On March 13th 2021, the Cross Country season for Howard County kicked off. Marriotts Ridge, Hammond, Oakland Mills, River Hill, and Long Reach ran at Atholton while Howard, Mt. Hebron, Glenelg, Wilde Lake, and Reservoir ran at Centennial. Each School was able to send their top twenty runners, rather than the usual top twelve, for both the boys and girls races. This allowed for some runners who may not usually run a varsity race, to run with the likes of some of the best in the county.
At the Atholton race, Marriotts Ridge took home the team win with two runners in the top five for the boy’s race. In the girl’s race, Atholton secured the home win with four runners in the top ten. Over at the other race of the day, the Centennial boys team locked in a home win with the top three finishes all belonging to the eagles. During the girls race, Howard won the day as a team with the four top finishes belonging to the Lions.
For some runners this was the first race in over a year after the season was originally postponed back in September. Even though there may have been an extended offseason, some runners are back to their mid season form already. This year’s regular season will consist of three races and then the county championships on Saturday April 10th at Centennial. Each race will feature no more than six teams running in one race. Varsity races during the regular season will take place on Thursdays and JV races will be run on Saturdays. State and regional races have been cancelled, citing covid as the reason.
This cross country season will be one like no other. Like we’ve seen in the past with many other programs, everything can change overnight so it’s vital that every runner is making the most out of the shortened season.
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