The one race expected to be close at the Harford County Cross Country Championships never materialized Friday afternoon.
C. Milton Wright ran away with the boys team title and the Mustangs' Brian Harris easily outran the field for the boys individual crown. But a showdownbetween C. Milton Wright's Stacy Servia and Fallston's Monica Beall never happened.
Last year, Beall edged Servia at the wire to take second place. But Beall sprained her ankle last weekend training on the Harford GlenCourse. Friday she could only lean on her crutches and watch Servia run.
Without Beall, Servia had no real competition. She won in 21 minutes, 14 seconds, leading the Mustangs to a clean sweep of the 1991 titles.
The girls edged two-time defending champion Fallston, 42-50. With such a narrow margin of defeat, the Cougars almost certainly would have held onto the title if Beall had run.
"I was really disappointed Monica couldn't run," said Servia, who didn't know of herrival's injury until Friday afternoon. "It feels really great to win, but I wanted to run against her."
Servia's closest competition was Fallston sophomore Laurie Cicero, a first-year cross-country runner. Cicero stayed close early but finished 41 seconds behind Servia.
"I was happy to finish second," said Cicero. "The other girls (Servia and North Harford's Joy Corson) didn't start off as fast as I thought they would. That helped me, because I'm trying not to go out too fast. I used to do that and I died during the race."
Cicero hopes to challenge Servia and Beall for the title next year, but there should be a lot of familiar faces returning since only one girl who finished in the top 10 was a senior.
Three freshmen, C. Milton Wright'sAmy Altman and Erin Bralich and John Carroll's Katie Lannon, landed in the top nine.
Altman (6th, 23:07) and Bralich (8th, 23:26) werethe top two Mustangs to cross the line after Servia. Theresa Molnar (12th, 23:47) and Lauren Davis (15th, 24:24) also scored.
Fallstonplaced five in the top 18. Amy Havener, the only senior among the top 10, was fourth in 22:47 followed by Sarah Moore (13th, 23:49), Danielle Dinan (14th, 23:53) and Jessica Wolf (18th, 24:46).
Lucy Howard (3rd, 22:14) and Corson (5th, 23:02) paced North Harford to third place with 78 points. John Carroll, led by Michele McCarthy (7th, 23:10), was fourth with an 86 followed by Bel Air (99) and Aberdeen (154).
Harris cruised to the boys title in 16:57. He missed the courserecord, but he still outran the closest competition by 40 seconds.
The Mustangs place four more runners in the top seven, scoring only18 points to easily beat out second-place Joppatowne with 57.
Kevin Koffenberger was second in 17:37 followed by Chad Boyle (3rd, 17:49) Troy Morse (5th, 18:04) and Greg Stephen (7th, 18:35).
Joppatowne, which didn't even field a team a year ago, came on strong to finish second. The Mariners placed five runners in the top 20. Todd Eckley (6th, 18:11), Bobby Simmons (8th, 18:39), Keith Phillips (11th, 18:53), Mike Wells (12th, 18:55) and Dan Brewer (20th, 19:34) scored forJoppatowne.
Led by Eric Bell (9th, 18:47), Bel Air finished thirdwith 69 points. Matt Piotroski (4th, 17:59) paced North Harford to fourth with 111 points.
Fallston and John Carroll (164) tied for fifth followed by Harford Vo-Tech (189) and Edgewood (190).