Elizabeth Tauber has been running with a noticeably quicker pace this spring.
The John Carroll grad from Bel Air has twice broken Towson University's school record in the 5,000-meter run has won two collegiate races and has improved her personal best by 41 seconds.
Tauber, who began this, her sophomore track season with a best of 18:00, lowered Towson's 5,000-meter record to 17:27 in a meet in Richmond, Va., on March 16. Two weeks later she approached the school record in the 10,000, winning in 37:03 on her home track.
One week later she won a collegiate 5,000 in Millersville, Pa., finishing 21 seconds ahead of the field. A week after that, she sliced 9 more seconds off the school record with a 17:19 in a Fairfax, Va., invitational.
Her most recent race was not record-setting but noteworthy. On Saturday, she ran 17:30 in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, a meet with exceptional performance depth. She won her section but overall finished in the middle of the field in which 54 women ran 17:59 or better.
Tauber's next big race is the Colonial Athletic Association championships to be held on Towson's track on May 3 and 4.
In other collegiate action, Chris Swisko of Aberdeen registered a personal best in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The Mount St. Mary's senior clocked 3:52.33.
Kayla Watson (Harford Tech) placed fourth in the long jump at the CIAA track championships Saturday in Petersburg, Va. The Bowie State freshman jumped 17-9 3/4.
Amanda Deller (Aberdeen) threw a season-best 45-1 3/4 in the shot put at the Morgan State Legacy meet Saturday, finishing 6 inches out of first place. The mark qualifies the UMBC senior for the ECAC meet.
Sole of the City 10K
Three Harford runners captured age-group victories in the Sole of the City 10K in Baltimore Sunday.
Danielle Kays of Bel Air led the 30-39 women's age group. She finished fifth overall in 40:18, 2 1/2 minutes behind winner Jen Ecker of Baltimore.
Esther Buchser of Abingdon led the 60-69 women in 54:15, and Kristen Isoldi of Forest Hill finished first in age-12-to-15 in 49:58. Marina Miller of Bel Air was second in under-12 in 62:04.
Among the men, Adam Bosley, Jeff Burger and Darren Thompson, all of Bel Air, finished in sixth through eighth overall in 37:03, 37:05 and 37:09, respectively.
Charles Larsen of Phoenix won the men's race in 34:08, leading the field of 2,770. About 200 Harford Countians were among the finishers.
Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K
The men of the Vitek family produced a near-sweep of the Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K at Edgewood High School Saturday.
Chris Vitek, a Perry Hall High School senior, won the race in 16:15, finishing 20 seconds ahead of his older brother, David, who was second. Pat Vitek, their father, finished fourth in 21:11.
Kirk Ingold of Bel Air broke up the sweep by finishing third in 19:41. Carroll Fitzgerald, a Harford County cross-country champ at Edgewood in 1971, was fifth in 22:43.
Kimberly Carberry of Bel Air won the women's race in 23:27 by 15 seconds over Jennifer Worton. Others in the top five were Caitlyn Markowski, 24:06; Kelly Warden, 25:17; and Meredith Heidt, 30:40.
Ma and Paw 5K
Edgar Narciso and Katherine Hopkins led way and finished ahead of the canine runners in the RASAC Ma and Paw 5K in Bel Air Sunday.
Narciso led the pack up a steep hill to the finish on the Liriodendron grounds to finish 4 seconds ahead of runner-up John Heller in 22:34. Kevyn Allgeier took third in 43:44, Valentine Apolinar, fourth in 24:46, and Mike Woodring, fifth in 26:06.
Among the women, Hopkins finished in 27:58 to lead Karen Henry by 1:14. Ashley Pelletier, 29:48; Jen Seidl, 30:04; and Angie DiCarello, 32:55, took the next three places. The race, directed by John Carroll student Hunter Kothenbeutel, raised $300 for the Harford animal shelter.
In races elsewhere
Meghan Dryden of Abingdon finished second among the women in the Hopewell Cancer Support ROAR 5K Sunday in Baltimore. Andrew Galbreath of Street was second in 16-19 in 22:40 and Joy Hayward of Abingdon was third in under-16 in 24:02. There were 950 finishers.
Kim Roberts of Bel Air won the women's race of the Anchors Aweigh 5K in Chesapeake Isle April 13. She ran 24:07.
April 28 - Adam Thompson 5K, Harford Community College, 8 a.m., 443-412-2428.
April 28 - RASAC Jerusalem Mill 5 Miler, Joppa, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com