Kristen Malloy used a furious late kick to break the course record at yesterday's Bull Run Invitational at Hereford. But when the Hereford junior was talking about how she also broke the record at last year's meet, Malloy said there will be a major difference this season.
Malloy easily won the elite division in a time of 18:39.2, just beating last year's mark (18:39.9). But Malloy thinks she may have peaked with that performance, something the junior is trying hard to avoid this fall.
"This is not my peak," Malloy said. "This year, I felt amazing during the race and feel [better overall]."
Malloy won by the large margin of 54 seconds over Melissa Frick of Strath Haven (Pa.). That victory helped No. 8 Hereford to a third-place finish with 96 points. No. 3 Severna Park and Strath Haven tied for first with 81, but the Falcons won the tie-breaker, decided by the sixth-place runner. Severna Park edged Strath Haven by just one place (30th to 31st). Liya Kasimova (fifth) was the team's top finisher.
Perry Hall's Sumanth Kuppalli turned in an impressive performance to win the boys elite race in 17:11, edging Grisha Iventichev of Friends by two seconds. No. 4 Mount Hebron won the team title with 52 points, easily beating Centennial (78) and No. 6 Bel Air (83). Zach Weinstein (fifth) was Mount Hebron's top runner.
Sara Bailey, Lindsey Smith and Erica Scripa finished fourth, fifth and sixth to help No. 4 C.M. Wright's girls (45 points) rout Wootton (108) in the large-schools division. Shannon Rafferty (10th) and Hannah McKenzie (20th) rounded out the team's scoring.
The Mustang boys finished second (101) behind Bethesda-Chevy Chase (85). Howard's Joey Thompson won the race in 16:56 in his first Bull Run appearance.
River Hill pulled off a sweep in the medium division as the No. 2 Hawks (63) edged Wilde Lake (73). Graham Bazell from Atholton won in a strong time of 16:15. The fifth-ranked River Hill girls placed four runners in the top 10 to finish with 46 points and capture that title.
Oakland Mills posted 103 points and edged No. 5 F.S. Key by two for the boys small division title. The No. 7 Century girls (93) topped South Carroll (114) to take the girls crown.