Watch out! The Boonsboro girls track and field team’s Big Three are back for more.
Junior sprinter Abby Duncan, sophomore hurdler Maggie Sullivan and junior distance runner Sarah Zielinski have combined to win 11 individual Maryland Class 1A state titles on the track in their careers. Together, they’ve led the Warriors to back-to-back team titles at states, outdoors last May and indoors last month.
More of the same is expected this spring.
“It’s great to have them, not just the points you get out of them, but the leadership they bring,” Boonsboro coach Becky Walter said. “And we have others that will contribute a lot as well.”
Quite simply, the Warriors, who also are the reigning Washington County champions, are loaded.
They have Kortney Cunningham, a state placewinner in both the 1,600 and 3,200 last spring, as well as standout middle distance runners Rachel Doane, Katie Rickerds and Emily Cronise. Then there’s Samantha Cochran, who captured state bronze in the shot put last month, as well as Emily Moats and Courtney Rose, who both scored in the pole vault. And senior Amber Smith, a sprinter who hasn’t competed since her promising freshman year, is back to try to make up for lost time.
Boonsboro’s list of talented athletes seemingly goes on and on, much to the envy of opponents.
“They’re really something,” Williamsport coach Teresa Weaver said. “They were tough last year, and they’re still rolling.”
“If we can keep everybody healthy and get everybody where they need to be, then I like our chances (to win states again),” Walter said. “But it’s always going to be competitive.”
While Boonsboro made a lot of noise in winning the Class 1A team title last spring, the North girls quietly placed a close second in the Class 2A team standings at states — a year after finishing first.
But now the Hubs are in 3A.
“Sprints are usually our strongest part of the team, but going up to 3A is going to be pretty difficult,” coach Robert Waugh said. “The 3A teams, especially down near the city, are pretty stacked with sprinters.”
North is stacked with distance runners as Emily Ward, Emily Simmons and Michey Moody all return. Ward is a two-time state runner-up in the 1,600 — in 2A outdoors last spring and in 3A indoors this winter.
“Hopefully we’ll be getting quite a few points from them,” Waugh said. “Emily Ward is incredible. The pain she’s willing to put her body through to succeed is amazing.”
The Hubs also have Charlotte Anderson, the 2A state champ in the shot put last spring, and Raven Jackson, who picked up state silver in the long jump and bronze in the triple jump last year.
However, Jackson, who also is a standout hurdler, is currently sidelined with an injury.
“Raven alone could be anywhere between 20 and 30 points at any meet,” Waugh said. “We need her healthy in May.”
Christine Randall and Jessica Hunt will try to keep the Hubs competitive in the sprints, while Emily Smith will try to do the same in the pole vault.