Harford County runners compete at Disney, not chasing Mickey

More than 30,000 people, including three-dozen from Harford County, converged on Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Jan. 7-8 for the annual running tour of Walt Disney World.

Marjean Apland and Jeff Damiano, both of Bel Air, raced to top-10 age-group finishes in the half-marathon, the largest race of the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.

Apland placed second among 82 women in the 65-69 age group. She strided over a flat 13.1-mile course in 2:16:04 to finish 3 1/2 minutes behind the California woman who won the age group. It was the highest age-group finish by a Harford runner in the 15 years the half-marathon has been held.

Damiano, 32, slowed his pace slightly in the last four miles of the half-marathon to finish in 1:24:00, placing ninth among 1,358 men in the 30-34 age group. It was his third top-10 age-group finish at Disney in three years. He was 94th overall among 22,500.

Among the 13,500 finishers in the 26.2-mile marathon were Harford runners Scott Smith, 3:47:58; Mark Unger, 3:52:53; Jennifer Stagnoli, 4:34:42; Francis Davidson, 5:05:27; Eric Hoffman, 5:05:42; Jonathan Andrews, 5:07:22; Regina Hoffman, 5:26:20; Kimberly Jones, 5:43:31; Courtney Baltimore, 5:47:23; Charles Haugh, 5:59:11; Jean Haugh, 5:59:12; and Shirley Roberson, 6:35:59.

About 5,700 runners completed a 39-mile double known as Goofy's Race-and-a-Half Challenge -the half-marathon on Saturday and marathon on Sunday. Three from Harford did so: Jennifer Stagnoli, Regina Hoffman and Charles Hough.

Danielle Calao of Bel Air finished 34th in her age group of the half marathon, clocking 1:44:20. Frank DiLeonardi, was 80th in 30-34 in 1:44:36; and Mary Johnson, 100th in 55-59 in 2:27:08.

Other Harford finishers in the 13.1-mile event were Mark Unger, 1:46:24; Erin Lesh, 1:54:52; Daniel Finke, 1:59:11; Ernesto Matus, 2:01:13; Michael Kemen, 2:02:29; Jennifer Stagnoli, 2:03:36; Barbara Young-Novitski, 2:15:35; Javonne Newman, 2:15:50; Danielle Hopkins, 2:27:21; Kevin Hopkins, 2:27:21; and Regina Hoffman, 2:33:35.

Also, Craig Pfeifer, 2:22:00; Charles Haugh, 2:35:50; Stephanie Clayton, 2:41:05; Kim Brown, 2:42:58; Leigh Rosica, 2:43:11; Mark Rosica, 2:43:11; Dawn Bowers, 2:41:08; Paul Wenger, 2:46:47; Leslie Wenger, 2:46:48; and Kara Dausch, 2:52:55.

Powell and Meis lead N. Harford 10K

Charles Powell II declared ownership of the RASAC North Harford 10K Sunday, winning it for the fifth time in six years. He finished the out-and-back course in Pylesville in 39:40 to win by 1:16 over David Stevenson. Duane Christy placed third in 44:37 and Rob Stevenson, fourth in 44:54.

Jen Meis won the women's race in 50:19, reaching the finish 1:02 ahead of runner-up Andi Miller. Adine Cumberland, 51:47; Sarah-Zephir Thomason, 52:48; and Robbie Reeves, 53:28, took the next three places among the 45 finishers.

In other running events...

Billy Steele of Conowingo and Noah Hutton of White Hall finished one-two in an indoor 3,000-meter run at the University of Delaware Sunday. Steele won the 15-lap event in 9:02, with Hutton second in 9:04. On the same track a day earlier, Damian Cruz of Aberdeen placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 53.58. Cruz is a freshman at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.

Sixth-grader Jessica Rogers of Bel Air won her second indoor race Sunday, two weeks after winning her first. This time, she ran 5:36.8 in the age-11-12 girls' 1500 meters, winning by 12 seconds on the Widener University track.

Desirae Diamond of Aberdeen opened her collegiate indoor season at University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a double of 36-2 3/4 in the triple jump and 4-9 3/4 in the high jump at the Coach O Invitational Jan. 7. The Harford Tech grad, a freshman at UMES, placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the two events.

Long-time road-runner Gus Jacobs of Bel Air observed his 75th birthday Jan. 5 by running for 75 minutes on the John Carroll track. He covered 7.94 miles at a 9:26 per mile pace.

Coming races

Jan. 15 - RASAC North Bend 6.5 Miler, North Bend Elementary in Jarrettsville, 8 a.m., 410-652-9829.

Jan. 22 - RASAC North Harford Loop 6.7 Miler, North Harford High School, 8 a.m., 410-452-5767.

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