Walter Williams, a 6-foot-8 senior All-Met basketball player at Crossland, announced he will sign with Maryland during the early signing period next month. Williams selected Maryland over North Carolina, Villanova and Temple.

The 185-pound forward, who averaged 13 points and eight rebounds for the Maryland AA runner-up, said he always has liked Maryland's program and is impressed with Coach Bob Wade. "I liked the idea of staying at home, I liked the coaching staff and I felt I would fit," Williams said. "I think I will be very comfortable there" . . .

Lake Braddock's boys and girls teams successfully defended their Northern Region cross country titles, and South Lakes' Anne Evans and Lance Muniz of Chantilly won the 3.1-mile races at Burke Lake Park.

Muniz finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Lake Braddock's Brad Baker, winning in 15 minutes 7.2 seconds. Evans finished in 17:24.9, far ahead of runner-up Jennifer Seltz of T.C. Williams.

Lake Braddock's girls finished with 55 points, 28 ahead of W.T. Woodson. Herndon (110) and Langley (113) rounded out the top four teams, which qualified for the Nov. 7 Virginia AAA meet in Charlottesville.

The Bruins boys finished 23 points ahead of Herndon with 41. West Springfield (110) and Annandale (118) also qualified.