The morning session of Saturday's cross country state championships belonged to the hosts.
Hereford's girls had little trouble winning the Class 3A division, while the boys edged out Linganore. This was the second straight year that the Bulls swept the Class 3A titles -- and the meet's at Hereford, which makes it even more satisfying for the host school.
The No. 2 Hereford girls put three in the top 10 and five in the top 22 to turn that competition into a laugher. The Bulls finished with 48 points to outdistance runner-up No. 6 River Hill (114) with no trouble. Sara Carter (second) was the top Hereford runner.
The No. 4 Hereford boys (72 points) put four inthe top 19 to edgedout Linganore by three points. Jonathan Luckin (fifth) led the Bulls, who also got a strong effort from Kevin Collins (18th). Collins ran almost the entire race with one shoe after losing his right shoe about 100 yards after the start.
In Class 4A, the top-ranked
Ashley Hayes (sixth) was the only Severna Park runner in the top 10, and Dulaney's Isabel Griffith (third) led the local runners as the Lions turned in a strong effort.
The No. 2 Severna Park boys finished second in their race.