The Century High School senior balanced two varsity sports this spring, and played for a lacrosse state championship Tuesday night. The Knights fell short to Glenelg in their first state final appearance, but Stanton made a quick turnaround to prepare for the track and field state meet.
Stanton cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to capture the Class 2A high jump state title Thursday on the first day of action at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium.
He also raced to first place in the 100-meter dash and 110 hurdles preliminaries to qualify for the finals Saturday.
“I feel great, but right when regionals happened and I was overlapping games and meets, that was tough,” Stanton said. “I got through it and it really made today easier honestly.”
Stanton captured the county and 2A West high jump titles as well this spring. He also added individual county and regional titles in the 100 and 200 dashes, and the 110 hurdles.
“I came in and just wanted to be as confident as possible so I didn’t get nervous,” Stanton said. “Normally when I get nervous I do some silly stuff and I end up messing up, so I just came in confident and it ended up working out.”
Century is in second place in the team standings after seven scored events. Oakdale leads the pack with 44 points; the Knights have 37.
Carroll saw representation from Liberty and South Carroll’s girls teams in the 4x800-meter relay, the first event of the evening. The Cavaliers (Madeline Rathmann, Reagan Flanigan, Grace Sieler, Megan O’Neill) took fifth place in 9:58.61 and the Lions (Grace Maciejewski, Grace Culver, Jenna Zietowski, Hailey Steier) took ninth in 10:15.22.
Century’s 4x800 relay squad of Jacob Havins, Jackson Glenn, Stephen Hurst, and Tyler Dregely finished a close second to Oakdale in 7:58.61. Dregely, the Knights’ anchor, stayed close with Oakdale’s Kyle Lund, but Lund pulled away in the final 100 to take the win.
Liberty’s Gavin Edson, Kyle Hinton, Woodrow Kashima, and Jake Beaumier took seventh in 8:24.44.
South Carroll junior Brooke Flanigan took second in the final heat of the 100 hurdles, third overall, to qualify for the finals. SC’s Megan Plummer and Lauren Habighorst placed third and fifth in discus — Plummer threw 101-10 and Habighorst tossed 96-11. Winters Mill’s Clare O’Dwyer threw 90-06 for eighth place.
Liberty’s Mason Breeze threw 44 feet to take fourth in shot put and Century’s Chet Brunner threw 42 flat for sixth place. Breeze was fifth in the county and fourth at the 2A West meet and Brunner was second in the county, third at the regional meet.
On the 1A side, Francis Scott Key senior Jackson Conaway cleared 5-8 for eighth place in the high jump. Conaway cleared 5-7 at the county and region meets and finished fifth and third, respectively. Eagles senior Haley Sawyers cleared 8 feet to take fourth place in girls pole vault.
The meet continues Friday with 3A and 4A competition, and all classifications will compete Saturday to complete the championship weekend.
Discus: 1. Ryann Bennett (Fort Hill) 128-04; 2. Shardae Williams (Largo) 124-01; 3. Sierra James (Largo) 120-04; 8. Elizabeth Mahoney (Francis Scott Key) 104-04; 9. Emma Taggart (Francis Scott Key) 104-04.
Triple jump: 1. Kendal Drewery (Largo) 37-00; 2. Sheri Adewumi (Western Tech) 36-10.25; 3. May King (Sparrows Point) 35-10.75.
Pole vault: 1. Ellie Kuhn (Perryville) 10-00; 2. Sophie Reinhart (Boonsboro) 9-00; 3. Samantha Evans (Boonsboro) 8-00; 4. Haley Sawyers (Francis Scott Key) 8-00.
4x200 relay: 1. Westlake 1:29.96; 2. Oakdale 1:30.28; 3. Patterson 1:30.63; 6. Century 1:32.15; 12. Liberty 1:37.10.
4x800 relay: 1. Oakdale 7:57.01; 2. Century 7:58.61; 3. River Hill 8:00.55; 7. Liberty 8:24.44.
High jump: 1. Jalen Stanton (Century) 6-04; 2. Jim Nwalal (Wilde Lake) 6-04; 3. Geoff Point-Du-Jour (Wicomico); 7. Brady Keely (South Carroll) 5-10; 10. Matt Huber (Century) 5-08
Long jump: 1. Geni Roberts (North Caroline) 22-10.50; 2. Tikristi Ayo-Durojaiye (Damascus) 21-08.50; 3. Caleb Caine (Westlake) 21-07.
Pole vault: 1. Erik Starks (Oakdale)14-0; 2. Cooper Neal (Century) 13-06; 3. Jackson Neele (Middletown), 13-06; 5. Patrick Tunkel (South Carroll) 13-0; 9. Peyton Thomas (South Carroll) 12-06; 10. Darren Rodoff (Liberty) 12-0; 12. Mike Broom (Liberty) 11-06; 13. Trevor Swope (South Carroll) 11-06.
Shot put: 1. Waman Kendron (North Caroline) 49-11.50; 2. Ryan Strait (Eastern Tech) 45-09; 3. Ike Udolisa (Harford Tech) 44-00; 4. Mason Breeze (Liberty) 44-00; 6. Chet Brunner (Century) 42-03.