As Eleanor Roosevelt senior All-Met Mikias Gelagle ran far ahead of the pack at the Prince George's County cross-country championships yesterday, his long-term goal of a state title kept pushing him forward even as the competition could not.

Gelagle repeated as county champion with a time of 15 minutes 57 seconds, believed to be the fastest time ever run at Fort Washington Park. Junior teammate Kelli Thibou (16:59) was second as the Raiders won with 20 points. Oxon Hill was second with 92.

"I just kept saying to myself, 'Why, why, why, remember why you are doing this,' " Gelagle said. "I have to be ready for the state meet, so that was what I was focusing on."

Roosevelt's defending state champion girls' team had the top six finishers and won with a perfect score of 15. Largo was second with 83 points.

Sophomore Dominique Lockhart (19:26) won the girls' race, edging junior teammate Marika Walker (19:29).

Northern Wins SMAC

The Northern golf team avenged two losses this season to rival La Plata by winning the team title at the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference tournament. The Patriots placed four golfers in the top six overall at Twin Shields Golf Club, their home course, to shoot a 292, 17 strokes better than the runner-up Warriors.

Northern sophomore Kyle Niemann won the individual title with a 1-over 71. He edged out teammates Sam Hoffer and Jeff Kingsbury, who joined La Plata's Cody Burch in a playoff after all carded 72s.

"I bogeyed my last hole and was a little unsure if my score would be enough," Niemann said. "I'm real happy I hung in there, though, especially because I was able to help my team win."

Hoffer birdied the second playoff hole to finish second, followed by Burch, Kingsbury, La Plata's Jay Dove and Northern's Chris Speaker, who won a playoff to place sixth.

Dramatic Finish

Senior Erin Harper scored a goal, assisted by junior Rachel Blair, with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give Paint Branch a 2-1 field hockey victory over Watkins Mill. . . .

The Magruder girls' tennis team beat Paint Branch, 7-0, to finish the regular season 11-1 overall and 7-0 in Montgomery County Division II. The county team championship is Monday.

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