All-County Track & Field: Boonsboro's Walter is Coach of the Year again
Boonsboro's Becky Walter is The Herald-Mail's 2012 Washington County Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. (June 14, 2012)
The Warriors won their second straight Maryland Class 1A girls team title at states this spring, while their boys team placed third.
At the helm of the program is Becky Walter, who seemingly lives and breathes the sport.
“She works really hard with all the kids,” said J.R. Lowery, Boonsboro’s state champion thrower. “She’s really into it. Track’s her whole life, basically. She gets everybody hyped up for track and more people are starting to come out now that we’re winning. She’s doing a great job.”
Walter is The Herald-Mail’s 2012 Washington County Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year for the second straight year. She also has won the honor the last two indoor seasons as the Warriors have become a perennially powerful program.
“At the region meet (last month at Mountain Ridge), there were some local Frostburg people who asked me what we put in the water,” Walter said. “I don’t know, these kids work hard. They know what they want and they work hard for it. There’s no magic trick other than hard work and dedication and having fun at the same time.”
What perhaps was most impressive about Boonsboro this spring was that the girls repeated as state champs without sophomore Maggie Sullivan, who won state titles in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles last year, but was sidelined with a foot injury this year.
“When the kids found out they would be without her, they were disappointed and felt bad for her,” Walter said. “Then they asked if they could still win states, and I told them it was still possible and they worked for it. Everybody stepped up and performed. It took everybody and everybody worked hard for it all season.”
She again credited much of the Warriors’ success to her assistants — Shawn Cutsail (distance), Sue Lowery (throws), Sarah Harris (jumps), Dan Sullivan (hurdles) and Aaron Kelly (pole vault).
“You can’t do it without coaching,” Walter said. “We’ve got it all covered.”