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All-County Girls Indoor Track 2011: Zielinski schools competition

March 23, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro sophomore Sarah Zielinski is The Herald-Mail's 2010-11 Washington County Girls Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

After learning her lesson last fall, Sarah Zielinski taught her competition one this winter.

The Boonsboro sophomore more than made up for her disappointing 10th-place finish at the Maryland state cross country meet in November by winning Class 1A state titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs last month.

Zielinski is The Herald-Mail’s 2010-11 Washington County Girls Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

“I made a couple mistakes before the state cross country meet that I didn’t make this time, and it worked out really well,” she said. “I was stupid the night before and ate one heck of a lot of food and was horsing around, and that was just not a good idea. I didn’t do that at the state meet this time.”

She was all business in her opening race at states, taking the lead from prerace favorite Niema Eaves of Western Tech midway through the 1,600 and pulling away for her first state victory in 5:33.31 — a personal best by 6 seconds. Eaves finished second in 5:36.64.

“I was really, really happy that I pulled that off,” Zielinski said. “No one before the state meet thought I could beat her, but that was the big goal.

“I studied her races and knew that she dropped off in the middle of her races, and that’s where I passed her. Then I ended up racing my shadow because I thought it was her.”

“She ran a brilliant race in the 1,600, the best race I’ve ever seen her run,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “From the time she finished that race, I don’t think she stopped smiling that whole day. Every time I saw her, she had a giant grin on her face.”

There were even more reasons to smile after Zielinski demolished the field in the 3,200, winning by 24 seconds in 12:06.68 after lapping nearly everyone.

“I had fun,” said Zielinski, who also led the Warriors to a second-place finish in the team standings. “And it was really cool how it helped the team. We were pleasantly surprised that we came in second.”

When athletes are as dedicated as Zielinski seems to be, their results aren’t always so surprising.

“When practice was canceled for snow, she’d go to the track and do the workout on her own,” Walter said. “She helped shovel the track so she could do a workout.”

Joining Zielinksi on the all-county first team are:

Charlotte Anderson, North Hagerstown

The junior was the 2A state runner-up and county champ in the shot put.

Renee Barnes, Williamsport

The junior anchored the 4x800 relay to a 1A state title and was a county champ in the 500.

Hayley Freeman, South Hagerstown

The sophomore won 3A state silver in the 4x200 and county bronze in the 55 and 300 dashes.

Raven Jackson, North Hagerstown

The junior was the county champ in the 55 hurdles.

Jonelle Jerwick, Smithsburg

The senior was the 1A state runner-up and county champ in the pole vault and a state placewinner in the 500 and 4x800.

Lauren Johnson, Williamsport

The sophomore won 1A state and county titles in the 300 and also was a county champ in the 55.

Lauren Johnson, Smithsburg

The junior was the 1A state runner-up in the 3,200 and also scored at states in the 1,600 and 4x800.

Kiona Mency, South Hagerstown

The sophomore won 3A state silver in the 4x200 and was a state placewinner in the 55 dash.

Jaid Sandeen, South Hagerstown

The senior was a 3A state placewinner in three events — high jump, pole vault and 4x200.

Emily Simmons, North Hagerstown

The junior was the MVAL Antietam champ in the 1,600.

Kaelii Stout, Williamsport

The senior won a county title in the 800 and a 1A state title in the 4x800.

Elizsha Streeter, South Hagerstown

The sophomore was a county runner-up in the 300 and a 3A state runner-up in the 4x200.

Beth Wagner, North Hagerstown

The senior was the 2A state champ in the high jump and also scored at states in the 55 hurdles.

Tessa Wiles, Clear Spring

The junior was the 1A state runner-up in the shot put.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Mia Cardone, Sprints, Smithsburg, Sophomore

Valerie Carey, High jump, Clear Spring, Junior

Taylor Cline, Middle distance, Smithsburg, Junior

Samantha Cochran, Shot put, Boonsboro, Sophomore

Emily Cronise, Sprints, Boonsboro, Sophomore

Megan Deckert, Pole vault, Boonsboro, Senior

Katina Greene, Shot put, South Hagerstown, Senior

Emily Johnson, Hurdles, Hancock, Junior

Michey Moodey, Distance, North Hagerstown, Freshman

Andrea Nunnally, Hurdles, Williamsport, Sophomore

Allie Portoghese, Sprints, Smithsburg, Senior

Emily Snyder, Middle distance, Williamsport, Senior

Regan Stout, Middle distance, Williamsport, Freshman

Maggie Sullivan, Hurdles, Boonsboro, Freshman

Sarah Wren, Sprints, Smithsburg, Senior

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