The Women's 5K by the Bay in Havre de Grace Sunday renewed its connections among Ethiopian runners, course records and Washington, D.C.
Yihunish Delelecha and Tezata Dengersa, Ethiopian runners from D.C., raced against the clock, far ahead of the 623 other women in the race. Delelecha outran her friend, Dengersa, and beat the clock as well by breaking the course record of 17:08.
"It was amazing to watch the first women," race director Sue Jacobs, who offered a $200 incentive for setting a new record, said.
Delelecha earned the $200 plus the prize for first place by running 17:03, bettering the mark set in 2011 by another Ethiopian runner, Hirut Mandefro. The course record Mandefro broke was set in 2010 by another runner from Washington, D.C., Susan Hendrick.
Dengersa finished second in 17:15. Masters women took the next two places. Kirsten Belair, 40, of Wilmington, was third in 19:17, and Denise Knickman, 44, of Baltimore, fourth in 19:59.
Others in the top 10 were Sandy Sanders, Havre de Grace, 20:23; Nelly Budrow, Aberdeen, 20:37; Lynn Knothe, Wilmington, 21:00; Sarah Westervelt, Bel Air, 21:02; Maureen Hall, Baltimore, 21:10; and Courtney Waldhauser, Fallston, 22:10.
Donna Lewis of Bel Air won the grand masters award in 23:02, and Terri Broemm of Bel Air, the senior masters award in 26:42. Yates Mormann of Jarrettsville, 73, was fastest among women over 70. She ran 40:41.
Age group winners (not in the top 10) were Maddy Gwyther in under 15, 23:54; Abigail Gartrell in 15-19, 23:25; Cate Burns in 25-29, 22:42; Michele Hoffman in 40-44, 23:03; Cynthia Shaw in 50-54, 23:18; Nancy Hill in 55-59, 24:23; Dale Davis in 60-64, 26:44; Jean Currie in 65-69, 29:00; and Betsy Wasson in 70-and-over, 41:12.
Tyler Muse wins Red Shoe Shuffle
Tyler Muse of Bel Air won the Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Sunday, leading 1,425 runners to the finish at Baltimore's Ronald McDonald House.
Muse, an HCC student who will run cross-country at Wilmington University next fall, won the race by 35 seconds. He finished in 17:30.
Lauren Rinaca of Pylesville finished third among the women in 22:50. Five Harford women placed in age-group competition. Kim Roberts was second in 20-29 in 23:23; Angela Bissett, third in 30-39, 23:53; Ashley Treadwell, second in under-16, 25:30; Jackie Sheehan, first in 16-19 in 29:03; and Beth Oleszczuk, third in over-60, 38:06. Among the men, Estan Davis was third in 30-39, 21:17.
Several Harford County runners in the Boston Marathon Monday were diverted from the course when terrorist bombs exploded near the finish line at about the 4-hour mark. All finished safely and 13 received official times.
Alex Kammerer ran 2:55:13; Rob Tisch, 2:55:39; Kevin Hennessey, 3:03:49; Matthew Burdette, 3:08:08; Jeff Damiano, 3:08:28; Steve Taylor, 3:10:56; David Stevenson, 3:14:00; Mike Feinberg, 3:27:02; Eileen Giovanazi, 3:39:56; John Buck, 3:43:36; Stephan Keidel, 3:53:24; and Scott Kothenbeutel, 3:56:29, and Erin Schisler, 3:57:15.
Double win for Tolson, record for Tauber
Salisbury University junior Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) won two events in the Hopkins-Loyola Invitational in Baltimore April 13. She won the 100 dash in 12.59 and 200 in 25.88, missing her own meet record in the 200 by 0.42. In the same meet, Towson University's Hannah McKenzie (C. Milton Wright) ran 18:33.68 for fifth in the 5,000 and York College's Matt Smith (CMW) ran 16:30.09 in the men's 5,000.
In the George Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va., April 13, Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) broke her own Towson University school record in the 5,000 by 9 seconds with a 17:19.19. She placed fourth.
In the same meet, teammate Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) went 17-8 1/2 in the long jump to place ninth among 42 jumpers. UMBC sophomore Noah Hutton (North Harford) ran 15:10.75 in the 5,000 and Mount St. Mary's senior Chris Swisko of Aberdeen ran 3:53.56 in the 1,500.
Kiersten Bond (Aberdeen) placed second in the long jump in the West Chester University Invitational on her home track April 13 with a leap of 17-4 1/4.
April 20 - Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K, Edgewood High School, 9 a.m., http://www.eliteracemanagement.com.
April 20 - Sole of the City 10K, Baltimore, 9 a.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com.
April 21 - RASAC Ma & Paw 5K, Liriodendron lower parking lot, Bel Air, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com.