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.
"I told her the most valuable thing she has done for us is raise the bar and show that it is possible to do great things," Boyle said. "She won't be wearing a Dulaney uniform next year, but her impact will be felt for years."