HAGERSTOWN — Jalen Stanton doesn’t think Century’s boys indoor track team has a weak link in its lineup.
Stanton, a senior, praised the Knights’ depth in every event and said the their strength comes from those who continue to shine in multiple places to contribute.
It has continued to pay off for the Knights as they captured their ninth consecutive county meet championship Saturday at Hagerstown Community College.
Three Knights athletes won individual titles in five events. Stanton, the reigning Times Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, came away with three of those with victories in the 55-meter dash, the 55 hurdles, and the high jump.
Kyle Brosenne won the 300, and Tyler Dregely ran to victory in the 500.
Century totaled 143 points, while South Carroll was second with 82.
“It’s really awesome, another year where we have a new group of guys come in and just compete from Day One until now,” Stanton said. “It’s really great to see it pay off for everyone because we’ve been working all season and people are hitting PRs left and right to get to championship season today and it’s just awesome.”
Carroll crowned two new champions in the field — Winters Mill Dylan Steinwedel threw 46 feet, 2 inches to win the shot put county title over last year’s champion, Manchester Valley’s Evan Bare; Westminster senior Joey Petrowicz cleared 14-3 after beating out his fellow competitors at 12-6 to take the pole vault title.
Bystanders clapped in rhythm in support of Petrowicz, who, after clearing 14-3, pumped his fists to the ground and shouted “Let’s go!”
“It feels really good competing against all of my fellow competitors and I’ve known them through all the years I’ve been vaulting,” Petrowicz said. “They’d always beaten me in years prior so now that I’m ahead of the game I’d come in at a higher height so it feels great.
Petrowicz has goals to progress his height higher and he’s aware of the competition he faces across Class 3A.
“We have a competitor from another county, Carter Holsinger, who vaults 15-1,” Petrowicz said. “My goal is always to get as high as I can in this sport and keep progressing through it.”
South Carroll’s John Kettula won the 1,600 in 4:37.1 and Liberty senior Daniel Saxonwon the 3,200 in 10:16.41.
South Carroll’s girls squad repeated as county champions with 111 points, outlasting runners-up Century with 94. The Cavaliers crowned three champions — Grace Fipps won the 55 dash, Brooke Flanigan won the 55 hurdles, and Lexi Winkler finished first in the 500.
The girls took second place in every relay as well.
“We’re very excited,” Cavs senior Sarah Langille said. “We knew this year it was going to be really close so we all pulled it together this meet and really emphasized on trying to PR and beat whatever girl was in front of us to maximize our points.”
Francis Scott Key found success in the field with two individual victories from Emma Taggart (high jump) and Elizabeth Mahoney (shot put).
Manchester Valley freshman Rubie Goffena dominated the distance events, running away with victories in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
The reigning Times Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year’s training never stops, she said, and she competed in four events Saturday.
“For the 3,200, I was getting pretty tired but [Winters Mill’s] Kathryn Hopkins, I knew she was coming up on me and she’s an amazing runner so I knew I had to kick it a little bit and around Lap 5, I was definitely feeling it,” Goffena said. “In the 1,600 I went out at an easier pace because I knew I had the 3,200 and the 800 left.”