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Girls Indoor Track: Boonsboro works its magic, scores in every event to snare 1A crown

February 21, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboros Maggie Sullivan, left, clears the final hurdle ahead of North Carrolls Haley Cianfariani on her way to victory in the Class 1A girls 55-meter hurdles Monday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

LANDOVER, Md. — The Boonsboro girls didn’t leave a stone unturned Monday at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

“We scored in every event, which is key,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “You have to pick up every point you can.”

The Warriors finished with a winning total of 108 points in Class 1A for their first-ever indoor team title at states. Northwestern (Baltimore) finished a distant second (79) and Western Tech was third (68).

“The girls were ready. They showed up and knew what they needed to do. So many people stepped up,” said Walter, whose girls also are the reigning outdoor state champs. “They went above and beyond what I expected. The girls 4x800 set the tone for the entire meet.”

The 4x800 relay was the first of 13 events, and the Warriors immediately went to work. Katie Rickerds, Sarah Zielinski, Michaela Grove and Rachel Doane teamed up to win the race in 10:17.25, holding off a late charge by Western Tech.

Zielinski, a junior, kept going, winning the 3,200 (11:37.68) for the second straight year after placing second in the 1,600 (5:21.36).

“I’m happy,” Zielinski said. “I was really surprised with our 4x800. That was phenomenal. And the 1,600, I can’t really complain because I set a school record. And the 3,200, well, there’s not much more I could do. I wanted to beat my PR (11:34), but I was tired.”

The Warriors had two other individual champions. Junior Abby Duncan won the 55 dash (7.32) and sophomore Maggie Sullivan won the 55 hurdles (8.59) in personal-record times.

“We were definitely anticipating a lot of competition, and we knew it would be hard,” Duncan said. “We had to come out strong.”

Duncan placed fourth in the 300 (42.18) before her victory in the 55 and anchored the 4x200 and 4x400 relays to third-place finishes after it.

“I really wanted that 55 title after that 300 didn’t go as well as planned,” Duncan said. “I’m just thrilled how it all turned out. This is all I could ask for, really. I’m so proud of the girls. We came so far and worked so hard this year.”

Sullivan’s victory was especially pleasing. After finishing behind North Carroll’s Haley Cianfariani five times this season in the 55 hurdles, Sullivan edged Cianfariani for first place Monday.

“She’s always beaten me. I’ve never beaten her. Not a lot of blue ribbons, but I’ll take the gold medal,” Sullivan said. “She’s so good, just great competition and she pushes me so hard. I kept telling myself I could do it, but something always went wrong. Today everything was perfect. I don’t think I could be happier. I’ve been dreaming about this for weeks.”

Boonsboro also got third-place finishes from Sullivan in the high jump (4-10), Kortney Cunningham in the 1,600 (5:34.28) and Samantha Cochran in the shot put (30-6 1/2).

The Smithsburg girls, who finished sixth in the 1A team standings, got runner-up performances from Emma Gerhold in the pole vault (8-6) and Kayla Hott in the shot put (32-6).

Williamsport only had two girls competing in Class 2A, but both scored points. Meggan Grams placed fourth in the 1,600 (5:30.07) and eighth in the 800 (2:32.11), and Morgan Oyster was fourth in the shot put (34-0).

Maryland State Championships
(Individual results include winners and Washington County top-eight placewinners)
Class 1A Girls
Team scores: 1. Boonsboro 108; 2. Northwestern 79; 3. Western Tech 68; 4. Perryville 52; 5. Manchester Valley 43. Also: 6. Smithsburg 37; 12. Hancock 8; 20. Clear Spring 1.

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