Girls cross country: First team, second team

Jo Baird

Baird continues to develop into a top distance runner. The sophomore came up big in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland AConference championship race, finishing second to John Carroll's Elizabeth Tauber.

Baird's run helped McDonogh take third. She ran consistently in the IAAM league meets throughout the season and should have a few good battles with Tauber again next year.

Elyse Borisko

The senior ran well in the biggest meets. Borisko finished third at the Howard County championships and did even better the following week, winning the Class 3A East regional championship.

Borisko then helped Howard finish fifth at the state meet.

Katie Harman
River Hill

The senior battled through midseason injuries to bounce back for a strong finish and help the Hawks capture a second straight Class 2A state title. Harman pulled off a dramatic victory in the Howard County championship, using a strong late kick to overtake leader Becky Yep of MountHebron for the win. The Hawks won that race, as well.

Hillary Lee
South River

The junior was solid in invitationals and big meets. She won the Knights Invitational in September in impressive fashion.

Later, Lee scored a 28-second victory in the Anne Arundel County championships to help South River surprise Severna Park for the title. Lee did it again during the Class 4A East regional meet, as the Seahawks beat the Falcons for the title. She then finished 13th in the tough Class 4A state meet, which was the highlight of a down day for South River.

Rachel Pillion

She led the way as Towson won the Class 3A state title. The senior helped the Generals gain some early-season momentum, as her third-place finish contributed to the team's win at the Barnhart Invitational.

Pillion kept running well in the big meets. She won the Baltimore County championship, helping carry Towson to the team title. She also came in first the following week at the Class 3A North regional meet, but Hereford beat the Generals for the title. Pillion helped Towson bounce back in the state meet, taking third as the Generals routed Hereford to win the championship.

Shannon Rafferty
C. Milton Wright

She helped the Mustangs win a second straight Class4A state championship. The junior ran No. 1 for C.M. Wright all season and helped the Mustangs overcome the loss of key runners from last season's state title team.

Coach Donnie Mickey wanted the team to peak in time for the postseason runs, and it did just that, especially Rafferty. She won the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title meet to help her team prevail. Rafferty's fifth-place finish at the Class 4A North regional meet paved the way for another Mustangs championship. Then, in the state meet, her ninth-place effort led C.M. Wright to another title.

Erica Scripa
C. Milton Wright

The senior combined with Shannon Rafferty to help the Mustangs run to another Class 4A state title. Scripa came up big at the end of the season, finishing third at the UCBAC title meet and then beating Rafferty at regionals with her second-place effort. After that, Scripa took 12th at the state meet, helping the Mustangs to a 34-point victory.

Elizabeth Tauber
John Carroll

The sophomore impressed last season, as the Patriots took second in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title meet. Coach Rob Torres predicted that Tauber would be something special this year - and he was right.

Tauber led the Patriots to a surprising second-place finish at this year's IAAM title meet. She easily won the A Conference race, beating McDonogh's Jo Baird by 22 seconds. Tauber came back after that to win at the state private schools meet a week later.

Becky Yep
Mount Hebron

Her breakthrough season can be summed up with what happened during the team's final three races. Yep led for much of the way in the Howard County championship before River Hill's Katie Harman sneaked up and made a late move to pass her and win. Things changed after that, however.

Yep took command in the Class 2A South regional race the next week and scored a convincing victory of nearly 26 seconds over Harman. The following week, the junior finished second in the Class 2A race. She beat Harman by 26 seconds there.
Second team
Allie DearieCenturySo.
Madeline DulacMcDonoghSo.
Lindsay HollandNorth CountySo.
Whitney HoraC.M. WrightJr.
Ellie KavanaghTowsonSr.
Samantha McElroyLibertySo.
Kirsten McGovernCenturyJr.
Meredith MillHowardJr.
Marta RandallHerefordSr.
Megan SchottN. HarfordSo.
Note: Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

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