Numbers are up and temperatures down midway through the RASAC Snowflake Series of winter races in Harford County. The seventh race in the series, the Get Schooled 5 Miler, was held Sunday in 25-degree chill with the Hairfields of Abingdon leading a field of 47 runners.
Pat Hairfield set the pace over roads not quite free of snow and ice on the HCC campus. He finished in 30:32, a fifth of a mile ahead of Mike Feinberg, the runner-up in 31:44. Michael Andrews, 33:07; David Stevenson, 33:17; and Saul Duarte, 33:20, finished in the top five.
Meghan Hairfield, sister-in-law of the men's winner, won the women's race with similar ease, running 33:47. Christine Trzcinski finished second in 36:16 and Courtney Waldhauser, third in 36:21. Andi Miller, 40:41, and Cathy Bartholomew, 41:18, took fourth and fifth.
The weekend races, which have rarely been canceled in the three decades the series has been held, have yet to coincide with the most severe weather this winter, which seems to arrive on a mid-week cycle. Three races remain in the 2014 series before more benign racing conditions return.
The eighth Snowflake race of the winter is the Tune-up 15K, which is to be held Sunday to prepare for the Maryland-D.C. 10-mile Roadrunners Club Championship on Feb. 23 in Howard County. The Tune-up course will have a new starting point, the Grist Mill in Susquehanna State Park.
In races elsewhere
Three Harford runners were among the 100 who completed the annual Mid-Maryland Ultra 50K in Elkridge Saturday. David Wood of Abingdon finished in 6:10:20; Ashley Butler of Belcamp, 6:27:53; and Brian Carr of Belcamp, 6:27:53. Brennan Feldhausen of Baltimore won the race by a 1-second margin in 3:44:48.
Stephanie Bower of Bel Air ran 21:03 in the 5,000-meter run in the Susquehanna Crusader Indoor Meet Saturday in Sellinsgrove, Pa. The York College sophomore and C. Milton Wright grad finished 13th.
CMW alumnus Matt Hoerr, a Salisbury freshman, ran 4:38.95 in the mile in the Vince Brown Indoor Invitational in Newport News, Va., Saturday. In the same meet for Salisbury, Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) placed eighth in the 200 dash in 26.82 and Kathy Kammerer (CMW), 10th in the pole vault at 9 feet, 1/4 inch.
Jhniele Kelly of Edgewood competed for University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Saturday. The Harford Tech grad ran 2:21.42 in the 800 meters.
Jennifer Perkovich of Joppa finished seventh among the women in the BRRC Valentine's 10K at Loch Raven Saturday in 49:01 behind women's winner Denise Knickman of Baltimore, 42:47.
Feb. 16 – RASAC Tune-up 15K, Susquehanna State Park Mill, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com
Feb. 23 – Maryland-D.C. Club Championship 10 Miler, Howard Community College 8 a.m, http://www.runharford.com
March 2 – RASAC Gunpowder Trail 10 Miler, Guyton Road, Joppa, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.