Milford Mill's Mike Mamo and Dulaney's Amanda White will be among the top area runners challenging the stiff competition at Saturday's Georgetown Prep Cross Country Classic in Rockville.
The seeded boys race starts at 2 p.m. with the girls race following at 2:20. Teams from Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland will be represented.
Mamo is the top local threat in the boys seeded race, where Walt Whitman's Pascal Dobert, Hayfield's (Va.) Roy Borden and Denbigh's (Va.) Tony Sawyer also are outstanding.
In the girls seeded race, White will be out to knock off Robinson's (Va.) Meghan McCarthy. They tied earlier this season at the Pallotti Invitational. McCarthy holds the Georgetown Prep course record (18:35).
Since the Pallotti meet, White has won the Westminster Invitational, setting a course record (college or high school) at Western Maryland College (18:04). She also smashed the Hereford course record in a triangular meet last week by 45 seconds (17:40).
A few more strong teams will not be competing at Georgetown Prep because they are committed to their own Central Maryland Conference championship meet on Saturday at Liberty High (11 a.m.).
Westminster's boys are an easy choice for the favorite role in the boys CMC race. The Owls, led by Jim Holford and Chris Zendgraft, appear too strong for the rest of the field. The girls competition should be a two-team race. Frederick, anchored by Elizabeth Neglia, has a slight edge for the team title, but Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar is the individual favorite. The key will be how the middle-of-the-pack runners fare. Frederick appears to have a slim edge, but the Owls girls should be very close.
* Broadneck, which had gone to the Class 4A state boys soccer finals last season, got off to a rocky start this fall, losing twice in its first three games.
The Bruins are at the top of their game these days, though, boasting five straight shutouts. The defense has allowed six goals in nine games, and starting keeper Mike Smith has given up only five.
Broadneck (7-2) leads the Bay Division of the Anne Arundel County Class 4A league and remains in the thick of the battle for the Regional IV playoffs with Chesapeake (8-0-1), Severna Park (8-1), and Meade (7-2).
* Coaches are reminded to forward varsity boys and girls winter schedules to High School Sports Editors, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Balto. 21278. Schools holding holiday tournaments in basketball or wrestling should include pairings and times.