Hereford's Malloy sets Bull Run mark

Cross country

October 01, 2006|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

"The Dip" once again played a pivotal role in the outcome of the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford yesterday, where runners from 116 public and private schools converged to compete in eight scoring events.

That portion of the race proved to be too daunting for some of the runners, who struggled up the steep ravine in a light rain. Some had to walk, and others were left in tears, as they tried to overcome the hill in the middle of the course. While there have been no official measurements of The Dip by school officials, some agree that it could serve as a novice hill at many ski resorts. One runner who didn't have trouble with it was sophomore Kristen Malloy of Hereford, who broke the course record by 12 seconds by finishing in 18 minutes, 40 seconds in the Girls Elite race. Malloy finished fourth in the race last year, and winning this year's event could be another step toward defending her Class 2A North regional crown.

"I didn't realize I had a shot at the record until I came up the last hill and my coach was shouting at me," said Malloy, who eclipsed the previous mark set by Karen Pulliam of Quince Orchard in 2000. "I know this course pretty well, so that helped."

Overall in the Girls Elite, top-ranked Severna Park (72) finished first ahead of No. 5 C. Milton Wright (108) and No. 2 Dulaney (125). On the boys' side, top-ranked Loyola suffered its first loss of the season, finishing behind Gaithersburg in the Elite race. Coach Jose Albornoz said the difference was that his team was about 30 seconds behind where they have been all season.

"We're disappointed," Albornoz said. "I thought we were going to have two guys inside of 17 and four inside of 18 and that just didn't happen. They were ready to go and well-rested, but we just came out flat."

Robert Wetzel of Archbishop Spalding had the best showing among the boys, upsetting Atholton's Andrew Revelle, who was last year's Class 2A state champion, in the Boys Elite race. Wetzel, who finished with a time of 16:03 (three seconds shy of the course record), said he tried to run conservatively before pouring it on during the latter part of the race.

"I didn't want to be breathing too heavy in the first mile," Wetzel said. "We went down The Dip, and I really made my move when we got to the top. They kind of went hard up the hill, but I really broke them at the top. I had them because I felt really confident."

In the Boys Large event Kyle Gaffney of Blake in Silver Spring won with a time of 16:39, ahead of Pete Houlihan of C. Milton Wright, who finished second at 17:06. Overall, the first-place finisher was Richard Montgomery(106) followed by Leonardtown (107) and No. 5 River Hill (130).

Katie Harman of River Hill won the Girls Large event with a time of 20:09, well ahead of Wooton's Veronica Spittler (20:17). Harman, a junior, was the runner-up in the Howard County Class 3A East and Class 3A state championships last year.

"My strategy was not to get out too fast," Harman said. "I wanted to keep nice pace and then push myself real hard on The Dip."

On the team side, Richard Montgomery (65) took first, ahead of No. 6 Broadneck (107) and No. 3 River Hill (112).

In addition to Maryland, schools from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia participated.

No. 4 Wilde Lake had four runners finish in the top 10 in the Medium Boys team event, including a first-place spot by J.P. Allera with a time of 16:52.

In the Girls Medium, Katie Hursey of North Carroll was first (19:44), followed by Elyse Borisko of Howard (20:17) and Hannah Mayhew of Towson (21:07). Howard won the event.

South Carroll (93) was first in the Boys Small event, ahead of Gilman (108) and Clear Spring (124). In the Girls Small event, South Carroll (59) was first, followed by Winters Mill (116) and Spalding (137).

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