For the second year in a row, Mount St. Joseph went into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross country championships with the inside track on winning the team title only to get nipped at the tape.
Unbeaten in dual meet competition, the Gaels lost to Calvert Hall, 62-63, over Western Maryland's 3.1-mile course yesterday after defeating the Cardinals head-to-head two weeks ago. Since this meet constituted the tiebreaker in the event of a tie in the league point standings, Calvert Hall emerges as the champion.
Chris Wright of MSJ won the race in 16: 28, three seconds ahead of Dusty Lieb of Spalding. Calvert Hall had the better depth, however, its runners going 5-9-12-16-20.
Meanwhile, in regional competition, River Hill swept the Class 3A East Regional championships at Centennial.
Mike Styczynski led the Hawks to the boys title and set the course record at 16 minutes, 22.77 seconds. Lee McDuff won her second regional title and led River Hill's girls to first with a time of 19: 50.19.