The Women's 5K by the Bay retained an international theme for its eighth annual running in Havre de Grace Sunday.
Tezata Dengersa, a Turkish runner who lives in Washington, D.C., led the field of 466 women from start to finish. She opened a lead of 200 meters on her closest rival, Ethiopian Tigist Mekonnen, before finishing in 17:16. Mekonnen ran 18:00.
It was not quite a course record for Dengersa, whose accomplishments range from winning the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon to running 15:05 in the 5K on the track. She bettered the course record last year in finishing second to another runner from Ethiopia, Yihunlish Delelecha.
Third place went to a resident of Havre de Grace, Christy Hoppe, who ran 20:11. The rest of the top 15 had the misfortune of missing a turn on the course, failing to see the right-turn arrows on the pavement about one-third of the way through the race. Returning to the correct course added about 2 minutes to the times of places 4 through 15.
Times for places 4 through 20: Courtney Waldhauser, 23:22; Sarah Sampson, 23:28; Juliana Zielenski-Belsan, 23:40; Maureen Hall, 23:53; Adine Cumberland, 24:01; Marissa Munson, 24:02; Lydia Johnson, 24:03; Julie Bacso, 24:04; Meghan McAdorey, 24:06; Rhonda Utz, 24:09; Lindsay Guckert, 24:09; Nancy Hill, 24:09; Janet McAdorey, 24:14; Erin Grippi, 24:14; Laura Botzler, 24:18; Maureen Havel, 24:21; and Colleen Martin, 24:22.
Winning the award for fastest mother-daughter pair were Kathleen Zielenski and Juliana Zielenski-Belsan, with a combined time of 48:20. Janet and Meghan McAdorey placed second at 48:24, and Patti and Marissa Munson, third at 50:00.
Loper wins Ocean City Half Marathon
Alex Loper led 2,300 runners across the finish line of the Ocean City Half Marathon Saturday. The 26-year-old from Bel Air covered 13.1 miles in 1:16:21 to win by 4 minutes.
Zachary Weller, 14, of Bel Air, led his age group with a 1:38:31. Courtney Waldhauser of Fallston placed second in 20-24 in 1:36:12. In 40-44, Stacey Esposito of Joppa finished second in 1:40:20, and Jennifer Bouffard of Fallston, third in 1:43:15.
Charles Powell II of Bel Air was the runner-up among 1,044 finishers in the 18th Annual Believe in Tomorrow Port to Fort 6K in Baltimore Saturday. He covered the 3.73-mile course between the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry in 21:49 to finish behind only Sean Caskey of Dundalk (20:57).
Selena Longway of Jarrettsville finished second in the 30-39 age group in 26:40. Melissa Berardelli of Edgewood was second in 40-49 in 28:19 and Maddison Larrimore of Pylesville placed third in 11-15 in 33:53.
In other races
Sam Chan of Forest Hill placed second overall among 218 finishers in the ROAR for Autism 5K in Baltimore Sunday. He ran 20:18. Aidan McKenzie of Bel Air led the 11-15 age group in 24:06.
Jessica Rogers ran 2:26.3 in winning the 800 meters in the Harford Jr. Track and Field Meet Sunday in Bel Air. The time was a personal best by 5 seconds for the Southampton eighth-grader.
Travis Wood of Aberdeen Proving Ground and Scott Smith of Abingdon placed sixth in their respective age groups in the Heritage Half Marathon at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base Saturday. Wood was timed in 1:50:15 and Smith in 1:58:01.
Nelly Budrow, formerly of Aberdeen, finished first among 669 women in the 40-44 age group in the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon Saturday. She ran 1:48:28.
Kyle Bloom and Lillian Pinault were winners in the Manor Tavern Oyster Run 5K on Sunday. Bloom, 18, led all 98 finishers in 18:59, and Pinault led the women in 20:37.
Duane Christy of Havre de Grace led the 50-59 age group and placed sixth overall in the Healthy Kids Day 5K in Newark, Del., Sunday. His time: 20:38.
Jheniel Kelly of Edgewood carried the baton for UMES in three events of the Penn Relays Friday and Saturday. The Harford Tech alum ran on the Lady Hawks' team that finished eighth in the 4x400 college final in 3:46.93 after a 3:47.41 semifinal. She then ran on the 4x800 team that placed fifth in the college final in 8:58.27.
Jimmia McCluskey (Aberdeen) ran on Temple University's 4x100 team, which placed eighth in the college final in 46.56 in the Friday session of the Relays.
May 3 – Adam Thompson 5K, Harford Community College, 8 a.m., 443-412-2449