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Towne, Kays lead winners in inaugural 5K race

The Friends R Family 5K in Bel Air Sunday drew a large field and a small runner who outran almost everyone.

Andrew Towne led all 267 finishers in 19:38. Danielle Kays finished first among the women in 20:48.

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Second place overall went to Ashton Tolson, the son of former Harford County cross-country champ Jeff Tolson. The 10-year-old, who was outstanding in youth track competition last year, was timed in 20:23 over the hilly course.

Others in the men's top 10 were Ron Keith, 20:56; Josh Meadows, 22:44; Mark Lawton, 22:52; Lee Boone, 23:22; Byron White, 23:25; David Rayboen, 24:11; Howard McComas, 24:29; and Francis Roden, 24:29.

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Four women finished in the top 10 overall. Kays was third; Tabitha Petz, fifth in 21:22; Jennifer Bouffard, eighth in 23:00; and Laurie Przybylski, ninth in 23:00.

Others in the women's top 10 were Julia McNamara, 23:40; Colleen Donahue, 24:24; Kayla Borrero, 25:20; Megan Cowie, 25:21; and Lauren Cavanaugh, 25:32.

The race, in memory of suicide victim Danyelle Filiaggi, was held on the Ma & Pa Trail starting near the Bel Air Athletic Club.

B&A Trail Marathon

Kaitlan Moynihan, a collegiate lacrosse player with a talent for distance running, finished third among the women in the B&A Trail Marathon in Severna Park Sunday.

It was the first marathon for the Naval Academy sophomore from Bel Air, who finished in 3:15:05. She played in the Navy women's lacrosse game against Colgate the previous day.

Also among the 215 marathon finishers were three Harford runners who placed in their age groups. Matthew Burdette took first in 30-39 and 15th overall in 3:08:12. Courtney von Lange was second in 25-29 in 3:41:58, and Leslie Hawes, third in 45-49 in 4:47:05.

Other Harford finishers were Timothy Ferrese, 3:35:19; Dale Jordan, 4:19:34; Sarah Thompson, 4:54:24; and Danielle Long, 5:51:27.

In other races

David Stevenson and Christine Trzcinski led the RASAC Patterson Mill Hill 5K Sunday in Bel Air. Stevenson led 47 runners in 20:40, finishing 1 minute ahead of Mike Martinek in second. Trzcinski, at seventh place, led the women in 23:08. Jen Perkovich was second in 24:28.

Mindy Gross of Forest Hill was among the 2,185 finishers in the Shamrock Marathon Saturday in Virginia Beach. She ran 4:10:39 for 30th in 20-24 women.

Collegiate track and field

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There was a jumping reunion of sorts for two Aberdeen High School alumnae Sunday in the Towson Invitational at Unitas Stadium. Kirsten Bond, a Harcum College sophomore, won the long jump at 17-5 1/4, and Nia Alleyene, a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson, won the triple jump at 38 feet, 3/4 inch. Towson's Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) was third in the triple jump at 36-4. Towson senior Elisabeth Tauber (John Carroll) placed second in the 10,000 meters in 38:40.

In the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC Saturday, Kathleen Kammerer (C. Milton Wright) placed second in the pole vault. The Salisbury sophomore cleared 9 feet, 10 inches in cold, windy conditions. Salisbury's Matt Hoerr (CMW) and UMBC's Noah Hutton (North Harford) placed sixth and seventh in the 5,000 meters in 16:21 and 16:24, respectively.

Coming races

April 4 – Bunny Run 5K, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., bunnyrun5K.com

April 11 – The Great Co-Mission 5K Family Run, Mariner Park, Joppatowne, 8 a.m., eliteraces.com

April 11 – Jaylen's Journey 5K, HCC, 8:15 a.m., runharford.com.

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