Howard County Girls XC 2017 Preview

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Jasmine Tiamfook (left) and Emily Beyer (right) went toe-to-toe at last year's Howard County Championships and produced what was one of the most exciting finishes of the season. Tiamfook would go on to win the 3A East Regionals, but Beyer finished higher than Tiamfook at the state championships. (Photo by Melissa Rose)

Last year, River Hill's Jasmine Tiamfook and Mount Hebron's Emily Beyer went back-and-forth throughout the cross country season in an effort to establish themselves as the top runner in Howard County. The two met a total of four times, and both won the matchup twice. The closest race came at the county championships where Tiamfook edged Beyer by one second. With both girls coming back for 2017, will the race turn into a two-person race like last fall? Or will somebody else emerge as a contender before October?