Last year Smithsburg senior Will Merritt was the only boy to crack 16 minutes at the state championships at Hereford High School. In doing so he became just the eighth runner since the new course debuted in 2014 to break the barrier.
The course record was set at the first state championships held on the slightly altered course. Seniors Nick Fransham and David Eisenhauer had a race for the ages in the 3A classification, with Fransham coming from behind in the final 100 meter sprint to outlean Eisenhauer. Could the record survive another year of state championships? Or will there be a new course record holder by next Saturday night?