New school, new team makes no difference for runner Tyler Muse

Tyler Muse made his debut on the Wilmington University cross-country team an auspicious one. The former Bel Air High School and Harford Community College standout won the 12th Annual Wilmington Cross-Country Invitational Saturday, leading his new team to five-place sweep.

Muse toured a rolling 8K course at Carousel Park in 28:37 to finish three seconds ahead of his teammate, Nathan Parmenter, a junior college transfer from Rising Sun.

With the sweep, the Wildcats won,15-65, over Nyack College and five other teams.

NFL Back to Football 5K

Four Harford runners captured age-group wins in the NFL Back to Football 5K in Baltimore Sept. 4.

A field of 2,365 runners – almost two thirds of them women – converged on M&T Bank Stadium for the race one day before the Ravens' season opener.

Shawn Loper led the 35-39 age group and finished fourth overall in 16:45. Tyler Hora took first in 18-24 in 18:59 and Zach Walker was first in under-13 in 19:59. Among the women, Carleen Moore was first in 65-69 in 27:44.

Finishing second in the age groups were Mike Trott, in 60-64 in 25:18, and Holly Battaglia, in 35-39 in 22:24. Third place went to Adine Cumberland, 35-39 in 22:34; Kelly Blackburn, 40-44 in 24:08; and Morgan Kornke, under-12, 24:43. Will Murdoch placed third in 25-29 and seventh overall in 17:21. About 260 runners from Harford County competed.

Larry Contrella of Baltimore won the men's race, finishing on the playing field in 16:04. Stephanie Hoag of Cockeysville led all 1,530 women in 18:08.

Run to Remember

Mike Feinberg of Bel Air was the runner-up among 615 finishers in the Run to Remember 5K in Baltimore Sunday. He ran 18:48 and finished 14 seconds behind winner Maurice Pointer.

Four Harford runners were age-group winners. Bart Rein ran 21:28 to lead the 40-49 group with Rob Bartholomew second in 22:05.

Nelly Budrow led the women's 30-39 in 21:38; Cathleen Bartholomew, 50-59 in 26:38; and Shelby Johnson, 11-15 in 29:31. Stephanie Hoag won the women's race in 19:29.

The Dominator 5K and 10K

Julie Bacso and Luis Navarro were easy winners in the shorter race of The Dominator 5K and 10K in Forest Hill Saturday. Elizabeth Peregoy and Steven Frayne won the 10K with similar ease.

Bacso ran 21:13 over a course at the Forest Hill Airpark, finishing well ahead of Rhonda Utz, 24:19, and Laura Kelly, 24:58. Navarro won the men's 5K in 18:18, about a quarter mile ahead of Jon Shorter, 20:06.

Peregoy won the women's 10K by more than a half mile in 44:09. Karen Young was second in 49:11 and Brenda Walker, third in 49:33. Frayne led the 10K pack of 42 runners in 39:39, finishing 54 seconds ahead of Navarro, who doubled in the two races. Bruce Tackett was third in 42:36.

Irongirl Rocky Gap Triathlon

Aimee Reeves of Churchville won the 35-39 age group and finished eighth among 900 women in the Athleta Irongirl Triathlon at Rocky Gap State Park Sunday. Reeves, 36, completed a half-mile swim in Lake Habeeb, a 16-mile bike and a 2.5-mile run in 1:30:44. Her swim time of 13:12 was fifth fastest among all finishers.

Thirty-five Harford triathletes competed. Other top finishers among them were Jennifer Jones, 18th overall and sixth in 40-44 in 1:34:40; Heather Hoffman, 1:39:17; Bobi Jean McFadden, 1:44:16; Dagmar Sachs, 1:45:16; and Wendy McPherson, 1:45:56 (tenth in the 50-54 age group).

In other races...

Michael Andrews and Christine Trzcinski were the winners in the RASAC Eden Mill 4.9-mile race in Pylesville Sunday. Andrews clocked 32:46 to win by 13 seconds over Edgar Narciso. Trzcinski ran 35:28 to finish 13 minutes ahead of women's runner-up Chi-Chin Wu.

Ray Mercado of Forest Hill placed third in his age group in the Nations Triathlon Aquabike race Sunday in Washington, D.C. He swam 1.5K in 36:13 and biked 40K in 1:16:19 to finish sixth overall.

Patrick Hairfield of Abingdon ran 1:29:17 in the Parks Half Marathon in Bethesda Sunday, finishing 82nd among 2,275.

Duane Christy ran 1:07:26 in the Bottle and Cork 10 Miler in Dewey Beach, Del., Saturday. He placed second in 50-54. Karly Pascuzzi of Havre de Grace took second in the 35-39 age group in 23:43 in the 5K.

Chi-Chin Wu of Bel Air ran 1:57:34 in the Bird in Hand (Pa.) Half Marathon Saturday, placing 14th in the 45-49 age group. There were 1,278 finishers.

Chris Vitek led the Harford Community College men's cross-country team in the Green Terror Challenge at McDaniel College Saturday. He placed 19th in 17:59. Roberto Ascenzi ran 20:21, Mike Neal, 21:13; Alston Johnson, 22:30; and Brandon Stratmeyer, 23:38. In the women's race, Anne Scott ran 24:31; Abelina Kraus, 27:17; and Vanessa Hale, 30:26.

Coming races

Sept. 14 – Hope for a Home 5K, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m.,

Sept. 15 – Fort McHenry Tunnel Run 5K, Baltimore, 9 a.m.,

Sept. 15 – Sickle Cell Anemia 5K, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m.,

Sept. 21 – Celebration Run 5K, Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, 8:30 a.m.,

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