Track and field in Carroll County has seen a fair share of familiar champions within the last few years.
Century’s boys have won the last six consecutive county titles and South Carroll’s girls have championed the last two. The two teams have an equal share of athletes returning from previous championship-winning squads prepared to take a similar stand at the Carroll County Athletic League championship meet, set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Manchester Valley High School.
Jalen Stanton, a Century senior and reigning Times Boys Track Athlete of the Year, holds top times in the 100, 200, 110 hurdles and high jump this spring. He won county titles in the 200, 110 hurdles and the high jump last year.
Joining Stanton from last year’s all-county first team are Knights senior Zachary Fenton and junior Stephen Hurst. Manchester Valley senior Kacy Montgomery is also back, along with Liberty senior Daniel Saxon.
Fenton holds the top time in the 3,200 run in 9:49.51, and South Carroll junior John Kettula leads the 1,600 with 4:27.91.
Francis Scott Key, the reigning Class 1A West champions, graduated Fru Bayelle, Austin Dykes, and Nate Imes from last year’s all-county team. Bayelle won a county title in the triple jump, Dykes took second in the 110 hurdles and 300 dash, and Imes finished fourth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300.
Dykes and Imes also contributed to the Eagles’ 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Westminster lost top sprinters Zane Lewis and Cole Prodoehl to graduation. Plus, Tavian Montgomery graduated early and missed this spring season, but he helped the Owls set a new county record last year with a victory in the 4x100 relay. Montgomery, Prodoehl, Thomas Harry, and Lewis finished first ahead of Liberty in 1:30.5.
Joey Petrowicz and Davindra Lewis have capitalized in the field for Westminster this spring — Petrowicz in polevault and Lewis in long jump. The Mavericks have depth in the field as well, with Colin Evans leading in triple jump and Evan Bare in shot put.
Century holds top times in all four relays, paced closely by its county counterparts.
South Carroll graduated Jamie Anderson, Alyssa Chesney, Karly Eudy, and Allison Zolkiewicz, the reigning Times Girls Track Athlete of the Year, from last year’s all-county first team.
Junior Brooke Flanigan holds the fastest times in the 100 and 300 hurdles this spring. Last year, she took second in both events at the county meet and won the 2A West regional title in the 300 hurdles. The Cavaliers also return Grayson Fipps, who won county gold in the 100 and 200 dashes last spring, and Megan O’Neill.
Sarah Langille and Megan Plummer should add additional depth for the Cavaliers in the field.
Francis Scott Key lost some of its depth in the field with the graduation of Summer Burton and Sarah Pernell. Eagles senior Emma Taggart won the discus county title last spring and is back, along with sophomore Elizabeth Mahoney, who holds the top spot in shot put.
Manchester Valley freshman Rubie Goffena maintains solid performances in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 runs, while Century’s Chidinma Mba, the reigning long jump county champ, shares the top county performance with Taggart in the high jump.