Harris sets record in Wright win


C. Milton Wright's Brian Harris set a course record and led the top-ranked Mustangs to their sixth straight Harford County Cross Country Championships yesterday at Harford Glen.

Only a victory by Aberdeen's Christy Moon prevented a Mustangs sweep. C. Milton Wright's girls won their second consecutive title.

Harris, a junior who won his second straight title, broke a 12-year-old record on the hilly 3.1-mile course. His 16-minute, 11-second clocking broke the mark set of 16:20 by North Harford's Scott Sheppard, the only four-time county champ.

Joppatowne junior Bobby Simmons also came in under the old record, finishing in 16:18. Simmons, who moved to Pennsylvania last July, returned to Joppatowne in time to run two regular-season meets.

The Mustangs boys compiled 19 points to win the team title over Bel Air with 71. After Harris, came Steve Donahue (third, 16:22), Greg Stephen (fourth, 16:47), Troy Morse (fifth, 17:14) and Chad Boyle (sixth, 17:20).

Moon outran defending champ Stacy Servia of C. Milton Wright to win her first title. The Eagles junior transferred to Aberdeen last summer from Belgium, where her father was stationed with the Army.

Moon said running a lot of tough hills in Europe last year helped her on the Harford Glen course. She pulled away from Servia on the final hill about a half-mile from the finish.

North Harford's Lucy Howard finished third in 21:06, with John Carroll's Michelle McCarthy two seconds behind.

In the team race, the Mustangs easily outdistanced second-place Fallston, 29-51.

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