“I have a lot of seniors, about a dozen senior boys,” coach Teresa Weaver said. “I’d like to think the guys will come back just as strong and want it just as much.”
For now, in the county, the Williamsport boys still seem like the team to beat.
“I’d like to think so, but that puts a big target on our back,” Weaver said. “The Boonsboro boys are going to give us a run, and you can never count Smithsburg out.”
The Williamsport girls return four of their five all-county selections from last winter — first-teamers Meggan Grams (distance) and Morgan Oyster (shot put) and second-teamers Andrea Nunnally (hurdles) and Lizzy Willis (middle distance).
Also back is senior Lauren Johnson, who missed last indoor season after winning a state title in the 300 as a sophomore.
“We’re young, we have a lot of freshmen, but we’re going to be in there fighting,” Weaver said of her girls team. “If we can keep things going, we should do pretty well.”
The Smithsburg boys are the defending Class 1A state champions.
“It’s going to be interesting,” coach Ray Shriver said. “We lost a lot of points from last year’s team, but we still have a lot of state qualifiers back.
“We’re going to make another run at it. We hope to be right in the thick of it. It all depends on how Boonsboro does. We’re the defending champs, but they might be the team to beat. They finished a real strong second last year.”
Returning all-county selections include first-teamer Zane Gardenhour (sprints, middle distance) and second-team sprinters Caleb Cardone and Brandon Athey.
“They’re going to score a lot of points,” Shriver said. “We just have to find some others to support them to have any kind of a chance.”
The Smithsburg girls return four of their all-county selections from last season — first-teamer Emma Gerhold, who was the county champ and 1A state runner-up in the pole vault, and second-teamers Mia Cardone (sprints), Dominique Dilandro (hurdles) and Sarah Thompson (middle distance).
“That’s a nice nucleus,” Shriver said. “We are still really young, but we have lots and lots of new talent. A lot of soccer girls have come out. They’re going to play lacrosse in the spring and want to get in shape, but it’s going to help us now.”
Speedsters Hayley Freeman, Elizsha Streeter and Kiona Mency have collected numerous all-county accolades in their track careers.
Now they’re seniors, with nearly all the makings of a potentially sensational 4x200 relay and more.
While all three are standout sprinters, Freeman also is a top-notch hurdler.
“I expect the girls team to be pretty strong,” coach Dwayne Freeman said. “We should be pretty competitive. It’s going to come down to how much we can improve in the distance events. We have a lot of freshman girls, and most of them are distance runners. I’m definitely looking to see some improvement in that area.”
The South boys have three returning all-county selections from last winter — first-teamer Daniel Hockensmith (middle distance) and second-teamers Isiaha Smith (sprints, shot put) and Dan Stokes (shot put).
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