Adam Melville and Kelli Garriott have represented Manchester Valley well in high jump.
The Manchester Valley seniors attended North Carroll before the school closed in 2016 and joined the track program at Man Valley to continue their careers. Together, they have been competing for four years.
"Adam is very supportive, we're very close teammates and we push each other," Garriott said. "The nice part about this meet is we were able to be down there with each other. It's nice because we have two other guys that also high jump and we're all really close and we help each other out."
Melville added that he and Garriott record jumps for each other to see what they need to improve on. The duo swept the high jump titles at their home Maverick Madness meet Friday.
The meet, in its second year, had representation from five of the seven Carroll schools. Francis Scott Key, Liberty, Westminster, and Winters Mill joined Man Valley in a field of 16 teams that competed.
(The meet ended too late to include full results and team scores for this story.)
Garriott cleared 5 feet, 2 inches for the girls high jump title. Francis Scott Key's Emma Taggart placed third, and Liberty's Erin Lance was fourth. Melville jumped 6-2, and teammate Joshua Gerber placed third.
Distance proved a shining factor for Winters Mill freshman Kathryn Hopkins. She finished first in the 3,200 in 12:06.02, 25 seconds faster than the runner-up. Hopkins held a decisive lead through the race and never gave up that top spot.
Francis Scott Key senior Sarah Pernell competed only in the 100-meter hurdles to keep herself healthy in preparation for Tuesday's county championship meet. She won Friday in 15.92 seconds and said she was pleased, despite fighting a back injury all season.
"I definitely felt a difference between prelims and finals and my goal was to go sub-16 today," Pernell said. "It's been a rough start to the season due to injuries and I've been trying to get back into business. I'm really happy that I broke 16 today."
Pernell said she has been taking things slow and would take some time off if her back felt sore.
The Mavericks saw success in high jump and shot put. Junior Evan Bare threw 47-9.5 to win the shot, an event in which he won county and Class 3A West indoor track titles this winter.
FSK senior Fru Bayelle, who leads Carroll with top performances in long jump and triple jump this season, won the triple jump in 45-1.
"This meet helps a lot actually," Pernell said. "Whether or not you take it easy in all of your events, like me, you focus on one event and improve like I did today. I'm just trying to get even faster and other athletes as well, I know they're trying to PR today just to make their goals for counties higher than they are."
Boys Results (Top 3 plus Carroll, through 10th place)