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The recent state indoor track and field meet produced three champions from Carroll County, including two athletes who successfully defended their titles.

Senior Rachel Sykes of South Carroll was a double winner at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, in Landover, taking the Class 1A 1,600-meter run and defending her state title in the 3,200.

Sykes finished well ahead of the field in both races, winning the 1,600 by more than five seconds over Bohemia Manor's Jenn Cleary and topping Tracey Forsythe of Williamsport by nearly 10 seconds in the 3,200.

Sykes' two victories keyed South Carroll's fourth-place team finish in the Class 1A team competition.

North Carroll's Amber Melville made it two straight high jump titles. The Panther sophomore won the outdoor state title in her freshman season, then captured her first indoor crown with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.

She outleaped Chesapeake's Aubree Frye, who placed second at five feet, four inches.

Winters Mill brought two Class 2A titles back to Carroll County. Falcon senior Chris Frock won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.46, less than one second ahead of Mount Hebron's Ryan Steinbach.

Frock also ran the anchor leg for the Falcons' title-winning 3,200-meter relay team, which set a Class 2A state record with a time of 8:14.2.

Ryan Spangler, Jim Kelly and James Ways joined Frock in the 3,200 victory, which helped Winters Mill to a third-place team finish.

The Falcons placed behind state champion North Point and runner-up Baltimore Polytechnic.


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