Mark Kitz and Meghan Hairfield, two runners who excel at longer distances, prevailed over a near-record field of 2,430 in the 21st annual Turkey Trot 5K in Bel Air on Thanksgiving..
Kitz, a marathoner and triathlete, won the men's race in 16:21, taking top honors from five-time Turkey Trot winner Tyler Muse, who finished third.
Hairfield, who ran 3:08:34 in the recent Marine Corps Marathon, finished in 20:19, about 27 seconds ahead of Elisabeth Tauber, a three-time women's winner of the Turkey Trot. Tauber, too, ran a marathon recently, clocking 3:09:06 in New York City.
Others in the women's top 10 were Meghan Evans, 20:52; Miriam Silton, 21:12; Kelly Coogan, 21:30; Jessica Rogers, 21:18; Lyndsay Ranneberger, 21:24; Amanda Johnston, 21:28; Pam Koga, 21:33; and Rachel Goldsborough, 21:35.
Taylor Baranoski, the Class 2A state cross-country champ from Eastern Tech, finished second in the men's race in 16:34. His cousin, Eric Baranoski of Fallston placed fourth in 17:39. Rounding out the Baranoski performance was Eric's younger brother, Kevin, who ran 20:07 for seventh in the 10-15 age group.
Finishing in the men's top 10 were Muse, 17:27; Allan Phillips, 17:47; Noah Hutton, 17:49; Christopher Vitek, 17:51; Kenny Connelly, 18:10; Ethan Gray, 18:20; and Jacob Heiland, 18:23.
Age-group winners were Noah Jahnigen (23:06) and Sophia Prior (25:35) in under-10; Alexander Kirkland (18:53) and Lindsey Perry (22:50) in 10-15; Eric Baranoski and Silton in 16-19; Hutton and Ranneberger in 20-29; Phillips and Coogan in 30-39; Dan Hawk (20:16) and Frederique Judy (23:34) in 40-49; Jerry Henderson (18:42) and Denise Landers (22:47) in 50-59; Steve Kudla (20:28) and Mary Frances Tracy (30:22) in 60-69; and Jack Murphy (29:22) and Janice Stonestreet (37:33), over-70.
Bulle Rock Turkey Trot
Wayne Blas of Havre de Grace raced away from 317 others in the Bulle Rock Turkey Trot 5K Thanksgiving Day. The 38-year-old Army officer won in 16:41, with Casey Moore of Havre de Grace second, about 700 meters behind him in 19:15. Finishing in the men's top 10 were Ryan Iacaruso, 19:28; Jameson O'Donald, 19:38; Thomas Martin, 19:46; Joshua Meadows, 19:47; James Rafferty, 19:56; Casey Anderson, 19:57; Grant Stewart, 20:17; and Keith Campion, 20:29.
Keely Eckberg of the Georgetown (Va.) Running Club led the women over the hilly course in 19:23, outrunning her sister, Karen Eckberg, the runner-up in 18:52. The two also finished one-two in 2012. Finishing in the women's top 10 were Sara Decker, 21:20; Danielle Kays, 21:27; Ritsa Karakanas, 22:57; Gracie Kays, 23:33; Claire Mehney, 23:50; Kaitlin Mules, 24:02; Jessica Manns, 24:16; Jessica Hodgson, 24:45.
Little Gunpowder 50K
Anthony Wallick led the men, and Kat Brady, the women in the Little Gunpowder 50K at Jerusalem Mill in Joppa Nov. 19.
Wallick, of Marietta, Pa., finished the 31 miles in 4:55:50 to claim a 64-second victory over Phillip Pawlukovich. Finishing in the top 10 were Vasily Gonchorov, 4:57:11; Saul Duarte, 5:02:14; Brandon Taylor, no time listed; Ginn White, 5:31:22; Luc Claessens, 5:51:23; Mike Martinek, 5:56:59; Joseph Schueler, 6:02:58; and Dan Wernig, 6:17:32.
Brady, of Delta, Pa., won the women's race in 6:19:13, beating runner-up Ashley Carr by 3:13. Erin Altemos, 6:28:37; Stacy Gautsch, 7:03:51; Laura Bowman, 7:04:00; Christine Gramlich, 7:09:12; Aubre Stevens, 7:10:13; Kelly Gibson, 7:31:27; Deirdre Hoey, 7:34:29; and Mandy Pierce, 7:35:36 competed the top 10.
In other races
C. Milton Wright freshman Haley Cummins placed 33rd in the Footlocker Northeast Regional cross-country meet in New York City Nov. 26, covering the 5K Van Cortlandt Park course in 19:11. She was seventh among Marylanders in the girls' seeded race.
Jeff Burger of Bel Air was the runner-up in the 40-44 age group and eighth overall in the Greenville (S.C.) Turkey Day 8K Nov. 24. He ran 29:16.
Ashton Tolson of Bel Air won the 11-12 boys 3K race in 10:26 in the Maryland AAU Cross- Country Championship Nov. 20. The meet was run in gale-force winds and 42-degree cold.
Mike McMonagle of Bel Air placed seventh in the NCR Trail Marathon in Sparks Sunday in 3:01:20. Dave Berdan led all 275 finishers in 2:29:06, and Tracy Dzibela led the women in 3:17:35. Kelly Coogan, former CMW standout who resides in Washington State, placed 12th among the women in 3:40:19. A partial list of other Harford finishers: Phillip Pawlukovich, 3:17:09; Tabitha Petz, 3:56:25 (third in 30-34); Kirk Bolen, 4:00:02; Ron Keith, 4:16:47; Dale Jordan, 4:27:11; Nathan Boyer, 5:38:49; Phil Anderson, 6:32:50.
Dec. 3 – Scott Smith Memorial 4 Miler, Ma & Pa Trail, Williams St. in Bel Air, 8 a.m., eventbrite.com.
Dec. 18 – Holiday Hustle 5K, Harford CC, 9 a.m., eliteraces.com.