Bulls gob­ble up Class 2A girls ti­tle

Host Here­ford wins third straight; Sev­erna Park wins 4A boys cham­pi­onship

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Me­gan Wood­ward

At one point dur­ing the Class 2A girls cross coun­try state meet, a by­stander cheered “Eat the hill like it’s break­fast!”

Here­ford High’s in­fa­mous dip — a steep ravine that run­ners must trek down, then up twice dur­ing the state cham­pi­onship meet — did not dis­ap­point, and run­ners bat­tled through a num­ber of steep in­clines and hilly ter­rain on the course through­out the day’s races.

“That was definitely the hard­est course I’ve ever ran,” Win­ters Mill fresh­man Maken­zie Hop­kins said. “The dip, it’s what it’s fa­mous for and it was very hard but over­all I felt pretty good be­cause it’s cold and it felt good.” My legs are sting­ing a lit­tle bit, my heart’s still beat­ing fast. it was tough but I just keep run­ning to try and beat peo­ple in front of me.”

Hop­kins, the top Car­roll County fin­isher in the 2A meet, said she used the dip’s dif­fi­cult in­cline to grad­u­ally pass other run­ners.

The 2A meet took off around 1:30 p.m. as the first of the af­ter­noon races and Here­ford dom­i­nated the meet once again. Ju­nior Emily Konkus won in 19 min­utes, 40.44 sec­onds— her sec­ond straight state meet vic­tory. The Bulls pulled off the three-peat with an­other 2A team state ti­tle.

The girls fin­ished with 81 points — Howard County and 2A South cham­pion River Hill had 121, Lib­erty, the Car­roll County and 2A West champs, were third with 126 and Oak­dale was fourth (135).

Hop­kins fin­ished third and her sis­ter Kathryn placed ninth to help the Fal­cons to a fifth-place team fin­ish. River Hill run­ners Jas­mine Ti­amfook and Faith Meininger placed fifth and sixth, Lib­erty se­niors Heidi Rine­hart and Maeve Lyons were sixth and ninth, re­spec­tively.

“It’s been a long day, I woke up early this morn­ing,” Hop­kins said. “Be­ing here felt re­ally good to beat some peo­ple from Car­roll County, some top peo­ple I’ve seen and beat­ing them. I was sur­prised, but also not sur­prised be­cause I felt re­ally good today.”

Wal­ter John­son re­peated as 4A state champs, de­feat­ing run­ner-up Sev­erna Park with 83 points. Wild­cats se­nior Abi­gail John­son raced to first place in 18:17.40 and An­napo­lis ju­nior Anna Cof­fin ran sec­ond in 18:56.40.

North­ern-Calvert placed five run­ners in the top 25 to cap off a sec­ond straight 3A state ti­tle vic­tory. C. Mil­ton Wright sopho­more Ha­ley Cum­mins won the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle in 19 min­utes flat. and Calvert’s Abby Sweeney fin­ished sec­ond, 24 sec­onds later.

Cum­mins has now won back to back in­di­vid­ual 3A state meet ti­tles — in 2016, won the meet in 18:41.6.

Pat­ter­son Mill ju­nior Ash­ley Betz won the 1A meet two sec­onds ahead of Brunswick’s Elly McGil­livray in 20:18.12. The Huskies placed fourth as a team with 117 points be­hind Boons­boro, Brunswick and North­ern Gar­rett. GIRLS 4A Teams 1. Wal­ter John­son, 77 (9th ti­tle, 5th in a row); 2. Sev­erna Park, 89 4A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Abi­gail Green, W. John­son, 18:17.16 (3rd best time ever); 2. Anna Cof­fin, An­napo­lis, 18:56.16; 3. Kam­ryn Eveleth, Sev­erna Park, 18:57.05 3A Teams 1. North­ern-Calvert, 37 (2nd ti­tle, both in a row); 2. C. Mil­ton Wright, 92 3A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Ha­ley Cum­mins, C. Mil­ton Wright, 19:00.03; 2. Abby Sweeney, North­ern-Calvert, 19:24.02; 3. Annabel Cortez, Reser­voir, 19:49.14 2A Teams 1. Here­ford, 81 (11th ti­tle, 3rd in a row); 2. River Hill, 121 2A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Emily Konkus, Here­ford, 19:40.44; 2. Heather De­laplaine, Da­m­as­cus, 19:41.79; 3. Maken­zie Hop­kins, Win­ters Mill, 19:45.22 1A Teams 1. Boons­boro, 64 (9th ti­tle, 3rd in a row); 2. Brunswick, 70 1A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Ash­ley Betz, Pat­ter­son Mill, 20:18.12; 2. Elly McGil­livray, Brunswick, 20:20.06; 3. Lo­gan Bierer, Pikesville, 20:40.85

