It only took about 100 strides for Georgetown Prep senior Steve Duplinsky to rocket ahead of the pack. Thousands of strides later at the Maryland Private Schools Cross-Country Championships, Duplinksy claimed the course record at Glenelg Country School, finishing in 15 minutes 40 seconds and leading the Little Hoyas to a team victory with 53 points in Ellicott City.
"I could watch him all day," Gonzaga Coach Heather Sanders said. "He's got perfect biomechanics."
Duplinsky finished 43 seconds ahead of Sidwell Friends senior Jeffrey Perlis, the previous course record holder. Up next for Duplinsky will be the Foot Locker Northeast Regional race on Nov. 26 in New York.
"I'm kind of nervous because I haven't really been pushed yet," Duplinsky said. "I'm not really where I want to be running-wise, but I'm happy with my overall fitness."
In the girls' race, John Carroll junior Brittany Furst won in 19:40, also setting a course record. The first-time cross-country athlete finished 14 seconds ahead of Spalding's Maureen Wahl.
In the girls' team competition, Holton-Arms scored 58 points to cruise past second-place Good Counsel (96). Julia Rees, Laura Klick and Susan Heller finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, for Holton-Arms.
Gonzaga scored 73 points to edge St. Albans (79) out of second place in the boys' team competition. Gonzaga's Matt Chandler finished in 16:44 to place fifth overall.