Washington County Indoor Track Preview
Boonsboro girls won't sneak up on anyone this winter
Washington County Preps Previews
After all, this was the same team that had just finished third in the West region after placing fourth at the Washington County championships and sixth at the MVAL Antietam meet.
A second-place finish at states this winter, however, might be disappointing for the Boonsboro girls, who won’t surprise anyone this season if they’re successful.
“Obviously it’s pretty early in the season to be making state-meet predictions,” Warriors coach Becky Walter said. “But there’s no reason why we can’t win it.”
The Warriors have nearly all of their top girls back from last winter and then some.
The top returnee is junior Sarah Zielinski, who was The Herald-Mail’s 2010-11 Washington County Girls Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year after winning state titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
The top name on the “and then some” list is junior Abby Duncan, who was The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Girls Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year last spring after successfully defending her state titles in the 100 and 200 dashes while leading Boonsboro to the team title. This will be the first season of indoor track for Duncan, who previously spent her winters playing basketball.
“After the indoor state meet last year, I scored it out with what we potentially would have had with Abby, and we would have won it,” Walter said. “You put her in a few individual races and a few relays, and that’s quite a few points.”
Boonsboro’s roster also includes: Sophomore Maggie Sullivan, who won a pair of state titles in the hurdles last spring; sophomore Kortney Cunningham and freshman Ella Hawkins, who along with Zielinski, led the Warriors to their first county cross country title in 16 years this fall; and juniors Emily Cronise (middle distance) and Samantha Cochran (shot put), who were both all-county second-team selections last indoor season. And the list of standout Warriors doesn’t stop there.
“It’s nice to have a lot of depth for once,” Walter said. “We have so many people to pull from.”
The Boonsboro boys are the two-time defending county champs indoors, and they know three-peating won’t be easy.
“We lost some big points,” Walter said. “It will be tough, but I wouldn’t rule it out completely.”
Four of their five all-county first-team selections from last winter graduated, including superstar Coby Gussio. The top returnee is senior J.R. Lowery, who swept the indoor and outdoor state titles in the shot put last school year.
The Wildcats seemingly never can be counted out in track, and this year is no different, even with a new head coach.
Teresa Weaver has replaced John Bailey at the helm after assisting him the last few years.
“I’ve got very big shoes to fill,” Weaver said. “But we’re hoping to keep things going. We have a lot of the same coaches back.”
The Williamsport boys, who finished a close second to Boonsboro at last winter’s county meet, might be second to none in the county this season.
They clearly have the strongest distance squad, led by senior Evan Hardy and juniors Cody Grams and Cody Bowman. Hardy won 1A state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 indoors and outdoors as a junior and will attempt to do the same this school year, but now in 2A, as the Wildcats have moved up in class.