The Hereford boys and Towson girls each made a little bit of history at yesterday's Baltimore County championships.
Rachel Pillion ran away from the pack for an easy victory that helped No. 5 Towson end host Dulaney's 18-year winning streak. The No. 9 Hereford boys brought home their first county cross country title in 30 years, edging Dulaney and defending champion Loch Raven.
Pillion led a Towson team that had pointed toward this event all season. The senior quickly took command, racing to a 30-yard lead in the first half-mile and winning in 18 minutes, 46.5 seconds, beating runner-up Emily VandeWater of Hereford by a staggering 58.2 seconds.
"I was having some bad starts, but I was focused on getting out [well] early," Pillion said. "We really wanted this."
Pillion, Ellie Kavanagh (fifth), Emma Fesperman (seventh), Molly Thorne (ninth) and Becky Regan (14th) combined to give Towson 36 points, beating Hereford (49) and Dulaney (63) to end the Lions' long streak.
Hereford's Marta Randall (third) and Amelia Tenberg (10th) also made the top 10.
The Hereford boys had a tougher time in winning their first county crown since 1978. Loch Raven's Mike Glassman shrugged off recent leg problems to win the race in 16:23.1, beating Dulaney's Corey Hancock (16:28.3).
But Hereford senior Ryan Chelton finished third, and the Bulls got strong work from four underclassmen to finish with 57 points and top Dulaney (58) and Loch Raven (61). Sophomore Ben Bemis (eighth), juniors Chris Leininger (14th) and John Riemer (15th) and sophomore Mason Riveria (17th) carried the Bulls.
"It was a shock; it was a surprise because we didn't run particularly [great]," Hereford coach Jason Bowman said. "But it was an extraordinary team effort."
Glassman had been battling problems with a strained left quadriceps the past two weeks. But the senior took the lead in the first quarter-mile and stayed in command.
"I just wanted to dictate the whole race," Glassman said. "If someone wanted to come get me, they could try."