Running: Stevenson finishes marathon in under 3 hours

Inspired after seeing the U.S. Olympic Trials, David Stevenson ran his first sub-3-hour marathon in Houston Jan. 15. The 36-year-old Abingdon resident finished the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2:59:51.

"I must have been inspired by watching the Olympic marathon trials," said Stevenson, who was a spectator at the trials a day earlier on the same course in Houston. There he saw Shalane Flanagan lead five women under 2:30, and Meb Keflezighi lead four men under 2:10, the fastest and deepest finish in the trials' history.

The following day, Stevenson fought off fatigue in the final six miles to run his personal best.

"My quads became tight and sore around mile 20," he explained. "I fought through it and kept my pace until about mile 24 or 25, when they really became painful. Thankfully, I was able to gut it out."

Stevenson's previous best of 3:00:24 came in the Cleveland Marathon last year.

Rob Bartholomew of Aberdeen was also among the finishers in the Houston Marathon. He ran 3:32:18.

Powell wins 3 of 3

Charles Powell II completed a triple of the north Sunday when he won his third race of the RASAC Snowflake Series, the North Harford Loop 6.7 miler. He led the North Harford 10K and the North Bend 6.3-miler in the previous two weeks.

On a partially snow-covered course Sunday, Powell led by 3/4 mile when he crossed the finish line at North Harford High School in 44:37. Kirk Ingold finished second in the field of 37 in 50:10, and John Jadge, third in 50:22

Heide Swarts set a course record in the women's race, running 50:32 and winning by a half mile over Sarah Zephir-Thomason, 54:20. Jennifer Meis was third in 56:10.

Powell easily won the North Bend 6.35-mile race on Jan. 15, clocking 40:09 to finish 4 1/2 minutes ahead of Ingold, the runner-up. Rob Stevenson finished third in 45:50. Meis won the women's race in 49:47 over the hilly course in Jarrettsville. Lorrie Chieffo was second in 52:07, and Bryanna Leyen, third in 53:46.

Deller wins shot put in Terrapin Meet

Amanda Deller opened her 2012 indoor season with a victory in the shot put at the Terrapin Invitational indoor meet Saturday. The UMBC junior from Aberdeen threw 45-6 1/2. She also finished fourth in the weight throw at 52-8 1/4.

Other Harford athletes in the meet, held at the Prince Georges Sportsplex, were Brian Pendleton, second in the triple jump at 47-1 and ninth in the long jump at 21-7 1/2; Matt Smith, York College, 9:38.02 in the 3000 meters; Dana Smothers, Bowie State, 22.9 in the 200, eighth, and 50.85 in the 400, sixth; Wes Redfearn, Morgan State, 52.59 in the 400; Patrick Hairfield, UMBC, 2:03.23 in the 800; Tyler Quill, York College, 17-10 3/4 in the long jump; and Kayla Watson, Bowie State, 14-8 1/2 in the long jump.

Evan Campbell wins high jump

Evan Campbell of Fallston won the high jump at the Gulden Invitational indoor meet at Bucknell University Saturday. The Towson University sophomore cleared 5-2 1/2. She also ran on the Tigers' 4x400 relay, which placed fifth. Also for Towson, Shannel Shivers took fourth in the weight throw at 52-1 and fifth in shot put at 41-5; and Hannah McKenzie ran 11:07.26 in the 3000.

In the West Virginia University State Farm Games Saturday, Wes Jacobs of Aberdeen finished second in the 800 in 2:00.59. He and Eric Williams, also of Aberdeen, ran on Frostburg State's 4x400 relay, which won in 3:31.98.

Women's 5K By the Bay

The flier is available for the annual Women's 5K By the Bay, which will be April 15 in Havre de Grace. The race last year drew 689 entrants and raised $4,000 for the Harford County Senior Emergency Fund. "We are hoping for 800 to 1,000 runners this year," race director Sue Jacobs said.

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