Daniel Colopietro cleared the centerfield fence of Cal Sr.'s Yard about as quickly as a home-run ball. He went through the centerfield gate, of course, as he led 145 runners away from the starting line of the first 7K Streak Through Aberdeen last Friday.
The 21-year-old HCC student from Bel Air sprinted to a big lead, saw it dwindle, then pulled away to win in 23:32, 9 seconds ahead of Luke Holman, 27, a triathlete from McLean, Va.
Sandy Sanders of Havre de Grace won the women's race by similar margin. The transplanted New Jerseyan, who transferred to APG two years ago, completed the three-loop, 4.3-mile tour of the Ripken complex in 28:52. She withstood a challenge from Maureen Hall of Parkville, who finished second 7 seconds behind her.
Others in the women's top 10 were Anna Wasielewski, 30:20; Angela Bissett, 30:38; Karen Young, 30:45; Candice Richardson, 33:00; Erika Butler, 33:34; Kay Vinton, 33:45; Rhonda Utz, 33:47; and Cathleen Bartholomew, 34:00.
The race, held to benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, was to take place on the anniversary of Cal Jr.'s breaking of Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak. The Aberdeen IronBirds made the playoffs, however, forcing the race to be postponed to Friday the 13th, a change that likely diminished the size of the field.
Masters runners Kevin Hennessey and Mike Feinberg finished third and fourth, respectively, in 24:24 and 24:34. The next six male finishers were Juantonio Rivera, 24:38; Phil Lang, 24:47; Rob Stevenson, 25:03; Russ Drylie, 25:35; David Stevenson, 25:57; and Brian Hairfield, 26:10.
Fort McHenry Tunnel Run
Joel Brusewitz of Abingdon completed a round-trip through bore No. 4 of the Fort McHenry Tunnel Sunday in 18:20 to place second among 738 runners in the annual Tunnel Run 5K.
Brusewitz, who finished 30 seconds behind Chris Vesely of Baltimore, was one of five Harford runners in the top 15. Mike Feinberg placed third in 18:31, David Stevenson, fifth in 19:13; Eric Skrabacz, 11th in 20:32; and Duane Christy, 13th in 20:36.
Placing in the age groups were Madison Clark, fourth among under-16 girls in 28:16, and Kathy Lating-Wise, third in 50-59 in 30:57.
Heather Thompson of Bel Air finished third among the women in the half-ironman race of the Diamondman Triathlon Sept. 8 in Bear, Del.
She clocked 5:32:44 in completing a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, placing second in the 45-49 age group. Valerie Elliott of Bel Air finished fourth in the same age group in 5:56:02. Other Harford finishers were Tim Ferrese, 6:36:23; Jennifer Goldsborough, 8:35:15; and Chuck Wienckowski, 7:29:22. David Goldsborough placed third in the half-ironman duathlon (3.3-mile run in place of the swim) in 5:39:04.
In the sprint triathlon (half-mile swim, 19.5-mile bike, 3.3-mile run), Justin Markel took second in 30-34 in 1:33:49; Mike Kemen, third in the Clydesdale Division in 1:45:41; Judith Lavoie, third in 45-49 in 2:06:43, and J. Tobin, third in 65-69 in 2:03:57.
Elizabeth Tauber of Bel Air was named Colonial Athletic Association Cross-Country Runner of the Week Tuesday after placing second in the Delaware Invitational Saturday. The Towson University junior recorded a 6K career best, 22:08, in finishing behind Megan Curham of Princeton in the field of 200. Towson placed third among 16 teams.
Lenier Tucker of Edgewood finished second in the Hornet Invitational at Delaware State Saturday. He completed a 4-mile course in 20:53 to help Morgan State to the team title.
Megan Schott was the fourth finisher for Mount St. Mary's in the Harry Groves Invitational at Penn State Saturday. She ran 25:36 over a 6K course.
In other races
Alex Loper of Bel Air won the Wiggin Dash 5K in Hunt Valley Sunday, leading a field of 70 runners in 18:28. Luis Navarro of Columbia finished second in 19:48 and Ben Kujawa of Jarrettsville, third in 23:35.