Baumgardner talked at the end of the state indoor meet about how his team was going to push really hard to win the state title in the spring. The Mavericks were frustrated because Pikesville had rallied to beat them by four points to capture the Class 1A indoor title.
The coach was right, as the Mavericks ran well throughout a tough spring and won the Class 1A state title despite losing their top runner, Katie Leisher, to dehydration midway through the championship meet. The team turned in a strong performance to win its first outdoor track state title with 102.5 points.
"When you get that close and you lose … you want to finish the deal," Baumgardner said. "They did everything I asked them to."
The Mavericks got state titles from Katie Krebs (shot put, discus), Susie Badders (triple jump) and Arianna Woodley (long jump), and Leisher took second after collapsing at the end of the 3,200-meter run. Manchester Valley won the region crown the week before with a strong overall effort.
This was the first state title for Manchester Valley and Baumgardner, who has been the coach there since the school opened.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun