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Centennial Girls Track and Field Complete a Record-Breaking Journey Towards the State Title

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos contributed by: Kirsten Wikner

Centennial girls track and field ended a successful winter season in the best way possible: seniors Claudia Pilcher and Kirsten Wikner, and juniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler won the 4×800 meter relay state title. This marks the first time in Centennial history that a girls indoor track and field team won the 4×800 meter relay at the state level.

The four girls started their record-breaking run in counties where they won the 4×800 relay. They moved up to the next level and competed at regionals, where they won the 4×800 relay in record time, finishing the race with a time of 9:53, the quickest 4×800 time in Centennial history, for both indoor and outdoor track and field.

Pilcher, Wikner, Blount, and Betler then took their talents to the track and field state championship. Pilcher began the race, followed by Wikner, Blount, and Betler. It was a tough race, but the girls fought through it and came out on top, finishing with a time of 9:59.

We had a pretty big lead in the beginning of the race but at times it was close and there was a lot of really good other teams,” said Pilcher. “I knew that Alison, Cora and Kirsten are all incredible runners and as soon as Alison pulled ahead in the last 2 laps, we realized we were about to win states.”

The girls have created a special bond and will remember their journey forever. They had so much support from each other as well as family and friends attending the event.

“Crossing the line in first place was an unbelievable feeling. M

y teammates did a great job of positioning us in the lead so all I had to do was maintain that. I had a lot of people cheering me on which really motivated me to make my move into first,” said Betler. “Winning a state title is something that every runner dreams of, so being able to make that dream into a reality was incredible and definitely a moment I’ll never forget.”

Wikner added, “It is very special to win a state title especially since it was with this relay team. I’m so happy we could win it together.”

While they all have tremendous talent and drive, the girls acknowledged their coach, Kevin Mccoy, for playing a huge role in their success.

“I always knew Coach McCoy was standing on the sidelines for each race, cheering us on and pushing me to go 110% every time,” said Pilcher.

“It was like a rush of happiness,” said Blount. “I cried because I was so happy that all our hard work paid off.”

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Indoor Track and Field State Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 21, the Centennial Indoor Track and Field team competed in the State Finals.

For the Boys’ 4×800, juniors Greg Costello, Daniel Gao, Steven Mitchell, and senior Anthony Ferrera came in 7th place with a time of 8:39. This was a very good accomplishment for them and a strong finish to Ferrera’s last indoor season.

For the Girls’ 4×800, junior Claudia Pilcher and seniors Alli Krahe, Mary Monroe, and Olivia O’Connell finished in 6th place with a time of 10:10. This time set a new indoor record for Centennial. For the 1600m, sophomore Alison Betler came in 9th (5:30) and junior Kirsten Wikner came in 11th (5:33). For the 3200m, Betler came in 8th (12:22), sophomore Cora Blount came in 9th (12:25) and senior Kara Taylor came in 10th (12:26).

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Indoor Track and Field Regionals

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 7, the Centennial Eagles Track & Field team participated in Regionals. Centennial had many athletes who finished in the top 8 and multiple who qualified for States.

State qualifiers include Olivia O’Connell, Mary Monroe, Alli Krahe, and Claudia Pilcher for the Girls’ 4×800, along with Steven Mitchell, Daniel Gao, Anthony Ferrara, and Greg Costello for the Boys’ 4×800. Alison Betler finished in 8th place and Kirsten Wikner finished in 7th place for the Girls’ 1600, both qualifying for States. For the Girls’ 3200, Alison Betler, Cora Blount, and Kara Taylor finished 7th, 8th, and 10th, respectively, and all qualified for States. Ethan Carpenter finished in 4th place for the Boys’ 3200 and will run at States.

The runners will compete in the State Championship on February 21.

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Indoor Track and Field County Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, January 17, Centennial High School took part in the Howard County Indoor Track and Field County Championship.

Centennial had many athletes who finished top eight in their event. In the boys’ 3200, Ethan Carpenter came in 5th (10:19) and Greg Costello came in 6th (10:21). Ryan Patterson came in 7th for the men’s shot put (39 ft 7 in). Centennial’s boys also came in 3rd in the 4×800 with a time of 8:37.

For the girls’ 3200, Alison Betler came in 3rd (11:54), Kara Taylor came in 4th (12:16), and Cora Blount came in 5th (12:16). Lauren Brown came in 4th for the shot put (30 ft 9 in). The Eagles did an outstanding job for the girls’ 4×800, coming in first place with a time of 10:16. This is also a Centennial indoor school record.

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Cross Country Regionals

Words: Kieran Senisi

On Thursday, November 3, the 3A East Region Cross Country Championships were held at Centennial High School. The high schools that participated are Atholton, Centennial, Chesapeake, Glenelg, Hammond, James M Bennett, Long Reach, Mount Hebron, Northeast, Reservoir High, River Hill, Stephen Decatur, and Wilde Lake.  

There were only two races that evening, the Men’s three mile race and the Women’s three mile race.  

Centennial finished in fourth place in the Men’s division and second place in the Women’s Division.

For the Eagles in the Men’s race, senior Daniel Gao finished in fourteenth place and for the Eagles. In the Women’s race, senior Kara Taylor finished in fifth place, sophomore Alison Betler finished in sixth and sophomore Cora Blount finished in eighth place.

The Cross Country State Championships will be on November, 12, at Hereford High School.

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Cross Country County Championship

Words: Zach Grossman

On October 27, 2016, the Centennial Eagles Girls and Boys Cross Country teams placed exceptionally well at the County Championship.

Sophomore Alison Betler finished sixth overall with a time of 19:27. The girls’ top six placed as following: Betler(6), senior Kara Taylor(8), sophomore Cora Blount(9), junior Cassie Yates(35), sophomore Christina Stavlas(43), and junior Carolina Requejo(47). The girls placed second overall.

The top six runners for the Boys’ were senior Daniel Gao (14), junior Ethan Carpenter (15), junior Steven Mitchell (17), senior Anthony Ferrara (40), David Rina (46), and sophomore Chris Bieberich(51). The team finished in sixth place overall.

The Regional Championship is on November 3, 2016 at Centennial.

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