Chuck Wienckowski of Bel Air arrived at the top of his age group in two ways Sunday as the 2012 triathlon season neared its conclusion.
He finished first in the 60-64 age group in the Marshman Sprint Triathlon in Downington, Pa., opening a lead in the swim phase, holding his lead on the bike, and widening it on the run.
He completed the quarter-mile swim in 8:56, the 12.5-mile bike course in 48:01, and the 2-mile run in 17:47 to win in 1 hour, 17 minutes, leading the second-place finisher in his age group by 3 minutes.
Wienckowski, who competes for the Baltimore Area Triathlon Club, finished 171st in a field of 389. At age 64, he moves out of his age group and into the 65-69 group next season.
Three other triathletes from Bel Air competed in the event, held at Pennsylvania's Marsh Creek State Park: Thomas Webber, 1:29:59; Tammy Webber, 1:46:51; and Jim Vadas, 1:39:38.
Run Wild for Autism 5K
Brian led the men's 40-49 group in 21:41 and was 10th among 158 men. Diane finished first among women 40-49 in 22:49. She placed fourth overall in the field of 210 women.
Age-group victories went to four other area runners. Timothy Deyesu of Bel Air in 30-39 in 24:06; Samantha Androsky, Forest Hill, 16-19 in 29:53; Kathleen Stielper, Abingdon, 50-59 in 33:50; and Joann Sliger, Whiterford, 60-69 in 32:47.
Stephanie Hoag of Sparks won the women's race in 18:43. Ryan Fenton of Sykesville led the men in 18:14.
Ft. McHenry Tunnel Run 5K
Joel Brusewitz of Abingdon emerged from the Ft. McHenry Tunnel in second place Sunday after a round trip through bore no. 4 in the Tunnel Run 5K. Brusewitz, 33, finished behind winner Karsten Brown in his dash through the tube, which was, of course, temporarily closed to automobile traffic. He ran 17:49.
Ashley Butler of Joppa won the women's 20-29 age group in 23:41, placing 10th overall among the women. Justine Marshreck of Kingsville won the 16-19 age group in 23:24 and was eighth overall.
Second-place finishes went to Hannah Eisemann, Kingsville, in 16-19 in 23:25; Paige Blaker, Bel Air, under-16, in 26:44; and Mirek Havel, Bel Air, under-16 boys, 21:45. Matthew Schautz, Abingdon, placed third in 30-39 in 20:57.
In Races Elsewhere
Elizabeth Tauber of Bel Air finished ninth in the Delaware Invitational Cross-Country meet Saturday in Newark, Del. She ran 23:46 (6K) and was the top finisher for Towson University. Hannah McKenzie of Bel Air was 17th in 24:35 for the Tigers.
C.M. Wright alumna Whitney Hora returned to cross-country competition for Wilmington University Saturday in a meet in Nashua, N.H. She was the no. 3 finisher for Wilmington in 22:00 (5K) after missing the first two meets due to injury.
Dale Jordan of Baldwin ran 4:06:49 in the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle Sunday. Also among the 670 finishers was Brad Roberts of Bel Air, 4:13:46.
Shawn Loper and Chi-Chin Wu were the winners in the RASAC Millin' Around Trail 5K at Susquehanna State Park Sunday. Loper ran 20:31 and finished 1:59 ahead of runner-up John Heller. Wu led the women in 31:44.
Charles Powell ran 33:17 and won by almost 5 minutes in the RASAC Nobles Mill 5 Miler Sept. 9. Chi-Chin Wu ran 50:15 in winning the women's race.
Sept. 22 - Centennial Celebration Run 5K, Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace, 8:30 a.m., 443-643-4200
Sept. 22 - Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial 5K, Loyola University, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com