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DiGregorio wins fourth Bel Air Town Run title

There was a certain familiarity about the annual Bel Air Town Run when it unfolded Sunday for the 33rd time.

The women's winner for the fourth time was Megan DiGregorio. The men's winner for the second time was Dave Berdan. And a three-time winner of 30 years ago, Marge Rosasco, returned to win her age group with ease.

DiGregorio, 25, of White Marsh, ran a seemingly effortless race to become the first runner to win four times. This time, she toured the 5K course from Main Street through Major's Choice to Shamrock Park in 18:12, a bit slower than last year but fast enough to win by 13 seconds over Sara Breedlove of Baltimore. Megan McNew, who pushed DiGregorio to an 18:01 last year, finished third in 19:47.

In leading the field of 1,513 across the finish line, Dave Berdan ran 14:38, a time 20 seconds better than he ran in winning in 2010. His victory margin was the same, however. The 32-year-old teacher from Owings Mill waited 90 seconds to see the runner-up, Chris Swisko of Aberdeen, finish in 16:08. Jesse Jaeger of Kingsville was third in 16:15.

Others in the top 10 were Tim Burns of Baltimore, 16:32; Chris Vitek, Baltimore, 16:45; Daniel Colopietro, Bel Air, 16:56; Thomas Williams, Perry Hall, 16:58; Matt Klaschus, Street, 17:16; Sean Handerhan, Bel Air, 17:25; and Joel Gladfielter, Baltimore, 17:36.

Denise Knickman of Baltimore won the prize as the first masters woman. She ran 20:33 in finishing fourth. Others in the top 10 were Sarah Zephir-Thomason, Forest Hill, 20:43; Maureen Hall (second among masters), Parkville, 20:58; Jennifer Bouffard (third masters), Fallston, 21:12; Jessica Manns, Forest Hill, 21:14; Erin Schisler, Bel Air, 21:20; and Dorothy Beckett, Columbia, 21:41.

Charles Powell II of Bel Air led the men's masters. He ran 17:43 to lead runner-up Jerry Henderson of Bel Air by 23 seconds. Dennis Coleman, 55, of Baltimore was third in 18:09.

Rosasco, a three-time women's winner in the 1980s, finished first in the women's 65-69 age group in 25:58.

Other age-group winners were: Nolan Prouse, 24:54, and Caroline Simpson, 26:33, in under-9; Brian Burke, 19:43, and Lily Bowditch, 24:29, in 9-11; Kieran McDermott, 19:07, and Courtney Klapka, 24:07, in 12-14; Chris Vitek, 16:45, and Melissa Hexter, 22:08, in 15-19; Tim Burns, 16:32, and Courtney Waldhauser, 21:56, in 20-24; Matt Klaschus, 17:16, and Katie Dondzila, 22:27, in 25-29; Joel Gladfielter, 17:36, and Jessica Manns, 21:14, in 30-34; Thomas Williams, 16:58, and Sarah Zephir-Thomason, 20:43, in 35-39.

Also, Jason Clarke, 19:06, and Laurie Bothwell, 23:40, in 40-44; Chris Chattin, 18:33, and Robbie Reeves, 24:08, in 45-49; John Escarsega, 19:27, and Hope Pearce, 24:19, in 50-54; Weems McFadden, 19:10, and Dorothy Beckett, 21:41, in 55-59; Mick Slonaker, 19:55, and Esther Buchser, 25:16, in 60-64; Ed Lecates, 23:26 in 65-69; and Terry Derk, 26:20, and Bertha Flens, 35:53, in over-70.

Ten members of the Vadas family, including grandchildren, were among the finishers. Jim and Germain Vadas of Bel Air, both in their 70s, led from behind as James, 19, ran 18:00; Chris, 22:38; Julia, 24:12; Claire, 28:01; Natasha, 29:32; Lisa, 35:41; Renee Vadas-Gray, 27:55; and Juliette Gray, 27:55.

Steve Boutilier of Bel Air was presented the Jean Ellen Conneally Award for outstanding support to the running community following the Town Run Sunday.

Scholarship awards were also presented: a $1,000 RASAC scholarship to Chester Wrobel and a $1,000 Women's 5K by the Bay scholarship to Kyra McPherson. Charlie Koester and Jeff Hinte were honored with RASAC Athlete Hall of Fame plaques, and Brad Roberts, with a Hall of Fame honor roll plaque.

In races elsewhere...

Kristine Bull of Bel Air placed third among women 20-24 in the Independence Triathlon in Quakertown, Pa., Sunday. She swam a quarter-mile, biked 10 miles and ran 2 miles in 1:03:21. Thomas Webber of Bel Air placed 12th in the Clydesdale Division in 1:08:33.

Duane Christy of Havre de Grace placed 14th among 321 finishers in the Blue Hen 5K at the University of Delaware Sunday. He ran 20:45.

Jeff Hinte of Havre de Grace ran 1:54:16 in the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon Saturday in Loudon, Va.

Coming races

June 8 - Grandview Christian 5K, 2022 Fallston Road in Fallston, 8 a.m, 410-916-6603.

June 8 - 40th Annual RASAC Gunpowder Neck 10 Miler, Deerfield Elementary School in Edgewood, 8 a.m., 410-638-1091

June 9 - Red Devils 5K, Goucher College, 8:30 a.m.,

June 15 - Walk on Water 5K, Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, 7 a.m.,

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