Servia and Moon cross paths again Wright senior, Aberdeen junior share honors

November 15, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

This year's Harford County girls cross country championship developed into a race between the defending champ and the new girl in town.

Through the regular season, C. Milton Wright veteran Stacy Servia stayed in front of Aberdeen newcomer Christy Moon. But at the Harford County title race Oct. 30, Moon upset the defending champ to win.

Moon, a transfer from Belgium where her father was stationed in the Army, began running local three-mile courses in about 21 minutes, 40 seconds. She dropped that to 20:32 to win her title.

Servia finished second in 20:47 at the county championship, but she didn't let Moon hold the upper hand for long.

A week later, Servia avenged the loss, winning by a minute over Moon in the Class 3A, Region III championship. Servia came in second behind Catonsville's Bridget Olp on the sloppy Harford Community College course. Moon, running without spikes, was third.

Servia has been the most consistent runner in the county this season while Moon has made the greatest strides in cutting her times. Therefore, they share The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year honor.

Their rivalry will continue through track season when both will run the mile and/or two-mile races. Both girls said they welcome the added competition in both sports.

"It just makes you more enthused," said Servia, who hopes to continue running in college next fall. "It makes you want to do better when you have that competition and it makes your expectations higher."

Moon, who finished 13th last fall at the European Championships for Department of Defense schools, could hardly believe she had beaten Servia at the county meet.

"Stacy's such a good runner," said Moon, a junior. "She pushed me the hardest I've ever been pushed."

Girls first team

* Amy Altmann, so., C. Milton Wright . . . fifth in county championship with her best time of season . . . fourth in Class 3A, Region II meet . . . No. 2 runner on Mustangs' squad . . . 27th at Harford Invitational and fourth Maryland finisher in seeded race.


* Monica Beall, sr., Fallston . . . Class 1A, Region III champ after struggling most of season with sprained ankle . . . probably one of county's top three if uninjured . . . eighth at county championship.


* Jen Englehart, fr., C. Milton Wright . . . sixth at county championship . . . first-year runner whose times improved in every race . . . dropped two minutes from time between first and second race of season . . . fifth at Class 3A, Region II meet.


* Lucy Howard, jr., North Harford . . . third at county championship . . . Class 2A, Region IV champ for second year . . . ran sixth-best time for Maryland girl at Harford

County Invitational despite nagging foot injury.


* Michelle McCarthy, sr., John Carroll . . . fourth at county championship . . . improved best time by about a minute at county title meet . . . Patriots' No. 1 runner all season . . . twin brother Sean ran on boys team.


* Christy Moon, jr., Aberdeen . . . transfer from Belgium . . . Harford County champion . . . third at Class 3A, Region II meet running without spikes on sloppy Harford Community College course . . . 18th overall and third Maryland runner in girls seeded race at Harford Invitational.


* Stacy Servia, sr., C. Milton Wright . . . second at Harford County championship . . . second in Class 3A, Region II meet where she avenged county title loss to Moon . . . team captain . . . 12th overall and second Maryland runner in girls seeded race at Harford Invitational.

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