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Indoor Track: Warriors girls push to 1st in county line

January 20, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Sarah Zielinski leads Smithsburg's Lauren Johnson in the girls 3,200-meter run Friday night at the Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College. Zielinski won the race in a meet-record time of 11:44.26, while Johnson finished second in 12:04.46.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Friday was a big day of firsts for the Boonsboro girls at the 21st annual Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College.

The Warriors took first place in seven of the 13 events and, for the first time ever, finished first in the team standings.

Boonsboro racked up 148.5 points to top the seven-team field, while Williamsport was second (96) and Smithsburg was third (82.5).

The Warriors looked like a different team than the one that was edged 84-81 by Catoctin for the MVAL Antietam title on Jan. 6.

“We’re excited. It’s a step in the right direction,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “The close loss at MVALs really motivated us. We worked hard the last two weeks and will continue to work hard until states (on Feb. 20).

“It’s nice to win the county meet, but the main goal is states, and we’ve got our work cut out for us. But a lot of the girls are starting to see the potential now. We had some breakthrough performances today, that’s for sure.”

Abby Duncan, no surprise, led the way for the Warriors. The junior ran personal-best times to win the 55- and 300-meter dashes (7.36 and 42.65 seconds). Her time in the 55 was a meet record.

“I’m really excited about that,” Duncan said. “But I really wanted the record in the 300 (42.44). I just have to push harder and tweak a few things to reach my full potential.”

Duncan also anchored the 4x200 (1:52.76) and 4x400 (4:26.12) relays to victories. She received the baton in third place in the 4x200 and second place in the 4x400, and she crossed the finish line comfortably in the lead both times.

“I always run faster when there are people in front of me,” Duncan said.

Boonsboro swept the relays, also winning the 4x800 (10:30.09), and also got victories from Maggie Sullivan in the 55 hurdles (9.08) and Sarah Zielinski in the 3,200 (meet-record 11:44.26).

A false start disqualified Sullivan in the 55 hurdles at the MVAL Antietam meet, but she said she’s put the incident behind her.

“I was disappointed, but there was nothing I could do about it,” she said. “I’ve just been practicing my starts lately because that’s one of the areas I can improve.”

The runner-up Wildcats got wins from Renee Barnes in the 500 (1:25.73) and Meggan Grams in the 800 (2:34.17) and 1,600 (5:29.60). In each of Grams’ victories, she held of North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward by a fraction of a second.

“She’s an amazing runner,” Grams said of Ward. “I enjoy running against her. She really pushes me.”

Other champions included Hancock’s Sydniy Mabey in the high jump (4-8), Smithsburg’s Emma Gerhold in the pole vault (8-6) and North’s Charlotte Anderson in the shot put (33-7 1/2).

Mabey became the first indoor county champ in Hancock history.

“It happened and I was like, ‘What?’ I’m still processing it in my head that I did that,” Mabey said. “I’m really happy, just so excited.”

Washington County Championships
at Hagerstown Community College
Girls results
Team scores: 1. Boonsboro 148.5; 2. Williamsport 96; 3. Smithsburg 82.5; 4. North Hagerstown 78; 5. South Hagerstown 61; 6. Hancock 16; 7. Clear Spring 10.
55 — 1. Duncan (Bo) 7.36; 2. Cardone (Sm) 7.70; 3. Randall (NH) 7.73.
55 hurdles — 1. Sullivan (Bo) 9.08; 2. Nunnally (Wi) 9.60; 3. Dilandro (Sm) 9.69.
300 — 1. Duncan (Bo) 42.65; 2. Freeman (SH) 43.23; 3. Sullivan (Bo) 43.36.
500 — 1. Barnes (Wi) 1:25.73; 2. Willis (Wi) 1:25.80; 3. Alves (Bo) 1:27.69.
800 — 1. Grams (Wi) 2:34.17; 2. Ward (NH) 2:34.92; 3. Rickerds (Bo) 2:37.77.
1,600 — 1. Grams (Wi) 5:29.60; 2. Ward (NH) 5:30.16; 3. Johnson (Sm) 5:36.86.
3,200 — 1. Zielinski (Bo) 11:44.26; 2. Johnson (Sm) 12:04.46; 3. Moody (NH) 12:25.59.
4x200 — 1. Boonsboro (Tonsil, Alves, Cadigan, Duncan) 1:52.76; 2. Smithsburg 1:53.84; 3. South 1:54.34.
4x400 — 1. Boonsboro (Alves, Sullivan, Cronise, Duncan) 4:26.12; 2. Williamsport 4:28.10; 3. Smithsburg 4:44.78.
4x800 — 1. Boonsboro (Rickerds, Zielinski, Doane, Cunningham) 10:30.09; 2. Williamsport 11:21.85; 3. Smithsburg 11:26.41.
High jump — 1. Maybey (Ha) 4-8; 2. Hilliard (Wi) 4-6; 3. Wallace (Bo) 4-6.
Pole vault — 1. Gerhold (Sm) 8-6; 2. Rose (Bo) 7-6; 3. Moats (Bo) 7-6.
Shot put — 1. Anderson (NH) 33-7 1/2; 2. Oyster (Wi) 31-2; 3. Cochran (Bo) 30-8 1/2.

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