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Century's ZacharyFenton and Jacob Spera took first and second in the 1,600-meter run at the 2017 Carroll County Track Meet Thursday at Century High School.
Century's ZacharyFenton and Jacob Spera took first and second in the 1,600-meter run at the 2017 Carroll County Track Meet Thursday at Century High School.(KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO)

Century

Coach: Dyron Johnson, 2nd year

2017 county meet finish: First

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First meet: Saturday at Urbana Relays

Key losses: Andrew Haberman, Bryce Harrell, Sean Renahan, Sam Rothstein, Henry Seabrook

Key returners: Zachary Fenton, Theo Johnson, Stephen Shinholt, Jacob Spera, Jalen Stanton, Max Tano

Outlook: The reigning 2A state champions return plenty of talent in their distance core, as well as Stanton, the indoor high jump state champion. Look for the Knights to rely on their veterans this year with hopes for continued success. “As the athletes refocus from indoor success, they know it’s a different season and different athletes,” Johnson said via email. “Everyone will bring their best again.”

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Juan Cortez, 2nd year

2017 county meet finish: Seventh

First meet: Saturday at Seahawk Invitational

Key losses: Justin Bowman, Tommy Mahoney, Evan Ruhl, Cody Vipond

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Key returners: Fru Bayelle, Austin Dykes, Jered Holland, Lorenzo Palumbo, Jacob Watson

Outlook: Look for the Eagles to show the most strength in sprints and in the field events this season. Cortez said via email that Bayelle, a senior, should excel in triple jump and sprints. Holland is coming off a pole vault silver medal at the 1A state indoor track meet. “We’re going to have a strong group of senior veterans this spring who will lead by example to our young team,” Cortez said via email.

Liberty

Coaches: Mary Bulakites, 4th year; Amanda Milewski, 4th year

2017 county meet finish: Second

First meet: Saturday at Urbana Relays

Key losses: Braedan Balch, Tyler Bowling, Luca Pagni, Alec Pellicciotti, Reese Talbot, Alex Theologus, Nick Tilson

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Key returners: Tyler Apellaniz, Brooks Chaney, Hayden Hertz, John Lemaster, Matt Leonhartt, Woodrow Kashima, Takota Stoner, Zachary Stump

Outlook: The Lions return Carroll’s lone individual state champion in Stump, who captured his first pole vault state title last spring. The team should be evenly balanced in all events this year. “We are hoping to equal or better our second-place county finish from last year and, as always, qualify as many athletes as possible for the state championship meet,” Milewski said via email.

Manchester Valley

Coach: Jim MacDonald, 2nd year

2017 county meet finish: Fourth

First meet: Friday at McDonogh

Key losses: Sean Dodson, Matt McGuire, Carson Miller, Jacob Newton, Jack Norris

Key returners: Evan Bare, Jacob Foreman, Andrew Jackson, Adam Melville, Kacy Montgomery, Grant Scibek

Outlook: Look for the Mavericks to be at their strongest in the field this season. Returning is Melville, a Times first team all-countian and reigning high jump county champ in 2017. “We graduated a lot of valuable team members,” MacDonald said via email. “We return a strong group of field athletes and a core group of sprinters. We have a nice group of 55 to work with to fill holes in the starting line-up.”

South Carroll

Coaches: Kevin Selby, 1st year; Don Caparotti, 1st year

2017 county meet finish: Fifth

First meet: Saturday at Seahawk Invitational

Key losses: Caleb Enoff, Remy Mezebish.

Key returners: Dom Caparotti, James Dytrt, Lee Goodson, Knoll Hunt, John Kettula, Patrick Tunkel

Outlook: The Cavaliers will look to field depth in the field events this season, but return a talented young group that includes sophomore Lee Goodson, last season’s 800 county champ and a Times first team all-countian. “We are looking pretty good on the guy’s side and should be able to compete especially well on the track,” Selby said via email.

Westminster

Coach: Desmond Wars, 3rd year

2017 county meet finish: Third

First meet: Saturday at Seahawk Invitational

Key losses: Terrence McAllister, Nic Boyle, Sam DiPietro, Troy Johnson, Luke Meads, Garvin Steele.

Key returners: Brandon Arbaugh, Kyle Cotoia, Charlie Ferguson, Wilson Funk, Danny Gillcrist, Noah Griffin, Zane Lewis, Joey Petrowicz, David Zarta

Outlook: Zane Lewis, a Times first team all-county sprinter last season is back for the Owls as well as two of the team’s state qualifiers from indoor. “The boys team hopes to rebound after a disappointing indoor season and will be greatly helped by two transfer athletes who should be able to make an immediate impact,” assistant coach Ryan DuLaney said via email.

Winters Mill

Coaches: Ben Brown, 1st year; Dan Replogle, 1st year

2017 county meet finish: Sixth

First meet: March 28 at Fraser Relays

Key losses: Devon Caples, Tilor Milligan, Casey Rowe, Tre Woodyard, Dimeon Wright

Key returners: Will Cory, Matt Davis, Andrew Fan, Jack Frantz, Sean Gore, Pieter Heyn, Dylan Steinwedel, Tommy Waters, Kyle Warfield

Outlook: The Falcons lost a Times first team all-countian in Wright to graduation but have added a handful of fresh faces to the team this season. “We have a good core of returning athletes and our largest group of newcomers in recent years,” Replogle said via email. “Our enthusiasm level is high and we hope to become more competitive as the season progresses.”

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