Dulaney's Griffith, Hereford's girls cross country team excel in state meet

Dulaney's Isabel Griffith and the No. 2 Hereford girls team led a strong Baltimore County showing in the state cross country championships Saturday at McDaniel College.

The Hereford girls won their third state title in four years. The Bulls moved down to Class 2A this year and finished with 73 points to beat out Poolesville (102).

Sarah Coffey's second-place finish led Hereford. Erin Causey (12th), Lacey Brown (18th), Alicia Kozlowski (21st) and Emily Causey (26th) also gave the Bulls points.

Griffith, of No. 6 Dulaney, and Manchester Valley's Katie Leisher were individual state champions. Griffith captured her first Class 4A state crown in 18:26.2 — the best time in any of the four classes — after jumping out in front early and taking command.

"I just knew I needed to get out there and set that pace and make it challenging," Griffith said. "I had a [good] feeling before the race."

Leisher's time of 19:30.9 beat Jesse Narr of Cambridge/South Dorchester by one minute, 16 seconds in Class 1A. Manchester Valley finished sixth overall.

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