2011 All-County Track & Field: Walter, Warriors set bar high

June 16, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Becky Walter, Boonsboro track and cross country coach
Becky Walter, Boonsboro track and cross country coach

Boonsboro’s Becky Walter might be the first person to capture three Herald-Mail Washington County Coach of the Year honors in the same school year.

She earned the status in cross country in the fall, indoor track and field in the winter and now outdoor track and field this spring.

Outdoors, Walter guided Boonsboro to both the girls and boys team titles at the county championships, and her girls team went on to win the Maryland Class 1A state crown.

“We’ve set the bar up there,” she said. “The kids rose to the occasion at the state meet. All of them placed at or above where we expected them to. They stepped it up in every event and did not back down from anything.

“I think next year will be even better. They’ve seen all the hard work pay off and like the reward.”

Walter refuses to take a large share of the credit for her program’s success. Instead, she extends it to assistant coaches Shawn Cutsail, Sue Lowery, Sarah Harris and Dwight Scott.

“As far as I’m concerned, we have the best coaches in the state,” Walter said. “We couldn’t have done this well this year without the great coaches we have.”

“They’re the best coaches ever,” said Coby Gussio, who won state titles in the long jump and 100-meter dash this year for the Boonsboro boys. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Walter, though, does deserve a large share of the credit.

“Her energy and her attitude are awesome,” said Abby Duncan, who successfully defended her state titles in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore this year. “She is a great coach. I remember coming into it and having no idea how the training went. But she had it all planned out. She knew what to do. She always knows what’s best for me and what’s best for the team.”

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