By ANDREW MASON
11:52 PM EST, February 18, 2013
Another state meet, another team title.
The Boonsboro girls just keep on rolling.
The Warriors successfully defended their Class 1A crown Monday at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, holding off runner-up Western Tech 111.5 to 94.
The Boonsboro girls also are the two-time defending state champs in outdoor track.
“It feels pretty good. They all feel good,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “Just doing it each year with different kids, it makes each one special. It never gets old. Hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
The Warriors managed to prevail this time without star sprinter Abby Duncan, who is recovering from an injury.
“If you’d have told me last year that we’d win it without Abby Duncan, I’d have told you that you were crazy,” Walter said. “It just shows how hard everyone else works.”
The Warriors were led Monday by junior Maggie Sullivan and senior Sarah Zielinski.
Sullivan won the 55-meter hurdles (8.65 seconds) for the second straight year, placed second in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and contributed to the second-place 4x200 relay (1:52.16) and fourth-place 4x400 (4:20.90).
“I can’t tell you how many times I dreamed that exact race, every night for the past couple of weeks,” said Sullivan of her hurdles victory. “I’m so happy.”
To win, she finally had to get past North Carroll’s Haley Cianfarini, who had beaten Sullivan at both the MVAL Antietam and 1A West region championships this year.
“(Cianfarini) is a great competitor,” Sullivan said. “It’s good and bad. She always pushes me, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up.”
Zielinski won the 1,600 (5:21.54) title for the second time in her career, placed second in the 3,200 (11:30.46) and ran a leg of the second-place 4x800 (10:05.74).
“The 1,600 was fantastic. Everything fell into place,” Zielinski said.
But she was denied a third straight indoor state title in the 3,200 by Manchester Valley’s Abby Culp, who won in a 1A meet-record time of 11:24.12.
“That’s OK,” Zielinski said. “It just means I have more to work for in outdoor. It’s motivation.”
Other 1A state champions included Clear Spring senior Sarah Elwood, who won the high jump (4-8), and Smithsburg junior Emma Gerhold, who won the pole vault (10-0).
The top four girls in the 1A high jump each had a best mark of 4-8, but Elwood prevailed because she had fewer misses than the other three, including one less than Boonsboro’s Sullivan, who was seeded first in the event.
“It’s kind of weird because (Sullivan) never misses. She’s a really good jumper,” Elwood said. “I just jumped my normal jumps. I didn’t really do anything spectacular.”
Elwood also placed second in the shot put (29-3) as she accounted for 18 of Clear Spring’s 23 points. The Blazers finished eighth in the team standings.
“We only had three people (two girls and one boy),” Elwood said, “so I had to try to get as many points as I could.”
For Gerhold, who also placed sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.64), it was a mission accomplished.
“I felt like I just performed,” she said. “I did the things that I was supposed to do. I scored in hurdles, and I won in pole vault.”
Winning a state title, of course, was special.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted,” Gerhold said. “My sister (Erika Gerhold, a 2010 Smithsburg graduate) pole vaulted and never won. (She placed as high as second at states.) I wanted to win this for her.”
The Boonsboro girls had four other individual medal winners (top-three finishers). Kortney Cunningham was the runner-up in the 1,600 (5:26.78), Allyson Wallace placed third in the high jump (4-8) and Courtney Rose (9-0) and Emily Moats (8-6) finished second and third in the pole vault.
In Class 2A, Williamsport had one medal winner. Lauren Johnson placed third in the 300 in 41.60.
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