Mike McMonagle of Bel Air has been leading the pack in recent ultra-marathon races in Southern California.
On Jan. 19, the 22-year-old Navy ensign won the San Diego 50-mile Endurance Run near Escondido. He completed a rugged trail course with over a mile of vertical gains in 7 hours, 25 minutes. The youngest of 71 finishers, he won by a margin of 5 minutes.
McMonagle, who is stationed in San Diego, was among the leaders in four races over a three-week period in the late fall.
On Oct. 28, he placed third in the Folsom Lake Trail Run 50K in 4:16:58. A week later, he was the runner-up in the Reach-the-Peak Trail Race, a three-hour timed run to and from the peak of Black Mountain near San Diego. The following week, he placed fifth in the Mt. Tam Trail Run 50K in 4:58:16. And a week after that, he finished third in the Santa Monica Mountains 50K near Malibu.
McMonagle is one of the 515 runners who have registered for the 25th annual HAT Run 50K in Susquehanna State Park, although his military schedule appears likely to keep him from competing in the March 23 race.
Thompson, Trzcinski win at the Mill
Darren Thompson set a RASAC club record for the 6.3-mile course at the mill in Susquehanna State Park Sunday. The 26-year-old Bel Air resident clocked 41:55 in leading 52 runners to the finish line. Rob Bartholomew took second in 43:36 and Mike Feinberg, third in 43:58.
Christine Trzcinski won the women's race in 46:13. Nelly Budrow finished second in 46:52, and Anna Wasielewski, third in 48:03.
Collegiate indoor track: Bond wins
Kiersten Bond of Aberdeen captured her first collegiate win Jan. 18 in the Collegeville Indoor Classic at Ursinus College. The West Chester University freshman leaped 17 feet, 8 inches to win the long jump.
Chris Swisko of Aberdeen finished second in the 1,000-meter run in the Gulden Invitational Jan. 19 at Bucknell University. The Mount St. Mary's senior was timed in 2:31.98 in finishing 1.5 seconds behind the winner.
Also at Bucknell, Wilhelmina Austin of Edgewood placed in two jumping events. The Towson University freshman was sixth in the long jump at 17-6 3/4 and sixth in the triple jump at 34-11 1/4.
Amanda Deller of Aberdeen, a senior at UMBC, placed third in the weight throw in the Terrapin Invitational in Landover Jan. 19 with a mark of 51-10. Nia Alleyene of Aberdeen also competed in the meet. The Fairleigh Dickinson freshman triple-jumped 35-3 3/4 for 11th place.
Wright, Kohles lead JC to second
Kiana Wright captured a double win in the jumps and Kristen Kohles won the 1600 to lead the John Carroll girls to second place in the third IAAM-MIAA League meet of the season in Landover Jan. 18.
Wright's winning leaps were 16-11 1/2 in the long jump and 33-6 1/4 in the triple jump. Kohles ran 5:25.47 to win the 1600. Rebecca Driver earned a fourth win with a 10.05 clocking in the 55 hurdles.
The Patriots scored 19 of their 109 points in the 1600 as Amanda Spaeth took third in 5:41.59, and Alex Gromacki, sixth in 5:42.84. Spaeth was also third in the 3200 in 12:23.09.
Kohles and Wright teamed with Caroline Haggerty and Meredith Haggerty to place second in the 4x400 relay in 4:17.23. Hannah Jacques placed second in the shot put at 28-9 3/4.
In the boys' (MIAA) events, Austin Markley placed second in the 300 in 36.75 seconds and fourth in the triple jump at 41-1.
Also in Landover, there were two Harford County winners in the Sportsplex Track Showcase All-Comers Meet Jan 20 at the Prince George's Sportsplex. Chris Johnson of Fallston won the 200-meter dash, and Jessica Rogers, 13, of Bel Air won her age group in the 1600.
Second ShamRock 'n Roll 5K is March 16
The second annual ShamRock 'n Roll 5K, a race to benefit the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund, will be held at the Arena Club on March 16. The race, which drew 250 runners last year, will be conducted over a course through the HCC campus. For information: http://www.eliteracemanagement.com