Howard County's cross country dominance manifested itself again Wednesday and Thursday when five county teams won regional championships.
In the boys division, Atholton won the Region 3, Class 3A title Wednesday at Centennial High School.
It was Atholton's ninth regional championship.
Oakland Mills won the Region 2, Class 2A boys championship Thursday, the Scorpion's eighth straight regional title, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville.
And Glenelg, this year's county champion, won the Region 1, Class2A championship at Middletown High School in Frederick Thursday.
In the girls division, county champion Mount Hebron won the Region 2,Class 2A title at Oregon Ridge Park Thursday.
And the Centennial girls team captured the Region 3, Class 3A title Wednesday at Centennial High.
Bryan Townsend won the individual title in16 minutes, 46 seconds, leading the Raiders to a first-place finish over runner-up Centennial, 37-47. Howard was third with 67 points.
Centennial runners Mark James (16:69) captured second, and Robert Van Allen (17:04) came in third.
But Atholton placed five runners among the top 13, including fourth-place Norman Flecker (17:18), ninth-place Scott Woods (17:47), 10th-place Alex Flecker (17:49) and 13th-place Rob Reese (17:59).
Chris Bosely (17:42) was seventh for Centennial, and Chris O'Gwin (17:41 ) of Howard finished sixth.
OAKLAND MILLS BOYS
The Scorpions have been running second to Glenelg all season, but finally shed the Gladiators because the teams are in different regions.
The move produced a championship, and Scorpion Tim Brenza (16:07) produced a second-place finish.
Oakland Mills beat runner-up Loch Raven, 42-55. Hereford was third with 77 and Mount Hebronwas fourth with 100 points.
The Scorpions placed five runners among the top 16, including fifth-place Mike Vanghel (16:28), sixth-place Aaron Bice (16:47), 11th-place John Michael McDonald (17:00), and 16th-place Jay Herdson (17:22).
Gerard Hogan won the individual race and led the Gladiators to a
31-91 victory over runner-up Middletown.
Edward Hogan (15:48) finished fourth. Joe Rankin(16:18) was seventh for Glenelg, Mike Goldberg (16:32) was ninth, and Kris Edwards (16:35) was 10th.
"The course was fast, and everyone set a personal best," Glenelg coach Roger Volrath said.
Alicia Adams (18:35) finished second in the girls race at Middletown, just six seconds off the old course record. Michele Barrett of Allegany set a new record of 18:05. Glenelg's team finished fourth. Kelly Pelovitz(20:10) was seventh.
This one couldn't have beenmuch closer. The Eagles nipped Linganore 55-56 with Atholton third at 58 and South Carroll fourth at 62.
Amanda Cox (21:10) led the Eagles, finishing third behind Jacquelyn Hayes of Linganore, whose winning time of 19:56.
Ha Lam (21:42) was sixth for Centennial. LaurenMooney (22:50) was 14th. Melissa Esposito (22:53) was 16th, and Chris Robinson (23:32) was 21st.
Atholton's Gail Hodges (21:53) and Anna doCouto (22:01) finished seventh and eighth respectively.
MOUNT HEBRON GIRLS
Erin Gibbons (20:21) led the Vikings to a victory over runner-up Loch Raven as she finished second, nine seconds behind the winner.
Gibbons led for much of the race before being overtaken.
Amanda Fleck (20:33) ran third for Mount Hebron. Ania Jastreboff (22:07) finished seventh, Lisa Board (22:12) was eighth, and Melissa Broden (23:03), a freshman, finished 11th.
"We were ready, and I think Loch Raven looked a little tired," Vikings coach Frank Horstman said.
"We're looking at Loch Raven, Middletown and Liberty as top teams in the state meet."