Former county athletes win titles in college track and field

Harford County runners, jumpers and throwers won conference titles in collegiate track and field championship meets May 3 and 4.

In the America East Conference meet in Binghamton, N.Y., Amanda Deller completed a remarkable four-year run in the shot put for UMBC. The senior from Aberdeen won the event for the fourth time - the eighth time between indoor and outdoor track.

She threw the 8.8-pound sphere 48 feet, 8 1/4 inches, a career best, and repeated as winner of the discus with a throw of 141-5. She was voted the meet's most outstanding performer in women's field events.

Patterson Mill grad Kara Tolson was a double winner and record-setter in the Capital Athletic Conference meet. The Salisbury University junior led her team to the title with a meet record of 25.36 in the 200 and a near-record of 12.33 in the 100. She also anchored the Seagulls 4x400 team to a 4:05.58 victory. C. Milton Wright alumna Brooke Schulz ran on the same relay team after winning the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.68.

In Towson, Evan Campbell of Fallston won the Colonial Athletic Association high jump. The Towson University junior cleared 5-5 1/4. She also ran on two relay teams, the 4x400 which placed second and the 4x100, fourth.

Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) collected her second Towson University school record in placing fifth in the 10,000 meters. The sophomore ran 36:04.38 to slice 13 seconds off the mark. Wilhelmina Austin of Edgewood placed 12th in two jumps for Towson, sailing 17-1 1/4 in the long jump and 35-5 1/4 in the triple.

In the North East Conference meet at Long Branch, N.J., Chris Swisko of Aberdeen finished second in the men's 1500-meter run. The Mount St. Mary's senior ran 3:54.17. In the same meet, Nia Alleyene of Aberdeen placed 11th in the triple jump at 35-5 1/4 for Farleigh Dickinson University.

Irongirl Half Marathon

Two Harford runners were among the top finishers in the field of 1,420 women in the Athleta Irongirl Half Marathon in Columbia April 28.

Meghan Dryden of Abingdon placed 12th overall and was second in the 25-29 age group in 1:29:41. Sandy Sanders of Havre de Grace finished five places behind Dryden in 1:33:38 and won the 35-39 age group. Laura Muneses of Bel Air was 30th in 1:37:23.

Other local runners finishing in the top 500 were Angela Bissett, 1:42:50; Kim Ricci, 1:43:23; Robbie Reeves, 1:46:51; Erin Howard, 1:47:09; Laura Crist, 1:47:36; Anabel Facemire, 1:52:07; Elizabeth Spangler, 1:52:58; Liddy Marquez, 1:53:00; Jennifer Jones, 1:55:14; Aimee Reeves, 1:55:39; Stacey Quigg, 1:56:00; and Rachel Ely, 1:57:50; Christy Hunter, 2:00:33; and Dagmar Sachs, 2:01:33.

Port to Fort 6K

Charles Powell II of Bel Air led the masters runners in the annual Port to Fort 6K in Baltimore Sunday. He finished sixth overall among 1,064 in the 3.73-mile race between the Baltimore Museum of History and Fort McHenry, running 21:59 behind winner Elijah Mercer of Newark, N.J. (21:21).

Justine Marsheck of Kingsville won the women's 16-19 age group in 27:21. Jenna Kinser of Street was second in 10-and-under in 35:20 and Ella Holdaway of Forest Hill, third in 40:53.

Packard Center's Fiesta 5K

Rhonda Utz of Forest Hill and Cathleen Bartholomew of Aberdeen finished 1-2 in the 50-59 age group of the Packard Center's Fiesta 5K in Baltimore Saturday. They ran 23:44 and 25:51, respectively, in the field of 1,583 runners.

Mike Feinberg of Bel Air was second among masters men in 19:02, placing 15th overall. David Stevenson of Abingdon finished one place behind him in 19:12 and Brian Carlson of Fallston was 17th in 19:28. Rob Bartholomew finished 30th and third in the 40-49 group in 20:26.

In other races...

Chris Kennedy and Heather Johnson were the winners of the Anytime Fitness Forest Hill Duathlon Sunday. Kennedy ran 1.5 miles, biked 7.8 miles and ran a final 1.5 miles in 47:02 to win by 54 seconds over Alex Chumsukon. Johnson completed the three phases in 53:10 to lead women's runner-up Kathryn Silvestri by 1:28.

Mike Hankins, Jenn Bouffard and Helen O'Keefe were winners in the Prediction Pancake Run on the Ma & Pa Trail Sunday. The three were closest to their pre-race-predicted times over a 4.68-mile course. Hankins was within 1 second and Bouffard and O'Keefe, 9 seconds. Darren Thompson, Zach Zander and Rick Thompson were the first finishers in the field of 50.

Coming races

May 11 - Havre de Grace Music Boosters 5K, Tydings Park, 8:30 a.m., 410-939-6585

May 11 - Maryland Half Marathon, Fulton, 8 a.m.,

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