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All-County Indoor Track & Field: Walter's Warriors just keep on winning

March 27, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

Big surprise, Boonsboro’s Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year again, earning the honor for the third straight year.

She and her Warriors just continue to find ways to win.

Boonsboro swept the boys and girls team titles at both the county and Maryland Class 1A West region championship meets. The girls went on to win their second straight state title, while the boys were state runners-up for the second straight year.

The girls managed to prevail without star sprinter Abby Duncan, who was sidelined all winter with an injury.

“I knew we could still do it without Abby,” Walter said. “The fact that the other girls stepped up and filled in those holes was probably the most impressive part of the entire season.”

The boys were most impressive at the county championships, knocking off heavily favored Williamsport 154-151 for the title. Just two weeks earlier, Williamsport had run away with the MVAL Antietam title, while Boonsboro was a distant third.

“That was pretty exciting. I was a nervous wreck,” said Walter of the county meet. “The boys had been counted out, and it wasn’t even expected to be close with Williamsport. But that’s why you run the meets. All the boys stepped up and contributed in their own way, and a lot of things played into our favor.”

As she always does, Walter extended much of the credit to her coaching staff — Shawn Cutsail (distance), Sarah Harris (jumps), Dan Sullivan (hurdles), Keith Lowery (throws) and Aaron Kelly (pole vault).

“The team couldn’t be as successful as it is without all of our coaches,” Walter said. “If you look at where we bring in points, it’s every event. It’s not just track, it’s track and field. That’s what gives us an advantage over a lot of schools.”

Walter hopes to continue enjoying the high life in outdoor track this spring.

“When you get a taste of it, it’s hard not to like,” she said.

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