Esther Buchser, 65, of Abingdon, raced to a relatively comfortable victory in a half-marathon Sunday, far from the cold, capricious weather of Harford County.

Buchser, who teaches French at Harford Day School, finished first among women 65 to 69 in the 13.1-mile race of the New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon.

Competing in a field of 9,700 runners in mild temperatures and intermittent rain, she crossed the finish line on New Orleans' Roosevelt Mall in 2:01.58. She finished about 8 minutes ahead of the closest of 36 other competitors in her age group.

Buchser was one of 14 Harford County runners who completed the half marathon. Jennifer Stagnoli of Bel Air was the first finisher among the Harford runners. She toured the course, which began in the Central Business District, in 1:50:04.

For Mary Rye of Bel Air, the race was her 28th half marathon in 20 different states. She was timed in 2:48:36.

Other Harford finishers were Francesca Marchese, 2:04:29; Mike Kemen, 2:05:15; Karen Henry, 2:05:24; Chelsea Mangione-Blair, 2:06:27; Susan Kemen, 2:14:24; William Bear, 2:14:24; Keith Kruk, 2:21:51; Offie Clark, 2:32:50; Mary Johnson, 2:38:37; Chelsea Shock, 2:39:43; and Charles Johnson, 2:42:42.

Thompson, Trzcinski lead 5 Miler

Darren Thompson led the men and Christine Trzcinski, the women in the RASAC Noble's Mill 5 Miler Sunday in Churchville.

Thompson set the pace for a field of 54 runners over a hilly course. He finished in 32:43, about 150 meters ahead of Juantonio Rivera, 33:11. Jerry Henderson took third in 33:29; Adam Bosley, fourth, 33:54; and Michael Andrews, fifth, 35:19.

In the women's race, Trzcinski won for the third time in this year's Snowflake Series, finishing with a 600-meter lead in 41:06. Jennifer Perkovich, 43:50; Andi Miller, 44:12; Cathy Bartholomew, 44:16; and Gwyneth Lewis, 45:08, finished in the top five.

Tauber, Austin win for Towson

Elizabeth Tauber and Wilhelmina Austin captured victories for Towson University in the Covert Classic indoor track and field meet at Lehigh University Saturday.

Tauber won the 3000-meter run in 10:30.67, finishing 28 seconds ahead of second place. Austin won two field events, leaping 18-0 1/4 in the long jump and 36-10 1/4 in the triple jump. In the latter, she edged Kiana Wright, a John Carroll grad and Lehigh freshman, who placed second at 35-11 1/2.

Towson's Evan Campbell (Fallston) placed second in the high jump at 5-3.

For Salisbury, Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) placed ninth in the 200 in 26.99 and 10th in the 60 in 8.17. Salisbury freshman Matt Hoerr (C. Milton Wright) ran 9:41.69 in the 3000, placing 11th.

North Harford alumnus Noah Hutton ran an 8:52.14 in the 3000 in the George Mason University Patriot Games Saturday. The UMBC junior placed 15th.

Survivor Run theme is lucky 7

The seventh annual Survivor Run will be held in Bel Air on April 6 to benefit stroke research and awareness.

"The theme of this year's race is lucky seven, and we have lots of great prizes," said long-time runner Phil Anderson, who developed the race in 2007 while recovering from a stroke. T-shirts, provided by New Balance, will go to the first 300 entrants. Last year, Darren Thompson of Bel Air and Rebecca Parks of Reisterstown led the 240 finishers. For information: http://www.survivorrun.com.

Coming races

Feb. 9 – RASAC Get Schooled 5 Miler, HCC Parking Lot T, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.

Feb. 16 – RASAC Tuneup 15K, Susquehanna Greenway, Darlington, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.