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Liberty's Erin Patrice, right, wins the 2A girls 50 meter dash during the MPSSAA State Championship Indoor Track Meet in Landover Monday, Feb 16, 2015. Patrice's twin sister Kara, center finished third. At left is Lansdowne's Ashley Blackwell.
Liberty's Erin Patrice, right, wins the 2A girls 50 meter dash during the MPSSAA State Championship Indoor Track Meet in Landover Monday, Feb 16, 2015. Patrice's twin sister Kara, center finished third. At left is Lansdowne's Ashley Blackwell. (DYLAN SLAGLESTAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

For the last four years, Westminster's Tylor and Tevin Bailey worked their way through the county, regional and state ranks, solidifying themselves as two of the top track and field athletes in Carroll. While one handled things as a sprinter, the other was poised to be one of Maryland's top high jumpers.

During the same span, Liberty's Erin and Kara Patrice also proved themselves equally as capable during the winter and spring seasons, each one earning multiple Times all-county accolades and recognition around the state.

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Both sets of twins dominated during their time at their respective events. And in the fall, each pair will link up once again for another four years as they decide to compete in the collegiate ranks together. While the Patrice sisters already committed to run at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the Baileys recently cemented their plans to compete at Stevenson University.

"I think Kara and I always knew we wanted to do track in college," Erin Patrice said. "It was all about finding the school that fit us athletically and academically."

When making college decisions, the Patrice sisters didn't want to make heading to the same school a priority. While Erin plans to major in finance, Kara is interested in biology.

It was the opposite for Tylor and Tevin Bailey, who both want to study athletic training and, after searching through a number of different schools and programs, felt that Stevenson was the right fit for them.

They are self-described best friends, which made the decision to continue onto the next step an easy one.

"We wanted to look for a school that was heading in the right direction," Tylor Bailey said. "People always ask why are we going to the same school, and I look at them and say, 'Are you really going to ask that question?'"

Both Patrice sisters and Bailey brothers were Times all-countians for the indoor and outdoor seasons during their senior year.

Erin Patrice won the 55-meter dash at the Class 2A indoor state title meet, and joined her sister on Liberty's outdoor title-winning 4x200-meter relay team.

Tevin Bailey — who won a 3A high jump state championship during indoor and outdoor — was a Baltimore Sun second-team all-metro pick in the winter, and a first-team selection in the spring.

State honors

Century track and field coach Tony Griner has been nominated for the MileSplit MD Boys Coach of the Year.

The Knights were 2A state champions at Morgan State University to close out the outdoor season.

Griner is against cross country coaches Josh Alcombright (Severna Park), Paul Hugus (River Hill) and Teresa Gibbons (Catoctin), as well as track and field coaches Rich Andrulonis (Bowie), Beth Shook (Westlake), Robert Youngblood (Northwest), Sharon Johnson (Milford Mill) and Tamlin Antoine (DeMatha).

Fans can vote on the honor at md.milesplit.com. Polls close Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

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On July 20, Westminster boys lacrosse coach Steve DeFeo was named the U.S. Lacrosse 2015 Boys High School Coach of the Year for Maryland-Carroll County.

The Owls finished 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the county during the spring, losing their only game to eventual 3A-4A champion Howard.

Growing the sport

Westminster rising senior Shane Shifflett is heading to Jamaica on Aug. 2 for a week as part of Fields of Growth International.

The organization's outreach takes place in Kingston, also home to the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, according to its website. Those who travel in the program aim to grow the game of lacrosse, while also partnering with the Jamaica Volunteers Foundation and the St. Patrick's Foundation for social service and educational efforts in the Kingston community of Riverton.

Fields of Growth also helps the start of boys and girls high school lacrosse programs in the area.

Former Notre Dame player, and current Wheeling Jesuit University head coach, Kevin Dugan, founded the organization in 2009.

Olympic effort

North Carroll graduate and former Times all-countian and athlete of the Year Katie Zaferes, 26, will look to secure her spot on the U.S. Olympic triathlon team for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.

The race, which takes place along Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica, features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. The race begins at 8 a.m. ET.

If she wants to qualify for next year's games, Zaferes must finish as one of the top-2 women in the top-8 of the entire race.

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