River Hill made no secret of its goals for this cross country season. The Hawks wanted to sweep the Class 2A boys and girls state championships.
Howard County schools dominated the state meet yesterday at Hereford. Glenelg's boys won the Class 1A title while the Howard girls took the Class 2A crown. Kyle Andrews of Oakland Mills won the Class 2A race in 16 minutes and 33 seconds. But the biggest moments came in the afternoon when the No. 3 River Hill boys and the No. 6 girls pulled off the sweep they so badly wanted.
"There was only one focus for us - both winning on Nov. 10," said River Hill coach Earl Lauer. "I told the kids we did it in 1989" (when he coached at Atholton), "and it's kind of a special thing."
Katie Harman won the girls race for River Hill, which scored 40 points to cruise to victory over Century (66) and Mount Hebron (94). Payton Lawrence (fourth), Jamie Scott (11th), Kelsey Harman (13th) and Meghan Yi (15th) rounded out the River Hill top five.
The River Hill boys used a similar effort to finish with 57 points and beat out South Carroll (77). Craig Morgan led the way (second) while Sean Kirby (sixth), Michael Feroe (13th), Jason Lee (15th) and Jason Harman (27th) made up the Hawks' top five.
Howard's girls repeated even though the fifth-ranked Lions moved up to Class 3A. They finished with 69 points to edge out No. 4 Hereford (73). Elyse Borisko finished second for a second consecutive year. Hereford's Kristen Malloy finished third in last year's Class 2A race, right behind Borisko. The two battled again yesterday in Class 3A, and Borisko led by a few strides with about one-tenth of a mile before Malloy took off and sprinted past her to win in 19 minutes and 36 seconds (a four-second win).
In addition to Borisko, Meredith Mill (10th), Caitlyn Fuller (11th), Chelsea Foong (26th) and Keri Dickens (33rd) gave the Lions just enough for the title.
"We came a long way this season," Borisko said. "They beat us before, and we definitely picked it up with runners four and five."
Glenelg's boys took the same concept to a different level as the Gladiators' top runner finished 17th, but they beat out South Carroll for the Class 1A state crown.
Scott Menner (17th) led Glenelg (77) past South Carroll (93). Teammates William Mettle (18th) and Matthew Ellis (19th) came in four and five seconds behind. Brian Chew (24th) and Justin Deitrick (26th) finished nine and 10 seconds after them.
The No. 2 Wilde Lake boys lost to Bethesda-Chevy Chase by one point in the Class 3A race. Jonathan Sham (sixth) and Derek Lange (eighth) were Wilde Lake's top 10 finishers. Howard's Joey Thompson won that race in 16:16, beating Dylan Bernard from Urbana by 25 seconds. No. 3 C.M. Wright got solid efforts from its other runners to finish with 96 points and edge Eleanor Roosevelt by one point in the Class 4A girls race.
Sara Bailey had the best time (19:46, seventh place), but Shannon Rafferty (17th), Lindsay Smith (20th), Erica Scripa (24th) and Whitney Hora (36th) combined to finish within 54 seconds of one another for the Mustangs' fourth title since 1999.
No. 7 South Carroll won the first girls state title in school history in the Class 1A race. The Cavaliers (69 points) easily beat Bohemia Manor (95) using top 10 finishes from Erin Slifer (sixth) and Catherine Robinson (seventh). Emily Powell (19th), Rachel Sykes (22nd) and Jess Johnson (34th) finished the top five.