Whitman junior Tom Eagleson and Kennedy junior Kim Many won the boys and girls Montgomery County cross country championships in two very different races yesterday at Calverton-Fairland Park.

Eagleson had a close race with Paint Branch senior Troy Baker, until Eagleson finally was able to shake Baker with a half mile remaining in the three-mile race.

Eagleson won in 16:05, 21 seconds ahead of Baker. Rockville's Corey Brown took third in 16:36.

Many had a much easier time. She took control at the start, building her lead to 100 yards halfway through the three-mile race, winning by nearly a minute in 18:46.

Whitman's Virginia Mattingly, the defending Class AA state champion, finished second in 19:41, six seconds ahead of Wheaton's Chris Greenspan.

Whitman's girls ran away with the team title, scoring 53 points. Rockville was second with 120 and Damascus took third with 137.

The boys title went to Walter Johnson, which outscored Whitman, 57-64. Springbrook was third with 133.

Baker pushed the pace and Eagleson through the first mile before committing a costly error. At a sharp left turn ascending one of the few steep hills on the course, Baker took a few steps to the right of the course before recovering. Eagleson had a clear advantage at the top.

"Somehow I went that way {to the right}," said Baker. "I knew I was supposed to go up the hill but I just didn't. It probably did take the energy out of me."

Eagleson quickly capitalized, picking up nearly 70 yards on Baker within a half mile of Baker's mistake. Eagleson led until the final mile. Then, somehow, Baker was able to move back on him.

But with about a half mile remaining, the extra effort took its toll and Eagleson pulled away from Baker easily.