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Prep Notebook: County athletes competing at prestigious Penn Relays

Manchester Valley's Erika Hurd competes in the high jump during the Class 1A track and field state meet at Morgan State University in Baltimore, May 28, 2011.
Manchester Valley's Erika Hurd competes in the high jump during the Class 1A track and field state meet at Morgan State University in Baltimore, May 28, 2011. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

The Penn Relays, perhaps the most prestigious track and field meet in the country, began Tuesday and concludes Saturday, with a group of Carroll County varsity athletes participating along the way.

The annual event, which started in 1895, is held at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus and features high school, college and masters athletes participating from around the nation. The meet traditionally brings more than 15,000 track and field athletes and more than 100,000 spectators over the five-day stretch.

Liberty has its girls 400- and 1,600-meter relays teams competing Thursday, along with Francis Scott Key (1,600 relay) Manchester Valley (400, 1,600 relays), North Carroll (1,600 relay), and Westminster (400, 1,600 relays).

MV's Erika Hurd participated in the high jump and Winters Mill's Hannah Oneda ran in the 3,000 meters.

Friday's county participants feature Liberty's and Manchester Valley's boys 400 relay teams, as well as Westminster's 400 relay squad. Liberty, Manchester Valley, North Carroll and Westminster each have boys 1,600 relay teams running Saturday.

NEARING A MILESTONE: Longtime girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughn has never been one to relish the spotlight. But in the near future she'll be reaching an impressive career milestone, one that deserves some recognition.

Entering Thursday's game against Century, Vaughn needed five victories to reach career win No. 300.

She's 295-88 in 24 years as a county coach (183-49 in 15 years at Liberty, 112-39 in eight-plus years at Winters Mill). With three regular-season games remaining, the Falcons would need to win a pair of regional playoff games for Vaughn to reach No. 300 this season.

UNDER THE LIGHTS: Francis Scott Key's home baseball game Monday against Manchester Valley was relocated to Taneytown Memorial Park and moved to a 7 p.m. start.

The Eagles traditionally play one night game at home during the regular season and use it to recognize the team's seniors. Key coach Brad Bevans said the game is usually held on a Friday night, but he hopes a good crowd turns out and Taneytown's young baseball players get a chance to see where they could be playing in a few years.

WM COMMIT: Ben Fletcher, a senior defenseman on Winters Mill's boys lacrosse team, recently committed to attend Virginia Weslyan College (Division III) and hopes to play for the Marlins in 2013. Fletcher has helped guide Winters Mill atop the county standings.

MORE COMMITS: Andrew Adami, a senior at Manchester Valley, recently committed to Frostburg and plans to play men's soccer in the fall. Adami helped the Mavericks boys soccer team reach the Class 1A state championship game last season.

Adami had eight goals and eight assists as a midfielder and finished fourth in the county in scoring with 24 points before earning Times first-team all-county honors.

In girls lacrosse, Manchester Valley coach Shelly Katzef said juniors Alex Carhart and Colby Unkle recently made verbal commitments. Carhart chose Mount St. Mary's while Unkle picked Towson.

The Mavericks have four seniors bound for Division I programs - Kristen Cannon to Johns Hopkins, Allie Colson to Jacksonville, Hannah Clinton to MSM, and Taylor Gress to James Madison - and another, Shelby Newman, headed to D-III St. Mary's College.

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