Linde's performances in victories at the Carroll County, Monocacy Valley Athletic League, regional and Class 2A state championships were impressive enough, but they stand out even more considering what she had to come back from.
The sophomore, who had made a name for herself with strong performances during the big meets in outdoor track last spring, struggled in early October with hamstring problems that forced her to drop out of two races in a week, including the Bull Run at Hereford.
But though the hamstring issues slowed her, they didn't stop her. Those were the only two meets she missed. Coach Kristin Hadden said the team let Linde take it easy in practice for a little while "even though she didn't want to," and she bounced back quickly.
Every race Linde finished this season, she won. The only runner to beat her was Mount Hebron's Becky Yep, who won the two races when Linde dropped out.
Linde's victory in the state race was a major reason the Knights gave top-ranked River Hill a scare that day. River Hill won the state title, but the Hawks beat the Knights by only one point.
Hadden said Linde has the drive and determination to become something special.
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The Mustangs, who surprised some last season with their one-point victory in the Class 4A state meet, left no doubt this season despite losing their top runner from that team. Mickey guided the Mustangs to a 34-point victory.