Seton Keough's Erin Brooks found just the right time to set a personal record - at last week's Penn Relays.
The junior jumped 39 feet, 5 inches to finish second in a field of 17 in the high school girls triple jump championship at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. She was the top finisher from the United States behind Kimberly Williams of Jamaica, who won the event with a jump of 42-4 1/4 .
Brooks, a two-time All-Metro selection, jumped over 39 feet on her first jump, Gators coach Jim Lancaster said, and that set her at ease.
"I think it was such a good jump the first jump set a tone for her," Lancaster said. "She had never competed in the Penn Relays as an individual, although she had on a relay team. She was just really comfortable and really relaxed and had a phenomenal day."
Already drawing attention from some of the top Division I college programs, Brooks has qualified for two national events next month, the Nike Outdoor National Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., June 14-16, and the Adidas Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, Calif., on June 10.
Two other area girls finished 11th in their events - McDonogh's Brooke Staton in the long jump and Hereford's Kristen Malloy in the 3,000 meter run.
Bulls bounce back
After a 14-4 loss to Baltimore County power Dulaney earlier this season, Hereford was all but counted out by some as a serious contender for the county boys lacrosse title.
But the Bulls have won four straight games since then for an 8-1 overall record heading into today's game against East Division rival Franklin, the defending county titlist.
A win over the Indians would raise Hereford's division-leading record to 4-0. With only Friday's game against division rival Loch Raven left, the Bulls would be a likely favorite to earn a rematch with West Division leader Dulaney in Tuesday's county title game.
Hereford has a balanced scoring attack of senior Dixon Green (27 goals, two assists) and juniors Billy Stafford (12, nine) and Trey Hilberg (10, six), and a balanced scoring midfield of seniors Colin Gload (12, six), Peter Menzies (eight, 10) and Sam Mowell (seven, 14).
Seniors Brian Zink and Doug Reidt have combined to win 72 percent of their faceoffs, and junior goalie Ben Sletchta has been resolute behind senior defenders Nick Norango, Joey Fuchs, Adam Farrell and Chad Hughes, as well as juniors Tyler Brown, Leo Hastings and Brian Botti.
Calvert Hall outfielder Reid Chenoworth went 6-for-7 with six RBIs, a double, two home runs and five runs in two wins last week to help the No. 1 Cardinals remain unbeaten at 22-0.
Chenoworth is hitting .435 with 20 RBIs, 29 runs, two triples, two home runs and three doubles.