The lead runners in the Survivor Run 5K in Bel Air Sunday finished with a flourish of speed.
Darren Thompson, 36, of Bel Air, led a pack of 240 as he rounded the final turn, 50 meters from the finish line. He glanced back as he did so, and saw two masters runners sprinting in hot pursuit. He responded with a kick to hold off the challenge of Charles Powell II and Jerry Henderson. Thompson passed through the finish arch in 17:48, with Powell 4 seconds behind and Henderson, 7.
Becky Parks of Reisterstown won the women's race. The coach of the Stevenson University women's cross-country team, Parks took the lead from quick-starting Jessica Rogers and pulled away to win in 19:36. Rogers, 13, set a personal best for the 5K in finishing second in 20:14.
The race pleased its founder and director Phil Anderson, a long-time runner who survived an ischemic stroke six years ago. Four stroke survivors were among the runners in the event, which raised funds for The Stroke Network, The American Cancer Society and The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail.
Josh Craddock of Silver Spring finished fourth in the 5K in 18:26. Others in the men's top 10 were; Zach Zander, Havre de Grace, 18:35; Mike Feinberg, 18:50; Rodney Timpson, Edgewood, 19:08; John Escarsega, Bel Air, 19:08; Edgar Narciso, Street, 19:32; and Chester Wrobel, Forest Hill, 19:45.
Finishing third through 10th in the women's race were Nelly Budrow, Aberdeen, 20:19; Christine Trzcinski, Parkville, 20:49; Sarah Zephir-Thomason, Forest Hill, 21:09; Julie Bacso, Bel Air, 21:36; Courtney Waldhauser, Fallston, 22:01; Jennifer Perkovich, Joppa, 22:43; Anna Wasielewski, Forest Hill, 22:53; and Kimberly Kruk, Abingdon, 23:06.
Tisch takes 3rd at Cherry Blossom
Rob Tisch of Bel Air took third place in the 40-44 age group in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in Washington, D.C., Sunday. He ran 58:15 in the field of 17,530 finishers.
Danielle Kays of Bel Air placed sixth in the 35-39 age group in 1:05:20. About 60 Harford area runners competed. The fastest among them were: Andrew Wilson of Darlington, 1:04:25; Jim Cole, White Hall, 1:13:12; Jennifer Bouffard, Fallston, 1:14:21; Brittany Paulshock, Forest Hill, 1:15:33; and Esther Buchser, Abingdon, 1:32:26 (15th in 60-64 age group).
In races elsewhere
Cathy Bartholomew of Aberdeen won her age group in the XTERRA Seneca Creek 10K in Gaithersburg April 6. She was timed in 1:02:12 over the rugged course. Husband Rob Bartholomew placed second in his age group in 47:44.
Chris Swisko of Aberdeen ran 5,000 meters in 14:37.44 in the Colonial Relays in Wiliamsburg, Va., April 6. His time places him ninth on the Mount St. Mary's all-time performance list for the event. In the same meet, Megan Schott (North Harford), a sophomore at Mount St. Mary's, ran 18:28.38 in the women's 5,000, placing 11th.
Noah Hutton of UMBC (North Harford) placed sixth in the 10,000 meters in the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. April 6. He ran 31:49.
Stephanie Bower, a freshman at York College (Pa). ran 21:46 to place fifth in the women's 5,000 at the Green and White Invitational Saturday in York.
Women's 5K by the Bay
Race director Sue Jacobs expects a field of 650 Saturday (April 14) for the seventh annual Women's 5K by the Bay. A pair of speedsters from Washington, D.C., will likely lead the field when the race begins at 8 a.m. at Tydings Park. They are Yuni Delecha, a 1:15 half marathoner, and Tezeta Dengersa, a 2:40 marathoner. They will have a $200 incentive for breaking the course record of 17:08, according to Jacobs.