PARKTON, Md. — Midway through her Maryland 4A cross-country championship Saturday morning, Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Caroline Beakes noticed the pace slowing. That’s when she decided to make her move at Hereford High.
The sophomore separated herself from the pack about a mile and a half into the three-mile race to win the individual championship with a time of 19 minutes 17.4 seconds and help the Barons earn their second straight 4A title.
“I just tried to maintain the lead and make it greater on the dip and continuing throughout the rest of it,” Beakes said, referring to the infamous ravine runners must traverse twice during the race. “People were slowing down, and I felt pretty good out there, so I decided to push the pace a little bit so it wouldn’t give them as much of a chance to recover.”
As a team, Bethesda-Chevy Chase was led by Beakes and sophomore Nora McUmber, who finished third with a time of 19:28.1 seconds. The Barons ended the race with 67 points, 36 better than second-place Quince Orchard and 52 points ahead of third-place Broadneck.