Hereford girls win third straight cross country state title, Dulaney boys second

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:49:56 PM. Hereford junior Emily Konkus wins Class 2A girls individual title
The Hereford girls cross country team stole the spotlight in the Class 2A state cross country championship race on Saturday afternoon at Hereford High. The team captured its third straight state title and fourth in the past five years, finishing with 81 points, ahead of River Hill (121) and Liberty (126). In 2014, the Bulls were second in the state meet. In the individual race, Hereford junior Emily Konkus rallied from behind in the final half-mile and held off three challengers in the last quarter-mile for the victory in a time of 19:40.44. She is the fifth Hereford girl to win the individual title and first since Erin Causey in 2010. Other Hereford champions included: Kristen Malloy (2007), Mary Leffel (1986) and Tammy Walden (1981). “It was just insane,” Konkus said. “I honestly still can’t believe it. It was definitely a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears that went into it, so it’s just amazing that it paid off.” Konkus began to make her move just before the two-mile mark. “I’m better at catching people than holding people off, so that’s what I just had to go in with,” Konkus said. “Around the corn field, I started to know that I had to kick it in.” Konkus took the lead with about a half-mile to go. On the flat grass before the final incline, River Hill’s Jasmine Tiamfook nearly pulled even, but once Konkus got on the hill she stretched her lead and held off a charging Heather Delaplaine (19:41.79), of Damascus, at the finish. Winters Mill’s Makenzie Hopkins (19:45.22)...Read more
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