Carrasco, Dance to Bristol are finalists for Eclipse Awards
Victor Carrasco was named a finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey when the 2013 Eclipse Awards nominees were announced Wednesday. Dance to Bristol, based at the Bowie Training Center, is a finalist in the female sprinter category. Winners will be announced Jan. 18. Carrasco led apprentice riders in victories (215) and earnings ($4,357,715) last year. Edgard Zayas (183 wins and $3,512,381 as an apprentice) and Manny Franco (130 wins and $4,298,526) are the other finalists in the category. Maryland-based apprentice riders have captured nine of the 42 Eclipse Awards for outstanding apprentice. Dance to Bristol, owned by Taneytown resident Susan Wantz and trained by Ollie Figgins III, enjoyed a stellar 4-year-old season with victories in seven of her 10 starts, including three graded stakes. She and jockey Xavier Perez won seven straight victories from February through August, including a victory in the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness weekend and three graded races in New York. Gary Stevens, who rode Oxbow to victory in the Preakness, is a finalist for outstanding jockey.
Gonzalez is state's top girls cross country runner
Ellie Gonzalez (Catholic) was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Maryland Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the course. The 5-foot-5 senior captured second place at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 17 minutes, 47 seconds and earning a berth in the Nike Cross Nationals Final, where she placed 12th in 17:52.1. The returning Gatorade Maryland Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Gonzalez won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland CConference individual title, breaking the tape in an all-conference-leading time of 18:26. Gonzalez, who has a 4.36 GPA, will attend Dartmouth and compete in cross country and track and field.
Football: McDonogh All-Metro safety Josh Woods has been selected to play for Team Maryland in the Big 33 Football Classic, a June all-star game between Maryland and Pennsylvania. Woods, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety who has committed to Maryland, also played wide receiver for the Eagles.
Hopkins deals Haverford women first basketball loss
Guard Katie Clark finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists to help Johns Hopkins (9-3, 7-0 Centennial Conference) hand visiting Haverford (8-1, 4-1) its first loss of the season, 65-48, on Wednesday. The Blue Jays finished with a 49-31 rebounding advantage and a plus-eight margin on the offensive glass. Hopkins scored 42 points in the second half, its third-largest total in any half this season.
More Division III women's college basketball: Led by a combined 37 points from guards Stephanie Martinez and junior Kayla Kelly, Stevenson (6-6, 4-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) posted a 62-54 victory over host Albright (7-4, 2-3). ... Guard Sam Partonen scored eight points to lead visiting Mary Washington (8-4, 2-3 Capital Athletic Conference), but it wasn't enough as Salisbury (6-5, 3-1) defeated the Eagles, 51-39. … Frostburg State guard Elaina Hummel scored 15 points, but the Bobcats (2-8, 1-4 CAC) lost, 75-65, at St. Mary's (4-7, 2-3) in a game that had 10 ties and seven lead changes. ... Hood forward Brittney George led the Blazers (4-8, 1-4 Commonwealth Conference) with a double double 13 points and 11 rebounds as Hood earned a 74-53 win against host Alvernia (4-8, 0-5). … Immaculata (8-3, 4-0 Colonial States Athletic Conference) remained undefeated in conference play after an 84-24 victory against visiting Notre Dame of Maryland (0-12, 0-4). … With a final pair of free throws, Latisha Pledger helped visiting Washington College (3-8, 2-3 Centennial) secure a 43-38 victory over Dickinson (3-8, 0-6). ... A late 3-pointer from Allie Eader helped stanch a second-half rally from visiting Muhlenberg (5-6, 2-3 Centennial) and secure a 52-45 victory for McDaniel (8-3, 3-2).