Elizabeth Tauber has been running with a noticeably quicker pace this spring.
The John Carroll grad from Bel Air has twice broken Towson University's school record in the 5,000-meter run has won two collegiate races and has improved her personal best by 41 seconds.
Tauber, who began this, her sophomore track season with a best of 18:00, lowered Towson's 5,000-meter record to 17:27 in a meet in Richmond, Va., on March 16. Two weeks later she approached the school record in the 10,000, winning in 37:03 on her home track.
One week later she won a collegiate 5,000 in Millersville, Pa., finishing 21 seconds ahead of the field. A week after that, she sliced 9 more seconds off the school record with a 17:19 in a Fairfax, Va., invitational.
Her most recent race was not record-setting but noteworthy. On Saturday, she ran 17:30 in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, a meet with exceptional performance depth. She won her section but overall finished in the middle of the field in which 54 women ran 17:59 or better.
Tauber's next big race is the Colonial Athletic Association championships to be held on Towson's track on May 3 and 4.
In other collegiate action, Chris Swisko of Aberdeen registered a personal best in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The Mount St. Mary's senior clocked 3:52.33.
Kayla Watson (Harford Tech) placed fourth in the long jump at the CIAA track championships Saturday in Petersburg, Va. The Bowie State freshman jumped 17-9 3/4.
Amanda Deller (Aberdeen) threw a season-best 45-1 3/4 in the shot put at the Morgan State Legacy meet Saturday, finishing 6 inches out of first place. The mark qualifies the UMBC senior for the ECAC meet.
Sole of the City 10K
Three Harford runners captured age-group victories in the Sole of the City 10K in Baltimore Sunday.
Danielle Kays of Bel Air led the 30-39 women's age group. She finished fifth overall in 40:18, 2 1/2 minutes behind winner Jen Ecker of Baltimore.
Esther Buchser of Abingdon led the 60-69 women in 54:15, and Kristen Isoldi of Forest Hill finished first in age-12-to-15 in 49:58. Marina Miller of Bel Air was second in under-12 in 62:04.
Among the men, Adam Bosley, Jeff Burger and Darren Thompson, all of Bel Air, finished in sixth through eighth overall in 37:03, 37:05 and 37:09, respectively.
Charles Larsen of Phoenix won the men's race in 34:08, leading the field of 2,770. About 200 Harford Countians were among the finishers.
Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K
The men of the Vitek family produced a near-sweep of the Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K at Edgewood High School Saturday.
Chris Vitek, a Perry Hall High School senior, won the race in 16:15, finishing 20 seconds ahead of his older brother, David, who was second. Pat Vitek, their father, finished fourth in 21:11.
Kirk Ingold of Bel Air broke up the sweep by finishing third in 19:41. Carroll Fitzgerald, a Harford County cross-country champ at Edgewood in 1971, was fifth in 22:43.
Kimberly Carberry of Bel Air won the women's race in 23:27 by 15 seconds over Jennifer Worton. Others in the top five were Caitlyn Markowski, 24:06; Kelly Warden, 25:17; and Meredith Heidt, 30:40.