Severna Park's Hill wins again

Cross country

High schools


Kelsey Hill is off to a debut many cross country runners would wish for.

The Severna Park freshman captured her second consecutive invitational title yesterday when she placed first at the Scorpion Crawl at Oakland Mills in Columbia.

Hill's victory paced the No. 2 Falcons to the team crown. On the boys side, Atholton junior Andrew Revelle and Gonzaga posted wins.

In just two previous meets, Hill won the public schools race at the Meade Autumn Classic nine days ago and took the junior varsity division at the Knights Invite last month.

Yesterday, she defeated a field that included Atholton junior Alison Smith, who won the Class 2A state title last fall en route to being named All-Metro Runner of the Year; Thomas Wootton sophomore Veronica Salcido, who finished third in 4A last year; and Severna Park teammate and sophomore Liya Kasimova, who placed fourth in 3A last season.

"I didn't think I could win," said Hill, who seized the lead after the first mile and won in 19 minutes, 2.24 seconds. "Everyone's been doing it a lot longer than me. I was just trying to get up front and keep the lead on the hills."

"I have never come close to having a freshman run three races and be undefeated," said Falcons coach Ed Purpura, noting Hill's background as a swimmer. Swimmers "just have a huge engine. In running, we just have to strengthen their legs and off they go."

In addition to Hill, the Falcons put Kasimova (sixth place in 20:08.48), freshman Hannah Carr (eighth, 20:43.35), senior Jennine Strange (ninth, 20:43.55) and freshman Kathleen Barranco (10th, 20:47.42) in the top 10 for 34 points.

Runner-up James Madison of Virginia had 89 points. Perry Hall (116 points), Wootton (116) and Mount Hebron (118) rounded out the top five.

In the boys race, Revelle encountered little trouble as the reigning Class 2A state champion coasted to victory in 16:40.84.

Revelle, who took the lead less than 800 meters into the run, said his motivation was a third-place outing at the Lancer Invitational last Saturday.

"I wasn't happy with my finish there," he said. "I thought I could do better. I wanted to prove today that I could do it."

Revelle's performance carried the Raiders to a runner-up finish with 66 points, 25 behind Gonzaga.

Severna Park (92 points), James Madison (133) and Oakland Mills (147) rounded out the top five.


Scorpion Crawl

At Oakland Mills


Teams (14 schools): 1. Gonzaga (GON) 41; 2. Atholton (ATH) 66; 3. Severna Park (SEP) 92; 4. James Madison (JMA) 133; 5. Oakland Mills (OAK) 147. Individuals (96 finishers): 1. Revelle (ATH), 16:40.84; 2. Chandler (GON), 16:56.52; 3. Bazell (ATH), 17:11.84; 4. Taylor (GON), 17:19.34; 5. King (ATH), 17:19.66; 6. Gillett (HAM), 17:26.35; 7. Cyr (SEP), 17:37.74; 8. Kelly (GON), 17:39.48; 9. Bateman (SEP), 17:48.46; 10. Lofton (JMA), 17:50.80.


Teams (11 schools): 1. Severna Park (SEP) 34; 2. James Madison (JMA) 89; 3. Perry Hall (PEH), 116; 4. Thomas Wootton (TSW), 116; 5. Mount Hebron (MTH) 188. Individuals (68 finishers): 1. Hill (SEP), 19:02.24; 2. Smith (ATH), 19:14.59; 3. Salcido (TSW), 19:19.89; 4. Parris (PTX), 19:30.48; 5. McCarter (MTH), 19:58.39; 6. Kasimova (SEP), 20:08.48; 7. Levy (TSW), 20:21.37; 8. Carr (SEP), 20:43.35; 9. Strange (SEP), 20:43.55; 10. Barranco (SEP), 20:47.42.

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