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Score one more for the Baltimore County cross country powers.

The boys of No. 6 Perry Hall won their 10th straight Baltimore County championship while top-ranked Dulaney rolled to its sixth consecutive girls title at the annual race yesterday at Hereford.

For Dulaney, the victory required little worry. The Lions placed runners in four of the top five spots -- and five of the top eight overall -- as their 18 points gave them a big victory over Perry Hall (75) and Catonsville (76).

Dulaney took the top three spots in the race. Meghan White came in first in 20 minutes, 13 seconds, ahead of teammates Suzanne Sclafani (20:35) and Marjorie Bollinger (20:46).

After Brigid O'Connell of Catonsville took fourth in 21:13, Meredith Feldman of Dulaney was fifth in 21:31. Bianca Jay (eighth, 21:57) was the final Lion to score.

"This is a really great group of girls," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean. "They work very hard, they're very dedicated and really have a desire to win."

Perry Hall needed to work a little harder for its victory. Parkville, led by repeat winner Joe Smith, pushed the Gators but Perry Hall's 46 points were enough to top Parkville (57).

The Gators stayed with their strength of running in a pack. After Smith (16:52) and second-place finisher Shawn Sullivan of Dulaney (17:06), Jason Harle (third, 17:36) and Ryan Alessi (fourth, 17:52) led Perry Hall.

Kirk Bouffard (ninth, 18:09), Matt Hester (12th, 18:29) and Chris Horodowicz (18th, 18:52) rounded out the scorers for Perry Hall.

Alessi said that, while his team has talent and works hard, coach Jerry Martin should get lots of credit.

"We owe a lot to him," said Alessi. "He concentrates on everybody, not just those who have talent. I think it's a heck of an accomplishment for a coach."

The race also was a big accomplishment for Smith. The Parkville senior, who won the region title and took fourth in the state last year, took a big lead early and never looked back.

"I wanted to make sure it was pretty comfortable," said Smith. "I didn't want to have to worry about anyone."

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