Centrowitz finishes 2nd in 1,500 semi heat

Track and field

Centrowitz finishes 2nd in 1,500 semi heat

Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) finished second in a packed semifinal heat of the 1,500-meter run at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships on Friday in Moscow. He rallied to finish in 3 minutes, 35.95 seconds —.07 of a second behind the winning time from Kenyan Nixon Chepseba — and advanced to Sunday's final. With 300 meters remaining, Centrowitz was near last place in his heat, but he used the final two straights to move into qualifying position. "I knew that top seven [in my heat] would go instead of five, so that helped a little bit," Centrowitz said. "I relaxed knowing I didn't have to go from 10th to fifth — I could just pick off a few guys — but obviously, I wasn't trying to cut it that close." Centrowitz, this year's American champion in the event and the 1,500 bronze medalist in 2011, finished more than 4 seconds off his personal-record pace of 3:31.96. Chepseba's record for the event is 3:29.77. The final is at 9:25 a.m. Sunday. "There is no time to enjoy it now," Centrowitz said of his semifinal finish. "I have to gear up in two days to fight again."

Major League Lacrosse

Schwartzman wins Goalie of the Year; Turner second

After a record-setting 2013 season, Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins, Pikesville) has been named Major League Lacrosse Goalie of the Year for the second time in his career. Schwartzman, who also won in 2009, received 12 of a possible 16 first-place votes from the league's coaches and general managers, beating the Bayhawks' Kip Turner (Severn), who finished second with seven second-place votes and six third-place votes. Schwartzman led the Outlaws to a 14-0 record for the first undefeated regular season in league history. He gave up 9.67 goals per game, the best mark in league history, dropping his career mark to 11.28, also a league record. He has made 1,020 saves in his career, which puts him fourth all time. Schwartzman is two wins shy of MLL record holder Brian Dougherty (Maryland, Baltimore Thunder), who had 60.

College soccer

Terps' Francois and Cyrus will not play this year

Christiano Francois and Jordan Cyrus will miss Maryland's season. Francois, a sophomore forward from Haiti, will redshirt for academic reasons, and Cyrus, a fifth-year senior defender, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Francois was fourth on the team in points last year with five goals and four assists. He is enrolled in Maryland's English Institute, an intensive program designed for students whose first language is not English. Despite making considerable progress last school year and through the summer, "he needs to catch up," coach Sasho Cirovski said. Francois will retain three years of eligibility. Cyrus learned Friday that the NCAA had rejected his appeal to play this year, an issue that stemmed from his application for a medical hardship waiver after sitting all but 71 minutes with an undisclosed injury in 2010. Cyrus appeared in 23 of 24 matches last season, starting 15 and posting two goals and three assists.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Recruiting: Mount St. Joseph senior soccer standouts Danny Kaiser and Carter Manley have committed to American and Duke, respectively. Kaiser is a midfielder and served as a Gaels captain last year, and Manley is a defender.

Glenn Graham

Et cetera

Sagamore filly taken out of race after getting hives

Sagamore Farm's Tell A Great Story was scratched from today's Alabama Stakes after breaking out in hives Friday morning at Saratoga Race Course. Team officials could not medicate the filly but tried changing the horse's bedding in an attempt to fight the hives. "This is very disappointing for the entire Sagamore Racing team," the team said in a release, "We were very excited about the opportunity to have our homebred filly in such a prestigious race."

Gymnastics: Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood) finished 10th of 36 at the first day of competition in the senior men's division of the P&G; Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn. Whittenburg scored 86.550 points, his best routine coming on the vault, in which he scored a 15.100. He placed seventh in the vault and will compete again in the senior division's Day 2 on Sunday.

Women's basketball: The Washington Mystics defeated the host New York Liberty, 66-57, in the WNBA. The team moved to 12-13 behind 16 points from guard Matee Ajavon and 14 from forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland). It was the third straight win — tied for the longest streak this season — for the Mystics, who moved to 11/2 games ahead of the Liberty for fourth place. … Bethesda's Erin Brown (UMBC) was named an assistant coach at Marymount. Marymount has won a record 12 Capital Athletic Conference championships. … Two Maryland alumni will join the Terps staff. Libby Ellis, a 2012 graduate and four-year manager, will become director of operations, and Winston Gandy, a four-year practice player who graduated in May, will become the team's recruiting coordinator.

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