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Dulaney's Eric Walz strides toward 33-year-old school record in the 3,200 meters

The  3,200-meter school record of 9:17 was set at Dulaney High during the outdoor track season in 1982.

Thirty-three years later, Dulaney coach Chad Boyle thinks Lions junior Eric Walz can break the record held by the late Brian Russo.

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In fact, if the Class 4A state indoor track championship track meet had not been postponed six days because of snow, Boyle thinks he might have broken it at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning Complex on Feb. 23.

Instead, Walz won his first prep state title as he captured the 3,200 meters in a time of 9:37.97.

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"I truly thought if we didn't have that delay he was going to have a shot to break the school record," said Boyle, noting Walz's personal indoor record set at the Montgomery Invitational on Jan. 10 is 9:34.62.

Walz, who was second in the Class 4A state cross country meet last fall, took over the state 3,200-meters race just before the final lap.

"The race was really tactical. No one really wanted to take the lead and they went through the first mile slowly," Boyle said. "He knew he was in control of the race because when it comes down to taking it to another gear when it gets hard at the end, he know that those guys were going to have a tough time staying with him, so he just kind of waited until 500 to go and no one could stay with him."

Next for Walz is the 2015 outdoor season. He placed fourth in the state meet in the 3,200 last year and 10th in the 1,600.

Walz's indoor season places him in elite company with Milford Mill's Jordan Leon, who won Baltimore County championships in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Walz was third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800.

"I think that motivated him," Boyle said. "Jordan is a phenomenal athlete."

Leon competed in the 3,200 at the Class 3A states and placed second in a time of 9:44.33.

Indoors, Walz's personal record of 4:23.48 is tops in Baltimore County.

His indoor PRs in the 3,200 (9.34.62) and 800 (2:02.24) are second best in the county.

Walz scored 10 of the Dulaney boys 13 points at the indoor states.

Pole vaulter Ben Huang scored the other three points with a personal-best, third-place height of 12 feet.

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"Ben told us on Thursday he was going to get 12 (feet) on Monday," Boyle said.

The Dulaney girls were 14th in the Class 4A team standings with 15 points.

Junior Kristin Meek was third in the 1,600 (5:20.85) and senior Kita Robinson was fourth in the 300 (41.00).

"That was Kita's highest finish ever at an indoor state meet," said Boyle, noting she is being recruited to run by West Virginia, Radford and Stevenson. "There was incredible competition in that event so I was really pleased with her achievement there."

Meek is getting stronger after beng slowed by a virus during the season.

"She fought through that illness and she really started to show her ability lately, and it was nice to end her season on a strong note," Boyle said.

The 1,600 relay team of Robinson, senior Carly Sniffen, Meek and junior Cristina Lopez was sixth (4:11.20) and the 3,200 relay team of freshman Dorrie Gaeng, junior Kira Flemke, senior Luanne Zimmerman and sophomore Emma Klein was eighth (10:12.81).

The 1,600 could have done better, but a dropped baton cost them precious time.

"I think we would have definitely been third and possibly been second, but you live and learn because it's part of the sport," Boyle said.

Boyle thought they could have run 4:05, but he sees lower times in their future.

"That quartet is going to be strong in the spring," said Boyle, noting they could also challenge the school record.

Walz wasn't the only state champion from the area.

A week before Walz stood at the top of the podium, Loch Raven hurdler Bryan Howell won the Class 2A state championship in the 55 hurdles in a county-best time of 7.77.

They were the only 10 points garnered by the Raiders.

Howell, who was second outdoors in the 110 hurdles last spring, also won the Baltimore County indoor title in the 55 hurdles this winter.

In the Class 3A state championships meet, Towson's Sydney Conboy scored the girls only point with an eighth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:34.75).

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