Looking for an expert on Mount St. Joseph's Romero Wilson? Try Loyola's Gavin McCarty.
All season, McCarty has had the chance to study Romero -- from behind. It was more of the same yesterday.
Wilson finished first with a time of 16 minutes, 31 seconds in the Maryland Scholastic Association cross country championships at Herring Run Park. McCarty was second.
Loyola won the team title over Gilman by virtue of having a higher sixth-place finisher. The Dons had four runners finish in the top 10, McCarty, his twin brother, Eric, John Khoury and Matt Beliveau.
For Gavin McCarty, it was the fourth time this season he has finished second to Wilson.
"Romero ran a great race," McCarty said. "They used to say he didn't like to run in the cold, but he's beaten me consistently. I just try to stay with him early.
"I like running against him because I get better times."
Wilson, the pre-race favorite, said he thought he had a good because he had just won the race againstmost of the same people at the state Catholic meetSunday at Georgetown Prep.
"I felt really good," said Romero, who finished second in the MSA championship last year.
In the girls race, Poly senior Anita Manning won with a course-record- breaking time of 12:40 for the two-mile course. She was 1 minute, 25 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
"It felt comfortable," said Manning, who broke her record of 13:08, set at the start of this season. "It was pretty easy."
Western won the girls team title, led by five top-six finishers (Mauresa Hailey, Michelle Burrell, April Thornton, Tamara Clark and Jennifer Eaddy).