Deborah Green of Northern and Alex Scally of Poly enjoyed themselves so much last year winning Baltimore City championship races in Herring Run Park, they returned for an encore yesterday.
Both left absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind they meant business, each moving away from the field after about a mile and cruising to easy victories.
Scally's 17: 32 time was his best ever over the three-mile course and led Poly to the boys' team title over Mervo, 25-36. Runner-up Colby Smith of Mervo was the only other runner under 18 minutes with his 17: 53 clocking.
Green, who was going to bypass cross country after running all summer and competing in the Junior Olympics, decided to come back and defend her crown just three races ago. The down time had no adverse effect on her, apparently, her 21: 47 time prevailing by nearly 90 seconds over April Mullen (23: 15) of Mervo.
Northern's girls had four runners in the top nine, but were unable to overhaul perennial champ Western, which had runners finish 3-4-5-6-14 for 32 points. Northern (47) and Mervo (49) grabbed the next two spots.
"My goal," said Scally, a senior, "was to beat the best time run in this race since I began running as a freshman. I did that. I ran normal pace for the first mile, then picked it up a little and that got me away."
Severna Park had things its way at the Anne Arundel County championships, Justin Marvel leading the boys team to a one-sided victory and the girls team prevailing over Broadneck with its impressive depth.
Lauren Riesett of Broadneck won the girls race in 19: 54, holding runner-up Rebecca Funk at bay over the last mile of the three-mile course at Annapolis High.
Running 5-6-8-9 for the victors were Jamie Chase, Liz Funk, Tracy Barlow and Andrea Lockhart. Broadneck did not go quietly, however, with three other runners besides Riesett in the top dozen.
The boys race was a stride-for-stride duel between Marvel and Steve Weller of Broadneck for more than two miles, with David Pickett of Meade hanging about 30 yards back.
Pickett was able to close for second place, but was not able to close much on Marvel, who ran 16: 36. Severna Park runners finished 1-5-6-7-8.