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Faster at 50, Powell is fifth in half marathon

Faster at 50, Powell is fifth in half marathon

Seemingly faster since turning 50, Charles Powell II of Bel Air finished fifth in the Maryland Half Marathon Saturday.

Seven-hundred runners crossed the finish line in this annual race, in which Powell was seeking his third age-group win since turning 50 March 11.

"I am sort of on a roll," he said.

He ran 1:28:29 over a hilly, 13.1-mile course in Howard County, but he was unable to overtake 53-year-old Ed Wilson of the Howard County Striders, a two-time winner of the 50-54 age group. Powell finished second in the age group, 66 seconds behind Wilson.

Three other Harford runners finished in the top 50. Andrew Towne of Bel Air ran 1:42:52; Michael Young of...