2A Girls State Meet Preview By Event

800 Meter Run

The Hereford girls could rack up a ton of points in the 800 this year, and that's even without Kara Schmidt (who currently sits at second on the 2A leaderboard). Jen Barranco, Emily Konkus and Hannah Weeren have all run under 2:30 this winter. (Photo by John Roemer) 

AthleteSeason BestRegional Performance
Allison Zolkiewicz, South Carroll2:23.59 (2A West Regionals)2:23.59 (1st, 2AW)
Emily Konkus, Hereford2:24.16 (AACo vs. BaCo #2)2:35.43 (3rd, 2AC*)
Jasmine Tiamfook, River Hill2:24.49 (HoCo Champs)2:26.60 (1st, 2AE)
Jen Barranco, Hereford2:25.99 (AACo vs. BaCo #2)2:33.31 (1st, 2AC*)
Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz, Damascus2:26.14 (Smithsburg Invite)2:27.06 (2nd, 2AW)

This year's 800 will feature an interesting mix of mid-distance and distance runners meeting in the middle, most of whom will be on their second or third race of the day. Zolkiewicz has won the 300, 500 and 800 in each of her past two meets (Carroll County and 2A West regional meets) and owns the top 800 time among 2A girls this season.

Unfortunately this year's field is a bit thin, as three of the top eight girls on the current 2A leaderboard won't be racing at the state meet. Many schools will be represented by multiple runners: the Hereford girls went 1-2-3 at the 2A Central Regionals, even without Kara Schmidt who ranks second on the 2A leaderboard. River Hill's Jasmine Tiamfook and Faith Meininger both advanced to the state meet in their third race of the day at the regional meet.

And the five qualifying runners from the 2A West Regional meet came from just two schools: South Carroll and Damascus. Zolkiewicz was joined by Jamie Anderson (third) and Megan O'Neill (fifth), while both Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz (second) and Juliana Ancalmo (fourth) made it for the Hornets. Not surprisingly the two teams have been two of the top contenders in the 4x800 for the past couple years.