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All-County Boys Indoor Track & Field: Testa comes into his own

March 26, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro senior Josh Testa is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Herald-Mail Washington County Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

It might seem like Boonsboro senior Josh Testa came out of nowhere in indoor track this year.

In some ways, he did — just ask the Williamsport Wildcats.

Testa overcame a seemingly insurmountable deficit on the final lap of the 800-meter run at the Washington County championships on Jan. 18 as he edged Williamsport’s Cody Grams at the finish line for the victory. It was a four-point swing in a meet Boonsboro ultimately won by three points, 154-151, over the heavily favored Wildcats.

Testa also won a county title in the 500-meter run earlier that evening for the first individual victory of his track career.

“Those were both really important, really big races,” he said. “Scoring those 20 points (10 for each win) helped shoot us up to where we needed to be. I don’t think anyone expected us to place where we placed or for me to place where I placed.”

Testa, who went on to score big points for the Warriors at the Maryland Class 1A West region and state championship meets, is The Herald-Mail’s 2012-13 Washington County Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

As a junior, Testa didn’t earn any all-county honors, neither first nor second team, in either indoor or outdoor track.

Now, he has a top honor all to himself.

“Definitely a step up from last year,” he said. “My junior year, I just couldn’t do anything to get better. But after I had a good cross country season this year, I was just like, ‘OK, I’m going to make this year a thousand times better.’”

He capped the cross country season last fall by placing ninth at the state meet, helping to lead the Boonsboro boys to the team title.

“He really stepped it up for the team at the end of cross country,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “And that attitude just sort of carried over through the winter.”

At the indoor state championships last month, Testa won a gold medal in the 4x800 relay and a pair of silvers in the 500 and 800. He also showed some versatility by scoring in the pole vault with his fourth-place finish, as his efforts helped the Warriors finish a close second to Pikesville in the team standings.

Testa finished as the county’s season leader in both the 500 (1:09.49) and 800 (2:04.15).

“I met every goal I had set, except for us winning states,” he said. “I had a great day at states, but we go into a meet to win as a team, not just to do well individually.”

As an individual, Testa finally has come into his own.

“He knows how to lay it all out there when it’s on the line,” Walter said. “He always has another gear, no matter how fast he’s already going or how tired he already is.”

Now that spring is here, Testa’s focus is on the outdoor season as he hopes to help lead the Boonsboro boys to the state title that eluded them indoors. He also has some lofty individual goals.

“First and foremost for me is breaking 2 minutes in the 800,” he said. “And I’d love to break 50 in the 400.”

Joining Testa on the all-county first team are:

Gerick Allen, Boonsboro

The senior was the 1A state champ and county’s top season performer in the shot put.

Ethan Allnutt, Boonsboro

The senior won 1A state gold in the 4x800, state bronze in the 500 and had fourth-place state finishes in the 800 and 4x400.

Gabe Auldridge, Williamsport

The sophomore was the 300 champ and 55 runner-up at both the county and MVAL Antietam championships.

Nick Berchock, Williamsport

The senior was the MVAL Antietam champ and a 2A state placewinner in the pole vault.

Cody Bowman, Williamsport

The senior was the county champ in the 3,200 and had the county’s top season performances in the 1,600 (4:37.36) and 3,200 (10:07.58).

Caleb Cardone, Smithsburg

The junior won 1A state silver in the 55 and 4x200 and state bronze in the 300 and 4x400.

Zane Gardenhour, Smithsburg

The senior was the MVAL Antietam champ in the 55 and had the county’s top season performance in the 300 (36.62).

Cody Grams, Williamsport

The senior was a county champ and 2A state placewinner in the 1,600.

Daniel Hockensmith, South Hagerstown

The senior placed third in the county in both the 500 and 1,600 and also scored in the 800.

Nick Seabright, Boonsboro

The senior was the 1A state champ in the high jump and state runner-up in both the pole vault and 55 hurdles.

Sean Snyder, Boonsboro

The junior placed third at states in the 1,600 and first in the West region in the 3,200 in 1A.

Daniel Stokes, South Hagerstown

The senior was the 3A West region and county champ in the shot put.

Jason White, North Hagerstown

The senior was the 3A state champ in the pole vault.

Jesse Zeger, Williamsport

The senior was the county champ in the 55 hurdles and high jump and a 2A state placewinner in the 55 hurdles.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Brandon Athey, Sprints/relays, Smithsburg, Senior

Caleb Buchman, Distance, Williamsport, Senior

Nate Craig, Sprints/relays, Smithsburg, Soph.

Tom Kersting, Distance/relays, Boonsboro, Senior

Brandon Kline, Pole vault, Williamsport, Junior

Riley Lazich, Sprints/middle distance, Clear Spring, Soph.

Scott Long, Distance, Williamsport, Senior

Dillon Palmer, Hurdles/high jump, Williamsport, Senior

Steven Rishell, Middle distance/relays, Smithsburg, Junior

Austin Schetrompf, Distance, Williamsport, Senior

Clayton Smith, Distance, Williamsport, Junior

Isiaha Smith, Sprints/shot put, South Hagerstown, Junior

Andrew Volz, Shot put, South Hagerstown, Senior

Vaughn Wallace, Hurdles/sprints, Boonsboro, Junior

Kevin Zeger, Hurdles/relays, Williamsport, Senior

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