Jen Englehart and Brian Harris, with diametrical running backgrounds, scored convincing victories to lead C. Milton Wright to a sweep in the Harford County cross country championships at Harford Glen yesterday.
Englehart, a sophomore, who did not even know what cross country was some 15 months ago, took charge halfway through the girls 3.1-mile race and loped home a winner in 19 minutes 57 seconds, 75 yards ahead of teammate Amy Altmann, 20:17. Defending champion Christy Moon of Aberdeen was third, 20:23.
Wright won the girls team title with 27 points to 42 for runner-up Fallston.
Once out of the initial wave, Harris led all the way in capturing his third successive county title. The senior's time of 16:12 was one second off his meet-record time of a year ago.
Teammate Steve Donahue overtook Bobby Simmons of Joppatowne, last year's county runner-up and Class 1A state champion, to get second in 16:24. Simmons was third in 17:03.
"I was never really big into sports before high school, but I wanted to run track," Englehart said. "That summer  I saw some girls running, and they said they were training for cross country. 'What's cross country?' I asked. They said you run three miles, and I told them I couldn't do that. Still, I came out."
By the end of the year, she had run sixth in the county and fifth at the regional meets.
"I was going to run from the front this time, but Michelle [Apland of Bel Air] got out in front of me and Christy [Moon] was right behind me, and I thought, 'It looks like I'm not going to win,' " she said.
She stayed with it, and past the halfway mark, "I flew by Michelle, turned around, and no one was there."
Wright's boys team ended with 18 points, and Simmons' place made the difference, as Joppatowne got by Fallston for second place, 77 to 83.