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Running: Wettlaufer makes it a three-peat in Ocean City race

Cara Wettlaufer of Bel Air moved up to the main race of the Ocean City Half Marathon Saturday and raised her record in the island-to-island event to three wins in a row.

The C. Milton Wright alumna left the women's field far behind in the 13.1-mile run after winning the festival's 5K event for the last two years. In a field of 1,890, she finished 22nd overall on a course from the Ocean City Pier to the Assateague Island State Park.

Timed in 1:25.19, she led the second-place woman by 5 minutes. Last year she won the 5K in 18:41 and in 2010, she won the 5K in 19:59.

Jerry Henderson of Bel Air placed eighth among the men in 1:20:54 and won the men's masters award by a margin of 2 1/2 minutes. Nick Pasko of Bel Air finished 20th in 1:25:12. Among the top 300 finishers were Mike Jirsa of Joppa, 1:45:07, and Karl Peterson of Bel Air, 1:47:07.

The race was one of four half marathons in Maryland between April 28 and May 6, each expected to draw from 2,000 to 5,000 runners. The Frederick Running Festival Half Marathon and the Maryland Half Marathon near Columbia are set for Sunday.

Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon

Megan McNew finished fourth among 1,657 women in the Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon in Columbia Sunday. The 33-year-old from White Hall finished in 1:23:53.

Finishing in the top 100 were Jeanette Goetz of Joppa, 1:42:09, and Jackie Shughart, Forest Hill, 1:45:17. Jennifer Stagnoli of Bel Air placed third in the Athena Division in 1:53:43.

There were also 292 finishers in the event's 5K race. Jennifer Drabo of Abingdon placed sixth in the 5K in 24:49.

Port to Fort 6K

Charles Powell II of Bel Air finished third overall and led the masters runners in the Believe in Tomorrow Port to Fort 6K Sunday in Baltimore.

He completed the 3.73-mile race between the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry in 21:27. Ken Szymanski of Bel Air finished third in the men's 50-59 age group in 29:10 and Shannon Famini of Forest Hill was third in 16-19 in 30:37. There were 1,182 finishers.

APG team is 10th in Penn Relays

A foursome from Aberdeen Proving Ground placed 10th among 31 teams in the Corporate Distance Medley relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last Friday. Each team in the relay was composed of one female runner, one runner over 40 and two other runners of any age or gender. Brent Edwards led off the Army Test and Evaluation Command team with a 3:31 in the 1,200-meter leg. Lorrie Chieffo followed with a 400-meter carry in 1:22. Masters runner Windsor Jones ran 2:22 on the 800 third leg and Luke Belford anchored with a 4:41 in the 1600 to finish in 11:59.62.

Coming Races

May 6 - Maryland Half Marathon, Fulton, 8 a.m. http://www.mdhalfmarathon.com

May 6 - Frederick Running Festival, Half Marathon at 7 a.m., http://www.frederickrunfest.com

May 6 - RASAC Pot Rocks Trail 4.6 Miler, Route 1 at Big Gunpowder River, 8 a.m., 410-692-5599.

May 12 - Racing to Feed the Hungry Daily 5K, Annie's Playground in Fallston, 8 a.m., 410-420-1637.

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