Running: Abingdon's McDonald runs faster, but finishes third

Darcy McDonald ran faster on her return to the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K Sunday, but she did not repeat her victory in the annual race.

The 25-year-old Abingdon resident finished third in the field of 2,887 women at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

McDonald, one of the top runners in the region, has been challenged in recent races by runners named Hirut. First it was Hirut Mandefro, record-holder in the Women's 5K by the Bay in Havre de Grace, who edged her by 3 seconds in a late-April 5K. Then it was Hirut Beyene, a 20-year-old Ethiopian fromWashington, D.C., who won Sunday in 16:54. Tinbit Weldegebriel, of Ethiopia, finished second in 16:56.

McDonald, whose most recent win came in the Red Rose 5 Miler in Lancaster June 2, was timed in 17:32 Sunday. She won the Baltimore Women's Classic last year in 17:35.

The race drew not only its largest, but also its strongest field. Finishing in the top 10 were Megan DiGregorio, fifth in 18:35, and Megan McNew, seventh in 18:42, two who finished 1-2 in the recent Bel Air Town Run.

Nelly Budrow of Aberdeen placed 26th in 21:18 and Monica Grigora of Havre de Grace was 37th in 22:02. Budrow placed first and Grigora, third in the 35-39 age group.

Eight other Harford runners finished in the top 100: Stacey Esposito, 22:09; Jennifer Abboud, 23:13; Anna Wasilewski, 23:19; Judith Lavoie, 23:32; Stefanie Gisler, 23:39; Pam Whittie, 24:16; Rhonda Utz, 24:27; and Barbara Stachowiak, 24:28.

In other races...

Jennifer Meis of Bel Air placed third among women 30 to 34 in the Celebrating Heroes Triathlon in Ellicott City Sunday. She completed a 0.62-mile swim, 17.5-mile bike and 3.4-mile run in 1:48:53. Robbie Reeves of Street placed 10th in the women's 45-49 in 1:58:30 and Silvia Ayers of Jarrettsville was 11th in 35-39 in 1:59:56.

Jessica Rogers of Bel Air finished second in age-12 1500-meter run in the AAU Area 4 Qualifier Meet in Hagerstown Sunday. She ran 5:19.95 to finish 0.11-second behind the winner.

Eliza Herman of Darlington was among the 142 finishers in the Half Sauer Half Kraut Marathon in Philadelphia June 16. She placed fifth in the 30-34 age group in 4:37:31. Lisa Schneiders of Fallston took third in 45-49 in 5:18:42.

John Heller and Christine Trzcinski were winners in the RASAC Happy Feet 5 mile trail race in Gunpowder State Park Sunday. Heller ran 34:08, with Rick Thompson second in 35:19, and Brett Schrader, third in 36:07. Trzcinski led the women in 41:07. Andi Miller, 44:18, was second, and Stefanie Stevenson, 44:24, third.

A foursome from John Carroll School competed in the 4x800 relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., June 15. Ben Pickett, Derek Alban, Dave Knaide and Andrew Ellis clocked 8:23.44 in the Emerging Elite Relay event won by the Lowell (Mass.) track club in 8:01.25.

Hershey Youth Track Meet

Harford County had five winners in the Hershey State Track Meet in Gaithersburg Saturday. Christina Riggins of the Aberdeen Soaring Eagles Club won the age-13-14 girls 100-meter dash in 12.6 seconds. Jonathan Sayihe of the Harford Track Club won the boys' 13-14 softball throw at 159 feet and placed second in the 100. Jahmad Stansbury of Aberdeen won the 11-12 boys' 400 in 1:08.2. Amanda Kretschmer of Bel Air finished first the 11-12 girls' standing long jump at 6-feet-10, and Sophia Kudla won the 13-14 girls' 1600 in 6:23 after finishing third in the 800 in 2:47.

Coming races

June 30 - Run for Shelter 5K, Tollgate Park, Tollgate Road, Bel Air, 8 a.m.,

July 4 - RASAC Harford Hounds 4 Miler, Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail, 8:30 a.m., 410-937-8889.

July 4 - Arbutus 10K, Arbutus Middle School, 8 a.m., 410-887-1453.

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