WOODSBORO, Md. - Thomas Johnson harriers Chris Lemon and Chelsea Powell both conquered the mountain with similar approaches Tuesday at the second annual Mountain Run Invitational at Woodsboro Park.
"We're not used to going straight up," said Lemon of the vicious 800-yard climb that the runners had to tackle during mile one of the three-mile race. "We just wanted to take it up relaxed and go after people after that."
That's exactly what Lemon and teammate Marshall Lawrence did in the boys race. Lemon took over the lead from Catoctin's Bradley Topper - who led the field up the grueling incline - just past the two-mile mark. Lawrence quickly followed, and the TJ duo slugged it out down the stretch for top honors. Lemon hit the line first in a meet-record 16:49 (eclipsing the mark of 16:53 set by Clear Spring's Ryan Davis last year), Lawrence took second in 16:54, and Topper finished third in 17:16.