The Oakland Mills boys, Centennial girls and Glenelg girls teams all won regional cross-country championships last week. The Centennial boys finished fourth, with 91 points.
Two Centennial runners, Pat Rodrigues and Amanda Cox, won individual titles in Class 3A.
Oakland Mills won its seventh straight regional championship Thursday at South Carroll High School. The Scorpions, in Class 3A, Region I, placed six of their seven runners in the top 10 and scored an extraordinary low total of 24 points. Their closest competitor, North Hagerstown, scored 66.
Joe Drissel again led the pack for the Scorpions, finishing second in 16 minutes, 45 seconds. Bill Dye (17:02) finished third. Ken Plasse (17:13) was fifth. Paul Schoeny (17:17) was sixth, Matt Bond (17:33) eighth and Brian Lopez (17:45) 10th.
The only Scorpion not running up to par was Brandon Hart, who finished 18th because he was nursing a sore back.
Rodrigues, the race's winner and a two-time defending state champ, crushed the field with a time of 16:11, an incredible 34 seconds faster than any other runner.
In the girls 3A division, Centennial scored 29 points to capture first place over runner-up Liberty, which had 51. Oakland Mills took fourth, with 111 points, behind third-place South Carroll, with 59.
Amanda Cox, defending state champion, won going away in 21:06, and teammate Mandy Walburn (21:34) was second.
Alicia Brown (22:00), an Oakland Mills freshman, finished fourth.
A controversy arose when the two top runners ran off course slightly, and a protest was raised by Thomas Johnson High School. But a three-man committee decided that the infraction was not serious enough to warrant a disqualification.
"They had never run the course before and were the lead runners, so they had no one to follow," said Steve Carnahan, the Oakland Mills coach who was on the committee. "They only went off course about 10 yards, and it was hard to tell if it helped or hurt them."
Had the runners been disqualified, they would have been ineligible for the state meet, and Cox is the defending state champ.
In the Class 2A, Region I, championship race at Middletown Wednesday, the Glenelg girls defeated their closest rival, Atholton, 50-58. Glenelg placed its top five runners in the top 20.
County champion Kristina Adams (18:44) finished second, just one second behind Christina Ober of Walkersville, the defending regional champ, who ran 18:43.
Alicia Adams, Kristina's younger sister, finished third in 18:55.
Katie Terry of Glenelg ran seventh in 19:34. The other two Glenelg top finishers were Kelly Pelevitz (20:34), who was 18th, and Becky Mitchell (20:43), 20th.
Pelevitz, a sophomore, had not been counted on this year to be a point producer, and has played a significant role in Glenelg's county and regional titles. The Gladiators finished second in the county, region and state last year.
Atholton, the defending state champion, was led by Laurie Atherholt (19:11), who finished third. Tara Getschman (19:43) was eighth, Vonda Jones (19:54) 11th, Anna doCouto (20:02) 13th and freshman Gail Hodges (20:50) 21st.
Middletown won the Class 2A boys race with 62 points. Atholton was second with 67, and Glenelg third at 72.
Allegany runner Mark Amann defended his regional title in 15:37.
Gerard Hogan of Glenelg topped the county runners, finishing third in 15:43.
Bryan Townsend (16:06) of Atholton was fourth. Glenelg's Joe Rankin (16:44) ran one of his best races to finish eighth. And Phil Harries (16:48) of Atholton ran 11th.