Greg Vincent didn't sound very convincing when asked if there was any way he could have improved on the record-setting time he had just established in yesterday's second annual Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High.
"I think I could do a little bit better, maybe," said Vincent. "But I definitely felt good today."
The Dulaney sophomore scorched the hilly 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 21 seconds, shaving six seconds off the standard set last season by Walt Whitman's Ed Tufaro and nearly a minute off the time that earned him second place in last year's Class 4A state meet.
Vincent's record didn't hold up for long. About five hours later, Jon Thelen of Susquehannock (Pa.) won the small schools boys race in 16: 19 -- a two-second improvement.
"The conditions made today a very fast day," said Vincent, who had already won the Linganore, Westminster and Barnhart invitationals. "I stayed back a little bit early in the race because I didn't want to waste too much energy early. I hadn't seen a lot of these schools yet this year so I figured if I stayed back early I'd get to see who was there."
Westminster's presence was obvious.
A 2-4 finish by Jason Santucci and Greg Fisher and top 20 performances of teammates Josh Davis (13th) and Ross Bair helped the Owls hold off Lake Braddock (Va.), 64-69, for the large schools boys' team title.
With more than 100 schools participating, the field was broken into three groups. The larger school races were conducted in the morning, followed by the medium-sized schools and smaller schools in the afternoon. In the six varsity races, the Baltimore metropolitan area schools combined to capture four individual titles and three team championships.
Parkville's Jen Geroux wasn't one of the individual champions but her second-place time of 19: 11 -- the top metro-area time -- eclipsed the old record of 19: 29 set two years ago by Sally Glynn of Walter Johnson.
"I really think I could have run better, especially on the downhills, but she is good and she ran a good race," said Geroux, referring to champion Renee Berry of Seneca Valley, who set the record at 19: 10. "Breaking a course record, I'm happy with that. It's still the middle of the season and the main meets are down the road, so I'll focus on them and try and get ready."
Loyola swept the medium-school boys competition with Chris Knott winning the race in 17: 05 and the Dons taking the team crown with 77 points. P. J. Prosser helped with a ninth-place finish and teammate Billy Severn chipped in with a top-15 finish.
Linganore dominated the middle school girls team competition but it was Suzy McCulloch of Centennial that led the field of 115 to the finish line in 19: 31.
Mount de Sales, competing among the smaller schools, ran away with the title after placing five runners in the top 20. Jenn Aversa led the Sailors to victory by winning the race in 20: 41.
Pub Date: 9/28/97