Martin Booker had a pretty simple goal when he took over the Willingboro track and field program a few years ago.
Simply put, he wanted to restore the Chimeras to one of the top programs in South Jersey.
It was mission accomplished for Booker, the Burlington County Times Boys Track Coach of the Year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It feels great, in the sense that Willingboro was always looked at as a top program across the board in track and field, it was pretty much my aim to bring that back,Ã¢â‚¬Â Booker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do this myself, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be remiss if I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mention my coaching staff who had a great impact on the kids as well.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Willingboro was, without question, the most dominant program in the county this year in terms of having a top contender in almost every single event.
The BCT All-County first team features five Chimeras Ã¢â‚¬â€ including the Athlete of the Year Ã¢â‚¬â€ and their 1,600-meter relay team.
Willingboro took home the top spot at the County Open by a comfortable margin, but the real goal was a sectional title and the Chimeras fell just two points shy of that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We did everything we could (to win a sectional title), IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just disappointed because I wanted them to have that title,Ã¢â‚¬Â Booker said.
And while they fell just short, the goal remains the same.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All across the board we were successful this year,Ã¢â‚¬Â Booker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And the young kids whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be back next year, they say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWe want to keep doing thisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, so the seed has been planted.Ã¢â‚¬Â