BOONSBORO — Riding high after a surprising second-place finish in Class 1A at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships in February, Boonsboro’s girls are quickly becoming a juggernaut — led by three runners who will be wearing blue and white for years to come.
Sophomores Abby Duncan and Sarah Zielinski and freshman Maggie Sullivan combined to win five events at Saturday’s Dwight Scott Invitational, and the Warriors won six events as a team on the way to 117.17 points, easily beating second-place Linganore, which had 69 points.
“The momentum’s carried over from indoors,” said Boonsboro coach Becky Walter, whose girls also won the Fraser Relays team title at Middletown on Monday. “Everybody’s working their butt off, even last week in sleet and slush.”
Duncan, the 1A state champion outdoors in the 100 and 200 last year, turned her anticipated showdowns with Martinsburg’s Jasmyn Hosby — last year’s West Virginia Class AAA state champion in the same two races — into blowouts.
Duncan clocked 12.47 seconds in the 100 to beat Hosby by more than a half-second (13.01). Duncan easily won the 200 in 26.22— beating second-place Mykera Days of Martinsburg by 1.4 seconds — while Hosby faded to fifth in 28.06.
“I’m really excited with how my performance has been so far,” said Duncan. “My goal is to keep beating my times. I ran 12.26 in the 100 at states last year, so I want to work to get to that.”
Sullivan made a mockery of the need for experience. In her second-ever 100 hurdles race, she executed better than Linganore’s Michelle Clark over the final two hurdles to win in 16.66 seconds — 0.05 ahead of Clark. Then in her first-ever 300 hurdles race, she used her speed and smooth stride over the final 100 meters to beat Clark again, clocking 48.09 seconds to Clark’s 48.36.
“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Sullivan said. “Every time I run, I seem to do better, and that’s all I could ever hope for.”
Zielinski held off Urbana’s Sarah Askine by a few steps to win the 3,200 in 11:54.66, surviving a fast early pace (2:50 through 800 meters). She later finished second in the 1,600 in 5:49 flat.
“I know in the beginning (of the 3,200) I was thinking, ‘This is really fast,’” Zielinski said. “I was trying to keep with the opening pack. In the last two laps, it was just about the trophy, and I’m getting it.”
Emily Cronise gave the Boonsboro girls their other victory in the 400, powering to a convincing victory in 1:00.41.
“It went well,” Cronise said. “I can’t see behind me, so I don’t stop. We have the best coaching staff by far, and my teammates keep me lifted up.”
South Hagerstown’s Jaid Sandeen won the girls pole vault, beating Linganore’s Colleen Nolan in a jump-off after both athletes cleared 9 feet.
* Boonsboro’s boys matched the girls with six victories, but had to settle for second in the team standings with 65 points, 19 behind champion Jefferson.
Warriors seniors Coby Gussio and Kenny Kopp combined to win five events.
Gussio started his day by easily winning the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4 3/4 inches — the only athlete to go past 20 feet.
“I was kind of disappointed not to get in the 22s, but I haven’t been practicing that event a lot, so I’m all right getting first,” Gussio said.
He then triumphed in the 400, clocking 51.11 just as a brief but strong storm featuring tiny hailstones unloaded. He didn’t have to face his main rival — Catoctin’s Deven Patterson, who won the 100 — in the event because Patterson was late to the staging area.
“I was really kind of worried about the weather, because as you can see, it sucks,” said Gussio. “It was my day today.”
Gussio withstood a challenge from Walkersville’s Jose Depadua to win the 200 by a step in 22.68 to finish a day in which he went 3-for-3.
Kopp won the 300 hurdles in 42.32, edging out Westminster’s Justin Maize by 0.11 seconds.
“I was just trying to finish in front, that’s all,” Kopp said. “I had it in me the last 100, so I just went for it.”
He dominated the high jump earlier in the meet, winning by four inches by clearing 6-2.
Junior J.R. Lowery easily won the shot put with a throw of 50-11 to round out the Warriors’ champions.
* Jefferson’s Brandon Doughty put on a show to lead the Cougars to the boys team title.
Doughty turned in the performance of the day in the 3,200, finishing in a sizzling 9:25 flat — including a remarkable 1:07 final lap — but he wasn’t satisfied.
“I wanted to get a (personal) record today,” said Doughty, who ran 9:23.2 for third place at the West Virginia Class AAA state meet last year. “I was hurting. It’s tough to do that when you’re out by yourself.”
Doughty’s competitiveness came out in the 800. Locked shoulder-to-shoulder with River Hill’s Scott Heydrick — the 1,600 champion — in the final meters, Doughty launched himself over the finish line in a full dive and won by 0.01 in 1:58.59. He celebrated like a football star, spiking his water bottle on the infield grass.
Jefferson also won the 4x200 and 4x800 relays, while Lane Simpson cruised to victory in the 110 hurdles (16.13).
McConnellsburg’s Lucas Banks won the discus with a throw of 153-7 — 19 feet farther than second place.
* Martinsburg’s girls showed their sprinting depth by winning the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, while Hedgesville raced to the win in the 4x800 relay.