BY BILL BLEWETT, Aegis correspondent
12:03 PM EST, November 14, 2013
Runners of the Harford Community College cross-country team set the pace for a record field in the fifth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Saturday.
Roberto Ascenzi, a freshman from Bel Air, led 233 runners over a course on the HCC campus, finishing first in 18:23. Mike Neal, a C. Milton Wright grad, finished second, 32 seconds behind his teammate. Kevin Frick, last year's race winner from Baltimore, placed third in 19:10, and Kirk Ingold, of Bel Air, fourth in 19:31.
The number of runners was the largest since the race began in 2009. Another 300 walked a one-mile course, all to benefit the Remembrance Book Scholarship Fund for HCC students.
Erica Henry, 19, of Fallston, won the women's race. She ran 21:22 to lead by about 300 meters at the finish. Christina Jordan, of Perry Hall, finished second in 22:43. Lori Olszewski, of Sparks, was third in 23:00, and Shoshana Misch, of Fallston, fourth in 23:03.
Age-group winners were: Marge Rosasco (23:42) and Joel Leff (20:26) in over-60; Olszewski and Duane Christy (20:19) in 50-59; Francesca Cheshier (26:39) and Ingold, 40-49; Tara Wilson (23:25) and Adalberto Rodriguez (20:15), 30-39; Michele Marciniak (25:18) and John Frank (20:09), 19-29; Samantha Moore (23:05) and Matthew Munson (19:48), 14-18; and Mary Jane Edwards (26:36) and Paul Ferrara (21:39) in under-14.
Honeygo Family 5K
Alex Loper (who else?) won the Honeygo Family 5K in White Marsh Sunday, leading 138 finishers.
Loper, 26, of Bel Air, ran 16:42 to finish 26 seconds ahead of Adam Sierakowski, of Baltimore. This was Loper's fourth win in the four years the race has been held. It was his second fastest winning time, although the course was changed for this year's running. Others in the top five were David Vitek, of Baltimore, 18:31; Jack Pfeiffer, of Perry Hall, 19:27; and Andrew Mahone, of Bel Air, 19:33.
The top five women were Theresa Driscoll, of Nottingham, 21:17; Jennifer Sheely, Baltimore, 21:30; Sandi Simon, Perry Hall, 23:17; Cara Smith, Parkville, 23:53; and Jill Ciganek, Baltimore, 25:21.
In other races
Betsy Blom was among the Maryland front-runners in the New York City Marathon Nov. 3. Blom, who ran for C. Milton Wright in high school and now lives in Ellicott City, finished in 3:13:38 and placed 28th in the women's 30-34 age group.
The Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Nov. 9 was a family affair for the Stevensons of Abingdon and Bel Air. David Stevenson ran 1:19:08 over the 13.1-mile Disney course and placed seventh in the 35-39 age group. Rob Stevenson ran 1:43:59. Patriarch Joe Stevenson was fifth in the 65-69 age group in 2:09:03. Megan Lewis-Stevenson finished in 2:59:12. About 20 Harford County runners were among the 12,000 finishers.
Sydney Walton, 9, of Fallston, placed sixth in the women's race of the Turtle Trek 5K in Baltimore Nov. 9. She ran 27:08, edging by 2 seconds Kendall Filiaggi, 9, of Bel Air. Placing eighth among the 200 women was Olivia Walton in 27:11.
Hugh McCusker, of Bel Air, placed eighth in the 60-64 age group of the Outer Banks Half Marathon in North Carolina Sunday in 1:55:23. Other Harford runners among the 2,718 finishers were Andi Miller, 1:53:05; Renee Gray, 1:54:59; Candace Hennessey, 1:56:34; Kathy Macatee, 1:56:45; Wendy Caggiano, 2:11:50; Kristen Powers, 2:20:37; and Kelly Thayer, 2:56:42.
Juantonio Rivera was changing his shoes when the race started, but the 36-year-old Aberdeen resident still won the RASAC Highland to Nova Scotia 3.5 miler in a course record Oct. 27. His time of 21:07 bettered the mark of 21:25. Kirk Ingold finished second in 23:07. Nikki Zander led the women in 30:33, with Amy Berman second in 33:05.
Nov. 16 – Trinity Lutheran Mission Haiti 5K, Mariner Park in Joppatowne, 8 a.m., eliteracemanagement.com
Nov. 17 – Lost Pond Trail 5K, Big Gunpowder Falls, 8 a.m. runharford.com
Nov. 23 – Full Belly 5K, Liriodendron lot in Bel Air, 8:30 a.m., eliteracemanagement.com
Nov. 23 - RASAC Gunpowder 50K, Jerusalem Mill in Joppa, 7 a.m., runharford.com