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Girls Track & Field: Team-by-team preview capsules for 2019

Girls Track & Field: Team-by-team preview capsules for 2019
South Carroll's Brooke Flanigan won the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 2A West Regional Track and Field Championships on May 22, 2018. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

CENTURY

Coach: Dyron Johnson, 3rd year

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2018 county meet finish: Fifth

Next meet: April 3 at Thomas Johnson, 4

Key losses: Brooke McIltrot, Natalie Poulton

Key returners: Hannah Bauer, Elise Greenwald, Macy Hamlett, Chidinma Mba, Sadie Simon, Chloe Sobchak, Emma Yockman

Outlook: The Knights are returning a vast majority of their athletes from last season, including 2018 state qualifiers in Greenwald, Hamlett and Mba. “With a couple of new additions (freshmen and other sports), they will be looking to make a statement and continue building upon a solid indoor season,” Johnson said via email.

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Coaches: Kim Palumbo, 1st year; Jacob Sanders, 1st year

2018 county meet finish: Third

Next meet: April 6 at Boonsboro, 10 a.m.

Key losses: Summer Burton, Sarah Pernell

Key returners: Tess Kraics, Elizabeth Mahoney, Carmen Miller, Haley Sawyers, Emma Taggart

Outlook: The Eagles are looking at larger numbers on the girls’ side this spring and return Taggart, a first-team all-countian in 2018. Burton and Pernell graduated, but Mahoney, Sawyers, and Taggart should add depth in the field events and lead the Eagles. They all experienced success during FSK’s indoor season.

LIBERTY

Coach: Amanda Milewski, 5th year; Sarah Sheetz, 4th year

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2018 county meet finish: Second

Next meet: April 3 at Westminster, 4

Key losses: Jackie Delgado, Greta Huber, Lauren Iverson, Erin Lance, Natalie Lansinger, Heidi Rinehart

Key returners: Maia Burger, Claire Burgoon, Yani Hawthorne, Grace Maciejewski, Sydney Scher, Sammie Spargo, Hailey Steier, Jenna Zietowski

Outlook: The Lions bring back a good number of state qualifiers in multiple events from last spring. Look for Burger and Hawthorne to lead in sprints and Spargo and Zietowski to command the Lions’ distance squad. “We expect to be very competitive again this year on the county level and, as always, hope to qualify a good number of athletes for the state meet,” Milewski said via email.

MANCHESTER VALLEY

Coach: Nancy Hayes, 3rd year

2018 county meet finish: Seventh

Next meet: April 3 at Westminster, 4

Key loss: Kelli Garriott

Key returners: Tawa Abiwa, Ellie Boswell, Katelynd Manno

Outlook: The Mavericks will have a variety of talented newcomers that include Rubie Goffena, Taylor Shank, Taylor Dadds, and Maya Magana. Goffena won indoor county and regional titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 and should see similar success this spring. “Our team of girls is a hardworking, dedicated group of athletes who have started the season with optimism and strong work ethic,” Hayes said via email.

SOUTH CARROLL

Coach: Don Caparotti, 2nd year

2018 county meet finish: First

Next meet: April 3 at Westminster, 4

Key losses: Jamie Anderson, Alyssa Chesney, Karly Eudy, Allison Zolkiewicz

Key returners: Grayson Fipps, Brooke Flanigan, Sarah Langille, Megan O’Neill, Megan Plummer, Grace Siehler, Lexi Winkler

Outlook: The reigning outdoor county champions are prepared for another strong showing this spring despite graduating first-team all-countians Anderson, Chesney, Eudy, and Zolkiewicz, the Times Girls Track Athlete of the Year. Fipps, Flanigan, and O’Neill return from the all-county team to bring continued success this spring as well. “We know it is going to be a very competitive track season for the girls because all the schools are so talented,” Caparotti said via email.

WESTMINSTER

Coach: Desmond Wars, 4th year

2018 county meet finish: Fourth

Next meet: April 3 vs. Liberty, SC, Man Valley, 4

Key losses: Kaleigh Harrison, Rachel Rogalski, Jordan Wagner

Key returners: Katie Devilbiss, Morgan Fique, Isabelle Gillchrist, Lydia Houle, Erin McGrath, Julia Wawrzynski, Camile White

Outlook: The Owls return a variety of talent from last year’s squad and they’re combining that with a group of skilled freshmen. Look for Fique, Gillchrist, Houle and White to command the sprints, McGrath and Wawrzyinski in distance and mid and Devilbiss in the field. “Additionally, we’ve picked up a few more athletes from the indoor squad that will make an immediate impact on the team,” assistant coach Ryan DuLaney said.

WINTERS MILL

Coaches: Dan Replogle , 2nd year; Ben Brown, 2nd year

2018 county meet finish: Sixth

Next meet: April 6 at Pikesville, 9 a.m.

Key losses: None

Key returner: Kathryn Hopkins

Outlook: The Falcons return Hopkins, a first team all-countian last spring who had strong cross country and indoor track seasons as well. Hopkins should lead the Falcons’ distance squad as the reigning 3,200 champion. The team will field young talent made up of several freshmen who should provide a positive impact for the Falcons as they look to improve in every event.

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