She proved she is starting to round back into championship form by running a personal best time of 19:41.7 and taking fourth in the girls 3A race.
She trailed only Urbana’s Emily Mulhern (19:20.1), who won for the second straight year, River Hill’s Allison Klein (19:28.9) and Centennial’s Shreya Nalubola (19:37.6).
After the race, she was in no mood to celebrate her PR because teammate Meghan Anderson, who won the Class 3A North Region meet by two seconds over Causey, had dropped out of the race.
Anderson arrived at the trainer’s tent in an emergency vehicle and eventually responded favorably to treatment for her asthma condition, according to coach Bowman.
The girls were also trying to win its third straight state title, but they finished fifth, well behind front-running Reservoir (65).
“Everything has to go well to win a state title,” Bowman said. “The bottom line is you have to have your kids healthy on those days because there is no substitutions, no time outs and you have to have everything go your way. Today, things didn’t break that way for the girls.”
Bowman doubted his squad could have won the title, even if Anderson had finished top five, because Reservoir and Centennial (2nd, 73) had such strong runs.
Hereford did place one other runner in the top 20 — freshman Alicia Kozlowski placed 17th (20:30.8)
Two other Baltimore County runners in the girls Class 4A race finished in the top 10.
Dulaney sophomore Isabel Griffith finished fourth (19:41.4) for the Dulaney girls who placed seventh and Perry Hall’s Skylar Moore was eighth (20:04.1).
Catonsville’s girls were 14th overall, led by Tara Macdonald (15th, 20:18.1) and Hannah Llorin (16th, 20:23).
Perry Hall’s boys placed seventh in the 4A race and again were led by senior Vince Ciattei.
Ciattei, the Baltimore County and Class 4A North champion, took third in a time of 16:40.6.
The race was won by Clarksburg’s Will Bertrand, who clocked in at 16:02.7.
Catonsville’s boys placed 14th in the Class 4A race, led by senior Luke Chetelat (29th, 17:32).
Chetelat was in 70th place in the first 800 meters and climbed all the way to the finish.
“Being 70th in the first 800 meters would be scary to some runners who didn’t know what they were doing, but that was part of his plan, to go out conservative and work his way up, which is exactly what he did,” Catonsville coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler said.