There was only one surprise at the cross country gathering at Herring Run Park yesterday.
In the City-Wide girls race, Poly's Anita Manning repeated as champion, lowering her record over the two-mile course to 12 minutes, 40 seconds. Western had the next five finishers, continuing its dominance in the team standings.
In the MSA boys event, Mount St. Joe's Romero Wilson, the 1990 runner-up, completed an unbeaten season against MSA foes by covering three miles in 16:31.
Things got hairy in the team standings, however, as Loyola and Gilman both finished with 49 points, and the Dons only claimed victory after their sixth runner was found to finish ahead of that of the Greyhounds. It was the second time in three years Loyola and coach Jose Albornoz had prevailed with the McCarty twins on board, as Gavin was 15 seconds behind Wilson, and Eric finished seventh.
The Dons beat Gilman in a dual meet and bested the Greyhounds in two other invitationals. Gilman, however, handed Loyola its lone local loss, at the Anne Arundel Invitational, and coach Jack Thompson's team was primed for another upset.
Freshman Ted Lord placed fourth, behind Curley's Doug Dorney. Seniors Eugene Rhim and Chas Iliff were fifth and eight, respectively, for the Greyhounds, who were gunning for their first title since 1980.
Wilson, a first-team All-Metro in 1990, was completing a superb campaign in which he was tops at the Jack Griffin, North County and Frostburg invitationals. Last Sunday, he won the state Catholic meet, and yesterday's was his first MSA honor since he took the 800 and 1,500-meter track events as a sophomore in May 1990.
Manning has owned the city the last two years, and yesterday she had a bulge of 1:25 over Western's Mauresa Malley. Earlier, she set course records at Northern, Western, Poly, St. Paul's and Hagerstown. She recently won an AAU regional in New York, and will return there for the Kinney Northeast Regional Nov. 30.