From ocean to swamp: Mike McMonagle of Bel Air won the Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50-mile trail run in Cordesville, S.C., Saturday, resuming his ultra-marathon racing quickly after five months at sea.

The 23-year-old Naval Academy graduate returned from a deployment just two weeks earlier. After arriving in San Diego, he drove across country, stopping to run marathons in Hobbs, N.M. (second place in 3:16:27), and Nashville, Tenn. (85th in 3:18:22), before testing his land legs on the Swamp Fox portion of the Palmetto Trail. In winning the 50-miler, he was timed in 7 hours, 31 minutes.

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In his next assignment with the Navy, McMonagle will remain in South Carolina for a year. He plans to compete in several ultra-marathons before he returns to sea, including the JFK 50 Miler in Western Maryland and the Hinte-Anderson Trail Run 50K in Harford County.

Muse wins Thompson 5K

Tyler Muse led by a half mile when he finished the annual Adam Thompson 5K at Harford Community College Saturday. The Wilmington University senior from Bel Air ran 16:44 in leading a field of 100 runners. Geoffrey Rinehart finished second in 19:36, and Casey Fisher, third in 22:29.

Jan Goralski led the women's field by a half mile as well. She was timed in 23:24, and runner-up Kelly Warden, in 26:55. Third place went to Diane Hohman in 27:29.

Alex Loper sets course record

Alex Loper broke the course record by 2 minutes in the annual RASAC Mariner Point 5.4-miler in Joppatowne Sunday. He toured the course in 29:35 to win by a half mile. Michael Andrews finished second in 32:53 and Jerry Henderson, third in 32:55.

Christine Trzcinski won the women's race in 39:26, with Jennifer Perkovich second in 41:36 and Monica Levandosky, third in 46:10.

Bartholomew, Buchser win age groups

Cathy Bartholomew of Aberdeen and Esther Buchser of Abingdon were age group winners in the Packard Center's Fiesta 5K Saturday in Baltimore. Bartholomew ran 24:09 to lead the 50-59 group, and Buchser, 26:10 to lead 60-69.

Rob Bartholomew finished second in men's 50-59 in 20:26 and was 21st among the 1,475 finishers. Lindsey Holthaus of Joppa placed second in 20-29 in 21:51. Mike Trott of Joppa was third in men's 60-69 in 25:12.

In races elsewhere

Nick Pasko of Bel Air finished 12th among the 4,500 runners in the Frederick Half Marathon Sunday. He was timed in 1:16:45. Among the women, Rebecca Seery of Abingdon was 23rd and second in 25-29 in 1:35:35. Erika Harold of Kingsville placed 25th and third in 20-24 in 1:35:40. Emily League, 16, of Bel Air, led her age group in 1:44:27.

Stacey Seiler of Jarrettsville placed sixth among the women in the Genessee Valley 5K Trail Run in Parkton Saturday in 28:30. Scott McGill of Fallston was sixth among the men and second in 40-49 in 22:07.

Among the 4,930 in the 26.2-mile Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday were Harford runners David Stevenson, 3:08:58; James Cole, 4:19:06; Dale Jordan, 4:29:32; Brad Phillips, 4:35:50; Tim Guzley, 5:07:59; Kirsten Smulovitz, 5:31:27; and Christina Savage, 5:40:02.

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In collegiate conference meets

Jheniel Kelly (Harford Tech) placed eighth in the 800 at the MEAC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday. The UMES sophomore from Edgewood ran 2:13.14 in the preliminaries and 2:16.99 in the finals.

For Towson University in the Colonial Athletic Association meet in Harrisonburg, Va., Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) finished third in the 10,000 in 36:40.59. Evan Campbell (Fallston) placed sixth in the high jump at 5-5 and ran on two third-place relay teams, the 4x100 in 46.95 and the 4x400 in 3:46.98.

In the Capital Athletic Conference meet at Newport News, Va., Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) finished second in 100 in 12.49 and second in the 200 in 26.15 for Salisbury. Kathy Kammerer (C. Milton Wright) took fifth in the pole vault at 9-8. Wesley freshman Noel Spencer (Edgewood) was seventh in the 200 in 22.73 and sixth in the 100 in 11.16. York's Stephanie Bower (CMW) placed sixth in 10,000 in 43:39.96.

Coming races

May 10 – Maryland Half Marathon and 5K, Fulton, 8 a.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com

May 10 – Head of the Bay 5K, Perryville Community Park, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com

May 10- Hannah Kriss Foundation 5K, Forest Hill, 8 a.m., http://www.eliteracemanagement.com

May 17 – Race to Feed the Hungry 5K, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.

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