The Wilde Lake boys, the Centennial girls, Steve Petro and Dana Strickland were all big winners at yesterday's quad meet at Wilde Lake.
The meet featured the four strongest cross country schools and was billed as a preview of next week's county championships.
The Wilde Lake boys took second (Faisal Hasan), fifth (Mike Brosenne), sixth (Marc Baron), 11th (Paul Daddio) and 13th (Aaron Blum) and emerged from yesterday's meet as the favorite to win the county championship.
The defending county champion Wildecats defeated preseason county favorite Centennial for the second time in a week. Yesterday's score was 37-47 against the runner-up Eagles. The Wildecats also beat Centennial at the Lancer Invitational Saturday.
"We're still wary of Centennial because 10 points is close," Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker said. It was Wilde Lake's third straight victory, including the Arundel Invitational and Linganore.
Wilde Lake's Faisal Hasan (16 minutes, 37 seconds) finished second to Oakland Mills' Petro (16:15), who won by 100 yards.
"Physically I was surprisingly strong and my training is going perfect," Petro said. "The course was confusing with lots of zigs and zags, but almost all of the top runners were here today, so it was a good preview for next week."
It was Petro's seventh straight victory after losing his first race this season by 10 seconds to Calvert Hall's Cory Smith.
"Wilde Lake is running very well right now, and this boosts them," Centennial coach Al Dodds said.
The Centennial girls dominated. They defeated runner-up Oakland Mills, 27-47.
Atholton's Strickland easily won the girls race with a time of 19:08. Centennial's Kari Meyer was second at 20:41.
"I was running for time today, hoping to break 19 minutes," Strickland said. "But the course was confusing."