Kitz, Watkins hop to wins in inaugural Bunny Run 5K

The Bunny Run 5K debuted to a big crowd in Havre de Grace on Easter Eve.

Mark Kitz of Bel Air and Irina Watkins of North East led 448 runners and walkers across the finish line at Tydings Park.

Kitz, a technical director of electronic systems at Aberdeen Proving Ground, completed a 3.1-mile loop through the River City in 16:18. He finished 1 minute ahead of runner-up Nick Fransham of Street.

Watkins, a Temple University grad student in sports psychology, ran 17:14 to win the women's race by 65 seconds. It was the second Harford County win for Watkins, a native of Finland and former 4:38 collegiate miler.

Jennifer Ecker of Havre de Grace finished second in 18:49 and Danielle Kays of Bel Air was third in 19:41.

Others in the women's top 10 were Nelly Budrow, Aberdeen, 20:31; Courtney Waldhauser, Fallston, 22:10; Anna Wallis, College Park, 22:10; Anna Wasielewski, Forest Hill, 23:06; Amanda Maier, Abingdon, 23:14; Rhonda Utz, Forest Hill, 23:29; and Holly Battaglia, Bel Air, 23:35.

Finishing in the men's top 10 were Michael John, Conowingo, 17:35; David Vitek, Rosedale, 17:43; Casey Sims, Bel Air, 19:26; Charles Sweeney, Baltimore, 19:47; Justin Sands, Chesapeake Beach, 19:55; Joe Dragunas, Jarrettsville, 20:22; Ben Battaglia, Bel Air, 20:32; and Marvin Aguilar, Chesapeake City, 20:38.

Loper in Hawaii's Lavaman

Shawn Loper of Bel Air closed with a 36:59 on his 10K run to finish 23rd overall in the Waikoloa Lavaman Triathlon on the island of Hawaii March 26.

Competing at the Olympic distance, Loper swam 1.5K in the Anaehoomalu Bay in 28:30, biked 40K on part of the Ironman bike course in 1:05:30 and finished with the sixth best 10K running split of the race. He placed fifth in the 35-39 age group in 2 hours, 13 minutes.

Tauber approaches 10K record

Elizabeth Tauber of Bel Air took aim at a second school record Saturday when she ran 10,000 meters in the Towson Invitational track and field meet. The Towson University sophomore won the 25-lap event in 37:03, to become the second-fastest ever among Towson women in the event. Two weeks earlier she broke the school record in the 5000 with a 17:28.

Several other Harford athletes competed in the meet. Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) won the triple jump at 36-7 1/2 and placed third in the long jump at 17-10 1/4. Kiersten Bond (Aberdeen) of West Chester University was sixth at 17-0 3/4. Evan Campbell (Fallston) placed second in the high jump at 5-3 and ran on the Tigers' winning 4x400 relay team and second-place 4x100 team. Hannah McKenzie (C. Milton Wright) placed sixth in the 5000 in 18:37.5.

In the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC the same day, Amanda Deller of Aberdeen won the shot put at 44-6 1/4 and placed third in the hammer throw at 138-0. Kayla Watson, a Bowie State sophomore from Harford Tech, placed second in the long jump at 18-3. Noah Hutton (N. Harford) of UMBC was ninth in the 5000 in 15:32 and Steven Ashman (Havre de Grace) was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.01.

In the Goucher Track and Field Classic, also on Saturday, Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) won the 400 and placed second in the high jump and long jump. Also from Salisbury, Brooke Schulz (CMW) finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.65.

Coming races

April 7 - Survivor Run 5K, MaGerks in Bel Air, 8 a.m.,

April 13 - RASAC Spring Duathlon (5K run, 17-mile bike, 5K run), Bel Air, 410-688-2912

April 14 - Women's 5K by the Bay, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., 410-399-9948

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