Third-ranked Centennial won its first boys cross country title since 1980, and Glenelg senior Edward Hogan won the individual county title yesterday at Howard Community College.
Centennial beat runner-up Oakland Mills, 50-78, behind Mark James, Stephen Olenick and Robert Van Allen, who finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Hogan, whose brother Gerard won last year's race, slipped on a turn in the first quarter mile but recovered quickly and nearly caught up to the leader, Atholton's Bryan Townsend, by the half-mile mark.
Hogan, Townsend and Howard's Chris O'Gwin ran in a pack at the mile marker.
O'Gwin fell off the pace early in the second mile. Townsend hung close a little longer, but by the start of the third mile, he trailed Hogan by 30 yards.
Hogan's final time of 16:24 beat Townsend by 14 seconds. James closed strongly to also finish in 16:38. Olenick's time was 16:39, Van Allen's 16:43. O'Gwin was sixth in 16:46.
"I was worried about Townsend because he beat me in a dual meet," Hogan said. "I didn't realize I had pulled away until there was a half mile to go. I kept thinking I heard him coming and was expecting him to pull by me at any minute and start his kick."
Hogan won the Brunswick Invitational and finished second in the Westminster and Howard County invitationals.
James said Centennial's victory and his third-place finish were expected. The surprise for James was that Olenick finished ahead of Van Allen.
"All three of us have been pushing each other all season, and we hate to lose to one another," James said. "That's the first time Olenick beat Van Allen."
Rounding out Centennial's top five were Christopher Bosley (17:40) in 17th place and Nate Bucks (17:51) in 21st.
Oakland Mills, runner-up to Glenelg last year after winning seven straight county championships, was second best again.
Seventh-place Greg Curtis (17:01) was the Scorpions' top finisher. Bryan Simmons finished 11th.
Atholton finished third, led by Townsend, Mike Strickland (14th) and Zach Tropf (15th).
Howard finished fourth, one point behind Atholton, and Glenelg, the defending champion, finished fifth with 103 points.