Century sprinter Dickerson unfazed by indoor meet delay

Two-week interruption can't prevent four firsts

QB Swanson undecided

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February 04, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Due to weather conditions, it took two weeks to complete the recent Monocacy Valley Athletic League, Piedmont Conference championship indoor track and field meet at Hagerstown Community College.

For Century's Stephanie Dickerson, however, it was well worth the wait.

After winning the 300-meter dash when the meet began on Jan. 17 - the competition was ended early that day because of inclement weather - Dickerson came back Monday night to finish in style, winning three more events to earn a total of four first places.

The senior closed out the meet with victories in the 55-meter dash, 800 relay and 1600 relay, helping the Knights to a top-three team finish.

"It was kind of nice because you got a break and didn't have to run all four of your events in one day," said Dickerson. "But it was also kind of weird because you're going back and starting in the middle of a meet."

One of her best performances came in the 1600 relay, in which Dickerson ran her 400 leg in 61 seconds, or 2-3 seconds faster than her usual split.

Swanson waiting

Today is the first day that football players can sign national letters of intent to play in college.

One player who won't yet be making a commitment, however, is South Carroll quarterback T.J. Swanson.

Swanson, The Sun's county Offensive Player of the Year and All-Metro Co-Offensive Player of the Year, said he has received interest from schools at the Division I-AA level, but hasn't yet come to a decision.

"I'm still just waiting and talking to a couple colleges," said Swanson, who would like to play for a Division I-A school. "It's wait and see right now. I'm just hoping to make a decision that I'm comfortable with, and whenever that is ... I'm hoping it's soon, but it might not be."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback shattered school records last season by completing 150 of 283 passes for a state-leading 2,451 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 813 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Winning early

After a 9-4 start, Liberty's boys basketball team will enter Monday's rescheduled county showdown with Westminster full of confidence, it not experience.

The Lions have won this season despite the fact that their top eight players were on the JV a season ago.

"It seems like each night somebody different steps up," said Liberty coach Steve Johnson. "I think our defense has really made the difference in our season."

The Lions have been led by Frank Sisolak (12 points per game), Andrew Martin (9 ppg) and Justin Cunningham (7 ppg).

To beat Westminster, the only other unbeaten in county play, Johnson said his team will need a quick start, especially against the Owls' deliberate Princeton-style offense.

"It's hard to defend if you get behind," said Johnson. "They've got good guards, so we have to play good defense out front and handle the boards."

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