Senior athletes from Harford County captured four gold medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics track and field competition in Baltimore Saturday and Sunday.
Neville Hodge of Edgewood won the age-55-59 men's 100-meter dash on the track at the Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus. The three-time Olympian and Morgan State University track coach won by about 3 meters in 13.49 seconds.
Frances Flatau, 79, of Joppa, was the winner of the 75-79 hammer throw (4.5 pounds) with a toss of 23 feet, 6 inches. She also finished third in the shot put and fourth in the javelin throw.
Two of the Harford victories came in the 800-meter run. Dominic Corson of Bel Air took the gold in 50-55 in 2:55.9. He also finished second in the 400 dash in 1:04.1. Ralph Pirozzi of Fallston won the 800 in 55-59 in 2:49.1.
Pirozzi was the busiest competitor of the meet, competing in 17 events, just five fewer than the complete program. He placed second in four of those – the 1500 meter run in 5:39.8; the softball throw at 82-8; football throw, 65-4; and Frisbee toss, 26-10.
He also competed in four dashes – the 50, 100, 200 and 400 – and four jumps and four other throws.
Glen English of Forest Hill finished second in four events in 55-59: the discus, 97-0; shot put, 26-0; hammer throw, 77-1; and 25-pound weight throw, 32-7.
Competing in the youngest age group, 50-54, John Kretschmer, 50, of Bel Air placed third in the long jump at 11-9 3/4. He also ran 8.4 in the 50 dash, 16.7 in the 100 and 1:08.2 in the 400.
5K at Boordy Vineyards
Tyler Hora of Bel Air finished second among 719 runners in the Charm City Trail Run 5K at Boordy Vineyards Sunday evening in Hydes.
He was timed in 18:54 in finishing 17 seconds behind winner Rich Seitz of Sykesville. Bryan Cage of Bel Air took third place in 19:34.
Courtney Waldhauser of Fallston finished third in the women's race in 21:27 behind winner Blair Wooton of Baltimore, 20:49.
There were three age-group winners from Harford County: Janet McAdorey of Bel Air in 50-59, 23:43; Connor Addy of Forest Hill in 11-15, 20:55; and Clay Smith of Forest Hill in 16-19, 23:39.
Finishing second were Selena Longway of Jarrettsville in 30-39, 22:18, and Christopher Stein of Bel Air in 40-49, 20:33.
Third-place finishes went to Jennifer Drabo of Abingdon in 30-39, 22:37; Rhonda Utz of Forest Hill, 50-59, 24:58; Khalil Thames of Bel Air in 11-15, 23:44; Mike Morlock of Kingsville in 50-59, 25:58; and Jim Ford of Fallston in 60-69, 32:30.
In other races
North Harford senior Nick Fransham placed third in the 5K race of the River Valley Run in Manchester Saturday in 16:58. In the River Valley 15K, Katie Wirth of Abingdon finished fourth among the women in 1:19:52, leading the 30-39 age group.
Fallston High School junior Andrew Parks led a field of 62 runners in the Grandview Christian 5K in Fallston Saturday. He ran 18:37 to win by 46 seconds over Eric Mullins. Rosemary Gillam, 14, of Baltimore led the women in 24:56, the same time as runner-up Diana Gillam.
Rebecca Kotula of Fallston led the under-15 age group in the Ellicott City Memorial 2-Mile Saturday in 18:52.
Mike Feinberg, 50, of Bel Air, set a record of 2:27.3 in the 800 in the Harford County Senior Olympics track meet in Bel Air Aug. 7. He bettered the RASAC 50-59 record of 2:29.5 set by Charlie Koester 15 years ago.
In the Top of Delaware Triathlon in Newark Sunday, Renee Gray of Bel Air placed third in the 45-49 age group, swimming 1/4 mile, biking 11.4 miles and running 2.6 miles in 1:13:20. Chuck Wienckowski of Bel Air was fifth in 65-69 in 1:36:34, and Jim Vadas of Bel Air was the only finisher in 75-79 in 1:55:36.
Loren Elchik of Abingdon placed third in the 40-44 age group in the sprint race of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Aug. 2, completing a 600-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run 1:25:07.
Darren Thompson and Meghan Keith were winners in the RASAC Over the River and Through the Woods 5.7-miler on Aug. 3. Thompson ran 33:18 and Keith led the women in 56:18.
Aug. 23 - Camp Hidden Valley 5K Trail Race, 4722 Mellow Road, White Hall, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.
Aug. 23 – Riley Foundation Fund Run 5K trail run, Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., eliteraces.com
Aug. 24 – 46th Annual RASAC Airfield Run 4 Miler, Forest Hill Airport, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun