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All-Metro girls track: Performer of the Year

Katie HarmanRiver Hill Despite being one of the state's top distance runners in cross country and indoor track, Harman wasn't as dominating outdoors last spring.

She was often finishing second to younger teammate Anna Demaree and others. But what many didn't know was that 2008 was her first season of outdoor track, as Harman had played lacrosse her first two springs at River Hill. Coach Earl Lauer said the change to outdoor last year started her transformation into an elite outdoor runner.

That change became complete this spring as Harman was nearly perfect. She finished off her outstanding season with sweeps of the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in the Howard County and Class 2A South regional meets. She also ran on a winning relay team at each meet.

After that, she won the 1,600 (5:04.07, best time in any class) at the state meet. Harman also won the 3,200 (11:06.84) for a second state title.

Harman will run for James Madison next year.

Lauer said Harman making running her first priority for sports changed everything because she was doing it all the time instead of taking a break.

"The times kept coming down, down and down," Lauer said. "She wanted to prove" something.

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