Tyler Muse’s performance Sunday in the Shamrock Marathon Weekend in Virginia was perhaps the best of his running career.
Competing in the half marathon, the 25-year-old graduate student from Bel Air finished first, 40 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger in a field of 5,836. His winning time of 1:07:48 was 5 minutes faster than his previous 13.1-miler.
On a flat course in Virginia Beach with no significant headwinds, he led the field through the first 5K in 16:27. He shook off his closest challenger near the 4-mile mark when he quickened the pace to 5:05, 5:00, and 4:55 on three consecutive miles. He passed the 10K mark in 32:01 and finished with an average pace of 5:11 per mile.
His goal heading into the race was to finish in 1 hour and 9 minutes.
“I was happy with it,” he said. “It is a credit to my fitness and the coaching of Jeff Burger [the Charm City Run marathon coach].”
Muse’s next race will be the Bel Air Town Run on June 2, a race he has won three times.
Also among the finishers of the half marathon were Joe Yancone of Aberdeen who was 10th in the 60-64 age group in 1:51:41, and Nathaniel Costa of Abingdon who ran 1:31:31 and placed 25th among 317 in the 35-39 age group.
In other races
Caitlin King of Forest Hill led the 20-29 age group in the Anchors Aweigh St. Patrick’s Day 5K in North East Saturday. Sharon King of Joppa was also an age group winner (50-59), and Robert Willard of Aberdeen was the runner-up in men’s 50-59. Jason Den Bleyker of Mountville led all 92 finishers in 21:26, and Jessica Sprout of Elkton led the women in 26:00.
Eileen Giovanazi of Bel Air was among the 24,641 finishers in the New York City Half Marathon Saturday. Timed in 1:49:15, she finished 72nd among 835 in her age group.
In collegiate track
C. Milton Wright alumna Christina Riggins won the long jump and ran on Towson University’s 4x100 relay team, which finished second in 46.64 seconds, just 0.01-second out of first place Saturday in the Doc Anderson Invitational in Troy, Alabama. In the long jump, she took the lead on her final leap of 18-1 3/4.
Jaquez Torian (Edgewood) placed third in the 400 in the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta Saturday. The Middle Tennessee State sophomore was timed in 47.38.
Julianna Stevens (Fallston), a Slippery Rock University freshman, ran 19:19 and placed 19th in the 5,000-meter run at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Saturday.
Harford Junior Track Meet May 5
The 23rd Annual Harford Junior Track Meet will be held at Bel Air High School on Sunday, May 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Bel Air Recreation Committee, the meet is open to all boys and girls age 7 to 15. Events are 50- and 100-meter dashes, 400 and 800 runs, low hurdles, relays and long jump. New this year: there will be special heats/races for children with disabilities in each of the age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15). For more information, visit BelAirRec.org.