The New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship track meet was held over the weekend at North Carolina A&T State University's in Greensboro, N.C. and a few Carroll County athletes got to take their talents to the big stage.
Henry Seabrook, the Times Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, competed in two events with Century track teammates Tavian Montgomery, Jalen Stanton and Bryce Harrell — the Emerging Elite 4x100 relay and the Championship 4x200 relay.
The Knights finished 12th of 38 teams competing in the 4x100 (43.15) but were disqualified from the 4x200 after Seabrook accidentally stepped outside the lane.
"I felt that it was a good experience, especially for the younger guys," Seabrook said. "Even though we didn't perform the best we could, I still feel like it was a good performance. I feel like going forward, these kids have something to look up to and look forward to."
Seabrook ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay that did not lose a race all season. Together, the quartet captured county, regional and state titles this year.
Westminster's 4x200 relay team of Troy Johnson, Terrence McAllister, Brandon Arbaugh and Garvin Steele IV competed in the Emerging Elite race, finishing 37th of 45 teams in 1:33.35. Johnson, a Times first team all-county pick, also qualified for and competed in the Champion's 400-meter dash and the Emerging Elite 200.
Johnson runs for Owings Mills Track Club in the summer and competes in USA Track and Field and AAU Junior Olympics as well. He just finished his junior season with the Owls track team and resumed club practices when championship season ended to stay in shape for nationals.
"It was great being there all weekend and competing against some of the best high school talent in the country," Johnson said via text message. "It had a feeling like AAU Junior Olympics."
South Carroll's girls 4x800 relay team of Megan O'Neill, Karly Eudy, Jamie Anderson and Times Girls Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Allie Zolkiewicz, competed in the Emerging Elite section of the race and finished 16th of 29 teams (9:36.04).
The girls won regional and back-to-back state titles in the 4x800 this season — their championship-winning time of 9:20.22 is the third fastest ever at the 2A state meet and they broke Carroll County's previous best record by more than 12 seconds.
"It was such a cool experience getting to run there with everyone," Zolkiewicz said via text message. "It's like a big celebration where everyone is just excited to run. It's kind of nice to just relax after working so hard getting ready for states...this is a meet where we can run to run and enjoy the experience of being there surrounded by good competitors. It's really just a fun meet and it was so nice to be able to run with such amazing teammates and experience this with them."