Hereford girls capture school's first indoor track state title

The Hereford girls have won six straight Baltimore County indoor track and field championships and regional titles three of the past four winters. But the Bulls had never captured a state title.

The No. 3 Bulls ended that drought Tuesday night when they outlasted Milford Mill to win the first indoor state title in school history. The Bulls scored 65 points to beat the Millers (54) and win the Class 3A championship at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

"This has been our goal all season," Hereford coach Brad Duvall said. "It's been their focus all year."

Hereford showed its usual depth, getting points from throughout its lineup. The Bulls' team of Sara Carter, Erin Causey, Shannon Martello and Susan Tenberg won the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 44.55 seconds.

Carter and Causey also helped give Hereford the lead for good when they took the top two spots in the 3,200. Carter won in 11:26.76, and Causey finished in 11:28.67, giving the Bulls 18 key points.

Sarah Ashwood also gave the Bulls a win in the 1,600 (5:16.33). The sophomore, in her first season in track, said Hereford was optimistic before the meet.

"We definitely thought we could win," Ashwood said. "It's very exciting."

Racquel Moses helped lead Milford Mill with a victory in the 300 (40.31), and she also ran on the winning 800 relay team (1:44.01).

Hereford was the only local state championship team. Thomas Johnson took the Class 3A boys team title while the Eleanor Roosevelt girls and Henry Wise boys won in Class 4A.

Old Mill's Alexis Franklin won the 300 and 500. She has won a total of seven individual state titles in her indoor and outdoor career.

The Ohio State-bound senior easily won the 300 in 39.62 seconds. But in the 500, Franklin (1:14.46) needed to come from at least 10 yards behind and edged Springbrook's Udeme Akpaete at the finish line by one-tenth of a second.

Franklin had to run the 55 hurdles finals about 10 minutes afterward. That's usually her best event, but Franklin was tired and finished sixth.

"My legs were done after [the 500]," Franklin said. "My legs weren't working. But I'm pleased with my performance."

Tim Virostek of Wilde Lake also won two races, taking the Class 3A 800 (2:00.37) and 1,600 (4:26.66). That helped the Wildecats tie No. 10 Digital Harbor for fourth with 39 points.

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