Hogan no longer just follows the leader He's Glenelg's top long-distance runner

January 10, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Glenelg runner Ed Hogan no longer looks over his shoulder in competition.

He now carries the torch as the Gladiators' premier long-distance runner.

But his brother, Gerard, a Class 2A cross country and indoor-outdoor track champion (one-mile and two-mile), commanded the spotlight until his 1992 graduation.

"When he was leading, I could stay in second and follow the leader," said Ed, a senior. "Now, I think I'm my own person, but everyone asks me, 'What's it like without [Gerard] running?' "

It has been like this: Hogan captured the Howard County and Class 2A state cross country championship last fall and was named The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Male Runner of the Year. In indoor track, he is expected to be the Gladiators' top runner in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events.

To avoid burnout, Hogan took a monthlong hiatus from competition following the cross country season.

Glenelg has attended three indoor invitationals. Hogan ran in only two races, including the 1,500 run at Hagerstown Community College, where Atholton's Bryan Townsend -- his strongest long-distance competitor in the county -- finished first in nipping a second-place Hogan.

So far, Townsend's indoor track performance has been impressive. To date, his Baltimore-area times are No. 1 in the 1,600 (4:39.6), No. 2 in the 800 (2:01.8) and No. 3 in the 3,200 (10:27.4).

Hogan has yet to compete seriously in those events, said coach Roger Volrath, but the coach has confidence in Hogan's future.

"The results of the meet at Hagerstown indicated that Ed and Bryan are the two main long-distance competitors," Volrath said. "They showed themselves to be virtually equal."

In a quad meet tomorrow at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Glenelg will confront Howard, Wilde Lake and Mount Hebron. It's likely that Hogan still will lack top form, as Volrath expects him to peak in February.

"There's no question he's the best long-distance runner on the team," Volrath said of the lanky 5-foot-10, 130-pounder. "He's far and away faster than everybody else. He has more endurance and he works hard."

Hogan also practices at unusual times. On Wednesday, he skipped track practice to fulfill obligations as a member of the school's math team, but at 5:30, he reappeared to take some laps.

"That's one of the things that makes him so good, he'll come back in the dark and practice," Volrath said. "He knows he has to practice every day to be good."

A 4.0 student, the "It's Academic Team" accompanies math as Hogan's extracurricular activities. It's a familiar Hogan story, because Gerard Hogan participated in the choir, the Student Government Association and the math team.

The brothers are close in interests and running talent. But Steve Ruckert, another team coach, observed a difference in capability on the track.

"[Ed's] best strength is in the 3,200," Ruckert said. "By contrast, his brother was more speed-oriented and sort of gravitated toward the middle-distance runs. Edward is a pure distance runner."

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