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All-County Outdoor Track & Field: Walter's Warriors leave 1A on top

June 11, 2013|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2013 Washington County Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2013 Washington County Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

The Boonsboro girls’ Class 1A team title defense seemed to be in doubt during the final day of the Maryland State Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.

Western Tech looked poised to end the Warriors’ title run.

“About a third of the way through the day that Saturday at states, I didn’t think we were going to win. I just didn’t think it was going to happen,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “But I should know by now not to count our girls out at any time. They don’t back down to any challenge.”

The Warriors rose again, holding off Western Tech 112-111 for their third straight state title outdoors — and their first in that run without superstar sprinter Abby Duncan, who was sidelined her entire senior year with a knee injury.

Walter, whose boys team finished a close second at states, is The Herald-Mail’s 2013 Washington County Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

For Walter’s girls this spring, it was the completion of a school-year sweep, as Boonsboro also won 1A team titles at states in cross country in the fall and in indoor track in the winter.

“That was a goal coming into the year, that we wanted to sweep,” Walter said. “I knew it would be tough, but to finish it off was nice and to finish it off before going to 2A was icing on the cake.”

Next school year, Boonsboro is making the move up to Class 2A.

“We went out on top,” Walter said. “Moving to 2A, we’re starting fresh. We’re losing a great group of seniors who contributed a lot, and there won’t be as many expectations. We won’t have any 2A titles to defend. It will be kind of like starting over with a new group.

“It’s bittersweet to see it end,” she added, “but nice that it ends on a high note.”

She said that she welcomes the new challenge of competing against larger schools.

“Better competition makes kids better in the long run, and that’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Walter’s coaching staff this spring included Shawn Cutsail, Sarah Harris, Keith Lowery, Dan Sullivan and Aaron Kelly.

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