Salisbury's Tavik to vie for 2nd shot put crown
Salisbury junior Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keogh) will compete for her second national championship after being selected as one of 22 athletes in the women's shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Claremont, Calif., where Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps colleges will host the event. Tavik has earned All-America status in the past three championships, finishing third in last year's outdoor shot put. The Glen Burnie native will enter as the second seed, having posted a school-record 48 feet, 11/4 inches earlier this week at the Lions' Last Chance Meet, hosted by the College of New Jersey. Tavik's top throw trails only Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Breanna Strupp, who put up a 49-1/4 effort Friday at the UW-Oshkosh Final Qualifier. The women's shot put competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday. A live video feed of the championships will be available at ncaa.com.
College baseball: UMES pitcher Karim Gonzalez and outfielders Byron Campbell and Stephen Bull were named to theMid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. The Hawks tied Delaware State for most players on the team with three each. Gonzalez had the best start of his career againstBethune-Cookman, pitching all eight innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters and allowing just three runs, only one earned. Gonzalez had the most strikeouts in a single outing in the tournament.
Women's college lacrosse: McDaniel junior midfielder Paige Messersmith (Dulaney) was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III All-Metro first team. McDaniel senior defender Steph Nichols made the second team.
Local golf: The first-time pairing of Ray Sheedy and Michael Mulieri carded a final-round 2-under-par 69 and won the 23rd annual Two-Man Team championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation with a 36-hole total of 133 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. It was the third straight win for Sheedy in the event. Vance Welch and Michael Wah posted 66-69—135 to finish second for the second year in a row, trailed by 19-year-old collegians Sam Stewart and Matt Fry, 69-68—137, in the 74-team field.
Field hockey: The Women's National Championship will be held June 1-8 at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at Maryland. Players will compete for regional championships and spots on the national team roster. Admission is free.
D.C. United Women: England native Mikaela Howell scored two goals in her debut Saturday night, vaulting United to a 2-0 victory in its regular-season opener against the visiting Virginia Beach Piranhas. United remains undefeated all time in league action at its home stadium, the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. The 23-year-old striker first struck in the 36th minute in spectacular fashion, corralling a pass from Katie Menzie and doing a full spin move to shake a defender at the top of the penalty area before launching the ball into the top left corner of the net with her left foot. Howell struck again in the 60th minute, this time from close range in the left side of the box on an assist from veteran Hayley Siegel. United Women will next play at 7:45 p.m. Sunday when they host the Northern Virginia Majestics.
—From Sun staff and news services