Loch Raven coach Adam Hittner felt runner Kathryn Franke had just started to reach her potential last year.
Franke (800 meters) ran in only one individual event and was pretty good at it, finishing third in the state indoors and fifth outdoors.
But Hittner expanded Franke's role this winter, putting her into the 1,600 as well, starting with the nine-team Westside Challenge in early December.
"I ended up breaking the school record," Franke said. "He (Hittner) kept putting me in."
And why not? Franke just kept winning.
Last week, Franke (5:34) had her brightest moment of the season by capturing the 1,600 at the Baltimore County Indoor Track and Field championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
She edged Hereford junior Jenna Cimino (5:34.20) by leaning forward at the finish line to help the Raiders (51 points) to a second-place finish behind the Bulls (67) and ahead of third-place Catonsville (50) and fourth-place Dulaney.
It was Loch Raven's best showing in the 32 years of the event.
"It's a big deal," Hittner said. "We don't have a big team (eight girls) and we are very good. Hereford and Dulaney have about 30 kids."
Franke certainly did her part to help the Raiders to the top finish.
She was on the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams.
She also placed second in the 800 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay with classmate Jamie Fahey and seniors Lauryn Singer and Allison Dauses and joined senior Emma Davis, sophomore Erin Williams and Dauses on the champion 3,200 foursome.
Davis (4th, 800, 5th, 500), Williams (6th, 1,600) and junior Megan Sudia (3rd, shot put) also posted top individual finishes for Loch Raven.
For the Raiders boys, senior Michael Glassman continued to shine on the track.
After placing second in the county cross country championships last fall, Glassman won top honors in the 1,600 (4:54.4) for the second consecutive season by edging Dulaney's Charles Larsen (4:54.9).
Glassman, who also took sixth in the 3,200, said he and the Raiders' success this fall -- they won the team cross country championship -- has had a carryover effect.
"We have been training a lot harder," he said. "We are more motivated. We have like this we-can-do-it attitude."
Jon Flesher (2nd, 300), Tyler Scruggs (5th, 300) and Mike Greco (6th, 800) also scored points for fourth-place Loch Raven, and the Raiders' 3,200 relay team of Greco, Jon Troch and Jeff Delcher was fourth.
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