Mark Rosasco and Olivia Webster were the swiftest runners in the annual CROP 5K in Aberdeen Saturday.
Rosasco, 50, of Arnold, won the men's race in 19:34. He took over the pace-setting from Kirk Ingold after the first mile and opened a lead of 150 meters. Ingold finished second in 20:02. Huseyin Kara, 20:27; Sam Chan, 20:38; and Mike Callahan, 22:55, took the next three places.
Webster, a member of the Aberdeen High School cross country team, won the women's race easily, reaching the finish line at the Aberdeen Festival Park in 21:50. She led runner-up Nancy Hill by 46 seconds. Carol Rosasco, 50, finished third in 22:44, and Marge Rosasco, 64, was fourth in 24:03. Delaney Newhart, a member of the Havre de Grace High School cross country team, finished fifth in 25:20.
The race is an annual fundraiser for CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty).
Monster Dash 5K
Nancy Hill of Havre de Grace led the women and Eric Barton of Perryville won the men's race of the Monster Dash 5K at the Arena Club in Bel Air Oct. 13.
Hill, 54, finished in 22:44 with a 12-second lead over runner-up Nicki Iascauso, 15, of Bel Air. Lindsey Stevenson, 13, of Bel Air, was third among the women in 23:20.
Barton, who runs for the Perryville High School cross country team, ran 17:36 to win by 1:12 over Steven Frayne of Baltimore. Lucas Valdes, student at C. Milton Wright, was third in 18:54.
Danielle Kays took the lead with a 21.2-mph leg on the bike and went on to win the women's race of the Hammerman Triathlon at Gunpowder State Park Oct. 6. Kays finished with a 21:03 on the 5K run to win by 9 minutes in 1:18:56. Wendy McPherson of the Harford Multisport Club took second in 1:28:36, and Carrie Shanks of Ellicott City was third in 1:29:38.
Sean Whittaker of Baltimore led the men's race from start to finish with a 14:54 in the half-mile swim, a 22.9-mph average on the bike, and 21:12 on the run. He won by 2 1/2 minutes over Ed Merriken of Baltimore in 1:13:24. Ben Battaglia of Harford Multisport was third in 1:18:24.
Patriot Middle School Cross Country
Jessica Rogers, a seventh grader at Southampton Middle School, led by almost a minute in winning the Grades 7-8 race of the Patriot Middle School Cross Country Meet Oct. 18. Rogers was timed in 9:24 over a 1.5-mile course at John Carroll School.
Eric Schultz and Abigail Baummer, both of St. Margaret School, won the Grades 3-4 half-mile race in 3:01 and 3:18, respectively.
Matt Clark, 6:36, and Emily Schultz, 6:40, also of St. Margaret School, led the mile race for Grades 5 and 6. Rory Oates of St. Margaret won the boys' seventh-eighth-grade race in 10:19. There were 107 runners among the three divisions.
In races elsewhere
Tyler Muse of HCC won the Hood College Cross Country Invitational in Thurmont Saturday, completing an 8K course in 27:35. Noah Hutton, running unattached, finished second in 27:42 in the field of 78 collegiate runners.
Mark Kitz of Bel Air ran 54:03 in the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., Sunday to place 47th among 21,900 runners. He was ninth in the 30-34 age group. Danielle Kays was the first woman among 190 Harford entrants, finishing in 1:06:51 for 13th in 35-39. Rob Tisch of Bel Air placed 23rd in 40-44 in 1:00:43 and Saul Duarte of Abingdon was 18th in 50-54 in 1:04:47.
David Stevenson of Abingdon ran 3:05:04 in the Detroit Free Press Marathon Sunday. He finished 81st in the field of 3,750 and was 11th among 337 in the 35-39 age group.
Mike Kemen of Bel Air placed second in the Clydesdale Division of the Cape Henlopen (Del.) Triathlon Oct. 14. He swam a quarter-mile, biked 14 miles and ran 5K in 1:20:35. Jarrod Cronin of Jarrettsville finished 45th overall among the 277 finishers in 1:19:08. Also in the race were Michael Grace of Fallston, 1:39:11, and Ken Walker of Fallston, 1:42:33.
Robby Whalen won the St. Ursula 5K in Parkville Saturday in 19:28, leading runner-up Peter Smith by 14 seconds. Steve Rosasco Jr. placed fourth in 21:02. Kim Altenburger led the women in 22:41.
Oct. 27 - KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K, O'Donnell Square in Canton, 9 a.m., charmcityrun.com
Oct. 27 - Miles for Megan 5K, Cockeysville, 8:30 a.m., charmcityrun.com
Oct. 28 - RASAC Highlands to Nova Scotia 3.5-Miler, Highlands School, Creswell Road, 8 a.m., 410-879-7679.
Oct. 28 - Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series Race No. 3, C. Milton Wright High School, 3 p.m. 410-838-1284.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun