Freshman Anna Demaree won three races and ran on a victorious relay team as River Hill routed the girls' field in the Howard County championships that concluded yesterday at Long Reach.
Demaree won the 800 (2:23.39), 1,600 (5:12.58) and the 3,200 (11:36.72) and ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay team (9:54.82). She beat out teammate Katie Harman (cross country state champion) three times. Harman took second in both the 1,600 and 3,200, was third in the 800 and ran on the same relay team.
"I was really surprised that I got all four of them," Demaree said. "I was hoping that I [would] do it."
The performances of Demaree and Harman plus Dorehn Coleman (second in the 200 and 400 plus third in the 100) helped River Hill rebound from last year's 11th-place finish to win easily with 110 points. Howard was second with 85.5.
Shianna Smith of Wilde Lake and Long Reach's Funmi Alabi both also won twice. Smith captured the shot put (32 feet, 11 inches) and discus (106-10). Alabi took the 100 (12.09) and 200 (25.72).
The Mount Hebron boys won with 97.5 points, easily beating Hammond (71) with success in the hurdles and relays. The Vikings got wins from Jackson Jordan in the 110 hurdles (15.09) and the 300 hurdles (40.14). Josh Bair helped by finishing third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Mount Hebron won the 800 (1:30.63) and 1,600 relays (3:27.78) and took second in the 3,200 relay. Howard's Joey Thompson captured the 800 (1:58.78) and 1,600 (4:22.79), and Nate Gant also won twice (long jump in 21-0 1/2 and 100 in 11.23).