Darcy McDonald of Abingdon led 608 women on a quick tour of Havre de Grace Sunday morning in the annual Women's 5K by the Bay.
The 25-year-old school psychologist, a former Dickinson College cross-country and track star, reached the finish at Tydings Park in 17:24, about 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Megan DiGregorio of White Marsh.
Both McDonald and DiGregorio are accustomed to front-running, but it took them a while to get past Briana Gess, a precocious 13-year-old from Haddonfield, N.J. Gess led the first 1 1/4 miles before finishing third, a tenth of a second under 18 minutes. Susan Hendrick, the 2010 winner from Washington, D.C., finished fourth in 18:11.
Others in the top 10 were: Danielle Kays of Bel Air, 18:36; Christy Hoppe, Havre de Grace, 19:49; Denise Knickman, Baltimore, 20:15; Pam Gess, Haddonfield, N.J., 20:45; Jessie Rogers, Bel Air, 20:49; and Shana Hersh, Havre de Grace, 20:55.
The race featured a mother-daughter competition, and in it Briana and Pam Gess produced a slam-dunk victory with a combined time of 38:43. The next three places went to Harford Countians: Janet and Meghan McAdorey, 24:53 and 21:43; Kay and Melissa Vinton, 23:59 and 21:51; and Lisa and Jessica Rogers, 26:34 and 20:49.
Knickman was the masters' winner. Donna Lewis of Bel Air won the grand masters award in 22:42 and Marge Rosasco of Joppa, the senior masters award in 25:10.
Age-group winners who were not in the top 10 were: Natalie Thompson, 15-19, 24:41; Meghan McAdorey, 20-24, 21:43; Kelly Machala, 30-34, 22:01; Maureen Hall, 45-49, 21:11; Carole Rosasco, 50-54, 22:52; Lydia Johnson, 55-59, 23:13; Terri Broemm, 60-64, 27:31; Jeanett Novak, 65-69, 39:03; and Betsy Wasson, over-70, 43:31.
"It was a perfect day, and the race went perfectly," said race director Sue Jacobs, who noted that it drew entrants from 12 states.
"Brutal running conditions today with sun and heat. It reached 87 (degrees), and this run became one of survival. My two goals were to break 4 hours and remain upright," reported Kirk Ingold of Bel Air via Facebook after the Boston Marathon Monday.
Ingold achieved his modest goals, remaining upright and running 3:52:36. Others weren't so lucky. About 2,000 of the 22,550 starters were treated for heat injury, with about 10 of them arriving in critical condition. It was one of the 10 hottest days in the 116-year history of the race, according to USA Today.
Fifteen Harford-area runners were among the finishers, including Jesse Jaeger of Kingsville, who ran 2:48:12. Others were David Stevenson, 3:26:36; Luke Belford, 3:26:37; John Escarsega, 3:27:58; Jeff Damiano, 3:34:40; Rebecca Seery, 3:38:01; Paul Perkovich, 3:41:49; John Nikirk, 3:44:31; Matt Klaschus, 3:49:15; Kirk Ingold, 3:52:36; Jim Cole, 4:01:22; Courtney Hugo, 4:11:38; Mike Feinberg, 4:17:11; Rob Bartholomew, 4:22:12; Steve Taylor, 4:29:59; and Raissa Weiss, 4:32:17.
Zephir-Thomason wins half-marathon
Sarah Zephir-Thomason led the women in the Seashore Classic Half Marathon in Lewes, Del., Sunday. The Forest Hill resident ran 1:34:27 over the 13.1-mile course, finishing 1 1/2 seconds ahead of Lillian McCormick of Lewes. The two had exactly the same chip times.
Mike Trott of Joppa placed third in the 55-59 age group in 1:59:39 and Ken Szymanski of Bel Air, fifth in 50-54 in 2:05:06.
Flores wins Red Shoe Shuffle 5K
Sergio Flores of Abingdon ran away from the field in the Red Shoe Shuffle 5K in Baltimore Sunday, finishing 14 seconds ahead of the runner-up in 16:56. Robert Whitley, 20, of Bel Air was 10th overall in 21:17. The race, named for the large red shoes of Ronald McDonald, drew 1,100 runners and benefited the Ronald McDonald House.
Loper, Andrews lead 5K
Alex Loper and Kara Andrews were winners in the Special Olympics Inspiration Run 5K at Bel Air High School Saturday. Loper ran 16:44 to lead Eric Estrada by 13 seconds. Andrews, 17, led the women in 21:23, with Kelsea Hilditch second in 21:49. There were 109 finishers.