A year’s worth of frustration and wait ended for Hereford High’s boys’ cross country team Saturday. The Bulls won the Baltimore County championship at Dulaney.
The Parkton school swept the event as the girls’ dethroned Dulaney, winning the title for the first time in 26 years. Freshman Erin Causey won the individual title in 19 minutes, 38.3 seconds for the Bulls.
Mason Rivera repeated as boys’ champ as Hereford exorcised the bitter memory of being disqualified for a uniform violation that cost it the county crown nearly a year ago. On a day, the Bulls had to be perfect, uniform-wise, they ran the equivalent of a perfect game in baseball.
Hereford claimed the top five spots with Rivera, senior Ben Bemis (16:48.8) and sophomores Kevin Payne (16:51.8), Julian Rivera (17:03.1) and Jon Lucklin (17:05.5), for a total of 15 points. It’s believed it’s the first time that has happened in the history of the Baltimore County championship meet.
Towson, last year’s boys’ champ, was runner-up (61) with Dulaney third (67). The Generals’ Will Fesperman (6th; 17:10) repeated in the top 10.
The Bull girls enjoyed repeat Top 10 performances from Emily VandeWater (3rd; 19:59.5) and Rachel Barkley (5th; 20:09.7). Dulaney’s Sydney Glenn returned to the Top 10 with a fourth-place showing (20:05.4).
Next on the postseason itinerary is state region meets Nov. 4. Dulaney will host the Class 4A North meet, and Pikesville the 1A North.