It’s rare when a single county has one or two state champion teams or individuals in a single sports season, even rarer when there are three champions from one county in a single sport in one season.
That’s what happened Saturday on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association championship cross country course at Hereford High School in Baltimore County, where Harford County runners crossed the finish line first in three of the eight races, four in each class for boys and for girls.
For those who like math, that means a Harford County runner was first in 37.5 percent of the races. Not bad at all.
So our hardy congratulations to Patterson Mill High’s Ashley Betz, the 1A girls champion; Bel Air High’s Kieran McDermott, the 3A boys champion; and C. Milton Wright’s Haley Cummins, the 3A girls champion and a repeat winner.
Cross county is a tough grind. The state meet brings together hundreds of runners, but yet only eight will emerge victorious. Betz, McDermott and Cummins have done their sport and their home county proud.