BOYS: After win­ning three straight ti­tles from 2012 to 2014, the agony of last year’s one-point de­feat to Du­laney served as the per­fect mo­ti­va­tional tool for the Sev­erna Park boys’ cross coun­try team and coach Josh Al­com­bright.

The jour­ney to win the pro­gram's fourth state ti­tle and stop Du­laney’s two-year ti­tle run started im­me­di­ately after that race and the Fal­cons cul­mi­nated that jour­ney by usurp­ing the Lions, 40-77, while the girls team con­tin­ued its as­cen­dancy with a sec­ond-place fin­ish.

Sev­erna Park’s suc­cess was the ex­cla­ma­tion point on a strong state­ment for the county, as five boys placed in the top 10 in the 4A race.

“Last year was a lit­tle bit of a wake-up call for the team and for me to be hon­est,” Al­com­bright said. “I was a lit­tle lazy and maybe a lit­tle bit over­con­fi­dent as a coach. It stung and I had to live with my mis­takes the last 365 days, so to come back and do that against es­sen­tially two teams that, nei­ther one of us lost any­body last year, it’s a lit­tle bit of re­demp­tion. Du­laney is still a great team and we ex­pect to bat­tle them in the com­ing years too, but it was our day today.”

Gar­ri­son Clark led the charge for the Fal­cons as he has through­out the play­off races. Clark sat just off the front pact bid­ing his time be­fore Here­ford’s in­fa­mous dip. After the dip, he as­serted him­self, com­ing back up the dip in a bat­tle for sec­ond with Howard’s Ni­cholas Deamer that he pulled away late to take. Adam Nakasaka of Bethesda-Chevy Chase won the race in 15:50.63, now the fifth fastest time in the meet’s history. BOYS 4A Teams 1. Sev­erna Park, 40 (4th ti­tle); 2. Du­laney, 77 4A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Adam Nak­saka, B-CC, 15:50.63 (5th best time ever); 2. Gar­ri­son Clark, Sev­erna Park, 15:57.73 (8th best time ever); 3. Ni­cholas Deamer, Howard, 15:59.92 3A Teams 1. Linganore, 73 (3rd ti­tle); 2. Cen­ten­niel, 126 3A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Kieran McDer­mott, Bel Air, 15:59.19 (10th best time ever); 2. Michael Bel­mag­gio, Linganore, 16:14.86; 3. Kai Mu­niz, Reser­voir, 16:18.22 2A Teams 1. Lib­erty, 68 (6th ti­tle, 3rd in a row); 2. Calvert, 74 2A In­di­vid­u­als 1. Ryan Lock­ett, Poolesville, 16:13.07; 2. Justin Diehl, Calvert, 16:16.55; 3. Jay Hall, West­lake, 16:25.35 1A Teams 1. Bo­hemia Manor, 34 (5th ti­tle, 2nd in a row); 2. South­ern-Gar­rett, 81 1A In­di­vid­u­als: 1. Zachary Laird, Bo­hemia Manor, 16:09.17; 2. Alex Longe­way, Bo­hemia Manor, 16:42.90; 3. Gar­rett Kercheval, Smiths­burg, 16:47.42

MARY­LAND PRI­VATE SCHOOL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: Dal­ton Hengst of McDonogh was the over­all win­ner in a time of 16:32.

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Here­ford's Emily Konkus won the 2A girls race in 19:40.44.

ALAN WHITE/BALTIMORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

Bel Air’s Kieran McDer­mott won the boys 3A race in 15:59.19.

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