Almost everything has gone right for the Glenelg boys cross country team this season. Almost.
The Gladiators, led by Hogan brothers Gerard and Edward, won the 21-team Westminster Invitational at Western Maryland College Wednesday. It was the team's third straight invitational championship.
The only thing that wasn't perfect was that senior stalwart Gerard Hogan for the first time failed to win the individual title. Among 147 runners, Hogan finished second, 19 seconds behind winner Brian Harris (16 minutes, 26 seconds) of C. Milton Wright. The week before, Hogan beat Harris by 24 seconds at the Howard County Invitational.
Hogan took a spill on the wet course Wednesday, and Glenelg assistantcoach Steve Ruckert said he also suffered from cramps during the race. But Hogan refused to make excuses.
"I fell, but it was nothing big," he said. "That didn't cost me the race."
The "other" Hogan, younger brother Edward (16:46), ran a big race, finishing third afterleading briefly at the two-mile mark.
The other three members of Glenelg's top five are equally important to Glenelg's success and have been equally consistent.
Senior Joe Rankin finished 17th in 17:23, junior Mike Goldberg was 25th in 17:40 and sophomore Kris Edwards was 30th in 17:49.
"Kris has been a real surprise, because this ishis first year," Ruckert said.
He and Goldberg obviously are enjoying the team's success and their significant contribution to it.
Once again Glenelg vanquished perennial county power Oakland Mills. Glenelg finished first with 77 points and Oakland Mills was fourth with 156. Westminster was second with 93, and C. Milton Wright was thirdwith 109.
Among other county schools, Atholton was seventh with 179 and Centennial was 11th with 255.
"It's going to be a catch-up year for us, because we didn't log the summer miles that Glenelg did," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan.
Tim Brenza (16:58) was Oakland Mills' top finisher at seventh place. Teammate Mike Vanghel (17:07) was 11th.
Bryan Townsend (17:05) of Atholton finished ninth, and teammate Norman Flecker (17:19) was 14th. Robert Van Allen (17:21) of Centennial was 16th. Jesse Barnes (17:42) of Mount Hebron was 29th. Jim Bielski of Glenelg won the boys B race in 18:40.
The girls results were not nearly as favorable for county teams, but the competition was formidable.
The top female runner in the state, Amanda White of Dulaney, daughter of former Baltimore Colt Stan White, destroyed
the girls field with a time of 18:13. The second-placetime was 19:42.
Alicia Adams of Glenelg was the top county runner. She finished 10th in 20:49.
Mount Hebron finished sixth in the team standings with 168 points. Frederick won the team title with 84 points.
Among county teams, Glenelg was 12th, Centennial 15th and Oakland Mills 16th. Nineteen teams and 129 runners competed.
Mount Hebron's Amanda Fleck was the second-best county runner, finishing 17th in 21:28. Teammate Erin Gibbons (21:34) was 21st.
Atholton's Gail Hodges (21:39) was 22nd. Oakland Mills' Alicia Brown (21:41 ) was 23rd.
Mount Hebron's Ania Jastreboff (22:08) was 30th, and her teammate Lisa Board (22:14) was 33rd.
Other county finishers includedAtholton's Anna doCouto (22:15) 34th, Centennial's Amanda Cox (22:25) 38th, Centennial's Ha Lam (22:26) 39th, Glenelg's Alicia McDonald (22:34) 46th and Glenelg's Kelly Pelovitz (22:48) 51st.