Ti­amfook, Reddy lead River Hill to in­di­vid­ual, team cham­pi­onships

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY - By Mon­ica D’Ip­polito

River Hill’s Jas­mine Ti­amfook crossed the fin­ish line Wed­nes­day at Cen­ten­nial thrilled and a lit­tle bit re­lieved. The tal­ented ju­nior had been one of the best run­ners in Howard County the past two sea­sons, but in­juries — which she also dealt with early this year — had derailed her past per­for­mances, es­pe­cially on this course.

But in her first meet back in nearly a month, Ti­amfook grinded out a spec­tac­u­lar race and fin­ished the day with her first Howard County cham­pi­onship.

“Feels hon­estly the best ever and to fi­nally get it with ev­ery­thing that I’ve been through, es­pe­cially at this course — when I passed out from de­hy­dra­tion last time, when my quad was just gone, like it just feels good to fi­nally get it,” Ti­amfook said, af­ter cross­ing with a time of 18 min­utes, 48.84 sec­onds. “If I didn’t come into this with a pos­i­tive mind­set, I wouldn’t have come out of it the way that I did and ev­ery time I looked it the mir­ror I told my­self that I could do this — and I did it fi­nally.”

Ti­amfook was de­ter­mined on a bet­ter out­come than last year’s county meet and her fourth place at the Howard County In­vi­ta­tional at Cen­ten­nial on Sept. 9.

“She had an up-and-down year a lit­tle bit and I think that at HoCo In­vite she didn’t have her best race — she would be the first to tell you that — and she was kind of bat­tling through the men­tal as­pect of the sport,” Hawks coach Paul Hu­gus said. “So to see her come out and win to­day was a huge thing for her mov­ing for­ward.”

River Hill se­nior Owen Dan­nelly ran with Ti­amfook for most of the race and ul­ti­mately fin­ished one of her best meets of Jas­mine Ti­amfook of River Hill wins the girls in­di­vid­ual ti­tle at the Howard County cross coun­try cham­pi­onships. her ca­reer, plac­ing third in 19:05.05.

It was an ex­cel­lent day to wear the River Hill blue, as the Hawks earned both team titles and placed run­ners in the top three in both the boys and girls races.

Hawks se­nior Rahul Reddy also went home with his first county ti­tle Wed­nes­day, as he stayed within the top of the pack for most of the race and ended with the only sub-16-minute time of the day.

Reddy — who fin­ished third at the HoCo In­vite — led a tight pack that in­cluded Howard ju­nior Nick Deamer, Oakland Mills se­nior Joey Navarro, Mount He­bron se­nior Ja­cob Ed­mond­son, Wilde Lake se­nior Jonathan Suss­man and Reser­voir ju­nior Kai Mu­niz af­ter the first mile or so. But Reddy set the pace, stay­ing with those guys un­til he grad­u­ally broke away in the fi­nal stretch.

“I would like to think that my pac­ing was a lit­tle bit bet­ter this time around,” Reddy said. “I didn’t start as nearly as fast as I should have. I think my first mile at the HoCo In­vite was around 5:08, but this time it was around 5:20, so pac­ing has def­i­nitely got­ten bet­ter over the sea­son and that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the In­vite race and to­day’s race.”

Be­hind Reddy, Navarro edged River Hill’s Jake Parker, whon­early sneaked be­hind him in the fi­nal steps to­ward the fin­ish. Ul­ti­mately, Parker took third with a time of 16:11.23, .17 of a sec­ond slower than Navarro.

Deamer (16:12.65), Ed­mond­son (16:14.69) and Suss­man (16:20.39) fin­ished in the top seven, while the Hawks’ Anish Nan­jappa (16: 25.75) and Ben­jamin Old­houser (16:28.86) and the Vik­ings’ Sahil Sarde­sai (16:31.04) rounded out the top 10.

DANIEL KUCIN JR./BAL­TI­MORE SUN ME­DIA GROUP

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