Baker, Ecker, run, not hop, to wins in HdG's Bunny Run 5K

A record crowd turned out for the third annual Bunny Run 5K Saturday, creating a line of runners that stretched for more than a mile on the streets of Havre de Grace.

At 915, the largest field ever to race in Havre de Grace crossed the finish line at Tydings Park behind Scott Baker of Towson and Jen Ecker of Baltimore, the women's winner.


Baker, 20, a collegiate runner at Lafayette College, pulled away from Shawn Loper of Bel Air near the mid-point of the course and opened a lead of 70 meters before finishing in 17:26. Loper was second in 17:40.

Others in the top 10 were Jay Hubinsz, 18:14; John Shaffer, 18:17; Brian Daugherty, 18:48; David Zinnante, 19:12; Stephen Mark, 19:13; Tyler Thomas, 19:49; Evan Katsu, 20:02; and Brian Cage, 20:12.


Ecker, who was the runner-up two years ago, finished sixth overall in 19:02. Justine DiGregorio of White Marsh took second place in 19:55, and Kara Zimmerman of Elkton, third in 22:10.

Also among the top 10 women were Samantha Jones, 22:46; Jenna Johnson, 22:48; Heather Hoffman, 22:50; Lindsey Holthaus, 22:57; Julie Hammer, 23:02; Shana Hersh, 23:12; and Donna Lewis, 23:17.

Age-group winners not among the top 10 were: Maryjane Edwards, 25:44,and Christopher Preston, 23:28, in 12-and-under; Steve Mrozinski, 20:21, in 19-29; Jamie Doron, 23:21, in 30-39; Cathleen Bartholomew, 24:51, in 50-59; Joel Leff, 21:49, in 60-69; and Joyce Skalinski, 43:04, and Joseph Kolok Sr., 26:30, in over-70.

In races elsewhere

Jenna Signorelli, 14, of Bel Air, finished third among the women and first in her age group in the Bunny Palooza 5K at Bethany Beach Saturday. She ran 22:40, placing 26th among 596 runners. In the 10K, with 285 runners, Carla Harward of Bel Air placed seventh among women 50-59 in 1:00:28.

Duane Christy of Havre de Grace led the 50-54 age group in the Race Judicata 5K in Wilmington Saturday in 21:18.

McCluskey double win at Colonial

For Jimmia McCluskey of Aberdeen, it was a double-victory weekend in the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., Friday and Saturday. The Temple University sophomore won the long jump at 19 feet, 1/2 inch and ran on Temple's 4x200 relay team, which won in 1:40.3. She was also a member of the second-place 4x100 team, which ran 46.91 seconds.

In the same meet, of 50 college teams, Mount St. Mary's senior Megan Schott (North Harford) placed seventh in the 5,000 meters in 18:44.

Jumpers did well in various meets. Fairleigh Dickinson junior Nia Alleyene of Aberdeen achieved a personal best in the triple jump, 39-1 1/4 in winning the Roadrunner Invitational at Ramapo College, N.J. She was also second in the long jump at 17-4 3/4, just 3/4 inch ahead of Kayla Watson (Harford Tech), a senior at Bowie State, in fourth.

Towson University junior Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) placed fourth in the triple jump at Liberty University's invitational meet Saturday with a leap of 37-5 3/4. Kiana Wright (John Carroll), a Lehigh sophomore, long-jumped 17-3 1/4 in a meet against Lafayette Saturday, placing third.

In the High Point VertKlasse Meet, Jheniel Kelly (Harford Tech) placed fourth in 400 in 59.43 seconds and 13th in the 1,500 in 4:51.37. Her UMES teammate Donisha Porter (Aberdeen) placed 18th in the discus at 115 feet.


Kevin Mackey (North Harford) placed seventh in the shot put at 43-5 in the Winthrop Invitational March 28.

Coming races

April 11 – Jaylen's Journey 5K, HCC, 7:30 a.m., runharford.com

April 11 – RASAC Spring Duathlon (5K run, 17-mile bike, 5K run), Campus Hills, 8 a.m., runharford.com

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

April 12 – St. Joseph School 5K, Kingsville, Mt. Vista Park, 9 a.m. eliteraces.com

April 12 – Red Shoe Shuffle 5K, Ronald McDonald House, West Lexington Street, Baltimore, 9 a.m., charmcityrun.com.

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