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Century’s boys run away with seventh straight indoor crown; SC girls win first title

South Carroll junior Allie Zolkiewicz talks about winning four indoor track county championships. (Tom Worgo / Carroll County Times)

With nearly everyone expecting the Century boys to dominate the Carroll County's Track and Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College Saturday, Knights' senior Henry Seabrook certainly felt the pressure.

Yet he insists that sort of external pressure has never been much of a problem. He and his teammates are riding the momentum of past teams.

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"The people before us have paved the way for us and we are just trying to keep that legacy going," said Seabrook, whose squad was going for its seventh consecutive title. "Once we get going after the first couple of races, the pressure subsides."

The pressure didn't appear to bother any of his fellow Knights, either. They got off to a fast start and ran away from the field.

They won convincingly, 162.5-89 over second-place Liberty, while Westminster took third with 87 points.

Century came in as the prohibitive favorite and the Knights left about four and a half hours later as champions.

"They are incredible kids," Century coach Chris Mead said. "They always work so hard and always want to do better than they did last week. I would grade us with an 'A' today, but will keep pushing and not settle for anything."

The South Carroll girls team (152.5 points) won its first county indoor title in school history, finishing ahead of Century (126.5) and Westminster (63).

Junior Allie Zolkiewicz paved the way for the Cavaliers' coveted championship.

Zolkiewicz won titles in the 55- (7.55 seconds), 300- (41.42), and 500 (1:20.19) dashes, and the 800 run (2:27.24). But the Cavaliers secured the crown because of the team's outstanding depth, said South Carroll coach Bill Gerhold.

"I am just so happy for the girls," said Gerhold, who also saw the 3,200 relay team of Karly Eudy, Sarah Langille, Sydney Ashley, and Brooke Sadler secure a county title. "They all stepped up. Almost every girl had a personal record today. We just didn't rely on Allie."

Still, Gerhold won't soon forget about the eye-catching day posted by Zolkiewicz, who a Class 2A state championship last year indoors and was part of two state title-winning 3,200 relay teams.

"What she did today might be unprecedented in running events at one meet," Gerhold said. "To win four is very unusual. That shows Allie's range of speed. When will another runner like her come around?"

Zolkiewicz was brimming with pride after winning the 800, her final event of the day.

"I was like, 'Wow,'" she explained. "Looking back on this, I know I am really going to cherish the memory. It was such a happy moment for me."

The Knights had their moments, too.

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Seabrook captured titles in the 55 (6.70) and 300 (36.56) dashes. He was thrilled to win two titles, but also eager to improve his times.

"I am really happy to get two county titles," said Seabrook, who captured outdoor county championships last year in the 100 and 200. "There's still stuff I need to work on, so I am not really happy with my performances."

It wasn't a surprise that Century senior Kyle Bryant became a county champion in the pole vault (13 feet, 7 inches). After all, he won Class 2A state titles indoor and outdoors as a junior.

Meanwhile, he has made strides in another event — the 55 hurdles. Bryant won a county title Saturday (8.42) and is running a second faster than a year ago.

"I wasn't very good in the hurdles last year," said Bryant, while pointing out that he focuses mainly on the pole vault. "But I'm doing the pentathlon at the New Balance nationals in February and the hurdles are part of it. I have to get ready for that."

Century sophomore Theo Johnson was also a double winner. He took top honors in the 1,600 (4:41.32) by edging out teammate Jacob Spera (4:41.77). Johnson captured a title in the 3,200, too, by running a blazing 10:01.55.

For the Century girls, Kaylee Titus (1,600, 5:26.13), Natalie Poulton (3,200, 12:12.31) and Lisi Hurst (pole vault, 8-0) garnered titles.

Boys team standings

  1. Century 162.5, 2. Liberty 89, 3. Westminster 87, 4. Manchester Valley 74, 5. South Carroll 49.5, 6. Francis Scott Key 18, 7. Winters Mill 17.

Girls team standings

  1. South Carroll 152.5, 2. Century 126.5, 3. Westminster 63, 4. Manchester Valley 51, 5. Francis Scott Key 46.5, 6. Liberty 35.5, 7. Winters Mill 20.
  2. Boys top finishers
    55: 1. Seabrook (C) 6.7, 2. Lewis (W) 6.74, 3. Stanton (C) 6.75;

    300: 1. Seabrook (C) 36.56, 2. Johnson (W) 36.67, 3. Dodson (MV) 36.74;

    500: 1. Johnson (W) 1:07.30, 2. Dodson (MV) 1:07.61, 3. Mezebish (SC) 1:09.33;

    800: 1. Dodson (MV) 2:07.93, 2. Mezebish (SC) 2:07.94, 3. Zirkle (SC) 2:09.20;

    1,600: 1. Johnson (C) 4:41.32, 2. Spera (C) 4:41.77, 3. Miner (L) 4:48.42;

    3,200: 1. Johnson (C) 10:01.55, 2. Griffin (W) 10:15.08, 3. Fenton (C) 10:20.33;

    55 hurdles: 1. Bryant (C) 8:42, 2. Callahan (C) 9:50, 3. Tano (C) 9:61;

    800 relay: 1. W 1:37.14, 2. MV 1:37.92, 3. L 1:38.96;

    1,600 relay: 1. W 3:39.36, 2. SC 3:44.02, 3. MV 3:45.43;

    3,200 relay: 1. L 8:35.39, 2. W 8:41.96, 3. C 9:06.60;

    High jump: 1. Miller (MV) 5-10, 2. Talbot (L) 5-8, 3. Kennedy (C) 5-8;

    Pole vault: 1. Bryant (C) 13-7, 2. Stump (L) 12-6, 3. Balch (L) 12-0;

    Shot put: 1. Haberman (C) 46-11, 2. Pagni (L) 46-05.25, 3. Bowling (L) 43-0; 
    Girls top finishers

    55: 1. Zolkiewicz (SC) 7.55, 2. Harrison (W) 7.68, 3. Fipps (SC) 7.77;

    300: 1. Zolkiewicz (SC) 41.42, 2. Weitzel (MV) 43.25, 3. Bresnahan (C) 43.38;

    500: Zolkiewicz (C) 1:20.19, O’Neill (SC) 1:21.80, Bresnahan (C) 1:22.27;

    800: 1. Zolkiewicz (C) 2:27.24, 2. Anderson (SC) 2:29.52, 3. Titus (C) 2:30.89;

    1,600: 1. Titus (C) 5:26.13, 2. Poulton (C) 5.27.47, 3. Anderson (SC) 5:31.28;

    3,200: 1. Poulton (C) 12:12.31; 2. Kartalia (WM) 12:23.20, 3. Ruckel (SC) 12:46.48;

    55 hurdles: 1. Pernell (FSK) 9.15, 2. Hoff (SC) 9.40, 3. Langille (SC) 9.72;

    800 relay: 1. W 1:52.35, 2. MV 1:53.97, 3. C 1:54.50;

    1,600 relay: 1. MV 4:21.43, 2. C 4:24.29, 3. W 4:26.22.;

    3,200 relay: 1. SC 10:44.38, 2. W 10:48.21, 3. C 11:00.89;

    High jump: 1. Garriott (MV) 5-0, 2. Taggart (FSK) 4-10, 3. Anderson (SC) 4-6;

    Pole vault: 1. Hurst (C) 8-0, 2. Carangal (W) 8-0, 3. Fipps (SC) 7-6;

    Shot put: Burton (FSK) 33-2, Reeser (C) 32-01.50, Fowler (SC) 31-11;

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