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New year brings 140 runners out for traditional run in Joppa

A record number of runners turned out Jan. 1 in Joppa for a traditional New Year's Day battle against steep hills and cold winds.

One-hundred forty runners raced over an unpleasantly hilly course along Old Joppa Road and Jerusalem Mill Road in the RASAC New Year's Day 10K. It was the club's 40th annual new year's race, and like the 39 others, it was the year's first test of resolve for local runners.

Karsten Brown, who had won the race twice previously, led the men's race. He took the lead from Jerry Henderson after 2 miles then widened his lead to about 100 meters at the finish in 37:22. Patrick Hairfield finished second in 37:39, and Juantonio Rivera, third in 37:52.

Meghan Hairfield won the women's race easily. She ran 43:47 to finish 2:03 ahead of runner-up Shari Dooling. Courtney Waldhauser took third in 47:08.

Others in the women's top 10 were Linda Melvin, 48:03; Jeannette Goetz, 48:18; Christine Trzcinski, 49:42; Adine Cumberland, 49:52; Jennifer Perkovich, 50:22; Anna Wasielewski, 51:42; and Lauren Greenberg, 51:42.

Finishing fourth through 10th among the men were Jeff Burger, 38:15; Darrin Thompson, 38:20; Jerry Henderson, 38:58; Kevin Hennessey, 40:03; Mike Feinberg, 40:03; Dave Stevenson, 40:52; and Kirk Ingold, 42:36.

Notable among the finishers was Brad Roberts, who placed 43rd in 51:09 and second among runners over 60 behind Ron Roppelt (51:02). Roberts won the RASAC new year's day race in 1975 when it was held on a hilly, 5.9-mile route along St. Mary's Church Road in Abingdon. He ran 35:15 then to lead a field of 12 runners. Close behind him were three members of the Rosasco family: Mark, 15, was second in 35:30; Steve, third in 36:15; and Marge, fourth in 39:54.

In other races

Matt Lusardi of Fallston finished 19th among 366 runners in the Baltimore Resolution Run Jan. 1. Timed in 21:25, he placed second in the under-16 age group. Rosemary Gillam of Forest Hill placed second in the girls under-16 group in 25:36.

Jessica Rogers of Bel Air won the 1,500 meters in the 13-14 age group in an indoor track meet in Chester, Pa., Saturday. Competing on the Widener University track, Rogers clocked 5:26.42 to win by a half lap.

David Stevenson and Christine Trzcinski were winners in the RASAC Eden Mill 4.9-mile loop race Sunday. Stevenson ran 31:57 on partially snow-covered roads to win by 26 seconds over Mike Feinberg. Trzcinski ran 39:58 to lead the women, 49 seconds ahead of runner-up Mindy Gross.

Trzcinski also led the women in the RASAC Madonna Merry Christmas 3.5-Miler on Dec. 22 in Jarrettsville. She ran 25:23. Karen Young was second in 27:14. Rory Jenkins won the men's race in 19:59, with Juantonio Rivera second in 21:49.

Tarah Wilson of Bel Air led the masters women in the Hair of the Dog 5K in Bethany Beach, Del., Jan. 1. She ran 22:55 in placing third overall among the women.

High school indoor track

Harford County athletes won eight of the 22 events in the third invitational indoor meet hosted by CCBC Essex Saturday.

Charice Corbin won the 55-meter hurdles in 9.17 seconds and helped the Harford Tech 4x160 relay team to victory in 1:30.76. The Tech girls placed third behind Catoctin and Patuxent in the eight-team field.

Edgewood placed third among boys' teams with three victories. Jeremy Middlebrooks won the 300 in 38.39, just 0.11 second ahead of teammate Devon Teagle, winner of the 500 in 1:12.70. The two also ran on Edgewood's 4x160 relay team, which won in 1:19.45.

For Fallston, Lauren Woollen won the high jump at 5-2; Kayla Puglisi, the shot put at 26-6 1/2; and Noah Kudla the 800 in 2:09.32. Fallston placed fourth among girls' teams and fifth among boys'.

Coming races

Jan. 12 – RASAC North Bend 6.5 Miler, North Bend Elementary School, 8 a.m.,

Jan. 19 – RASAC Rock Run Grist Mill 10K, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m.,

Jan. 26 – RASAC Fox 5K, Foxborough Drive, Bel Air, 8 a.m.,

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