Favorites sweep to Howard crowns

October 25, 1991|By Rick Belz

Form held up at the Howard County Cross Country Championships yesterday at Howard Community College, as the individual and team favorites all won.

Gerard Hogan led Glenelg to the boys championship while setting a course record.

Hogan's time for the three-mile event was 15 minutes, 56 seconds, three seconds less than the former record.

Hogan, who was second in the state Class 2A championships last season, finished 35 seconds ahead of Bryan Townsend of Atholton.

Despite being a prohibitive favorite, Hogan said he was nervous before the race.

"I was running for the course record because a lot of people told me they wanted me to break it," Hogan said. "And that made me nervous."

The team title was the first for Roger Volrath in 17 years of coaching the Gladiators.

Oakland Mills had won seven straight Howard County titles, but finished second with 62 points to 38 for Glenelg.

Alicia Adams of Glenelg, second in the county title race last season, won the girls competition in 20:05.

But Mount Hebron captured its first girls team title by taking five of the first 13 places.

Erin Gibbons of Mount Hebron finished second overall, 42 seconds behind Adams.

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