RECAP: 2023 Carroll County Championships

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    On January 28th, the Carroll County championships took place. With many elite athlete performances from all seven schools, the meet at Hagerstown Community College was a great start to championship season for many in Carroll County. Especially for Manchester Valley High School boys, who took home the championship title with 103.5 points. This is the 3rd consecutive track county championship that Mavericks have nabbed. On the Girl's side, Century put on their best show to take home county championship gold with 134 points in total. 

Men's Recap

    Sprints saw unexpected outcomes, such as Westminster's Edwin Alfaro unexpectedly bested Manchester Valley's Logan Haines in the 300m Dash with a time of 37.46. As well as the Owls 4x200m squad (Alfaro, Cameron Rucker, Garret Boag, Jamil Yacoubou Adam) put on their best performance coming out from the #3 seed and taking home gold. Also, a 1-2-3  domination in the 55m hurdles from Rucker (8.16), Boag (8.20), and Alfaro( 8.67) respectively. However, Manchester Valley rebutted with wins from Logan Haines in the 55m dash (6.78), Quinn Favorite in the 500m dash (1:10.18), and the 4x400 consisting of Favorite, Haines, Christian Childs, and Kai ChwangOther notable athletes were Winters Mills Isaiah Rivera(7.02, 38.02) and Deon Whitlow(6.86, 38.62) in the 55m and 300m dashes. 

The Distance side was a falcon takeover with wins from the  Winters Mill 4x800 relay team (Timmy Burger, Aidan Henry, Garrett Blizzard, and Eddie Loudenclos) Loudenclos, the anchor, was seen near a trash can later on after the race, a logical conclusion would be that he put his whole heart (and his lunch) into that anchor leg to take home the win for the Falcons. The Falcons also had wins in the 3200m and 1600m from Jackson Steinbrenner(10:29.14, 4:34.47), who had to fight hard for the win against Century's Peyton Dill(4:34.70) in an intense 1600m finish that went down to the line. Dill would quickly bounce back from a .23-second loss by winning the 800m in 2:07.06 over Christian Childs of Manchester Valley (2:07.27). Other athletes with notable performances were Centurys Ryan Hartranft and Jayden Craig in the 1600m and the 800m. 

    In the Field events, Lukas Michael of Westminster vaulted 12 feet and 6 inches to win Pole Vault, Francis Scott Keys Grant Smith (12 feet) placed second, and Century's Louis Losoya(12 feet) placed third. Shot Put saw Nathan Michel of Winters Mill throw 43 feet and 11 inches to win the event, Century's Brennan Smith placed 2nd with a throw of 40 feet and 7 inches, third place went to Jacob Gibson of Westminster, who threw 39 feet, and .25 inches. In the High Jump, it was all David Ogunbanjo of Liberty who jumped 5 feet and 10 inches to win the event, Westminster's Cameron Rucker placed 2nd with a jump of 5 feet and 6 inches while Olawatobi Adelaja of Francis Scott Key took third place with a jump of 5 feet and 4 inches. 

Womens Recap:

    Sprints were nothing but a field day to Century, with wins in the 55m and 300m from Senior Isabella Mastria(7.61, 42.98) and her teammate Alayna Gifford in the 500m (1:20.7). However, the South Carroll 4x200 squad (Catherine Yankle, AJ Dassoulas, Lauren Chesney, Ella Boyce) overtook Century with a time of 1:54.76. Later in the meet, the Knights retaliated with a win in the 4x400m (Mastria, Sydney Feola, Gracie Torangeau, Cailyn Stine) clocking in a time of 4:19.11

    Century also won the 4x800m (Feola, Allison Leimkuhler, Emily Mitroka, Kaci Laufer) in 10:28.29. However, in the distance events, Westminster's Hannah Toth took home the distance triple crown in the 1600m (5:06.82), the 3200m (11:46.45), and then capped off her day of domination with the 800m win (2:18.55) and a new county record in the 800 by 2.31 seconds, beating a record set by South Carroll's Allison Zolkiewicz back in 2016. Other Notable performers were Century's Alayna Gifford and Manchester Valleys Elizabeth Sybalski in the 800m (2:21.86 and 2:27.38 respectively), as well as the Mitroka Twins (Elizabeth and Emily) in the 800, 1600, and 3200. We also saw Toth's teammate Audrey Houle in the mix with high placement in the 800 and 1600. 

    In an Interview with Westminster's Sarah Gassman, Gassman stated her worry about balancing the 55m hurdles and Pole Vault events. However, the outcome shows she in fact balanced both perfectly via a double win. Gassman won Pole Vault with a height of 12 feet and 6 inches, and the 55m Hurdles at 9.63 (The only competitor to run under 10 seconds). Gassman's teammate Emma Reaves took home the win for the Shot Put with a throw of 32 feet and 11.75 inches. Francis Scott Key's Ashleigh Porter won the High Jump with a jump of 5 feet. Other performances in the field events were Westminster's Ryehn Byrnes in the Pole Vault (10 feet 9 inches), Naomi Whitlow of Winters Mill in the Shot Put (31-08.00), and Carrie Moore of Manchester Valley in the High Jump and 55 Hurdles (4-10, 10.44).