Kennedy Keer first started running during her freshman year at Arundel. She was thinking mainly of staying in shape for soccer but something funny happened.
"I ended up loving it," Keer said.
She's remained with running, this year competing in cross country plus indoor and outdoor track. At the Knights Invite at North County on Thursday, she took third in the 800, sixth in the 400 and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team.
Even though track is the sport Keer spends more time with, she'll end up going back to soccer next year when heading to LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
Keer will have plenty of other things to take up her time. She's going to have a major in materials joining engineering, with a concentration in underwater welding. Keer said the only other school with this kind of program is Ohio State, but that LeTourneau is more hands-on.
Jamal Cody of Hereford had a solid sophomore year in track last season. This year, though, he decided to push harder and see what would happen.
So far, so good -- he's experiencing a break-out year. Cody won the Class 2A state title in the 55-meter hurdle indoors and took seventh in the 300.
At the Knights Invite, Cody again showed his skills by winning the 110 and 300 hurdles, taking third in the 400 and running on fourth-place 1,600 relay team
"My training and practice, I've really stepped it up, intensity-wise," Cody said. "I actually hit the weight room a little bit harder this year, too. The hard work paid off."
Cody said he worked at keeping the conditioning and training going throughout a winter where the bad weather wiped out practice more often than usual. He would still keep the conditioning and training going, even when practice didn't take place.