The Hereford girls won their first state championship indoors last winter. The Bulls' next goal was to win their first state title outdoors.
No. 5 Hereford took a step toward that goal Friday. Sara Carter won the Class 3A 3,200-meter run, and three Bulls finished in the top six to help Hereford end the first day of the state meet with 32 points and a 10-point lead over Urbana.
Friday was the first day of competition for the Class 3A and 4A schools, and all four classes will finish the meet Saturday at Morgan State.
Hereford coach Brad Duvall liked what his team has done lately. No. 7 Franklin beat the Bulls (160-131) in the Baltimore County meet, and No. 3 Aberdeen edged them (126-116) in the Class 3A North region meet last week, but Duvall was more concerned about this event.
"Our focus all season has been the state meet," Duvall said. "We were planning on running our best times here. The whole goal has been to peak today and not peak at counties and not peak at regionals."
There are 12 events left for the Class 3A girls, but if Hereford can win, the Bulls will probably look at the 3,200 as a big reason why.
Carter won easily in 11 minutes, 15.25 seconds, beating out teammate and fellow sophomore Erin Causey (11:26.63). Junior Shannon Martello — who's been running the 3,200 for just three weeks — gave Hereford three points with her sixth-place effort. The Bulls scored 21 points in this one event.
"I'm hoping for a team victory," Carter said. "We've got a shot. We've pulled it all together."
Hereford also took second in the 3,200 relay, setting a Baltimore County record with a time of 9:29.63. The team of Morgan Oakley, Bailey Wilhelm, Susan Tenberg and Emily VandeWater combined for that mark.
The Hereford boys won the same race, giving the Bulls a sweep there.
The boys from Chesapeake (Anne Arundel) used a win from Andre DiPaola in the pole vault (13-0), plus a second-place finish from Brennan Hardesty and fourth from Cole Benson, to score 23 of their 32 points and take first in Class 4A ahead of Clarksburg (25).
The other local winners were: Travis Jenkins of Kenwood (4A, long jump); Vince Ciattei from Perry Hall (4A, 3,200); Howard boys (3A, 800 relay); Westminster's Justin Maize (4A, high jump); River Hill's David Kaiser (3A, long jump); and Nichelle McMillian from Meade (triple jump).
(at Morgan State)
Team scores (top 5): 1. T. Johnson, 34; 2. Wilde Lake, 26.33; 3. Howard, 15, 4. Linganore, 14.33; 5. (tie) Hereford, Potomac, 13.
Local winners: Hereford, 3,200 relay; Howard, 800 relay; David Kaiser, River Hill, long jump.
Team scores (top 5): 1. Hereford, 32; 2. Urbana, 22; 3. North Hagerstown, 20; 4. (tie) T. Johnson, Einstein, 13.
Local winners: Sara Carter, Hereford, 3,200.
Team scores (top 5): 1. Chesapeake-AA, 32; 2. Clarksburg, 25; 3. Quince Orchard, 20; 4. Oxon Hill, 19.5; 5. (tie) Duval, Severna Park, 18.
Local winners: Vince Ciattei, Perry Hall, 3,200; Travis Jenkins, Kenwood, long jump; Andre DiPaola, Chesapeake-AA, pole vault.
Team scores (top 5): 1. Northwest, 24; 2. Whitman, 20; 3. Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 17; 4. Bowie, 16; 5. Meade, 15.
Local winners: Nichelle McMillian, Meade, triple jump.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun