Century lives in moment at CMC

Track and field

May 04, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

URBANA - Century High has its first champion.

In a stunning performance, sophomore Stephanie Dickerson made history by winning three events, and fell just short of a fourth, on a cool and windy afternoon at the Central Maryland Conference Track and Field Championships yesterday at Urbana High.

Dickerson, who attended South Carroll as a freshman, started the day by taking the 100 meters with a winning time of 12.1 seconds to become the first-year school's first-ever titleholder in any sport. And that was just the beginning.

Dickerson then followed up by sharing in the school's second championship when she ran the anchor leg on the victorious 800 relay team. Dickerson joined freshmen Teresa Yannone, Genna Dawson and Allison Austin to finish in a time of 1:52.3. Not finished yet, Dickerson completed a trifecta when she won the 200 in 25.8.

Running the anchor leg of the 400 relay, Dickerson almost won her fourth event for the new Sykesville school - which educates just freshmen and sophomore this school year - when she came from well behind to finish second, just one-tenth of a second short of Frederick.

"It's exciting," said Dickerson, who missed the meet record in the 100 by just two-tenths of a second. "It's really great to do that well. I broke my personal record [in the 100]. I kind of expected to do well, but I wasn't sure about winning."

Thomas Johnson won the girls title with 161 points. Century finished fourth with 57 points, but bested every other Carroll County school.

"The girls are good athletes, they trained hard, they're very dedicated and they work well together," said Century coach Linda Coons. "It's really very exciting, especially because we're talking about ninth- and 10th-grade students competing against 16-, 17- and 18-year-old kids."

On the boys side, Frederick took the boys team title with an overall score of 131 points, knocking off second-place Westminster which finished with 95 points.

On the boys side, Dan Reedy of South Carroll took the 3,200 in 10:18.4, Greg Kennell of South Carroll won the 200 in 22.5 and Clint Stone of Westminster took the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, 6 inches.

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