Four triathletes from Bel Air won age-group awards Sunday in the 30th annual edition of Maryland's premier triathlon, the Columbia Triathlon.
Rob Tisch was the runner-up in the 40-44 age group. He raced through a 0.93-mile swim, a 25-mile bike course, and a 6.2-mile run in 2 hours, 12 minutes to place 68th in a field of 1,500. He sped a 37:24 on the run to move from fourth place to second, finishing 19 seconds short of first place.
Dan Bosley won the 20-24 age group in 2:20:08 to finish first in the men's 20-24 age group. He was timed in 39:12 on the 6.2-mile run to advance from third to first in the age group.
Mark Kitz finished with one of the 20 fastest runs among both pro and amateur competitors. His 35:50 lifted him into third place in the 35-39 age group and to 100th overall in 2:16:28.
Danielle Kays closed with a 43:57 on the run to finish fifth among women 35-39. She completed the 32-mile course in 2:39:25.
Other Harford finishers were Richard Brown, 2:23:13; Brian Walker, 2:34:28; Richard Battaglia, 2:36:02; Michael Lafiandra, 2:38:46; Daniel Buschmann, 2:48:44; Mike Kemen, 2:50:38; Kim Holloway, 3:05:27; J. Tobin, 3:13:54; and Daniel Cajigas, 3:24:47. Battaglia was among the 30 most improved competitors in the race relative to last year's time.
Head of the Bay 5K
Chris Swisko, having completed his senior track season at Mount St. Mary's, turned to road racing and won the Head of the Bay 5K in Perryville May 18. He ran 16:05 to finish 46 seconds ahead of runner-up Michael Dabravalskas, last year's winner. Jerry Henderson of Bel Air finished third in the field of 84 in 17:58.
Elizabeth Roark, of Conowingo, won the women's race in 21:54, finishing 32 seconds ahead of Jenn Perkovich, of Joppa. Nancy Hill, of Havre de Grace, was third in 22:33.
Escape from Fort Delaware Triathlon
Chuck Wienckowski, of Bel Air, made his second successful escape of the triathlon season Sunday when he competed in the Escape from Fort Delaware Triathlon in Delaware City. Wienckowski, who completed the Escape from Alcatraz in California March 3, won the 65-69 age group. He completed a 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10K run in 2:55:58. Other Harford Countians among the 95 finishers were Zack Solomon, 2:37:08, and Earl Brownell, 2:40:00.
Ocean City Half Marathon
Sarah Westervelt, of Bel Air, led the women's 30-34 age group in the Ocean City Half Marathon April 27. She ran 1:35:55 over a flat, 13.1-mile course. Jessica Manns, of Forest Hill, placed third behind her in 1:36:39.
Lydia Johnson, of Street, led the 55-59 age group in 1:52:46. Zachary Weller, of Bel Air, led the 11-14 age group in 1:40:29.
Taylor Stiles, of Darlington, finished second in women's 15-19 in 1:50:45. In 20-24, Jennifer Bon, of Bel Air, was third in 1:42:22, and Mary Kate Smith, fourth in 1:43:56.
In Other Races. . .
Forest Boyce, of Fallston, finished fourth among the women in the Preakness 5K in Baltimore May 11. She ran 23:43 on a course that included a mile on the Pimlico track, packed specially for two-legged runners. Joel Brusewitz, of Abingdon, finished sixth in the men's race in 19:25. Also among the top 15 in the field of 400 were Mike Feinberg, 20:22; Tim Ferrese, 20:40; and David Stevenson, 20:44.
Alex Loper, of Bel Air, was the runner-up in the Polakoff Foundation 5K to Fight Glaucoma in Cockeysville Sunday in 18:28. Leah Polakoff, of Forest Hill, led the women in 24:50.
Stefanie Stevenson and Candice Hennessey finished in a tie in the RASAC Greenway 4.9 Miler at 40:18 Sunday in Susquehanna State Park. Zac Huffman won the men's race in 34:08 with Kirk Ingold second in 35:02.