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All-County Girls Cross Country 2010: Zielinski's miles add up to victories

December 07, 2010|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro sophomore Sarah Zielinski is The Herald-Mail's Washington County Girls Cross Country runner of the year for 2010.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Sarah Zielinski won’t reveal exactly how many miles she ran over the summer. The Boonsboro sophomore doesn’t want her opponents to know.
But it’s no secret that hard work pays off, as Zielinski is The Herald-Mail’s 2010 Washington County Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
“She worked very hard over the summer, out running almost every day, doing track workouts once a week, long runs, everything,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “And she enjoys every minute of it. She goes crazy when she can’t run. In fact, she drives everyone else crazy when she can’t run.
“She has a great work ethic. You tell her to run an hour, and she comes back 65 minutes later. She always wants to do more.”
Zielinski opened the season by winning the small-school title at Clear Spring’s Interstate Classic, and things took off from there. By the end of the season she was champion of both the MVAL Antietam and Washington County and the Maryland Class 1A West region runner-up.
She said the highlight of the season was winning the county meet, which was held at Boonsboro. She covered the 3-mile course in 19 minutes, 30 seconds, convincingly beating runner-up Lauren Johnson of Smithsburg — her archrival and friend — by 40 seconds.
“I wanted to beat everybody on my home course, and I knew that I could,” Zielinski said. “And I just went out and won.”
She said her rivalry with Johnson “made us both better.”
The two raced against each 10 times during the season, with Zielinski going 7-3 against the Smithsburg junior.
“We’re friends, but we want to beat each other at the races,” Zielinski said. “It was just a friendly ‘I want to beat you’ kind of thing.”
At the Maryland state championships — the final meet of the year Nov. 13 at Hereford — Johnson placed fourth, while Zielinski, who led the race early, faded to 10th.
“I wanted to win, but it didn’t work out that day,” said Zielinski, who was 13th at states as a freshman. “I was kind of disappointed, but I’ll do better next year. It was a good learning experience.”
Joining Zielinski on the all-county first team are:
Jonelle Jerwick, Smithsburg
The senior placed ninth in the MVAL Antietam, eighth in the county, 29th in Maryland 1A West and 29th at states.
Lauren Johnson, Smithsburg
The junior placed fourth in the MVAL Antietam, second in the county, fifth in Maryland 1A West and fourth at the 1A state meet.
Allison Martin, North Hagerstown
The freshman placed 11th in the MVAL Antietam, sixth in the county and 38th in Maryland 2A West.
Amanda Martin, North Hagerstown
The junior placed sixth in the MVAL Antietam, fifth in the county and 39th in Maryland 2A West.
Katie Rickerds, Boonsboro
The junior placed 14th in the MVAL Antietam, seventh in the county, 13th in Maryland 1A West and 30th at the 1A state meet.
Emily Simmons, North Hagerstown
The junior placed third in the MVAL Antietam, third in the county, 11th in Maryland 2A West and 18th at the 2A state meet.
Caroline Wills, North Hagerstown
The sophomore placed seventh in the MVAL Antietam, fourth in the county and 34th in Maryland 2A West.

All-County Second Team
Tori Boward, Fr., Williamsport
Taylor Cline, Jr., Smithsburg
Lyndsie Delosier, Sr., Smithsburg
Zoie Dobrzranski, Sr., Williamsport
Alex Henry, Fr., Williamsport
Maria Mouridsen, Jr., Williamsport
Suzanne Reed, Sr., Smithsburg
Ashley Seiler, Sr.,  North Hagerstown
Emily Ward, Fr., North Hagerstown

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