There were few surprises at the Class 4A East Region cross country meet at Bay Brook Park yesterday.
Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini won the individual girls title, and the 00 Severna Park girls bounced back from a defeat in the county meet last week to take the team title.
Arundel's boys took their second team title in as many weeks, but the Wildcats' No. 1 runner, Geoff Warren, was beaten for the individual title by Northern-Calvert's Nick Gramsky, who finished the three-mile course in 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Warren was second at 16:12.
The Wildcats coasted to the team title, with four runners in the top 15.
Nicolini continued her run toward the state title with a course-record 17:34, 1:56 faster than Becky McDivitt of Glen Burnie.
Bay Brook's course was hillier than most, but Nicolini didn't seem bothered by it.
"Most people see this course and say, 'Hills, yuck,' but they don't bother me. Everyone has to run the same course, so you just deal withit," she said.
Severna Park won the girls team title for its eighth straight region title.
Falcons coach Ed Purpura said the team's second-place finish in last week's county meet helped refocus his runners.
"I think the loss to Old Mill was a wake-up call for us," Purpura said. "They all ran a great race, and it was really a total team effort. They really deserve it."
Class 3A East Region
Broadneck's boys and girls qualify for the state meet by virtue of their regional showing at Centennial.
The boys -- led by Jon Carnes (eighth, 18:08); Dave Schilling (14th, 18:24) and Jere Hartman (15th, 18:24) -- finished second, 70 points behind Centennial (31) over the 3.1-mile course.
The girls -- led by Becky Holmes (seventh, 22:40); Coleen Rossiter (ninth, 23:13) and Laura Stickles (15th, 23:52) -- placed third with 64 points behind Centennial (21).