Local runners fared better this year in the Spingarn Invitational cross country meet held recently at Fort Dupont Park.

A year ago, the invitational was dominated by out-of-state schools, but Duncan Schloss of St. Albans led area finishers in this year's feature race.

Schloss won the boys Class I division 5,000 meters in 16:08, two-tenths of a second ahead of John Caldwell of Georgetown Prep. Sandy Cash of St. Albans came in sixth (16:33). St. Albans teammates Scott Vances (16:52) and Teddy Pierson (16:54) finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Lushia Taliaferro of H.D. Woodson was the top Interhigh runner, 10th in 17:10.

St. Albans won the boys Class I title with 35 points, 43 points ahead of Eastside-Westside, the Newark, N.J. city champion. Laurel came in third with 126 points. Gonzaga won the boys Class II title with 42 points. Host Spingarn came in second with 66 and Central was third with 89.

Central's Kirk Young won the individual title in Class II (16:20). Eric Seymour of Gonzaga was second (17:14) and Young's teammate, Cliff Mason, was third (17:18). Wilson's Adrian Miller was fourth (17:45).

Brian Egan (18:02) and Will Moschella of Gonzaga came in fifth and sixth, respectively. Carlos Gill (18:26) and Darnell Bell (18:30) followed for Spingarn.

Out-of-town schools took the first five places in the girls Class I division. Rosa Dominques of Eastside-Westside won the individual title (14:04). Jodi Shindle of Laurel, the top local finisher, came in sixth (15:12). Her teammates, Christy Peters (15:35) and Jenny Athley (15:51), were eighth and ninth. Jackie McCalop of Dunbar was 10th in 15:58.

McCalop, three days earlier, won her third straight Interhigh race by capturing the Interhigh developmental race at Fort Dupont (16:10).

"I like being in competition with people better than me," McCalop said before the Interhigh race. "I had to pick up the pace a little. I didn't want to get too far back."

Georgetown Visitation won the girls Class II title with 55 points, followed by National Cathedral (55) and Central (58).

Monica Roy of Georgetown Visitation was first (15:18).