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Hereford girls track and field starting strong in quest for another state title

LANDOVER — Hereford girls track is looking to continue a legacy of success.

The Bulls won the Class 3A state track and field championships in the last two contested outdoor state meets and the last three indoor state meets. They haven’t been beaten for a track and field state title since 2018.


On the first day of the MPSSAA outdoor track and field championships, Hereford, now in Class 2A, started this year’s quest strong by winning the first contested event, the 4x800 relay. Scarlett Seitz, Hadley Sweeney, Rebekka Hillier and Piper Lentz won in 9 minutes, 45.44 seconds, more than 12 seconds faster than second-place Rising Sun.

“I just knew I had to keep a good position for my teammates and I knew even if I didn’t come in first that they all run really fast times and they would catch up,” Seitz said of her lead-off leg.


Sweeney ran second and put the Bulls in front, while Hillier and Lentz closed it out.

“I knew even if I didn’t handoff in first we were still going to be OK,” Sweeney said. “We got to the 200 and I felt really good and I realized it would be a safe space for me to cut ahead. Once I did I never looked back.”

Lentz said the early win was a good starting point to go after another title.

“Really set the standard for today,” Lentz said. “We’re getting everyone pumped up. It’s nice to come off first event with a win so everyone is in good spirits.”

Running is a family affair at Hereford. Sisters Sylvia and Estelle Snider finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,200.

“It’s really special,” Sylvia, a freshman, said. “We always work together, we always pace off each other. It’s really fun just to be able to do this with each other.”

“In workouts, we always run next to each other,” Estelle added. “It’s amazing to know I have a younger sister that’s so good.”

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Hereford is clinging to a lead after Day 1 with 34 points. Middletown has 32 and Oakland Mills has 27.


“We really appreciate working for our team,” Estelle said. “We’re so close to them, we train with them every day. To help them win is amazing.”

The Bulls also got a second-place finish from Lizzie Lopez, who cleared 10-6 in the pole vault.

Classes 1A and 2A competed on Day 1. The only other area 2A state champion Thursday was Oakland Mills’ 4x200 relay team of Saniya Curtis, Aliya Murray, Precious Enow and Fisayo Sule, which won in 1:45.27.

No area athlete won a state title in the girls 1A meet, but Western Tech got a pair of second-place finishes. Samara Jones was second in the triple jump (36-9¼) and the team of Peace Mbah, Oluwatunmishe Olunuga, Tamunobelema Olungwe and Olivia Fox was second in the 4x200 (1:48.66).

Also, Francis Scott Key’s Adeline Kraics finished second in the discus, throwing 110-4.

Classes 3A and 4A are scheduled to start competition Friday. All classes will compete Saturday in running finals and remaining field events.