Girls Track & Field: Duncan powers Warriors to state title

May 26, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Boonsboro's Abby Duncan, center, beat Northwestern's Elizabeth Harper, left, and Manchester Valley's Erika Hurd, right, to the finish line to win the Class 1A girls 100-meter dash for the third straight year at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University on Saturday. Duncan also won the 200 for the third straight year as the Warriors won the team title for a second straight season.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BALTIMORE — From top to bottom, the Boonsboro girls are still the best.

The Warriors wrapped up their second straight Class 1A team title Saturday at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University. They finished with 99 points, while Western Tech was second (86) and Northwestern was third (76).

“Northwestern and Western Tech are both great teams, and they have a lot of depth at certain events,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “But we have overall depth.

“I think last year was harder to win, but this year there was a lot more pressure. I was worried that the kids might take winning for granted, but they didn’t. They fought for every possible point.”

Sprinter Abby Duncan, a junior, again delivered the big blows for the Warriors, winning both the 100 (12.13 seconds) and 200 (25.35) for the third straight year.

In the 100, she set a Washington County record, breaking the mark of 12.17 set by Smithsburg’s Lasonya Primus in 1997.

“Honestly, I was shocked when I found out I broke the county record,” Duncan said. “When I saw my time, my jaw dropped. I had no idea I ran that fast.”

Duncan, who began the meet Thursday by anchoring the 4x200 relay to victory, closed the meet Saturday by anchoring the 4x100 to second place.  The Warriors were in fifth place in the 4x100 before she received the baton.

“It’s the best I’ve ever done. I’m so happy,” Duncan said of her overall weekend performance. “It’s been a great season, and winning the team title just makes it all that more special.”

The top eight in each event earned points, while the top three also won medals.

The Boonsboro girls got a medal-winning performance in the 1,600 Saturday from freshman Ella Hawkins, who edged teammate Sarah Zielinski by a hundredth of a second for third place (5:21.57).

North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward placed fourth in the Class 3A 1,600 in 5:17.42.

Hayley Freeman had a big day in 3A for South Hagerstown. The junior placed third in the 300 hurdles (45.23) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.37) with the top times in the Tri-State area this spring. She also anchored the Rebels’ 4x100 relay to fourth (49.51).

In Class 2A action, Williamsport’s Lauren Johnson won her heat of the 400 and finished seventh overall in 59.17 — the top time in the county this spring.

Other medal winners Saturday included Clear Spring’s Valerie Carey, who was the runner-up in the 1A high jump (5-0), and Smithsburg’s Kayla Hott, who was second in the 1A shot put (32-7 1/2).

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