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Manchester Valley's Kelli Garriott competes in the high jump at the Frostbite Invitational indoor track meet at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Manchester Valley's Kelli Garriott competes in the high jump at the Frostbite Invitational indoor track meet at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. (Steve Ruark / For the Carroll County Times)

Manchester Valley senior Kelli Garriott committed verbally about a week ago to play volleyball at Elizabeth College in New Jersey.

The 5-foot-11 Garriott is a standout player, having earning Times first-team all-county honors this past fall. Garriott is also seriously considering competing in both indoor and outdoor track at the next level.

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If she continues to have results like she did Friday at the annual Frostbite Invite, a meet that featured top-notch public private schools from the Baltimore area, she stands a solid chance at competing in both seasons in college.

Garriott cleared a career-best 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump to repeat as champion at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex.

That’s her best showing since going 5-4 as a sophomore at North Carroll nearly two years ago.

“To be completely honest, I was not expecting to jump 5-5 today,” said Garriott, who won Class 3A state titles as a junior indoors and outdoors last year by jumping 5-2. “I am really energized. Last year, I was dealing with shin splints. I have recovered from that and this year I have more power. I was wishing that I got 5-6, but I think I will get it later in the season.”

Manchester Valley coach Jim MacDonald says Garriott’s hard work in the offseason should help her accomplish her goals this winter and in the spring.

“She has learned a lot of new techniques and she is applying them,” he explained. “Based on what she did tonight, she should set her expectations higher.”

Garriott wasn’t the only Maverick to garner a title. Senior Adam Melville won the boys high jump by reaching 6-3.

And Carroll County performed well throughout the meet.

When it comes to Francis Scott Key senior Sarah Pernell recalling the most important championships she recently has won in her career, she can’t do it.

The latest were a county title in the 100-meter hurdles and a regional crown in the triple jump last spring.

Manchester Valley senior Kelli Garriott talks about winning the high jump at the Frostbite Invite.

But Pernell won’t soon forget her performance at the Frostbite Invite.

Pernell won the long jump (15-9), triple jump (34-0), and the 55-meter hurdles (8.9).

“They weren’t the best marks in my career, but I had three firsts,” said Pernell, who noted she wasn’t feeling that well since she had a stomach virus or was dehydrated. “And that’s amazing.”

FSK coach Juan Cortez is eager to see what Pernell can accomplish by the time her high school career is over.

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“She is progressing every year,” Cortez said. “She’s won multiple county and regional championships. She wants a state title and she’s definitely working for it.”

Cortez was elated by the effort of freshman shot putter Elizabeth Mahoney. She placed first with a throw of 34-5. Teammate Summer Burton (32-7), a senior, took second.

“She has a bright future ahead of her,” Cortez said of Mahoney. “It’s exciting because we seniors that she is beating and they have been county champs before.”

Senior Allie Zolkiewicz helped the Cavaliers to a third-place finish among 14 schools by winning the 300 (42.12).

Westminster senior Zane Lewis dominated the Frostbite last year, winning the 55 and 300 dashes, but teammate Troy Johnson had the best performance this year. He finished first in the 300 (36.85) and Lewis (36.94) took second.

The Westminster 800 relay team (1:33.28) of Johnson, Lewis, Wilson Funk, and Austin Cartwright grabbed top honors while the Owls’ girls 800 relay team (1:49.83) of Rachel Rogalski, Camile White, Hannah Dintino and Kaileigh Harrison placed first.

Liberty's Zach Stump competes in the pole vault at the Frostbite Invitational indoor track meet at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Liberty's Zach Stump competes in the pole vault at the Frostbite Invitational indoor track meet at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. (Steve Ruark / For the Carroll County Times)

Liberty’s Zach Stump took first place in the pole vault with a leap of 13-6.

“His goal is to qualify for the New Balance Nationals,” Liberty vault coach David Balch said. “He has to jump 14-3 to qualify. Last week, he jumped 13-10 so he is making progress toward qualifying.”

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