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Becky Martin, left, former McDaniel College women's basketball coach, stands with Male Athlete of the Year Jalen Stanton, who plays football and lacrosse and runs track for Century, during the Carroll County Times Athlete of the Year Awards banquet at Martin's Westminster.
Becky Martin, left, former McDaniel College women's basketball coach, stands with Male Athlete of the Year Jalen Stanton, who plays football and lacrosse and runs track for Century, during the Carroll County Times Athlete of the Year Awards banquet at Martin's Westminster. (Steve Ruark / For the Carroll County Times)

Jalen Stanton graduated from Century High School on June 5, and he left behind quite the resume.

Stanton competed in four sports in his career at Century — football, lacrosse, indoor track, and outdoor track. He received six first-team all-county nods and four Athlete of the Year honors in indoor and outdoor track. He repeated as Athlete of the Year in indoor and outdoor track and collected seven individual state titles as a senior — four in indoor, three in outdoor.

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He also repeated as the Carroll County Times Male Athlete of the Year, and was recognized at the paper’s annual High School Athlete of the Year Awards banquet June 24 at Martin’s Westminster.

Stanton captured Carroll County, Class 2A West, and 2A state titles in the 55-meter dash, 300 dash, 55 hurdles, and high jump in the winter. He set personal records in three of his four events at the state meet and cleared 6 feet, 7 inches for the high jump title, matching his championship height from 2018.

“I’ll miss the tight-knit community everyone had,” Stanton said. “Outside of track, you wouldn’t think all of us would be friends but there’s a lot of different personalities and a lot of different people. When we got to the track and got to meets, it was one big family and I’ll definitely miss that part of it.”

Stanton dual-sported in lacrosse and track this spring once again and he shined on both stages.

The Knights’ lacrosse team advanced to the state final for the first time in program history and closed out the season at 16-3. They outscored their playoff opponents 40-13 prior to the 2A state final, an 11-7 loss to Glenelg. Stanton scored a team-high four goals against the Gladiators, despite the loss.

Century's Jalen Stanton winds up for a shot on Parkside's goal during a 2A state semifinal boys lacrosse game at Northeast High School in Pasadena on Friday, May 17.
Century's Jalen Stanton winds up for a shot on Parkside's goal during a 2A state semifinal boys lacrosse game at Northeast High School in Pasadena on Friday, May 17. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

He compiled 39 points (33 goals, six assists) for the Knights, third most on the team, and earned second-team all-county honors for a second straight season.

Century only lost one county game this spring, 11-6 to Westminster, the repeat 3A state champions. Stanton scored three goals in the Knights’ regional final victory over Damascus, and added one in a state semifinal game against Parkside.

“It’s wonderful, I think it brought a little bit of attention and got some momentum going for future years,” Stanton said. “I’m glad to be a part of that and glad to make a difference in the program and hopefully they can continue the success.”

Century's Jalen Stanton goes for an attempt in the boys high jump event during the Carroll County Athletic League indoor track championship meet at Hagerstown Community College on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Century's Jalen Stanton goes for an attempt in the boys high jump event during the Carroll County Athletic League indoor track championship meet at Hagerstown Community College on Saturday, Jan. 26. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

Stanton won county and regional titles in the 100 dash, 200 dash, 110 hurdles, and high jump. He concluded his senior season with state titles in the 100 dash, 110 hurdles and high jump. In addition, Stanton anchored the Knights’ 4x100 relay that won counties and took third at states.

Stanton said contributing to the 4x100’s state success was one of his favorite memories from this year. Cole Gladden, Kevin Hackett, Kyle Brosenne, and Stanton finished in 43.29 seconds, and the Knights finished runners-up to 2A state champion Oakdale with 68 points.

In the fall, Stanton stood out as a wide receiver for the Knights’ football team. He caught 28 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns, and collected first-team all-county honors for a second straight season. The Knights advanced to the 2A West playoffs in the fall, another one of Stanton’s favorite memories, and it was his first playoff experience with the Knights’ program.

Century's Jalen Stanton catches the ball in the end zone against Winters Mill.
Century's Jalen Stanton catches the ball in the end zone against Winters Mill. (Ken Koons/Carroll County Times)

Stanton plans to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton and play lacrosse while running track unattached. Lynn is a little more than 15 hours from Woodbine, where Stanton and his family reside, but he said he anticipates this new adventure and a chance to get to the beach.

“It’s nice and I feel a sense of closure, I’m proud of myself,” Stanton said. “I did all I could do and we’re here now and I’m happy with everything that I’ve done.”

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