The Boonsboro girls indoor track and field team won the Maryland Class 1A state title last winter, while the Boonsboro boys were state runners-up.
The Warriors are aiming for the title sweep this season, like they accomplished last month in cross country.
“We want more,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “We want to come home with two state trophies again. It was a nice bus ride home from the state cross country meet, and we’d like to repeat that again. We definitely have the potential.”
Sarah Zielinski (distance), Abby Duncan (sprints) and Maggie Sullivan (hurdles, high jump, sprints) led the Warriors to the girls team title last winter. While they were without Sullivan in the spring, they still managed to win the outdoor state title.
This season, they’ll have to get the job done again with only two of their big three — a trio that combined to win four gold medals, one silver and four bronzes at states last winter.
Zielinski, a senior, is back, as is Sullivan, a junior, who has recovered from the foot injury that sidelined her last spring. However, Duncan, a senior, is out, recovering from a torn ACL in her right knee, which she suffered early in the soccer season this fall.
“(Sullivan) is definitely back at full strength, if not better,” Walter said. “And (Duncan) is still at practice, helping in every way possible. I think we’ll have her back midway through outdoor, if not sooner.
“We’ve got to pick up some points there, but it’s easily doable with the depth that we have at distance.”
The Warriors’ other distance standouts include Kortney Cunningham, Ella Hawkins and Sam Smith. They also will be counting on big contributions from Emily Cronise (middle distance), Lashanta Tonsil (sprints), Courtney Rose (jumps, sprints) and Emily Moats (pole vault).
From 500 meters up, the Boonsboro boys should more than hold their own with a roster that includes Sean Snyder, Ethan Allnutt and Josh Testa.
“We’ll definitely be led by the distance guys,” Walter said.
They also have Gerick Allen in the shot put, Vaughn Wallace in the hurdles and Nick Seabright in a little bit of everything.
Seabright, a senior, was a state champ in the pole vault and a state placewinner in the high jump last winter. He also is a standout hurdler and perhaps a difference maker in a relay.
Numbers are what the Warriors also have. They’re nearly 100 strong.
“We have about 40 to 45 girls and the rest are boys,” Walter said. “We’re out of uniforms completely. We’ve gone to throwbacks.”
The Class 2A Wildcats return several of their major contributors from last season’s boys team that ran away with the county title.
Nick Berchock was the county champ in the pole vault, Cody Bowman won the 1,600, Cody Grams won the 3,200 and the Zeger twins, Jesse and Kevin, cleaned house in the 55 hurdles and high jump.
Now they’re all seniors.
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