Running: Arrgghh! Record number of runners show for Pirate 5K

The third annual Pirate 5K drew a record number of runners to Havre de Grace July 14. The field swelled to 436 - about 100 more than last year's race.

Two runners from Ellicott City took top honors. Steve Childres, a York College senior, led the pack over a course along the Lafayette Trail, finishing with a 63 second lead in 16:00. Amanda An, 24, paced the women's field. The win was her sixth in 53 races she has run this year. She finished 10th overall in 19:21.

The 5K was the second event of the Pirate Festival weekend sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House.

Zach Zander, of Havre de Grace, finished second in 17:03. Others in the men's top 10 were Michael Dabravalskas, of Conowingo, 17:32; Mike Sandy, Laurel, 18:09; Mike Feinberg, Bel Air, 18:25; Steve Wheeler, Still Pond, 18:38; Matthew Burdette, Churchville, 19:09; Mike Keeports, Newark, De., 19:09; Charles Sweeney, Havre de Grace, 19:09; and Mark Dawson, Towson, 19:22.

Sharon Corona, of Fort Meade, finished 7 seconds behind An in the women's race. Pam Halligan, of Havre de Grace, took third in 20:02. Others in the top 10 were Kaitlyn Henderson, Elkton, 20:03; Julia Bacso, Bel Air, 20:43; Sandy Sanders, Havre de Grace, 21:01; Patti Truant, Havre de Grace, 21:09; Chelsea McCracken, Dillsburg, Pa., 21:32; Michelle Santiago-Jett, Joppa, 21:45; and Ashley Hooper, Havre de Grace, 21:49.

Loper Leads Farm Fair 5K

Alex Loper, 25, left his pursuers a quarter mile behind in the Harford Farm Fair 5K Sunday. He ran 16:37 to finish 1:23 ahead of David Vitek, who was second among the 107 finishers.

Cassandra Jakubowski, of Bel Air, led the women. She ran 21:41 and led second-placer Anna Wasielewski by 9 seconds at the finish line. Others in the top five were Jessica Crump, 22:42; Nancy Hill, 22:54; and Catherine Richardson, 23:16.

Sean Handerhan finished third among the men in 18:21. James Vadas was fourth in 19:19, and Gregg Ford, fifth in 19:35.

The Vadas family collected three age-group wins. James, 18, finished first in 15-19. His grandparents, Jim and Germaine, won the first-place awards in the over-60 category. Chris Vadas took fourth in 40-49 in 20:23.

In races elsewhere...

Megan Tidey, a North Harford junior, ran the second-fastest time among the women in the BRRC Meet of Miles held at Goucher College July 11. She was timed in 5:51 in winning her age group. Marge Rosasco, 64, of Joppa, won her age group in 7:04. Gus Jacobs, 75, of Bel Air, ran 8:26 to win his age group.

Christina Riggins, of Bel Air, has been selected for the Hershey North America track and field finals to be held at Hershey, Pa., Aug. 2-5. Riggins, who most recently won the 100 dash (age 13-14) in the Cliff Wiley Invitational June 30 in Baltimore, competes in the USATF National Junior Olympics in Baltimore this week.

Windsor Jones, 46, of Bel Air, placed third in two races of the Eastern Regional Masters Track and Field Championships July 14-15 in Columbia. He ran 57.42 in the 400 dash and 2:20.08 in the 800.

Rob Tisch, of Bel Air, won the Mason-Dixon Fair 5K in Delta, Pa., July 14, leading a field of 40 runners in 17:26. Chelsea Clemens won the women's race in 23:07.

Three Harford triathletes raced to second-place finishes in the Dragonfly Heart Triathlon in Chestertown Saturday. Chuck Wienckowski placed second in 60-64, completing a 1/4-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 2.5-mile run in 1:12:27. Carrie Lang was the runner-up in 55-59 in 1:22:40, and Laurie Thomas took second in 50-54 in 1:22:45.

Charles Powell II ran 30:27 and Karen Young, 39:03, to win the RASAC Eden Mill 5 Miler Sunday. Paul Hoppe and Christy Hoppe were the winners in the RASAC Brond Runs for Augusta 4 Miler in Havre de Grace July 15 with times of 23:49 and 34:18.

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