Kristen Malloy of Hereford, The Sun's All-Metro Runner of the Year in girls cross country this past fall, is leaving the Bulls when her family moves to Connecticut this month.
Malloy's father is a doctor who has taken a position with a Connecticut hospital, and she will transfer to Glastonbury High. She'll be leaving Hereford when Baltimore County's first semester ends, a move first reported on the Running Maryland Web site.
"It's sort of a hard time because it's the middle of my junior year, but I'm trying to think of it as a challenge," Malloy said. " ... It's hard to see myself in another uniform."
Malloy won the Class 3A state title and helped Hereford to a second-place team finish. The junior has developed into one of the state's top distance runners.
"She's definitely going to be missed here at Hereford," said Russ Drylie, a Hereford cross country and track coach. "She's quiet, but she leads by example with her hard work."
Malloy used a furious kick to win the Class 3A state title on her home course at Hereford this past fall, the fifth state title she earned or helped win.
She also won the Class 2A 3,200-meter championship in outdoor track last spring and did the same thing (in Class 3A-2A) in indoor track two years ago.