A record crowd of 4,146 raced down Charles Street in Baltimore Sunday, serving as a fast-moving vanguard for Baltimore's 56th AnnualSt. Patrick's Day Parade.
Harford County runners, comprising almost one-tenth of the field in the KellySt. Patrick's DayShamrock 5K, produced fast performances on the mostly downhill course.
Jerry Henderson of Bel Air led the 45-49 age group in 17:38, outrunning Rob Santoni against whom he competed 30 years ago when both were high-schoolers. Santoni finished second in 19:04. Tim Preston of Bel Air took fourth place in 19:38.
Eight-year-old Annie Boyle of Bel Air placed third in the 10-and-under age group. She was timed in 26:03, six minutes faster than her performance last year when she also finished third.
George Morey III, a 12-year-old from Street, finished fourth in the 11-15 age group in 22:20. Janet McAdorey of Bel Air was fifth in the women's 55-59 in 24:32.
The top two Harford finishers overall were brothers Sergio Flores, 15th in 16:31, and Zach Flores, 35th in 17:34, of Abingdon. Megan DiGregorio of White Marsh won the women's race in 17:38, and Megan McNew, the former North Harford standout, finished second in a personal best of 18:01.
Eric Estrada, new to the masters category, outran some of Harford's best masters runners in the RASAC Susquehanna 5K at Susquehanna State Park Sunday.
The former Harford resident and 2005 Bel Air Town Run winner finished in 17:45, 12 seconds ahead of Zach Zander and 25 seconds ahead of Charles Powell II. Kirk Ingold placed fourth in 19:34, and Rob Bartholomew, fifth in 20:14.
Sarah Zephir-Thomason won the women's race, finishing ninth overall in the field of 47 in 20:33. Adine Cumberland was second in 22:04, and Jen Meis, third in 22:25. Donna Lewis, 22:52, and Judith Lavoie, 23:10 were forth and fifth.
In races elsewhere....
Esther Buchser of Abingdon placed third in the 65-69 age group in the St. Patrick's Day 8K inWashington, D.C., Sunday. She covered the 4.97 miles in 42:31. The race drew 6,000 runners.
Joe Quigley of Forest Hill placed third in the 30-34 age group in 21:06 in the Kelly's Logan House 5K Sunday in Trolley Square, Del. Nina Smeltzer of Bel Air was fourth in women's 50-54 in 29:39.
Towson University's Hannah McKenzie and Elizabeth Tauber both clocked 18:25 in a 5000-meter race on the track at Coastal Carolina University Saturday. McKenzie placed fourth and Tauber fifth, 4 tenths apart. Teammate Evan Campbell placed second in the high jump at 5-5 in the same meet.
Brook Schulz of Bel Air placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet in Salisbury March 3. The Salisbury University freshman ran 1:14.37.
The 24th annual Hinte-Anderson Trail Run 50K goes to the starting line in Susquehanna State Park March 24 with a field of 512 entrants. As has been the case in recent years, the field reached its limit long before race day. Among the top entrants are Glen Redpath, 56, of New York, who has won 13 of the 70 ultramarathons he has run in the last 10 years. He won the 2007 HAT Run. Kristen Eddy, 41, of Virginia, returns to defend her women's title. She won in 4 hours, 48 minutes last year. The race begins at the Steppingstone Museum at 9 a.m.
March 17 - Al Cesky Scholarship ShamRock N Roll 5K, Arena Club in Bel Air, 8:30 a.m., 410-734-7300.
March 18 - RASAC Survivor Run "Warm Up" race (3.6 miles), Ma & Pa Trail, Williams Street, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com.