While Dulaney senior Amanda White is already a well-known cross country runner, Gilman sophomore Ted Lord is trying to make a name for himself.
Each will go down in the record books as champions at yesterday's Spiked Shoe Invitational meet at Johns Hopkins University.
For White, The Sun's 1991-92 Athlete of the Year and a two-time Runner of the Year, it was business as usual. Competing on the 3.1-mile course for the first time, the nationally ranked runner set yet another record.
At the three-quarters-mile mark, she had a 100-yard lead on the pack. At one mile, her lead had increased to 22 seconds. By the time she reached the two-mile marker, she was 45 seconds ahead of the competition.
Her finishing time (19:24) eclipsed the course record of 19:57 set in 1990 by Fallston's Jenny Howard, who shared The Sun's Runner of the Year honors with White that year.
Although White was pleased that her team's 51 points were enough to edge Class 3A state champion Walt Whitman of Montgomery County (55), she wasn't thrilled with her performance.
"It's not that good," said White, the two-time 4A state champion. "In my very first race last year, I battled it out with someone who I go to the nationals with every year, so we pushed each other."
Lord was pushed by an opponent who wasn't even competing this year -- 1991 champion Mike Mamo of Milford Mill's. Mamo finished first yesterday, competing along with the rest of his teammates at the Lake Forest Invitational in Felton, Del.
The absence of Mamo, a first-team All-Metro pick, didn't hinder the 16-year-old Lord from leading the Greyhounds (95 points) to a fourth-place finish in the 21-team event behind champion Quince Orchard (42 points), Walt Whitman (70) and Baltimore County champion Perry Hall (94).
Lord's time (17:10) eclipsed Mamo's winning effort (17:16) of a year ago, but was short of the course record (16:54) set by Matt Ciarpella in 1990. Lord was also eight seconds ahead of runner-up Tim Bilo.
"Seeing Mamo today would have been a challenge, but that's OK," said Lord, a sophomore who finished 10th in the event last year and fourth in last year's Maryland Scholastic Association championship meet.
"I'd never run cross country before last year, so no one knew who I was," said Lord.