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Faster at 50, Powell is fifth in half marathon

Seemingly faster since turning 50, Charles Powell II of Bel Air finished fifth in the Maryland Half Marathon Saturday.

Seven-hundred runners crossed the finish line in this annual race, in which Powell was seeking his third age-group win since turning 50 March 11.


"I am sort of on a roll," he said.

He ran 1:28:29 over a hilly, 13.1-mile course in Howard County, but he was unable to overtake 53-year-old Ed Wilson of the Howard County Striders, a two-time winner of the 50-54 age group. Powell finished second in the age group, 66 seconds behind Wilson.


Three other Harford runners finished in the top 50. Andrew Towne of Bel Air ran 1:42:52; Michael Young of Abingdon, 1:44:57; and Ron Keith of Bel Air, 1:45:10. Brenda McDougall of Joppa, 2:01:02, and Kim Beegle of Bel Air, 2:01:07, were fastest among the Harford women in the race.

Mariner Point 5.4-Miler

Anthony Mangine and Mercedes Pinkney were winners in the 14th Annual RASAC Mariner Point 5.4-miler in Joppatowne Sunday.

Mangine took the lead after Dylan Kapustensky and David Stevenson made a wrong turn. Mangine won by 6 seconds over Rick Thompson in 41:32. Pinkney led the women in 43:33, 52 seconds ahead of runner-up Jennifer Perkovich. Back on the course, Kapustensky finished 12th and Stevenson, 13th.

In other road races

Darren Thompson of Bel Air won the men's race of the Stride and Thrive 5K in 18:44 Sunday, leading 110 to the finish at Goucher College. There were 230 in the women's race, in which Megan Langrehr of Joppa finished 19th in 27:34.

Melissa Vinton of Kingsville finished first among 90 women in the Billy Korrow Memorial 5K in Towson on May 1. She ran 21:32.

Becky Bystry of Havre de Grace placed 11th among the women in the Charm City Wine Run 5K at Baltimore's Inner Harbor Saturday in 23:22. Nine-hundred runners and walkers participated.


Collegiate Conference Meets

Paige Chapman, a Harford Tech grad, won the 100-meter dash in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships May 8 in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Manhattan College sophomore was timed in 12.10 seconds.

Brittany Meads (Joppatowne) placed fourth in the 400 dash in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in Greensboro, N.C., May 7. A sophomore at Morgan State, she ran a personal best of 54.58 seconds.

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Also in the MEAC meet, Coppin State junior Kiersten Bond (Aberdeen) placed fourth in the long jump at 18-7 1/4 and Breana Hagwood (Joppatowne) ran on Coppin's 4x400 team, which placed fourth in 3:46.44. For UMES, Jheniel Kelly (Harford Tech) ran 2:15.97 in the 800, placing seventh, and Donisha Porter (Aberdeen) placed eighth in the hammer throw at 134-2.

Nick Fransham, Mount St. Mary's freshman from North Harford finished seventh in the 5,000 meters in 15:55.01 in the Northeast Conference meet in New Britain, Conn., May 8.

Towson senior Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) took fourth in the triple jump at the Colonial Athletic Conference meet in Elon, N.C., with a leap of 39-2 1/4.


Matt Riggins (C. Milton Wright) ran on Stevenson University's 4x100 team, which won the Middle Atlantic Conference title in 42.24 seconds.

Lehigh University junior Kiana Wright (John Carroll) placed seventh in the triple jump in the Patriot League Championships at 38-2 1/4 in Lewisburg, Pa., May 7.

Bel Air Town Run

Race director Mike Early expects a field of about 1,000 for the 36th annual Bel Air Town Run June 5. The race is again designated the Maryland State RRCA Championship 5K. May 22 is the cutoff date for the early entry fee of $15. For information,