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All-County Cross Country: Boonsboro's Walter is coach of the year

December 10, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2012 Washington County Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2012 Washington County Cross Country Coach of the Year.

The Boonsboro boys and girls cross country teams both won Maryland Class 1A state titles last month, as the Warriors became the first program in Washington County history to win two team titles in the same year at the state cross country meet.

So what’s the trick to Boonsboro’s success?

“I can’t give away that secret,” Warriors coach Becky Walter said with a laugh.

But there are no secrets to success. Winning takes hard work and dedication.

“The kids show up every day ready to work, and they don’t complain,” Walter said. “They know what it’s going to take.”

Walter is The Herald-Mail’s 2012 Washington County Cross Country Coach of the Year.

“I still kind of don’t really believe it, even weeks later,” she said of the Warriors’ title sweep at states. “We just set our minds to what we wanted. The kids had a goal, and they accomplished it.”

While the Boonsboro girls were state runners-up last fall, the boys finished a distant eighth at states.

“The boys were extremely determined all year long, just pushing each other every day,” Walter said. “Looking at their times this year compared to last year, their improvement just blows me away.”

While her runners work hard, she said, “They also know how to make it fun.”

“They’ve really become a family, a very large family,” she added. “We have team dinners together and play little games and have silly little competitions.”

Walter extended much of the credit to Shawn Cutsail, her assistant coach, and also to Aaron Kelly, a volunteer assistant.

“Shawn and I sit down in the beginning of the season and plan out workouts and practices,” she said. “It’s both of us doing this.”

It won’t get any easier for the Warriors next school year as they’re set to move up from Class 1A to 2A.

“I think we’re up for the challenge,” Walter said. “You only get better with better competition.”

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