For the second time in this year’s indoor track championship season, it came down to the wire between Century and Oakdale to decide a victor.
The teams were tied with 73 points after 12 events were scored, but the Bears pulled away from the Knights to win the Class 2A state title with 81 points. The Knights finished second with 77 points, but found their fair share of success Monday at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Center.
Century senior Jalen Stanton won four individual state titles — the 55-meter dash, 300 dash, 55 hurdles, and high jump.
“It’s awesome,” said Stanton, who clearned 6 feet, 7 inches to win his second indoor high jump state title. “With four events I didn't think it would happen coming in, but it ended up happening and I really just did it to help the team … whatever I can do to help the team is what I want to do and I did it today.”
Stanton’s first victory came when he made up about 10 meters of ground in the final stretch of the 300 to edge Oakland Mills’ Rafi Casson in 35.85 seconds. The 55 hurdles and 55 dash victories came later, between his preparations for the high jump.
Last year, Stanton cleared 6-4 to win the high jump state title and his top performance prior to this year’s state meet was 6-5, Feb. 2 at the 2A West Region meet. He had hoped to exceed 6-7, he said, but was content with his performance regardless.
His performance in the 300 surprised him, he said, and he did not expect to perform as well as he did.
“I think I came in today seeded fourth, but I pulled it together right at the end,” Stanton said. “I was down about 10 meters but came back and it was really surprising.”
The Knights’ 4x800 relay team of Jordan Schemm, Stephen Hurst, Tyler Dregely, and Jacob Havins finished third in 8:16.37. Cooper Neal, a Century junior, cleared 13 feet to take third place in the pole vault.
South Carroll junior John Kettle led the way for Carroll’s runners in the 1,600 and finished third in 4:27.75. Winters Mill senior Jack Frantz finished fourth in the 3,200 in 9:57.51.
Falcons senior Dylan Steinwedel closed out his senior season as the county, region, and state champion in shot put — he threw 46-4 for his first individual state title.
South Carroll’s girls, last year’s state meet runners-up, placed eighth with 25 points. Cavaliers junior Brooke Flanigan finished third in the 55 hurdles in 8.74 seconds. Zelda Hirsch, a sophomore, cleared 10-6 for third place in the pole vault for the Cavs.
Liberty’s girls 4x800 relay squad of Sammie Spargo, Jenna Zietowski, Grace Maciejewski and Hailey Steier finished third in 10:13.26 and Winters Mill sophomore Kathryn Hopkins placed third in the 1,600.
On the 1A side, Francis Scott Key junior Cole LaPierre finished second in the 3,200 run in 10:17.96 and teammate Jacksun Layne cleared 10 feet for fourth place in pole vault. Eagles senior Emma Taggart finished second in the high jump with a performance of five feet and fifth in shot put.
FSK senior Haley Sawyers cleared eight feet for second place in pole vault and Elizabeth Mahoney, a sophomore, threw 33-11 to place fourth in shot put.