Defying all expectations, Tauber easily wins Marshall University Marathon

In her first marathon, Elisabeth Tauber did not expect to win, nor to finish under 3:15, nor to carry a football across the finish line.Her performance Sunday in the Marshall University Marathon, however, defied her expectations.

Tauber, 22, of Bel Air, won the women's 26.2-mile race easily, leading the second-place woman by 25 minutes. Taking a handoff as she entered Marshall's football stadium, she crossed the finish line in 3:00:57, smiling and cradling a football.


Footballs were handed to most of the 395 marathon finishers in remembrance of the Marshall football team that perished in a 1970 air crash. Tauber is a graduate student at Marshall.

"My original goal was just to qualify for Boston, 3:35:00," she explained. "But when I was doing my 20-mile runs, people were telling me to adjust my goal, so I said: 3:20 to 3:15. During the race, I picked it up at mile 6 and just kept going faster and faster."

Her chip-time splits showed her quickening pace. She went from 7:13 per mile over the first 6 miles to 6:48 over the last 13 on the flat, two-loop course through Huntington, W.Va.

Mike Feinberg of Bel Air was also in the field. He finished 17th overall and placed second in the 50-54 age group in 3:09:08.

Heather Hurd 5K

Youth prevailed in the Heather L. Hurd 5K at HCC Saturday. Chris Vitek, 20, of Perry Hall, led all 231 finishers in 16:37. Abigail Baummer, 12, of Churchville, was first among the women in 20:07.

Alex Loper finished second in 17:03. Places 3, 4, and 5 went to Vitek's teammates on the HCC cross-country team: Casey Sims, 17:40; Garrett Vesely, 18:18; and Matt Gengenbach, 18:28.

Courtney von Lange of Bel Air finished second among the women in 20:33. Kelly Foulk of Havre de Grace, 23:04; Amy Jahnigen of Bel Air, 23:20; and Kim Dawson of Forest Hill, 23:34, finished in the top five.

Cats and Bats 5K

The Cats and Bats 5K, a race on the Halloween theme, debuted in Havre de Grace Saturday, with a field of 624 runners and walkers. Matthew Correnti, 25, of Lutherville won in 20:17, edging Kirk Ingold of Bel Air by 6 seconds.

Thomas Tyler of Elkton took third in 20:27; Fran Mergler, Nottingham, fourth, 20:30; and Duane Christy, Havre de Grace, fifth, 20:32.

Alana Mack of Havre de Grace led the women in 21:04. In the women's top five were Sandy Sanders of Havre de Grace, 22:06; Merritt Pridgeon, Baltimore, 23:10; Michele Hoffman, Havre de Grace, 23:33; and Chrissy Wojciechowski, Forest Hill, 23:37.

KidsPeace Trick or Trot 5K

Ten-year-old Ashton Tolson of Bel Air finished 10th overall among 794 runners in the KidsPeace Trick or Trot 5K Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Fountain Green Elementary student ran 20:14 and led the under-15 age group by over a minute. He was presented his award by Orioles Manager Buck Showalter.


Rob Bartholomew of Aberdeen was also an age-group winner. He placed 12th among 364 men and led 50-59 in 21:00. Cathleen Bartholomew placed fourth in women's 50-59 and 27th among 430 women in 25:47. Mike Trott of Joppa took third in 60-69 in 26:00.

In other races

Kevin Hennessey of Bel Air placed fifth in the Clydesdale Division of the Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C. Hennessey, 185 pounds, ran 3:00:49. He was one of 67 Harford finishers. Bettering the four-hour mark were David Stevenson, 3:06:45; Jared DeCoste, 3:15:41; Deydre Teyhen, 3:32:24; Matthew Burdette, 3:25:15; John McKee, 3:42:35; Sara Bailey, 3:43:32; and Stacey Esposito, 3:47:17.

Chip Haugh of Street led the over-60 age group of the ASA 5K and Halloween Hustle Saturday in Hunt Valley in 25:43. Also among the 523 finishers was Tim Barger of Baldwin, who ran 23:14 and placed second in 40-49.

Jared DeCoste of Bel Air won the Baltimore Buddy 5K in at Rash Field Sunday, leading 70 runners across the finish line in 19:46.

Brian Csernak, of Bel Air finished 38th in the Patapsco Valley 50K in Baltimore Oct. 24 in 5:54:08. Dayna Timmins of Pylesville was 30th among the women in 7:22:56. Other Harford runners among the 211 finishers were Miguel Barowski, 6:07:58; Josh Jones, 6:08:00; Wes Amos, 7:04:29; Susan Kemen, 7:34:33; Tim Finholm, 7:44:46; Mary Johnson, 8:23:26; and Betty Shock, 8:30:40.