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Prep Track & Field: Warriors love that championship feeling

February 16, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro coach Becky Walter never will forget the ride home from the Maryland state cross country meet last fall after her Warriors had swept the boys and girls Class 1A team titles.

“Just the excitement on the bus,” she said. “We’d definitely like to repeat that feeling again.”

Walter and the Warriors will get their chance to repeat the experience Monday at the state indoor track and field championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover.

The Boonsboro girls will try to win their second straight indoor state title, while the Boonsboro boys will aim to improve on last winter’s second-place finish to Smithsburg.

“That’s the goal,” Walter said. “The kids look pretty good right now, but you never know. There’s a lot of competition. But if they just do what they’ve done all season, we should be OK.”

This season, the Warriors swept the boys and girls team titles at both the Washington County and Class 1A West region championships.

They look like the favorites to capture both crowns Monday, as Walter’s projected scores also indicate. Based on season-best marks and region results, she has her boys beating Pikesville by about 50 points for the title with Smithsburg in third, and she has her girls topping Western Tech by about 35.

“Everyone is ready,” Walter said. “This is what we train for. The kids are excited, very anxious, just trying to keep the jitters at bay.”

Last year, Smithsburg became the first Washington County school to win a boys team title indoors.

“We might be as good, if not better, than last year when we won it all. But she’s just loaded,” Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said of Walter. “We’re going to do everything in our power to keep her from winning, but it’s a rather large task at hand. Boonsboro has everything covered. If we don’t win it, I hope Boonsboro does. It’s better than somebody down the road in Baltimore winning it.

“But I still think we can get a trophy (for second place). The real battle in 1A boys might be for second. It’d be nice to see Washington County go 1-2. It’d be sweet.”

Clear Spring also will compete in Class 1A on Monday, while Williamsport competes in Class 2A.

On Tuesday, North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown will be in action in the Class 3A state championships, also at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

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