In a familiar place, Georgetown Prep's Steven Duplinsky performed a familiar feat.
The junior All-Met defended his Interstate Athletic Conference cross-country title and led the Little Hoyas to a convincing team victory at home last Saturday. Prep's five best runners combined for 32 points; the five best non-Prep runners combined for 29.
Duplinsky crossed the finish line in 16 minutes 29 seconds, the fastest time of anyone at the jointly held meets of the IAC, the Independent School League and the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Duplinsky's teammate Drew Abernethy was second in 17:04, and the Little Hoyas easily beat second-place St. Albans (54 points).
In the MAC race, Sidwell Friends senior Jake Travers cruised to the win in 16:56, more than a minute better than Potomac School freshman Johns Ross IV. Georgetown Day junior Mike Panzer was third and led his team to the championship with 48 points.
Holton-Arms senior Christine Brown won the ISL championship in 20:23, leading her team to its first league title with 39 points. St. Andrew's sophomore Julia Greco was the runner-up in 20:37, and her team had 62 points for second place.
Meantime, O'Connell swept the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference meet last weekend at Lake Fairfax Park. Senior Mark Dewine won the boys' title in 17:43 and his junior teammate Mark Tynan finished five seconds later for second. The Knights totaled 49 points, ahead of Gonzaga (54).
The O'Connell girls had 48 points to beat Good Counsel by one point. Bishop Ireton's Nora McCall won the individual title, finishing in 20:27.
-- Sean P. Flynn