Tyler Muse made his debut on the Wilmington University cross-country team an auspicious one. The former Bel Air High School and Harford Community College standout won the 12th Annual Wilmington Cross-Country Invitational Saturday, leading his new team to five-place sweep.

Muse toured a rolling 8K course at Carousel Park in 28:37 to finish three seconds ahead of his teammate, Nathan Parmenter, a junior college transfer from Rising Sun.

With the sweep, the Wildcats won,15-65, over Nyack College and five other teams.

NFL Back to Football 5K

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Four Harford runners captured age-group wins in the NFL Back to Football 5K in Baltimore Sept. 4.

A field of 2,365 runners – almost two thirds of them women – converged on M&T Bank Stadium for the race one day before the Ravens' season opener.

Shawn Loper led the 35-39 age group and finished fourth overall in 16:45. Tyler Hora took first in 18-24 in 18:59 and Zach Walker was first in under-13 in 19:59. Among the women, Carleen Moore was first in 65-69 in 27:44.

Finishing second in the age groups were Mike Trott, in 60-64 in 25:18, and Holly Battaglia, in 35-39 in 22:24. Third place went to Adine Cumberland, 35-39 in 22:34; Kelly Blackburn, 40-44 in 24:08; and Morgan Kornke, under-12, 24:43. Will Murdoch placed third in 25-29 and seventh overall in 17:21. About 260 runners from Harford County competed.

Larry Contrella of Baltimore won the men's race, finishing on the playing field in 16:04. Stephanie Hoag of Cockeysville led all 1,530 women in 18:08.

Run to Remember

Mike Feinberg of Bel Air was the runner-up among 615 finishers in the Run to Remember 5K in Baltimore Sunday. He ran 18:48 and finished 14 seconds behind winner Maurice Pointer.

Four Harford runners were age-group winners. Bart Rein ran 21:28 to lead the 40-49 group with Rob Bartholomew second in 22:05.

Nelly Budrow led the women's 30-39 in 21:38; Cathleen Bartholomew, 50-59 in 26:38; and Shelby Johnson, 11-15 in 29:31. Stephanie Hoag won the women's race in 19:29.

The Dominator 5K and 10K

Julie Bacso and Luis Navarro were easy winners in the shorter race of The Dominator 5K and 10K in Forest Hill Saturday. Elizabeth Peregoy and Steven Frayne won the 10K with similar ease.

Bacso ran 21:13 over a course at the Forest Hill Airpark, finishing well ahead of Rhonda Utz, 24:19, and Laura Kelly, 24:58. Navarro won the men's 5K in 18:18, about a quarter mile ahead of Jon Shorter, 20:06.

Peregoy won the women's 10K by more than a half mile in 44:09. Karen Young was second in 49:11 and Brenda Walker, third in 49:33. Frayne led the 10K pack of 42 runners in 39:39, finishing 54 seconds ahead of Navarro, who doubled in the two races. Bruce Tackett was third in 42:36.

Irongirl Rocky Gap Triathlon

Aimee Reeves of Churchville won the 35-39 age group and finished eighth among 900 women in the Athleta Irongirl Triathlon at Rocky Gap State Park Sunday. Reeves, 36, completed a half-mile swim in Lake Habeeb, a 16-mile bike and a 2.5-mile run in 1:30:44. Her swim time of 13:12 was fifth fastest among all finishers.

Thirty-five Harford triathletes competed. Other top finishers among them were Jennifer Jones, 18th overall and sixth in 40-44 in 1:34:40; Heather Hoffman, 1:39:17; Bobi Jean McFadden, 1:44:16; Dagmar Sachs, 1:45:16; and Wendy McPherson, 1:45:56 (tenth in the 50-54 age group).