Six-hundred Harford County runners were part of the record field of 27,000 in the Baltimore Running Festival Saturday. Several of them captured age-group awards in the half-marathon, marathon and 5K.
Esther Buchser of Abingdon finished first in the women's 60-to-64 age group in the Care First Half Marathon. The 64-year-old French teacher raced over the 13.1-mile course in 1:58:53 to win by almost 2 minutes. She was one of 475 Harford Countians in the half-marathon field of 10,230.
Sergio Flores of Abingdon was first among the Harford finishers in the 13.1-miler. He placed 13th overall in 1:18:06 and was fourth in the 25-29 age group. Lindsay Lippencott took first among Harford women in 1:38:45. The 22-year-old from Forest Hill placed 89th in the women's field.
Adam Bosley of Bel Air was the runner-up in the men's 20-24 age group in 1:22:07. He placed 26th overall, five places ahead of Jerry Henderson, of Bel Air, who took second place in 45-49 in 1:22:58. Robert Baker of Bel Air was third in 40-44 in 1:25:23.
Ten others finished among the top 15 in their age groups. Joel Brusewitz of Abingdon was seventh in 40-44 in 1:21:01 and 21st overall. John Wheeler of Bel Air was fifth in 20-24 in 1:27:04. J. Tobin of Fallston took fifth in 65-69 in 1:55:06; Lydia Johnson of Street, sixth in 55-59 in 1:49:27; and Nelly Budrow of Aberdeen, ninth in 35-39 in 1:36:36.
Shannon Lynch of Jarrettsville placed 13th in under-20 in 1:48:49; David Callaghan of Havre de Grace was 13th in 55-59 in 1:42:46; Sam Fine of Kingsville was 14th in 60-64 in 1:57:30; and Daniel O'Neill of Bel Air was 15th in 50-54 in 1:40:31.
Wettlaufer second in women's 5K
Cara Wettlaufer was seeking a three-peat in the 5K. The 29-year-old C.M. Wright alumna ran 18:46 Saturday, much faster than she did in winning the 2010 and 2011 races, but she finished second, 30 seconds behind Stephanie Hoag of Hunt Valley.
Bob Becker of White Hall won the men's 60-64 age group. He finished with a 50-second lead in 19:54, placing 25th overall among 3,180 runners. Taras Vizzi, 52, of Bel Air, was third in his age group in 21:25.
In the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, Zach Huffman was the first Harford runner across the finish line. The 50-year-old Abingdon resident covered the 26.2 miles in 3:19:33. He placed 10th in his age group and 178th among 1,919 men.
Emily Casola of Bel Air finished fifth in the 16-19 age group in 4:29:37. Samantha Androsky, Forest Hill, was ninth in 16-19 in 4:56:55. Bonnie Schaffer, of Joppa, was 11th in 55-59 in 2:00:03; Brian Pickard, of Abingdon, 13th in 40-44 in 3:21:27; and Brad Roberts, of Bel Air, 13th in 60-64 in 4:09:33.
Among other top finishers in the marathon were Brad Wilson, of Bel Air, 3:20:37; Matthew Burdette, of Churchville, 3:27:12; Richard Brown, of Bel Air, 3:27:44; Katherine Werner, White Hall, 3:33:38; Richard Battaglia, of Bel Air, 3:39:13; Frank Orcell, of Joppa, 3:42:06; Christopher Shea, of Edgewood, 3:43:10; and Deidra Anderson, of Pylesville, 3:53:36.
Clarence Wilson Jr., 55, of Aberdeen, finished his 75th marathon in the festival. His son, Clarence III, 16, finished 5 minutes ahead of him in 6:29:31.
Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) ran a personal best of 22:36 over a 6K course in Williamsburg on Oct. 13 to place eighth in the Tribe Open at the College of William and Mary. The soph from Bel Air led Towson University to a fourth-place team finish. Hannah McKenzie (C.M. Wright) was the third Towson finisher at 23:59.
Matt Smith (C.M. Wright) ran 26:51 on an 8K course at Christopher Newport University, Va., on Oct. 13, to finish as the no. 3 runner for York College. His team placed fourth in the 13-team field.
Megan Schott (North Harford) finished 17th in the Blue and Gold Invitational at Lum's Pond State Park, Del., on Oct. 12. She was the no. 2 finisher for Mount St. Mary's in 22:47 (6K).
Bill Brown Youth Cross Country
Age-group winners in the Bill Brown Youth Cross-Country Series race held at Tollgate Park Sunday were: Jessica Rogers and Aaron Dow in age 12-13; Rebecca Cross and Eric Wagner, 10-11; Abigail Baummer and Noah Dow, 8-9; Kiersten Chemelli and Samuel Robertello, 6-7; and Jazlyn Ware and Jacob Hartman, under-6. There were 352 participants.
Oct. 20 - St. Ursula 5K, Parkville, 9 a.m., http://www.harfordmultisport.com
Oct. 20 - CROP Hunger 5K, Aberdeen Festival Park, 9 a.m., http://www.harfordcropwalk.org
Oct. 21 - RASAC Adult and Youth Duathlon, Bel Air, 7:30 a.m., http://www.rasac.com