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It came as no surprise that Calvert Hall's Cory Smith and Glen Burnie's Kristy Klima won the individual titles at yesterday's Meade Autumn Classic.

What did come as a shock was the ease with which Dulaney captured the girls team championship.

The defending Class 4A state champion Lions placed three girls in the top four and four runners in the top eight before finishing with a team score of 33.

Dulaney's closest competitors were runner-up Severna Park (74) and third-place Centennial (92).

"That's incredible," said Glen Burnie coach Tony Benecewicz, marveling at the Lions' score posted on the side of a van. "Dulaney is going to be tough to beat this year."

Suzanne Sclafani, Meghan White and Marjorie Bollinger finished 2-3-4, respectively, for the Lions, and teammate Meredith Fellman took eighth.

Calvert Hall won the boys team title, albeit by a much narrower margin.

The Cardinals and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association nemesis McDonogh each finished with 83 points.

But Calvert Hall was declared the winner by a tie-breaking rule that gives the win to the team with the better finish from its sixth runner.

Smith set things up for the Cardinals by winning the boys race in a record time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds -- a 23-second improvement over the standard set last season by Mike Recek of Westminster.

Anders Fristedt took second and was one of three McDonogh runners to finish in the top seven. Alex Taylor placed fourth for McDonogh, one second behind Centennial's Mike French (17:02) and nine seconds ahead of Annapolis' Ian Ross.

Doug Stewart and Eric Linder finished ninth and 10th, respectively, for the Cardinals and teammate Jed McCormick kept Calvert Hall's hopes for a team title alive by running the final two miles of the 3.1-mile course with one shoe and finishing 27th.

"We've been through some tough times with Doug [Stewart] being sick [with a viral infection] and we came here today to try dTC and give a name back to Calvert Hall," said Smith. "We wanted to show teams that Calvert Hall can still win."

Klima, a sophomore, won the girls race in 20:29. It was the third victory at an invitational for Klima, who has quickly established herself as one of the area's premier distance runners.

"I went out and ran five miles every day this summer and now I'm glad I did," said Klima, 5-feet-2 and 92 pounds. "The summer before last, I would take off on weekends and I really didn't know what I was doing. "

Now she doesn't know what she's going to do with all the medals. It's a problem she can live with.

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