Athletes Of The Week


November 15, 2006


Matthew Centrowitz

Broadneck, cross country

Even on a day when he felt he didn't run his best race, the senior was nearly 30 seconds faster than his next closest competitor en route to winning his third straight state title at Hereford High. Centrowitz clocked a time of 16 minutes, 2.25 seconds to win the Class 4A state crown - a time that was short of his goal of achieving the course record of 16:00. And Centrowitz did so despite falling within 100 yards of the finish line. In late September, Centrowitz bypassed an earlier opportunity to run at the Bull Run Invitational, held on the Hereford course, so he could take a recruiting visit to the University of Oregon, where he has committed. Oregon is the alma mater of his father, Matt, a two-time Olympian who once set an American record in the 5,000 meters and is now the coach at American University. Matthew Centrowitz was named The Sun's All-Metro Performer of The Year in track and field last spring, as well as last fall's All-Metro cross country Runner of the Year. Others considered / / Francisco Borelli, Hammond, soccer; Travis Love, Winters Mill, football; Jason Mattison, Perry Hall, football.


Melissa Stansbury

Liberty, volleyball

The senior outside hitter led the No. 1 Lions to their sixth straight regional championship with three victories last week - all in three-game sweeps. Stansbury, 5 feet 10, had 26 kills for the week, including 15 in the Class 2A West region final victory over North Hagerstown. She made big plays with her hits and her jump serve to break ties of 23-23 and 24-24 in the first and third games, respectively. Her play proved critical in rallying the Lions from a 22-13 deficit in the final game to win the match, 25-23, 25-15, 26-24. She also had 10 kills without a hitting error in a victory over South Carroll. She averages 2.9 kills per game on a balanced team as well as 5.1 digs and has 56 aces, as the Lions go into tonight's state semifinal vs. No. 2 Reservoir. A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Stansbury has played for the Carroll County volleyball club since eighth grade. Planning to play volleyball at Salisbury, she has a 4.38 weighted grade-point average and aims to be a physical therapist. Others considered / / Liz McCarter, Mount Hebron, cross country; Alison Smith, Atholton, cross country; Jillian Umetin, Havre de Grace, volleyball.

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