Dulaney’s girls and boys track teams might have ended their 2014 high school seasons with the state championship meet at Morgan State last weekend, but that doesn’t mean the athletes are leaving the track for the summer.
Although the squad decided as a team not to go to the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., in mid-June, they will be busy training on their own for a banner 2014-2015 season.
“We are going to shut it down and get ready for a big fall season,” Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said.
Sophomore Eric Walz shut it down for less than a week before going to West Chester, Pa. to run in a community race on May 30.
That was coming off an impressive 3,200-meter run in the Class 4A state championships at Morgan State University on Memorial Day weekend.
Walz ran a personal best time of 9:21.83 and finished fourth in the 3,200 meters.
“I think he did a great job, “Boyle said. “The 4A class has become a behemoth class. His time was the fastest I’ve ever had as a coach. You have to perform exceptionally well to become a state champion.”
Although the Lion boys, who won their first Baltimore County title since 1971, didn’t produce any state champions, they did get top eight performances from Walz, and seniors Tionne Barmer (110 hurdles) and Sam Kamran (triple jump), who both finished fifth for the Lions.
The girls races were equally as competitive.
Isabel Griffith ran a 5:03.66 in the 1,600, which would have won last year’s 4A race, but it was third best this season.
The Penn University recruit also posted a sub 11-minute time in the 3,200 meters and captured third.
Sophomore Kristen Meek was fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200.
At the 4A North Region meet a week earlier, Meek had help from her younger sister, freshman Jessica, who was third in the 3,200 meters behind Griffith and Kristen.
The boys sophomore trio of Walz, Austin Carey and Andrew King also went 1-2-3 in the 3,200 at regionals.
At the state meet, the girls placed 10th with 30 points.
Junior Kita Robinson was second in the 300 hurdles (44.86) and she cut nearly three seconds off the time she ran at the Baltimore County championships.
“A lot of state meets that (time) would have won,” Boyle said. “She ran great and picked up a silver medal.”
Robinson also ran with sophomores Arianna Graham and Cristina Lopez and junior Carly Sniffen on the eighth-place 1,600 relay team that ran their fastest time (4:02.13) of the season.
With all of them returning, along with the Meek sisters and several other talented underclassmen, the future looks as promising for the girls as it does for the boys.
“We are going to be pretty strong,” Boyle said.
Although Griffith will be moving on to college, her footprints will leave a lasting impression.