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River Hill girls cross country wins individual, team titles at 2A South regionals

River Hill teammates Jasmine Tiamfook and Faith Meininger, right, sprint to the finish line as the compete for first place in the girls varsity race during the Howard County Cross Country Championships at Centennial High School on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
River Hill teammates Jasmine Tiamfook and Faith Meininger, right, sprint to the finish line as the compete for first place in the girls varsity race during the Howard County Cross Country Championships at Centennial High School on Wednesday, Oct. 25. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The River Hill girls cross country team followed its county championship last week with a region title Thursday at Oak Ridge Park.

In its first season in 2A South, the team finished with 34 points to handily beat runner-up Calvert (50 points) and third-place Glenelg (79 points). Thursday marks the second straight region title for the Hawks, who won the 3A East championship last year.

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Senior Jasmine Tiamfook and freshman Faith Meininger finished first and second, respectively, just as they did in the county meet. But the margin of victory was much greater this time around. Tiamfook, who won her second straight individual region title, finished the 5K race in 19:25.98, nearly 10 seconds ahead of Meininger (19:35.44).

Six of the seven Hawks runners were in the top 20, with junior Raaya Khleif (8th) and senior Alexa Matthews (10th) also placing in the top 10. Calvert boasted similar results but didn’t have anyone to challenge Tiamfook and Meininger.

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Other top-10 finishers from Howard County included Marriotts Ridge senior Molly Bingham (4th, 20:50.60) and Glenelg sophomore Katie Melesko (6th, 21:16.30).

Girls team scores:

1. River Hill 34; 3. Glenelg 79; 4. Marriotts Ridge 89; 6. Oakland Mills 181; 7. Hammond 184.

Top-20 girls finishers:

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1. Jasmine Tiamfook, RH (19:25.98) 2. Faith Meininger, RH (19:35.44); 4. Molly Bingham, MR (20:50.60); 6. Katie Melesko, G (21:16.30); 8. Raaya Khleif, RH (21:21.50); 10. Alexa Matthews, RH (21:37.51).

11. Alexis Shumate, G (21:38.99); 13. Kennedy Clark, RH (21:42.40); 15. Kealy Faughnan, MR (21:44.94); 16. Adriana Rosas, WL (21:48.04); 17. Emma Orloff, WL (21:51.27); 18. Tess Hawes; RH (21:52.90); 20. Carolyn Keating, G (22:06.30).

Lions senior Nick Deamer won on the boys side, while Hawks senior Jasmine Tiamfook and freshman Faith Meininger helped River Hill win its second straight league championship on Oct. 25.

On the boys side, River Hill (63 points) finished second behind Calvert (24 points). Hawks sophomore Anish Nanjappa (second) and senior Brendan Fitzgerald (sixth) produced top-10 finishes but couldn’t keep pace with Calvert junior Justin Diehl, who won the race by almost 14 seconds.

Oakland Mills, which had two runners finish in the top 11, came in third place with 117 points.

Boys team scores:

2. River Hill 63; 3. 3. Oakland Mills 117; 4. Glenelg 117; 5. Marriotts Ridge 163; 8. Wilde Lake 203; 12. Hammond 338.

Top-20 boys finishers:

2. Anish Nanjappa, RH (16:36.95); 6. Brendan Fitzgerald, RH (17:11.38); 10. Frederick Eiland II, OM (17:30.65).

11. Jared Nguyen, OM (17:32.364); 12. Jake Downing, RH (17:36.87); 13. Nicholas Preece, G (17:38.77); 14. Andrew English, WL (17:39.21); 16. Graham Dilworth, G (17:41.445); 18. Evan Ying, RH (17:43.68).

3A East Region championships

Without River Hill in the fold this year, Atholton, Centennial and Mt. Hebron battled for the top-three spots on the boys and girls side at the 3A East Region meet.

And after a seventh-place finish at the county race, the Atholton boys team came out victorious. With three of the top five runners, the Raiders (49 points) did enough to hold off Centennial (54 points). Mt. Hebron finished in third place with 56 points.

Reservoir senior Kai Muniz won the individual title with a dominating effort (16:36.30). He finished about 16 seconds ahead of Eagles senior Greg Costello, who was the runner-up.

The next three finishers ran for Atholton. Junior Nick Weber led the team, while juniors Jake Perret (fourth) and Javon Daniel (fifth) came in right behind him.

For Mt. Hebron, seniors Sahil Sardesai and Michael Schlining finished in the top 10.

Boys team scores:

1. Atholton 49; 2. Centennial 54; 3. Mt. Hebron 56; 4. Reservoir 56; 5. Long Reach 168.

Top-10 boys finishers:

1. Kai Muniz, Re (16:36.30); 2. Greg Costello, C (16:52.20); 3. Nick Weber, A (16:53.79); 4. Jake Perret, A (17:01.45); 5. Javon Daniel, A (17:09.94).

6. Sahil Sardesai; MH (17:14.19); 7. Noah Kim, Re (17:17.59); 8. Justin Ziegler, C (17:21.26); 9. Alvaro Hernandez, Re (17:25.74); 10. Michael Schlining, MH (17:30.26).

A preview of the 2017 Howard County cross country season

The Centennial girls cross country team has been eyeing a state title all season. After all, the Eagles brought back plenty of talent from a team that finished fourth at last year’s 3A state meet.

They displayed that potential Thursday by winning the 3A East Region title, finishing one point ahead of Mt. Hebron (43 points).

Vikings senior Emily Beyer, who finished third at the county race, won the individual championship with a time of 19:23.56, while Reservoir junior Annabel Cortez was next to cross the finish line.

Then came Centennial senior Kirsten Wikner and junior Alison Betler. Gators junior Meah Konstanzer finished fifth (20:33.59).

Girls team scores:

1. Centennial 42; 2. Mt. Hebron 43; 3. Atholton 62; 4. Reservoir 86; 7. Long Reach 196.

Top-10 girls finishers:

1. Emily Beyer, MH (19:23.56); 2. Annabel Cortez, Re (19:53.12); 3. Kirsten Wikner, C (20:08.42); 4. Alison Betler, C (20:12.23); 5. Meah Konstanzer, Re (20:33.59.

6. Maria Grafov, MH (20:41.38); 7. Alexandra Banham, MH (20:47.25); Gabriella DeGrezia, A (20:48.29); 9. Camryn Streib, A (20:53.05); 10. Katerina Talanova, C (21:01.61).

4A North Region championships

Howard senior Nick Deamer easily won the Howard County Invitational in early September. He set a course record at the county championships at Centennial last week, leading the Lions to their first league crown in 40 years.

And while he fell about four seconds short of a regional title, Deamer’s runner-up performance helped Howard earn second place at the 4A North Region meet with 81 points. No team would come close to catching Dulaney (41 points), which boasted four of the top 11 runners.

Northwood senior Obsaa Feda won the individual championship with a time of 15:52.0.

On the girls side, Howard (96 points) finished fourth.

Howard boys finishers:

2. Senior Nick Deamer (15:56.3); 12. junior Alex Strawley (16:39.1); 17. senior Eric Accardi (16:56.0); 18. Ian Hinson (16:57.6); 32. senior Jovani Sierra (17:30.3); 33. senior Dennis Danieli (17:30.6); 34. junior Cole Partridge (17:37.0).

Howard girls finishers:

12. Sophomore Amanda Eliker (20:24.0); sophomore Emily Gorny (20:37.2); 21. freshman Sara Kindbom (21:04.7); 22. sophomore Madison Radford (21:04.8); 27. sophomore Amelie Thode (21:40.5); 31. sophomore Alicia Anthony (22:06.2).

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