Juniors from Baltimore County, each has won a state title. Both are workaholics who have to be held back by their coaches, and if either loses a race to a local competitor this fall, that upset will highlight the 1991 cross country season.
Dulaney's Amanda White and Milford Mill's Mike Mamo welcome the great expectations. There's no insult intended, but they are actually looking beyond the state championships at Western Maryland College Nov. 9.
As a sophomore, in her first season of running, White capped a startling campaign by finishing third at the Kinney-sponsored national 5l championships. One of Mamo's goals this season is to qualify for that meet in late November.
TC "If Mike wants to do that, we can't think about peaking early in the season," Milford Mill coach Jesse Hannon said. "He's very intense in his approach, and sometimes we have to back him off. He worked out twice a day quite a bit this summer, and averaged 75-90 miles."
Mamo has added a few pounds to his frail frame, and he's now 5 feet 10, 115 pounds. The longer the race, the better his chances. Last spring he won a state title at 3,200 meters in 9:43, a fine time for a sophomore, and shortly thereafter finished a 3-mile race in 14:51.
Mamo fully expects to repeat as the county and state 1A champion, and at the same time begin to attract attention from college recruiters.
White, meanwhile, was tabbed as a major college swimming prospect before she ever ran a race for Dulaney. Her affiliation with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club meant she came to cross country with an impressive fitness level, and she made a huge splash on the trails last fall.
White was The Evening Sun co-Runner of the Year in 1990, when she came within one second of the course record at Hereford at the county championships and was the fastest of the day at the state meet. She added to her growing reputation last spring with an area record in the 3,200.
"Amanda's ahead of where she was at this time last year," Dulaney coach Bob Dean said. "She really didn't know what she was doing then. She did some running toward the end of the summer, but basically concentrated on swimming. She's a little taller and stronger, and I've got to hold her back. She'll go as hard as you let her."
Like Mamo, White is focusing early on invitationals. On Saturday, she'll be at Pallotti and he'll be at the Spiked Shoe at Johns Hopkins University. Both will try Virginia's best on Oct. 19, at Georgetown Prep. On Oct. 12, White will be the drawing card at the inaugural Harford Invitational, while Mamo will opt for the Metro Invitational at Catonsville Community College the day before.
At the Metro, Mamo will collide with Mount St. Joseph's Romero Wilson, the Maryland Scholastic Association favorite and the only other boy returning from last year's All-Metro first team. White's competition next Wednesday at the Westminster Invitational will include the Owls' Stephanie Morningstar, a track ace in her first cross country season.
Among other major meets, the Howard Invitational goes at Howard Community College tomorrow.
Returning All-Metro cross country runners
BOYS First Team Mike Mamo, Milford Mill, Jr.
Romero Wilson, Mt. St. Joe, Sr.
Honorable Mention Pat Aiken, Loch Raven, Sr.
Scott Boetig, Old Mill, Sr.
Brian Harris, C.M. Wright, So.
Gerard Hogan, Glenelg, Sr.
Eric McCarty, Loyola, Sr.
Gavin McCarty, Loyola, Sr.
GIRLS First Team Alicia Adams, Glenelg, So.
Amanda White, Dulaney, Jr.
Honorable Mention Tiffany Allison, Loch Raven, Sr.
Monica Beall, Fallston, Jr.
Tishia Botteon, Perry Hall, Sr.
Alicia Brown, Oakland Mills, So.
Amanda Cox, Centennial, Sr.
Fran Mackney, Severna Park, Sr.
Anita Manning, Poly, Sr.
Christina Maranto, Bryn Mawr, Jr.
Lauren Mross, Towson, Jr.
Marisa Sanders, Old Mill, Jr.
Stacey Servia, C.M. Wright, Jr.
Cindy Silate, Glen Burnie, Sr.