The Howard County Striders Invitational Cross Country Meet Friday atHoward Community College gave harrier fans a possible glimpse into the future.
Glenelg's boys team and Mount Hebron's girls team established themselves as the teams to beat when the county championships are held Oct. 24.
Glenelg's boys, led by first-place finisher Gerard Hogan, upset perennial champ Oakland Mills, 71-87. It was the first time in five years that Oakland Mills lost the county invitational. And the Scorpions have won seven straight county titles.
Mount Hebron's girls alsopulled off an upset, beating second-place Walter Johnson, 75-99. Sixth-place overall finisher Erin Gibbons (21 minutes, 36 seconds) and seventh-place Amanda Fleck (21:43) led the Vikings.
Glenelg's Alicia Adams (20:43) won the girls race over C. Milton Wright's Stacy Servia by one second, when Servia veered slightly off course in the final40 yards allowing Adams to pass her.
The Glenelg boys were elatedover their victory.
"We're real happy," Gerard Hogan said. "We thought it would be close."
Hogan's individual title wasn't much of a race, as he won by 23 seconds over runner-up Brian Harris of C. Milton Wright.
It was Hogan's third straight victory this season. He ran the three-mile course in a fast 16:11. His brother, Edward, finished eighth in 17:16. Other Glenelg scorers were Joe Rankin 12th in 17:24; Kris Edwards 23rd in 17:59; and Mike Goldberg 27th in 18:10.
"Goldberg and Rankin both ran big races for us," assistant coach Steve Ruckert said. "And we expected Gerard to win."
Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan praised Glenelg for its win. "The Glenelg program is impressive, and they have great kids. I admire what they did today,but we could be back on top later on."
Atholton's Bryan Harris was the next-best finisher among county runners. He ran fourth in 16:49. Oakland Mills runners took fifth and sixth with Tim Brenza (16:49) and Mike Vanghel (17:04).
Atholton's Norman Flecker finished ninthin 17:16. Centennial's Robert Van Allen finished 10th in 17:20, and teammate Mark James was 11th in 17:23.
The Mount Hebron girls victory was something of a shock only because the Vikings haven't won a big meet in many years. The Vikings were expected to be one of the topthree county teams, but now it looks like they might be No. 1.
Atholton finished a disappointing seventh, and Glenelg was sixth behindfifth-place South Carroll, fourth-place Liberty and third-place Fallston.
In addition to Gibbons and Fleck, Mount Hebron's received big runs from Anita Jastreboff (22:06) who finished 14th, Lisa Board (22:40) who was 22nd and Kate Mallon (22:56) who was 26th.
"Every one of those girls ran a personal best," first-year coach Frank Horstman said.
The girls race was a thriller as Adams and Servia exchanged the lead during the final mile before Servia appeared to have the race won in the final 40 yards.
Alicia Brown of Oakland Mills was the second-fastest county runner, finishing fifth in 21:21. Defending state Class 3A champion Amanda Cox of Centennial finished 11th in 21:55. Gail Hodges was Atholton's top finisher at 13th in 22:04.