Julie Bacso of Bel Air won the women's race of the Hammerman Triathlon in Gunpowder State Park Oct. 2. A late change in the race format worked to her advantage.
Bacso, the strongest runner in the field of 38 women, raced through the final, 5K-run phase in 20:54 to surge into the lead. She finished in 1:16:52, about a quarter mile ahead of runner-up Julia Galeazzi of Baltimore. Bacso's run was 2 minutes faster than the next best 5K split.
The race was changed from a triathlon to a duathlon. A water quality test at the Hammerman Beach area four days earlier yielded failing results, so the swim was replaced by a 1.5-mile run.
Bacso sped through the opening run in 9:52 to grab a 30-second lead, which she relinquished to Galeazzi on the 13.5-mile bike phase. Galeazzi finished in 1:19:27. Aimee Reeves, 1:21:34; Susan Weaver, 1:24:14; and Amy Garland, 1:26:36, finished in the top five.
David Foy, 23, of Baltimore, won men's race, leading all 89 finishers in 1:03:53. Foy, who was third last year, was the fastest in each of the three phases, closing with a 17:41 on the 5K to win by 63 seconds over Robert Tisch of Bel Air. Also finishing in the men's top five were Larry Hutchinson, 1:08:03; Tim Showalter, 1:11:34; and David Hewes, 1:11:44.
Marathon season begins
Marathons in Chicago and Scranton, Pa., drew several Harford County runners for the start of the major marathon season Sunday in unseasonable heat.
Jeff Damiano of Bel Air ran a 2:54:25 over a fast-but-hot course in the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton. He placed 19th overall and second in the 30-34 age group. Also in the Steamtown field were Casey Fisher, 3:30:35; Aaron Wasielewski, 3:31:56; Ben Krasnoff, 3:33:11; Kirk Ingold, 3:37:45; Danielle Colao, 3:40:06; Veronique Hauschild, 3:48:48; Lori Walker, 4:20:26; and Susan Kemen, 4:45:22.
It was no cooler in Chicago, where 38,000 runners raced in temperatures close to 90 degrees. "You people are crazy," read one sign along the 26.2-mile route.
David Stevenson of Abingdon finished in 3:02:52, with the second half just 4 minutes slower than the first. Other Harford finishers were Matthew Burdette, 3:21:39; Charles Hogarth, 3:36:25; Thomas French, 4:33:35; Stephanie Burdette, 4:42:38; Alyssa Dugent, 4:57:12; Christina Quinn, 4:59:05; Anne George, 5:25:03; Lauren Blazek, 6:01:04; Dan Sweeney, 6:12:07; and Aimee Lagna, 6:53:05.
Corson wins CROP 5K
Dominic Corson, 50, won his first road race Saturday, leading a field of 39 runners in the CROP 5K in Aberdeen.
Corson, who was an outstanding sprinter when he attended Bel Air High School in the late 1970s, won by about 300 meters. His time of 20:49 is his personal best.
"The scary thing is I truly believe I still have room for improvement," wrote Corson on his Facebook page after the race.
Tom Quigg, 14, finished second in 22:10; and Brian Valcarengi, 17, was third in 22:15.
Aberdeen High School junior Olivia Webster won the women's race in 22:40. She finished a quarter mile ahead of runner-up Nancy Hill, 24:12. Delaney Newhart, 15, was third in 25:34.
In races elsewhere...
Jay Tobin of Fallston won the 65-69 age group in the Osprey Sprint Triathlon Oct. 1 in Public Landing. He clocked 1:31:12 for a half-mile swim, 15.2-mile bike and 5K run. George Stewart of Bel Air was second, 18 minutes behind him. Anna Wallis of Fallston placed second in 20-24 in 1:33:37. Chuck Wienckowski of Bel Air was third in 60-64 in 1:33:07.
Christy Hoppe of Havre de Grace placed third in her age group in the Vermont 50 Miler Sept. 25. She ran 9:26:57. Ginn White, 8:55:10, and Gary Reilly, 10:46, were also among the 256 finishers.
Charles Powell II of Abingdon finished second in the NCR Half Marathon in Cockeysville Oct. 2. He ran 1:20:45.
Saul Duarte of Abingdon was the first Harford finisher in the Army 10 Miler Sunday in D.C. He placed 12th in 50-54 in 1:04:11. Finishing among the first 1,000 of the 21,890 runners were Kurt O'Donnell, 1:04:41; Chris Wagner, 1:05:57; Orlando Ortiz, 1:08:54; and Matt Armstrong, 1:09:05.
Morgan Buchanan of Bel Air placed second and Lyndsay Ames of Churchville, third among the women in Zack's Run 5K in College Park Sept. 25. They clocked 22:29 and 22:37, respectively.
In the Marian House 5K in Baltimore Oct. 1, Marge Rosasco led the over-60 age group in 22:57, Carole Rosasco won 50-59 in 22:54, and Mark Rosasco was second in 50-59 men in 20:39. Hugh McAdorey, 20:53, and Janet McAdorey, 23:27, were both third in their age groups.