Gerard Hogan of Glenelg sensed something unusual when he passed the stands for the final time in the 1,600-meter event of yesterday's Class 2A-1A state track and field meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
What he saw was a boisterous Glenelg contingent standing and applauding wildly. Then, when he glanced behind him, he saw his brother, Ed, in second place.
The pair finished one-two, and returned later in the two-mile race to do the same, pacing the Gladiators to a first-place finish in the boys division for the third year in a row.
"I have the speed, and he's got the endurance," said Gerard Hogan, who won the mile in 4 minutes, 42.9 second -- 0.7 of a second ahead of his brother. "It felt good to win, but I was pretty happy that he got second."
The pair is no stranger to one-two finishes. Just last fall, Gerardthe older of the two by a year, nosed out his brother to win the state cross country championship.
Still, nothing could diminish the thrill of finishing one-two in two state title events. For Ed Hogan, a junior, finishing behind Big Brother was almost as good as winning.
"We're really not that competitive with each other," he said. "I don't mind finishing and not winning. It's kind of nice because it's him."
Gerald Hogan said the team expected to do well at the meet, but his brother said the subpar performance of Milford Hill distance standout Mike Mamo, who is struggling through a virus, enhanced the team's chances.
"He had a bad day," said Ed Hogan. "I guess we just lucked out."
"My legs were really hurting," said Mamo, who has battled an illness for most of the indoor season after an outstanding cross-country campaign.
In the boys division, Glenelg (63 points) edged Milford Mill (52 points), followed by Surrattsville, Fairmont Heights and Middletown.
On the girls side, Central, of Prince George's County, claimed victory for the 11th consecutive year, handily beating Hammond, Middletown, Brunswick and Milford Mill.