BALTIMORE — Carroll County saw representation from Manchester Valley and Westminster at the Class 3A West Region meet Thursday at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
One individual champion was crowned, and a handful of county athletes earned spots in the state championship meet on Feb. 19 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
Manchester Valley’s quartet of Rubie Goffena, Taylor Dadds, Emily Herrold, and Taylor Shank took third place in the 4x800-meter relay in 10:52.30 to qualify for states for the first time in program history.
Goffena, a freshman, got the Mavericks in a solid first-place lead as the first leg, Oxon Hill took over the lead near the start of the second leg and Linganore made up ground in the final leg to take second place.
Goffena won the 1,600 and 3,200 regional titles as well — she beat Linganore’s Khelsa Connolly by four seconds to win the mile; Westminster senior Erin McGrath finished fourth in 5:48.01 to qualify for states.
McGrath also placed third in the 3,200 in 12:44.27.
The 3,200 felt more natural for Goffena, and she said she likes the longer distance.
“I felt really comfortable going out there,” Goffena said. “I had a pretty good pace and it was so much fun to run with these girls, they’re all so nice and they were great competition.”
Man Valley senior Katelynd Manno earns spots at the state meet in the 55 hurdles and pole vault. She placed fourth in the hurdles, and cleared 9 feet, 8 inches in the pole vault, good for runner-up to North Hagerstown’s Clara Declous.
Westminster senior Hannah Dintino finished third in the 300 dash in 43.86 seconds to qualify, and she also ran the first leg on the Owls’ 4x200 squad that finished third in 1:53.34.
Ava Boussy ran second, Morgan Fique in third and Camile White anchored the relay. The Owls qualified their 4x400 relay team as well.
Westminster senior Charlie Ferguson qualified for states in the 1,600 with a fourth-place finish in 4:50.69 — Man Valley qualified John Saurusaitis in the 55 hurdles, and Evan Bare threw 45-3, good for second place in shot put.
Westminster senior Joey Petrowicz won the pole vault title (14-3) at the county meet two weeks ago, but did not compete in the 3A West meet because of an undisclosed injury.
Manchester Valley junior Nick Jones cleared 11-4 for third place and Owls senior Danny Gilchrist cleared 10-6, good for sixth place and a state qualifier.
Frederick County enjoyed a sweep at the regional meet — Linganore won the boys title with 107 points, while Frederick took the girls crown with 84. Man Valley was seventh in both standings. Westminster’s girls were eighth, and the boys took 11th.