At about the two-mile mark in yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association cross-country championship meet, Matt Ciarpella of Archbishop Curley let the rest of the field know whose race it was.
"It was my race," said Ciarpella, who had been dogged by Calvert Hall's Romero Wilson and Mount St. Joseph's Chris Sisk throughout the first half of the 3.1-mile Herring Run Park course. "I won it last year, and I wasn't about to run their race. I made them run mine."
The senior finished strong to take his second straight MSA title in 16 minutes, 22.04 seconds, the fastest time since Curley's Jim Hessenauer ran a meet record 15:52 in 1984. Ciarpella's 14-second win helped Curley to an easy victory in the team standings, as it placed five runners in the top 12.