Running: Bel Air runners Kays and O'Brien win Armed Forces 10K

John O'Brien and Danielle Kays led 218 finishers in the Armed Forces Day 10K at Aberdeen Proving Ground Saturday, a race in which large victory margins seem to be customary.

O'Brien, 25, of Bel Air, finished three-quarters of a mile ahead of the men's field with a time of 36:18. Kays, 37, of Bel Air, crossed the finish line with a similar lead over the pack of 118 women. She finished second overall in 39:07.

Eleanor Gitney was second among the women in 44:28. Finishing in the top 10 were Sandy Sanders, 45:14; Lorrie Chieffo, 47:17; Leslie Hawes, 49:46; Kelly Albright, 49:57; Holly Sweeney, 50:51; Amee LaBonte, 50:58; Ritsa Karakanas, 51:35; and Rhonda Utz, 51:37.

Finishing behind O'Brien in the men's top 10 were Joseph Leadore, 40:51; Geoff Rosenthal, 41:31; Pete Gitney, 41:35; Matthew Burdette, 41:47; Jamie Schmitz, 42:13; Steve Tatro, 42:27; George Weber III, 42:30; Bruce Wentworth, 42:35; and Ross LaFontaine, 42:42.

Bel Air triathletes open season

Robert Tisch and Shawn Loper opened the triathlon season with strong performances in the Columbia Triathlon Sunday in Howard County. The two triathletes from Bel Air finished just six seconds apart.

Tisch placed 36th in the field of 1,660 and fourth in the 40-44 age group in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds. Loper finished 38th and was third in the 30-34 age group.

Tisch completed the 1.5K swim in Centennial Lake in 21:43, then averaged 20.6 mph on the 41K bike course. He closed with a 38:19 in the 10K run. Loper swam 24:40, biked 22.2 mph and ran 38:01.

Other Harford finishers were Ryan Stiltner, 2:31:13; Mark Downes, 2:39:23; Richard Battaglia, 2:47:39; Chris Fiacco, 2:49:29; Kim Holloway, 2:51:31; Carey Marzicola, 2:52:56; Troy Wallace, 2:53:15; Frank McKenzie, 2:53:38; Tim Ferrese, 2:56:44; Keith Burgess, 3:01:32; Kelly Lepley, 3:05:54; Christopher Volanti, 3:07:04; Cassie Holloway, 3:16:58; and Kim Pursley, 3:30:55.

In other races

Rob Stevenson and Mindy Gross led the way in the RASAC Greenway 4.9 miler at Susquehanna State Park Sunday. Stevenson led the men in 31:50, 51 seconds ahead of Zack Huffman. Gross ran 39:05 to pace the women. Chi-Chin Wu was second in 44:28.

Shari Dooling of Forest Hill finished second in the 35-39 age group in the Bob Potts Marathon in York, Pa., Sunday in 3:30:23. Other Harford runners among the 426 finishers were Steven Nelson, 4:11:24; David Wood, 4:27:58; Brad Roberts, 4:33:33; Lisa Schneiders, 5:29:37; Lyn Elliott, 5:46:43; and Barry Elliott, 5:46:44.

Megan McNew won the MAC Half Marathon on the Northern Central Trail Saturday in Freeland. McNew, 33, led all 110 finishers in 1:26:59.

Carol Rosasco and Marge Rosasco finished 1-2 among the women in the Franklin L. Tull Memorial 5K in Edgewood Saturday. Carol ran 21:49, and Marge, 64, finished second in 23:52. Amy Schilpp was third in 25:31. Lucas Towne led the men in 19:39. Timothy Ferese was second in 20:32, and Mark Rosasco, third in 20:39.

Among the top performances in the Harford Hershey track and field meet held in Bel Air Sunday were Christina Riggins, 12.9 in the 100 in the 13-14 age group; Katherine Eckhart, 2:29.0 in the 800 in 13-14; and Jessica Rogers, 2:37.0 in the 800 in 11-12.

Record field expected

Race director Mike Early expects the field for the Bel Air Town Run June 3 to exceed last year's record total of 1,875 entries.

"As of 9 p.m. Monday night there are 1,327 entries and flowing in on-line faster than I can process," Early said.

Entries will be accepted through 7:45 a.m. on race day. Runners may enter at early packet pickup at the Bel Air Athletic Club May 31 and June 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Charm City Run in Bel Air on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Shamrock Park on June 3 from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m.

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