At the Class 3A, North Region championship meet at Lansdowne High School, C. Milton Wright took home top honors in both the individual boys and girls races and team titles, thanks in large part to the performances of a perennial front-runner and a virtual unknown.
Brian Harris, considered a top contender for the state title, won the boys race in 16:11.37, beating Mustangs teammate Steve Donahue by over 20 seconds. C. M. Wright scored 26 points, followed by Parkville (49) and Franklin (84), which also qualified for next week's state championship meet.
C. M. Wright's Dave Warnick (sixth), Eric Benjamin (seventh) and Jason Evans (10th) help the Mustangs to their first-place finish.
For the girls, C. M. Wright junior Amy Altmann, who never before had won a race in high school, surprised the small field, winning in 19:34.34. She broke away from Bel Air's Michelle Apland (second, 20:06.83) at the two-mile mark and cruised to victory.
"I was really surprised," Altmann said. "I looked back at the final turn and saw [Apland] was far back, but I knew I had to keep going."
Other Mustangs among the top 10 were Michelle Englehart (third), Michelle Edberg (fourth), Krissy Sprucebank (fifth), Erin Bralieh (sixth) and Pam Hipchen (10th).
C. M. Wright compiled 19 points, followed by Bel Air (43), which also qualified for state championships.
Class 2A North Region
Towson sophomore Becky Foster and senior Jamie Davies of Catonsville took first place in their divisions with plenty of time to spare.
Foster covered the 3.1-mile course at Oregon Ridge Park in 20:30.9. Bridget Olp of Catonsville took second, followed by teammates Julie Shimko and Brigid O'Connell.
Davies' time of 17:49.9 was enough to hold off Towson runner-up Ryan Haden and Catonsville teammate Ed Garrett.
Catonsville swept both the girls and boys team titles. The Comets' girls contingent (28 points) will be joined at the state meet by runner-up Fallston (52) and third-place Towson (75). Catonsville's boys squad (25) will be joined by runner-up Towson (59), Fallston (79) and Loch Raven (84).
Class 4A North Region
Perry Hall's Krissy Jost and Frank Trimble each finished first while leading the Gators to a sweep of the team titles at Oregon Ridge Park.
The Gators' boys team claimed five of the top six spots and seven of the top nine.
Trimble took first in 17:29.7 over the 3.1-mile course, followed by teammates Joe Leilich and Chris Marye and Dulaney's Dave Carpenter. Perry Hall's boys team, which finished with 17 points, has qualified for the states along with Mervo (59) and Dulaney (60).
A 1-2 finish by Jost and Megan Makowski helped Perry Hall's girls edge Dulaney, 34-36.
Class 1A Central Region
The Hereford girls took advantage of three finishes in the to10 to take second place at Francis Scott Key.
Julie McCann, Meredith Allen and Kerry O'Brien finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, over the 3.1-mile course. Hereford finished with 38 points, one behind first-place Central, which won its sixth straight regional title with two of the top three finishers and five runners in the top 13.
Rebecca Geddes finished ninth in 22:36 for Hereford, and Nicole McKnight took 14th for the Bulls. The Bulls finished third in the boys' race with 53 points, behind Key (37) and Wilde Lake (44). Gilliam Jarrod of Hereford took second in 17:46, 14 seconds behind Wilde Lake's Faisal Hasan.