For many Harford County runners, the weekend was a celebration of long-distance racing.
Among the top performances: Christy Hoppe, of Havre de Grace, ran 3:10:31 in the Philadelphia Marathon. Mike McMonagle, of Bel Air, placed 19th among 950 in the JFK 50 Miler. Kirk Ingold, of Bel Air, ran 1:28:59, and Shana Hersh, of Havre de Grace, 1:39:02, in the Annapolis Half Marathon.
In Philadelphia, 10,076 marathoners streamed across the finish line at the city's Museum of Art. Hoppe finished 21st among 1,034 women in the 25-29 age group. She ran an evenly paced race, covering the first half in 1:34 and the second in 1:36 to place 61st among all 4,155 women.
Twenty-five others from Harford County completed the 26.2 miles, mostly along the Schuylkill River. Fastest among them were David Stevenson, 3:08:50; John Escarsega, 3:10:57 (19th in 50-54); Jimmy Dyches, 3:33:38; Jim Cole, 3:49:29; and Emily Chen, 3:57:01.
He finished in 6 hours, 42 minutes, registering the best finish by a Harford Countian since Jeff Hinte, of Aberdeen, placed 11th in 7 hours, 20 minutes, in 1988. McMonagle's time, 48 minutes faster than last year, was the fastest time ever by a Naval Academy runner in this race. He led the Navy team to its eighth-straight win of the military-team category.
Five other Harford runners finished. Casey Fisher ran 9:57:57; Court Hugo, 10:19:21; Stephen Cheng, 10:35:34; David Wood, 10:47:06; and Joseph Bonsiero, 11:10:21.
There were 3,255 finishers in the Annapolis Half Marathon Saturday, including about 40 from Harford County. Ingold finished 83rd overall and seventh in men's 45-49. Rob Bartholomew, of Aberdeen, finished two places behind Ingold in 1:29:04. Liddy Marquez, of Bel Air, was seventh in women's 50-54 in 1:53:05, and Hersh placed ninth in women's 40-44.
Also among the fastest Harford finishers were John Gaeng, 1:32:17; Rob Stevenson, 1:34:36; Earl Brownell, 1:36:12; and David Larson, 1:38:24. Among the women were Rebecca Harper, 1:46:54; Jennifer Horsmon, 1:48:29; and Brittany Paulshock, 1:49:23.
In races elsewhere
Jessica Rogers, a sixth-grader at Southampton Middle School, won the Battle of the Potomac middle-school girls race in Gaithersburg Saturday. She ran 10:15 over a 1.55-mile cross-country course to win by 28 seconds.
Julia Bacso, of Bel Air, finished fifth among the women in the newly reborn Zoo Zoom 8K at the Baltimore Zoo Sunday. Bacso, 36, ran 35:28 to place 16th among 440 runners.
Shaun Lister, of Joppa, finished fifth in the Pond Skipper 5K in Dundalk Saturday in 22:00. Val Wood, of Abingdon, placed fifth among the women in 23:45.
Wilmington University's Whitney Hora (C.M. Wright) and Bill Steele (Rising Sun) were named to the NCAA All-East Region Cross-Country Team for their performances in the regional meet Nov. 6 in New Castle Del. Hora, placed seventh over a 6K course in 23:09. Steele was 14th in the men's 10K in 32:12.