Second place was never an option for South Hagerstown's Chelsea Githens-Brewer.
At least not in her mind. Not even after Hedgesville's Jackie Hadley took the lead from her for the first time with just under a half-mile remaining in Wednesday's 2.91-mile, six-team cross country race at South.
"I really didn't want to come in second," said Githens-Brewer, who shot out to the early lead with a 6:38 opening mile. "Third's OK, but if it's second, I know I could have pushed harder."
But there was no second-guessing for the Rebels freshman Wednesday. Githens-Brewer found the extra gear down the stretch, reclaiming the lead and holding on for the win in 20 minutes, 39 seconds. Hadley took second in 20:45 while Eagles teammate Christy Ashley placed third in 20:59, leading Hedgesville to the girls team victory with 30 points - three points ahead of runner-up Jefferson.