Catonsville's Jamie Davies won the boys championship in the only close race of the day at the Baltimore County Cross Country Championships yesterday at Oregon Ridge.
As expected, Dulaney's Amanda White ran away with her third girls title, leading the No. 1 Lions to the Cross country
girls title. No. 6 Perry Hall had no trouble winning an unprecedented seventh straight boys team championship.
Only the absence of Milford Mill's Mike Mamo, the two-time defending champion sidelined with shin splints, opened up the boys' race. There was no clear favorite, with a handful of runners capable of taking the title.
VTC Davies, a junior, went out quickly with the lead pack through the first mile. He stuck behind Hereford's Bruce Lentz going up an excruciating hill at the mile-and-a-half point and breaking out in the lead a few yards later on the downhill.
"I took the lead and I didn't even think I'd keep it," said Davies, who finished in 16:39. "I figured they'd catch me in the woods [with about a half mile to go]. It wasn't until I came down the last hill [to the chute] that I realized I would win it."
In the boys' team race, Perry Hall's top six ran in a pack that finished eighth through 13th. The Gators' seventh straight championship knocked Towson, with six consecutive titles between 1949 and 1954, from the record books.
With 45 points, the Gators outran Hereford (76) and Catonsville (82). Gary Gerard led the team in eighth place in 17:11, followed by Frank Trimble (17:13), Chris Drumgoole (17:24), Aaron Roof (17:29), Joe Leilich (17:31) and Bret Lurz (17:36).
Meanwhile, White, who did not run as a freshman, became only the second three-time girls champion in county cross country history. Lansdowne's Karin Wagner won her third in 1981.
Yesterday, after the first mile, White already led by 28 seconds. At the two-mile mark, she had extended the lead to 1:17. She finished in 17:12 -- 2:07 ahead of sophomore Bridget Olp of
Dulaney won the team title, placing five runners in the top 10. After White and Friz (third, 19:25) came Dishina Davis (sixth, 20:29), Ashley Dorr (seventh, 20:35) and Patti Zahner (10th, 21:10).
The Lions tallied 27 points followed by Hereford with 86.