A pair of dynasties reasserted themselves at the 45th annual Baltimore County cross country championships yesterday, while the individual titles at Hereford went to a pair of sophomores who could begin long reigns of their own.
For the fifth straight year, the boys team title went to Perry Hall, which scored a 51-56 win over Loch Raven.
Dulaney won the girls race for the seventh time in the last 10 years, holding a 36-71 lead over runner-up Perry Hall. The Lions knew going in they would probably get the top spot from 10th-grader Amanda White, but they didn't know she would come within a second of the course record.
White finished in 18 minutes, 26 seconds, the fastest time ever by an area girl at Hereford. She's now the state Class 4A favorite.
"We want Amanda to be fresh for the state," Dulaney coach Bob Dean said. "We still haven't really begun to push things in practice yet."
In the boys race, Milford Mill's Mike Mamo, a sophomore, finished in 16:15 -- 11 seconds faster than Loch Raven's Brian Horn, who was trying to defend his 1989 title.
Mamo is 5 feet 10 and weighs all of 115 pounds, but Milford Mill coach Jess Hannon likes the size of his heart.
"I've had kids as talented as Mike," Hannon said, "but none had his practice skills and drive. I wrote him this summer and asked, 'How bad do you want it?' and you see the answer. He reads every article about running he can get his hands on and watches every race he can on cable."
Mamo is the first Milford Mill runner and the first black ever to win a county cross country title at the varsity level. He said he wants to go to Villanova.
Perry Hall had Ryan McCluskey, Aaron Roof and Gary Gerard in the top 10. The Gators are among a crowded field that will vie for state 4A honors Nov. 10, while Loch Raven remains the 2A jTC favorite despite an injury to one of its top five. After White, the Dulaney girls had Dishina Davis, Lea Aschkenas, Marcia Bailey and Denise Roeder in the top 14.
Meanwhile, at Howard Community College, Oakland Mills won its seventh straight boys title and Glenelg won its first girls title since 1984 at the Howard County Cross Country Championships. Centennial's Pat Rodrigues won his third straight county title, breaking his own course record by two seconds (15:59).