WALKERSVILLE — With the regular-season schedule of outdoor track and field all but over, area teams are gearing up for what’s going to be a very challenging 10-day stretch, with two major meets coming up.
The Central Maryland Conference championships are set to go on Wednesday at Oakdale High School. Five days later, the Frederick County Public Schools championships take place at Frederick.
Walkersville’s boys and Oakdale’s girls closed out their regular seasons Saturday with big wins, sweeping the team titles at the 59th Annual Talley-Zimmerman Meet at Walkersville High School.
The Lions boys outdistanced runner-up Boonsboro 184-105.5. The Bears’ girls defeated the Warriors 161-139.
“This was a pretty exciting day for us,” first-year Walkersville boys coach Kelley Welty said. “We had a lot of personal-bests out there today. Everyone did a great job.”
Counting Saturday’s Talley-Zimmerman meet, the Lions and Bears will compete in three meets over a 10-day span, but Welty doesn’t think it’s going to be too much of an issue. The FCPS meet was to have been held on May 8 but had to be moved up two days due to a scheduling conflict at Frederick, meet officials said.
“Yes, it’s a bit of a quick turnaround after the CMC meet, but you just have to work through it,” Welty said.
Walkersville senior boys long jumper Tyson Bowie, who won his event with a leap of 19 feet, 9 inches, said not overdoing it between meets is his approach to the upcoming meets.
He also ran on the winning boys 4x200 relay team.
“I’ll just space out my training a little bit, being careful,” said Bowie, in his first year of outdoor track and field after previously playing baseball for the Lions.
Saturday’s meet featured gusting winds, which at times made long- and triple-jumping a challenge. Bowie knew just how to handle it
“I had to just time it, wait for the wind to die down, and then make the run for the jump,” he said. “You just have to be patient in situations like this.”
Catoctin junior runner Emma Strickland, who won the girls’ 800 in 2 minutes, 25.05 seconds, is also being cautious as the busy week for county track and field athletes begins.
“I just need to make sure I don’t go out too hard in practice,” Strickland said.
It’s been a busy three days for first-year Oakdale coach Adell Remsburg, who has some runners compete in the prep division of the Penn Relays. She was missing a few key athletes Saturday, but the Bears still made an impressive statement with their win over Boonsboro, one of the top Class 1A programs in the state.
“It was fun out there today,” Remsberg said. “We had some personal-bests out there. We also didn’t overdo it, so we can be ready for the busy week ahead.”
Anna Wilson led Oakdale’s girls with two wins, taking the 300 hurdles and triple jump.
Walkersville’s boys, which had consistent scoring throughout the meet, got multiple-event wins from Bowie, Nathan Churco, Ethan Silver and Taylor Monk. All three ran on two winning relay teams,
Thomas Johnson’s Mack McKeever was a triple-winner. He won the 800 and 1,500 and ran on the winning 4x800 meter relay team.
Catoctin’s Tyler Hauk (boys discus) and Jacob McIlvaine (boys shot put) were also winners. Walkersville’s Kasie Ogwulu was a triple-winner, winning the 100 and running on two victorious relay teams.