ANNAPOLIS -- Severna Park's boys placed five runners in the top 12 and the girls, five in the top 14 as the Falcons swept both titles in yesterday's Anne Arundel County Cross Country Championships at Annapolis High.
Severna Park's boys (40 points) were followed by Meade (62), which surprised third-place Old Mill (65), and the Falcons' girls (36) easily outdistanced second-place Old Mill (73).
Finishing first for the Falcons girls, who captured their ninth straight title, was Fran Mackney (19 minutes, 54 seconds), who used a kick over the last 75 yards to fight off Broadneck's second-place Jeanne Rimar (20:01).
Rimar was within 15 yards of Mackney most of the way.
"I thought I'd lost her, but she was still there," said Mackney, a senior, who was third as a sophomore and a runner-up to teammate Meg Ambrose last year. "This makes it 3-2-1."
It was 3-3-1 for Old Mill's Scott Boetig (16:41), who ended two years of frustration. His time was 12 seconds better than Severna Park's second-place Jarrett Hon and three seconds faster than last year's champion, Glen Burnie's Sheridan Snedden.
@ BEL AIR -- Brian Harris and Stacy Servia led C. Milton Wright to the boys and girls titles at the Harford County Cross Country Championships at Harford Glen Park.
Harris paced the No. 6 Mustangs to their fifth straight county title with a 16:57 finish -- 40 seconds ahead of teammate Kevin Koffenberger, who was second. The Mustangs placed five runners, including Chad Boyle, Troy Morse and Greg Stephen, in the top seven spots to outdistance second-place Joppatowne, 18-57.
Joppatowne, which did not field a team last year, had five boys finish in the top 20 to edge Bel Air for second place. Todd Eckley (sixth) and Bobby Simmons (eighth) led the Mariners.
In the girls competition, Servia outran Fallston's Laurie Cicero to take her first county title. Servia finished in 21:14, followed by Cicero, 21:55, and North Harford's Lucy Howard, 22:14.
The Mustangs girls won their first title since 1988 as Servia, Amy Altman, Erin Bralich, Theresa Molnar and Lauren Davis all finished in the top 15. They beat two-time defending champ Fallston, 42-50.
WESTMINSTER -- Westminster swept the boys and girls team titles at the Carroll County Cross Country Championships at Western Maryland College. The Owls girls team got a surprisingly strong test from Liberty but held on to win, 32-27, and the boys breezed to their 12th straight title.
Stephanie Morningstar paced the girls, who have been No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun's cross-country rankings all season, covering the 3.1-mile course that will serve as site of this year's state championships in 19:39.9 seconds. But Liberty bunched their five runners in places two through 11 to throw a scare into the Owls.
"I'm happy, but I still want that trophy for once," Liberty coach Brad Hill said of finishing second. Westminster has won four county titles in a row and Westminster and North Carroll have dominated the county girls' championships over the last decade. Liberty, which opened in 1980, has never won a county girls' cross-country title, though they came very close yesterday.
Westminster's boys captured four of the top five spots to win their ninth consecutive county crown.