River Hill runs away with meet

Hawks boys and girls teams place first in Run From the Lions' Den

Cross country

October 11, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

The River Hill boys and girls didn't have much trouble pulling off a sweep at yesterday's Run From the Lions' Den.

On the boys side, the No. 2 Hawks placed two runners in the top 10 to finish with 69 points and breeze to a victory over No. 7 Francis Scott Key (106) in the event at Liberty. Katie Harman finished first and teammate Anna Demaree took second to help No. 7 River Hill (51) roll past South Carroll (89) on the girls side.

The Hawks girls ran impressively, with five runners finishing in the top 23. Harman won in 20 minutes, 38 seconds, beating Demaree by 11 seconds. Harman's victory was even more impressive considering that she encountered asthma problems during the race.

The asthma bothered Harman mostly during the last two miles.

"I let the girls go out in front of me at the beginning," Harman said. "But I [caught up] and started making a gap halfway through, and I kept taking deep breaths."

The top five River Hill finishers showed how young the Hawks are this season. Demaree is a freshman, and Payton Lawrence (13th, freshman) and juniors Jamie Scott (16th) and Kelsey Harman (19th, Katie's fraternal twin) all ran solid races.

The Hawks also beat No. 5 Century (third, 108) and top-ranked Severna Park (sixth, 164) as the Falcons held back most of their top runners.

Arthur Leathers won the boys race for Key in 16:46, 4 seconds ahead of River Hill's Craig Morgan. Leathers used a different strategy in this race, holding back early instead of going out to the fast start he usually uses.

"I went out more relaxed, and then I had a lot left," Leathers said. "It worked out perfectly."

But everything still worked out great for River Hill, which had Sean Kirby (ninth), Mike Feroe (13th), Adam Davis (22nd) and Jason Harman (23rd) complete its top five.

River Hill coach Earl Lauer was happy with how the boys and girls ran, especially with the difficult Howard County championships coming up in about two weeks, followed by the regional and state meets.

"It was good, [and] we're pretty solid with both the boys and the girls," Lauer said. "I feel more confident, but it's going to be tough just to win our own county."

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