If Washington County is known for a sport, it’s girls outdoor track and field.
County girls teams have won 14 of the last 15 Maryland Class 1A state titles — nine by Smithsburg, three by Williamsport and two by Boonsboro.
“This county is where state titles are won,” said Smithsburg coach T.J. Hood, whose girls were last year’s 1A state champs. “There’s great coaching in this county. We emphasize the sport, and it shows.”
North Hagerstown even joined the party last year, capturing the 2A state crown.
All that only makes the local meets that much more exciting, as county teams first bump heads at home before taking on the rest of the state in late May in Baltimore.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun again, isn’t it?” North coach Robert Waugh said. “Every meet is going to be interesting. It’s going to be exciting and down to the wire, just like Washington County track is known for.”
While Smithsburg and North are reigning state champs, watch out for Boonsboro. The Warriors are on the rise.
“The potential for a state title is definitely there,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said.
The Warriors finished second in the 1A indoor state meet last month, without superstar sophomore sprinter Abby Duncan, who played basketball over the winter.
“I went through and scored it. You toss Abby in there and we probably would have won it,” Walter said. “And there are other people we didn’t have indoors.”
Those include standout seniors Katie Miller (hurdles) and Becky Young (throws), who they now have back.
Boonsboro was led indoors by sophomore Sarah Zielinski, who won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 and will be out for more outdoors.
The Hubs lost Renee Phillips and Katie Ritter, two of the county’s all-time great sprinters, to graduation. But they still have enough talent to make another run.
“We’re looking to defend our title,” Waugh said. “Last year, we had seven girls score the majority of our points at states. And right now, we have more than seven girls who can score points at states. We’re definitely feeling pretty good, but we know it won’t be easy. We’re going to work hard and let the cards fall.”
The Hubs have five returning all-county performers from last spring — seniors Corie Anderson (sprints), Imani Carter (sprints) and Beth Wagner (hurdles, high jump) and juniors Raven Jackson (jumps, hurdles) and Emily Simmons (distance). Also back is junior Charlotte Anderson, who was the 2A indoor state runner-up in the shot put this year.
The Wildcats are loaded on the track.
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