For Bryn Mawr senior Carey Fetting-Smith, the grueling field hockey training of the past few months has paid off. After several training trips around the country and to Germany, Fetting-Smith has earned a berth on the U.S. team headed for the International Hockey Federation Women's Junior World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina, later this month.
Fetting-Smith helped the United States qualify for the competition by finishing second at the Pan American Junior Championships last summer in Barbados.
Fetting-Smith, a high school All-American and a member of the national under-21 team for two years, was the All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year last fall after leading Bryn Mawr to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown.
For each of the past three months, however, Fetting-Smith has endured a training stint after which players were cut for the Junior World Cup team. The number of junior players had to be whittled from 24 to 11. Five members of the senior national team who are under age 21 will fill out the roster of 16.
"It was a long haul because every time we met, several cuts were made," said Fetting-Smith, one of only two high school players on the team. "It was very nerve-wracking, but now I'm on the team."
Fetting-Smith will leave tomorrow for College Park, where the team will train next week before heading to Buenos Aires. Competition begins May 14 and concludes May 26. In initial pool play, the U.S. will meet India, New Zealand and defending champion, the Netherlands.
Running on full
The Owings Mills boys track team has been the surprise of the Baltimore County track and field season, winning team titles at the county relays and Eastern Tech's Maverick Stampede. The team's latest victory came in a tri-meet Monday with Pikesville and Catonsville.
"They surprised me," said third-year coach Matt Samay. "Since I've gotten here, they've gotten steadily better. The numbers have increased. As the team is getting better and starting to win more, I think more boys are coming out to be part of a winning team."
With a roster of 40, the Eagles have the numbers to compete. They also have the talent.
William Middleton and Lamont Long both returned from last year's county champion 400-meter relay team. That team also finished second in the state Class 2A championships.
This season, Middleton and Long run with Mike Clarke and Matt Parsons. At the Penn Relays last weekend, the foursome finished second in their heat.
Others contributing to the turnaround season: Chris Brown in the hurdles, Mike Sanderoff in the middle-distance events, Adam Flowers in the pole vault and distance events, Jason Bennett and Joe Lizza in throwing events, Matt Bernhardt in the discus and Ray Vickery in the distance events.
Hurdling a record
Fallston hurdler C. J. Burdon remains unbeaten and tied a Harford County record in the 110 high hurdles earlier this season.
The senior, who will run at Penn State next year, ran 14.3 in the event at the Glenelg Invitational, which broke the meet record and tied the county mark.
The defending county champion in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles, Burdon will defend both titles when the Harford County Championship meet begins May 9 at Aberdeen.