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Muse gobbles his way to fourth Bel Air Turkey Trot win

Tyler Muse won for the fourth time, and Adria Pirozzi, for the first in leading a field of 1,330 runners in the 19th annual Turkey Trot 5K in Bel Air on Thanksgiving Day.

The race was the largest of six Thanksgiving 5Ks in the region put on by the YMCA of Central Maryland and drawing a total of 5,090 runners.

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Muse, who recently completed his senior cross-country season at Wilmington University, toured the Ma&Pa Trail course in 15:44, 26 seconds faster than when he won last year.

He finished 35 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Cody Borders of Abingdon. It was a youthful field, perhaps more so than usual, with teen runners taking 23 of the first 40 places.

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Finishing in the men's top 10 were Mark Kitz, 16:37; Evan Moore, 16:41; Matt Hoerr, 16:43; Patrick Hairfield, 17:17; Eric Baranoski, 17:20; Rob Tisch, 17:39; Casey Sims, 17:49; and Eric Jagde, 17:52.

Youth led the way in the women's race too, as Pirozzi, a 15-year-old John Carroll sophomore, ran 19:51 to win by 17 seconds. Meghan Hairfield, of Abingdon, finished second in 20:08, and Danielle Kays, of Bel Air, third in 20:15.

Others in the women's top 10 were Katie Wirth, 20:59; Sarah Cullum, 21:07; Rachel Thomas, 21:16; Lisa Michocki, 21:17; Kristen Mueller, 21:18; Pam Koga, 21:32; and Lauren Bell, 21:39.

Age group winners were Grace Kays, 24:35, and Noah Jahnigen, 25:15, in under-10; Rachel Thomas and Saxon Brown, 19:16, in 10-14; Sarah Cullum and Evan Moore in 15-19; Kristen Mueller and Patrick Hairfield in 20-29; Katie Wirth, and Scott Mooney, 18:25, in 30-39; Jennifer Bouffard, 21:53, and Rob Tisch in 40-49; Denise Landers, 22:42, and Keith Burgess, 21:56, in 50-59; Terri Broemm, 29:34, and Brad Roberts, 24:24, in 60-69; and Mary Leppo, 51:43, and Bill Laye, 1:00:59, in over-70.

Bulle Rock Turkey Trot

Daniel Colopietro found the course of the Bulle Rock Turkey Trot tougher than it was when he won it as a high school senior in 2009.

The University of Maryland student led a field of 312 runners over a hilly 5K course in Havre de Grace on Thanksgiving in 17:29, winning by 27 seconds over runner-up Josh Dawson of Chesapeake Beach.

Jessica Manns, of Bel Air, won the women's race in 23:00. She finished 31 seconds ahead of Nancy Hill, of Havre de Grace. Kelly Foulk, of Havre de Grace, was third in 24:14.

Others in the women's top 10 were Elizabeth Collard, 24:39; Catherine Cable, 25:15; Melissa Murphy, 25:19; Molly Stevenson, 25:44; Karen Kenney, 25:45; Cece Manley, 26:05; and Cara Stevenson, 26:30.

Finishing in the men's top 10 were John Shaffer, 18:54; Jonathan Stewart, 18:57; Zachary Little, 20:05; Ryan Iacaruso, 20:16; Thomas Gilmore, 20:30; Adrian Smith, 20:53; Casey Anderson, 21:23; and Jason Shaggs, 21:27.

Other Thanksgiving races

Matt Sprouse, of Bel Air, finished second in the 14-18 age group in the Gabby Gobble 5K at Lewes, Del. He placed 13th among 517 finishers in 20:02.

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Jennifer Perkovich, of Joppa, and Karly Pascuzzi, of Havre de Grace, were runners-up in their age groups in the Bethany Beach Turkey Trot 5K. Perkovich ran 22:49, and Pascuzzi, 23:40.

Eileen Giovanazi, of Bel Air, was the women's runner-up in the Feet to Feast 5K in Palm Coast, Fla. in 23:05. Daughter Christina finished third in her age group.

Northern Central Trail Marathon

Matthew Burdette, of Churchville, ran an evenly paced 3:03:02 in the Northern Central Trail Marathon in Baltimore County Saturday, finishing 12th overall.

Other local runners among the 346 finishers were Phillip Pawlukovich, 3:18:32; Kevin Barnaba, 3:29:17; Erin Howard, 3:38:43; Christopher Beauchamp, 3:40:25; Matthew Otremba, 3:54:11; Ron Keith, 3:54:27; Robert Bell, 4:04:02; Danielle Stout, 4:09:09; Lisa Gesualdo, 4:11:36; John Miller, 4:11:48; Daniel Sweeney, 4:13:03.

Also, Scott Smith, 4:15:30; Dale Jordan, 4:23:40; Bridget Orndoff, 4:27:05; Matthew Green, 4:45:35; August Thurn, 4:54:22; Frank Ziemski, 4:54:40; April Kraft, 5:00:53; Allison Smith, 5:27:52; and Phil Anderson, 6:15:51.

For Anderson, it was the 25th finish in the annual marathon. Sam Jackson won the men's race in 2:43:30. Meredith Edwards led the women in 3:17:09.

Coming Races

Dec. 7 – RASAC Charity Run 5K, Heavenly Waters Parking Lot, near Harford Mall, 8 a.m., runharford.com.

Dec. 7 – Charlie's Run 5K, Sparks Elementary School, 9 a.m., charmcityrun.com.

Dec. 13 – Celtic Solstice 5 Miler, Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, 8:30 a.m., baltimorerunning.com.

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