For the past few years, the Mount St. Joseph boys cross country team has been the dominant force in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, but has attained no hardware to match.
The hard-luck streak will continue for another season as No. 10 McDonogh upended the seventh-ranked Gaels for the MIAA A Conference championship at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley.
St. Mary's toppled Glenelg Country for the MIAA B Conference title at the 3.1-mile course.
Mount St. Joseph went 6-0 during the regular season and had hoped to capture its first MIAA crown in the program's 24-year history.
But the Eagles, who narrowly lost a dual meet to the Gaels last week on a tiebreaker, turned the tables and grabbed their first championship.
"We knew that going into the meet, it was going to be close," said McDonogh coach Andy Gill. "Because of the tie at St. Joe's on their home course, I thought that we were a better team than they were."
The Eagles - who were powered by senior Josh Perry (third, 17:27.40), senior Jake Holt (fifth, 17:46.61), senior Bobby Singleton (seventh, 17:53.87), freshman Scott Allen (13th, 18:26.49), and junior Luke Stewart (24th, 18:47.04) - compiled 52 points, 14 points better than Mount St. Joseph.
The Gaels drew some consolation in knowing that senior Chris Wright claimed his second individual crown with a time of 16:55.43.
"I sort of went out the way I felt," said Wright, who finished 26 seconds ahead of runner-up and junior J.J. Wetzel of Archbishop Spalding. "I found myself in the front and figured that if I was out that far ahead, I would take off."
Loyola placed third with 70 points, Archbishop Spalding fourth with 111, and Archbishop Curley fifth with 112.
In the B Conference, the Saints enjoyed a 13-1 mark during the regular season that was spoiled by a tri-meet loss to Glenelg Country two weeks ago.
St. Mary's atoned for the setback by handing the Dragons their first loss of the season by an 11-point margin.
"I told them that they needed to match up," said Saints coach Shawn Smith, who fulfilled a promise of the team championship when he took over the program three years ago. "Once they had their guy, they got some confidence. That's what they needed to win."
Junior Alek Pivec won the individual crown in 17:50.50 and was joined by senior Sean McGraw (seventh, 18:40.09), sophomore Alex Smith (eighth, 18:48.26), junior C.J. Robison (16th, 19:09.09), and freshman Christian Pasterik (18th, 19:23.02) in helping St. Mary's accrue 50 points.