Runners from Harford County climaxed their collegiate cross country seasons with strong performances just before Hurricane Sandy and her sister nor'easter shut down the East Coast.
Tyler Muse of Bel Air won the Maryland Junior College and Region 20 race at the Washington County Regional Park Saturday. He covered an 8K course in 26:34 to win by 2 seconds and capture his second Maryland Juco title and his third victory of the season for HCC. In the women's race, Jenn Lewis of HCC finished ninth with a 5K time of 23:54.
Elizabeth Tauber led Towson University to a fifth place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association meet. She finished 19th in 22:28 over a 6K course in Williamsburg, Va., lowering her 6K personal best by 8 seconds. Hannah McKenzie (C. Milton Wright) was the third Towson finisher at 41st place in 23:31.
Megan Schott, a Mount St. Mary's sophomore from North Harford, was the second finisher for Mount St. Mary's in the Northeast Conference Championships at Bryant University Saturday. She placed 19th in 18:50 over a 5K course, helping her team to sixth place in an 11-team field.
Matt Smith, a CMW alumnus, helped York College to victory in the Capital Athletic Conference meet Saturday. Finishing as the sixth York runner, he placed 19th in 28:47 over an 8K course at Frostburg.
In the same meet, Jenn Bower (CMW) was the top finisher for Frostburg State, which placed sixth among women's teams. She finished a 6K course in 28:23 and outran her younger sister, Stephanie Bower, a freshman at York College, 29:54.
Run for Your Lives 5K
Zombies and zombie fans returned to Camp Ramblewood in Darlington Saturday to compete in the Run for Your Lives 5K. The event drew almost 7,000 participants, who raced through mud, over obstacles and around actors portraying the walking dead. The races were conducted in 18 heats of up to 400 runners each.
Wesley Lipple, 29, of Nottingham, registered the fastest time, 23:35, over the 5K course, which included 12 major obstacles.
Jason Guarino of Abingdon was 10th fastest overall in 28:24 and second in the 20-29 age group. Xavier Cummings of Havre de Grace clocked 39:49 to place ninth among the "alive" finishers, those avoiding zombie transformation. Huseyin Kara of Belcamp placed seventh among military finishers and third in 40-and-over in 36:52.
Among the women, Kimberly Menges of Fallston placed third in over-40 in 38:34 and Allison Beers of Whiteford was second in 14-19 in 40:28.
In races elsewhere
Sixty Harford Countians were among the 23,500 finishers of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., Sunday. Matthew Burdette of Churchville was the first Harford finisher among them at 3:18:05. Robert Stevenson finished in 3:18:48, and David Stevenson, 3:22:22. Best times among Harford women were by Dana Stromberger of Joppa, 3:51:45, and Lauren Greenberg of Bel Air, 3:56:05.
Laura Finney of Fallston led the women's 20-29 age group in the KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K in 23:54 in Baltimore Saturday. She was one of 300 runners in the race.
Zach Flores of Abingdon finished second among 120 in the Miles for Megan 5K Saturday in Cockeysville. He ran 18:45. Barbara Stachowiak of Kingsville was the runner-up in the women's race in 23:59.
Kirk Ingold won the RASAC Highlands to Nova Scotia Sunday, covering a 3.5-mile course in 22:35. Seth McElroy finished second in 25:06, and Ron Keith, third in 26:57.
Bill Brown series finale Nov. 4
The third meet of the Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series will be held Sunday, Nov. 4 at C. Milton Wright High School, with race-day registration beginning at 3 p.m. The meet was originally set for Oct. 28 but was postponed because of weather.
Nov. 3 - Furry Friends 5K, Ma & Pa Trail, Tollgate Road, 8 a.m.,www.harfordshelter.org.
Nov. 3 - Tuerk House 5K, Baltimore's Druid Hill Park, 9 a.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com
Nov. 4 - 5-mile Fall Frolic, Eden Mill Nature Center, 8 a.m., 410-937-8889
Nov. 10 - Heather Hurd 5K, Harford Community College, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com