multiple Carroll County Times all-county honors:

  • First-team in football as a wide receiver, where he averaged 17.2 yards per catch and hauled in seven touchdowns.
  • First-team in indoor track, where he won a Class 2A state title in the high jump.
  • First-team in track and field, where he took second in three events at the state meet.
  • And a second-team nod in lacrosse, where he scored 20 goals and helped the Knights go 5-1 in Carroll County Athletic League play.

For those accomplishments and more, Stanton received Male Athlete of the Year honors at the Times High School Athlete of the Year Awards banquet, held June 26 at Martin’s Westminster.


“I think that’s a positive,” Stanton said about playing so many sports. “And I really don’t think of it as being busy. I had fun with all of it. … I surprised myself a lot throughout this whole year.”

Stanton said he didn’t have much trouble making the transition to each season, and he credits being in shape for helping the different switches. Standing 6 feet, 3 inches, and weighing around 165 pounds likely helps too.

An athletic build and consistent motor carried Stanton, who used his speed in each of his four varsity sports.

He caught 25 passes for 429 yards, and ran for 246 yards and three more touchdowns. His 10 touchdowns accounted for 60 points, which was tied for third best in Carroll County.

“Football, you go in and get in shape immediately in the weight room,” Stanton said. “And that just helps you out for track.”

It certainly helped Stanton this winter. He led Century to county, region, and state team championships while earning himself some individual gold. Stanton said back in the winter he didn’t get to spend a lot of time practicing the high jump, but still he kept clearing the bar at new heights.

Stanton surpassed 6-7 at the 2A state meet for a new personal record.

Chalk up some of the credit to his staying in shape throughout the school year, and filling his sports course load.

When the spring arrived, Stanton didn’t stop. He went to track practice when he could, but focused on lacrosse as much as possible. He finished with 20 goals and eight assists as one of the Knights’ midfielders.

But he thrived on the track once more. Stanton earned county meet gold medals in the 200-meter dash, 110 hurdles, and high jump. The following week, he pulled off another gold trifecta at the 2A West meet.

That performance qualified him in all three events at the state meet, and Stanton took second in each event.

Knights coach Dyron Johnson called Stanton “a workhorse” — not bad for a speedster who didn’t start running to 200 until April.


“The people around me, the support I had on both teams, really helped,” Stanton said about playing two sports in the spring. “People were always cheering me on from both sports and both teams. Both coaches made it very easy for me to do it.”

Stanton said he was pleased with many aspects of his sports year, such as earning a state title in the winter, but disappointed in others.

He wanted to lead Century’s lacrosse team to the county title this spring and land a spot on the all-county first team. He wanted to be a double-winner in high jump at the state track meets, indoor and outdoor.

Still things to work on, and still another year to fill with sports for Stanton. He said he’s spending the summer on a pair of club lacrosse teams, and has his eye on participating in a Junior Olympics track meet.

“If I’m not too busy,” he said.

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