Hereford's Bull Run Invitational has become one of the top high school cross country events on the East Coast, and this year's race, on Saturday, is a must for all teams harboring hopes for a state championship.
Just a dozen runners broke 17 minutes last season over the dip, the cornfield, the maze and up that awful hill -- the more memorable sections of the rugged course.
Only one girls team and only one boys team out of the area's top 10 for both genders will miss Saturday's race.
Saturday's race will include all but one of the 10 top-ranked boys teams, and all but one nine of the top 10 girls squads.
"Last year's races had 82 teams, but I had 125 requests for entry this time around," said athletic director Mike Kalisz.
The boys competitions will feature defending Class 4A state champ Westminster, 3A champ South Carroll, 2A champ River Hill and MIAA A Conference power Mount St. Joseph.