Centrowitz runs to another title

Track and Field

High Schools


Minutes after winning the Class 4A state crown in the 3,200 meters yesterday, Broadneck junior Matthew Centrowitz began contemplating his workout for today.

"I'll probably just take a nice, easy run - something like five or six miles," he said. "If I'm feeling good, I'll up it to an hour."

So it goes for the winner of the 3,000 at the Penn Relays last month. Yesterday, Centrowitz continued to burnish his resume by capturing the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 13.68 seconds - the fastest time recorded at this year's state championships at Morgan State.

Some observers thought Centrowitz, who held off Eleanor Roosevelt senior Mikias Gelagle (9:14.62) and Woodlawn junior Dwight Parker (9:19.70), would break the 33-year-old state record of 9:07.0 set by DuVal's George Malley after winning the Penn Relays 3,000 in 8:20.09, the third-fastest time in meet history.

But Centrowitz said eclipsing that mark was not a priority.

"It was different at Penn," he said. "I wasn't in charge there until the last lap. Here, I knew I was going to have to do most of the work [by taking the lead]. That takes a lot of energy out of you."

For a second opinion, ask Franklin senior Michelle Donadio, who had to overcome strong gusts, overtake Mount Hebron's Liz McCarter, and then surge by Severna Park freshman Kelsey Hill to claim the Class 3A title in the 3,200.

"I think I just had more energy," said Donadio, who drafted behind McCarter and Hill before winning in 11:08.91. "Once I picked it up [with about 300 meters left], I saw that [Hill] was running steadily, so I tried to pour it on."

Mount Hebron senior Jason Allen added an outdoor state crown in the high jump to the indoor version he picked up in 2005 by clearing 6 feet, 4 inches in the 3A competition. He also won the long jump, leaping 23 feet, 4 1/2 inches.

North Carroll swept pole vault honors in Class 3A. Erik Adami cleared 12 feet 9 while Chelsey Truesdell vaulted 10 feet.

Truesdell's triumph helped the No. 4 Panthers take a Day One lead with 24 points.

Franklin senior Allison Randall claimed the 3A discus with a throw of 117 feet.

The Mervo boys took the 3A title in the 3,200 relay (8:04.03), while the Severna Park girls picked up the 3A crown (9:28.39) for the second consecutive year.

The Long Reach boys captured the 3A championship in the 800 relay, winning in 1:28.69.

Eleanor Roosevelt set a state record in the girls 800 relay (1:37.41) and 3,200 relay (9:10.85). But because the Prince George's County school violated the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's rules on eligibility, Eleanor Roosevelt will not collect any points nor be allowed to defend the Class 4A state crowns the school claimed last spring.


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