After posting the highest finish of any Carroll County team at last week's Central Maryland Conference track and field championships, Century, a first-year school, is looking for big results out of its girls team at today's county championship meet at Western Maryland College.
The question is, can the Knights' young talent overcome the imposing depth of defending champion Westminster?
"We have some really good athletes, but we don't have the depth of a Westminster," said Century coach Linda Coons. "There's a good chance we could come in second."
For the county's smallest school, however, that would still be a huge victory.
In last Thursday's conference meet at Urbana, sophomore Stephanie Dickerson - a transfer from South Carroll - won individual titles in the 100 and 200 meters and ran a leg on the winning 800 relay, helping Century place fourth (57 points) ahead of county rivals North Carroll (42), Westminster (40), Liberty (35) and South Carroll (25).
The feat seems even more impressive considering Century's roster is comprised entirely of freshmen and sophomores.
"It's absolutely amazing that these kids have done as well as they have," Coons said.
The team has several other individual standouts.
Kelly Casswell took sixth in the CMC 800, despite not participating in either cross country or indoor track. In the field events, Teresa Yannone placed among the top four in the long and triple jump, Renee Rowe scored in the discus and Lindsay Carlson, a freshman, is coming off a Class 2A-1A indoor state title in the shot put.
The meet is slated to start at 12:30 p.m. today.
No rest for Owls
For No. 10 Westminster, there won't be much time for a breather during the coming 4A East Regional softball playoffs.
Playing in perhaps the state's toughest region, the Owls (12-6) open at Old Mill tomorrow. With a win, they would then face top-ranked Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, then would likely face either No. 5 North County or No. 6 Glen Burnie if they are fortunate enough to advance to the regional semifinals.
The defending state champions, however, say they're ready for the challenge.
"We had a very hard conference, and it prepared us for the playoffs," pitcher Nichol Moeller said.
"You're going to play great teams when you're in our region of the playoffs, but at least it's not going to be something we're unfamiliar with," said coach Bryan Shumaker, whose team has spent the season playing talented conference foes such as North Carroll, South Carroll and Frederick. "We've been in those situations."
The Westminster baseball team can now claim undisputed county and Central Maryland Conference titles.
That after it was determined that a protest launched by South Carroll on Monday after a 10-4 loss to the Owls could not even be heard.
"You cannot protest, according to the Central Maryland Conference," said South Carroll athletic director Jim Horn. "They're very clear about it. Our conference strictly prohibits it."
The controversy started in the first inning of a game April 18, when umpires allowed a Westminster base runner to take two bases on an overthrow. South Carroll coach George Richardson felt he should have been allowed just one.
The game was suspended by lightning and completed on Monday.
In a separate issue, Monday's originally scheduled game, which was tied 5-5 when umpires suspended it because of darkness after the top of the seventh, won't be completed.
Instead, both teams will be credited with a tie.