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Gilman's Ted Lord is always on the run, and not necessarily in his two primary athletic endeavors -- cross country and track.

A two-time All Metro in cross country, Lord keeps himself busy maintaining an A average, and as the student body president -- an office created this year, said track coach Johnnie Foreman.

Foreman missed Lord last spring after an excellent cross country season, as Lord took part in a leadership excursion to The Mountain School in Vermont from January to June.

Yesterday, in a season-opening meet at McDonogh, Lord showed no signs of rustiness, sprinting through the 3,200 meters in 9 minutes, 56 seconds -- 35 seconds faster than the next runner. Lord, whose mile split was 4:50, ran the second-fastest 3,200 time in school history, said distance coach Peter Julius -- 11 seconds off the all-time best.

"A personal best, best of his life," said Julius, who won't rush Lord because of his recent winter swimming season.

"Coming out of the pool to track, the transition has to be very delicate, and shin splints are a possibility. The 3,200 is a shorter race for him than cross country. He needs to turn the laps over faster. We'll work on that."

Lord is headed for the University of North Carolina, where he'll major in pre-med, on a Moorehouse Foundation full scholarship, awarded annually by the school to gifted student-athletes based on community service and leadership.

As a freshman, Lord eschewed track for lacrosse, but Julius doesn't hold that against him.

"It's enormously easy for a distance runner to get burned out over the course of four years," Julius said. "All of the things Ted's done have been worthwhile as far as focusing on track. He's enthusiastic about being here, and I think he'll have a better attitude for the future."

Lord views this spring as his first genuine opportunity to complete a healthy track season with his best friends, among whom are sophomore Dave Chalmers and junior Ted Wasserman.

"Ted's [Lord] a great leader and a fast runner on the distances," said Chalmers, who placed sixth in the MIAAs in cross country. "We feel like we have a lot of talented distance runners, and with him out this year, we're confident we're going to have a great season."

Lord ran track in 10th grade after a disappointing cross country campaign during which he won the year-opening Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins before succumbing to a stress fracture.

"As a sophomore, he was our premier distance runner with a 10:01 in the 3,200, even after the injury and after swimming that winter," Julius said.

The next two cross country seasons, Lord was a runner-up in the Maryland Scholastic Association as a junior, and -- this past fall -- a runner-up in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Lord's hiatus from track last spring was spent with 43 other students studying environmental science on a Vermont farm.

"Being from the city, it was a totally new experience for me -- mucking around in a barn, feeding pigs and cracking eggs," said Lord. "It was something I couldn't pass up just to run."

Regardless of how the season goes, Lord will be back on the road -- and not necessarily in training -- soon after he graduates.

"I'll be staying on a ranch in Arizona for a week and riding horses with a friend. After that, I'll be flying to Europe for three weeks," Lord said. "Three days after I get back, I've got an outward-bound program in North Carolina as part of my scholarship."

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