Army officer Blas is 55th to lead Team APG to top 10 finish

Wayne Blas raced to his best finish in the Army 10-Miler Sunday at the Pentagon and in doing so led Team APG to seventh place among 42 teams in the Active Duty Mixed Team Division.

The 38-year-old Army officer finished 55th among 24,000 runners and placed third in the men's 35-39 age group. His time of 54:41 was just 6 seconds off his fastest performance among the six times he has run the annual race.


The three other runners who counted in the Team APG score were Jacob Korir, who ran 56:19 for eighth in 35-39; Zach Valentine, 59:30 for 45th in 30-34; and Stephanie Husfelt, 1:15:08 for 77th in 25-29. Toese Tia, 1:11:15, and Anthony Allen, 1:17:33, were also on the team. Overall, the APG team finished 36th among 542 teams in the various divisions.

Others from Harford finishing in the top 2,500 were Michael Bellin, 1:06:46; Joseph Knott, 1:12:04; Adrian Smith, 1:13:48; Walter Peeples, 1:14:20; Kevin Uleck, 1:14:42; Monica Jagiello-Arvelo, 1:15:19; Jonathan Burris, 1:16:02; Timothy Wright, 1:16:26.

In other races

Abigail Baummer, 13, of Churchville, won the St. Margaret Gator Run in 21:36 Sunday, leading a field of 44 in a 5K at the Bel Air Equestrian Center. Becca Pilcher, 12, finished second in 25:56 and Rhonda Utz, third in 26:43. Steve Eshleman of Pequea, Pa. won the men's race in 21:49 with Pete DeCapite second in 22:12, and Chris Pilcher, third in 22:24.

Ashton Tolson, 11, of Bel Air, won the boys race of the Chesapeake Bay Invitational, a 1.6-mile middle school cross-country race at Harford Community College on Oct. 1. Timed in 9:39.8, he won by 8 tenths over a field of 32.

Keith Campion of Havre de Grace finished sixth among 400 runners in the John Brick 5K in Towson Sunday in 20:16, placing first in the 30-39 age group. Heather Piper of Aberdeen was 10th among women in 24:08, and Barbara Stachowiak of Kingsville, third in 50-59 in 25:06.

Trent Seawell and Jen Perkovich were the winners in the RASAC Deth's Ford 4 Miler Sunday in Churchville. Seawell led the men in 27:34, and Perkovich, the women in 34:05.

Karen Henry of Bel Air finished third in 50-59 in the Lower Potomac 10 Miler Sunday at Piney Point. She ran 1:27:09.

Bel Air grad Eric Ingram was the No. 5 runner for Gannon University in a cross-country meet against Mercyhurst in Fairview, Pa., Saturday. He ran 29:13 for 8K and finished 12th.

Langston Gash (Edgewood) led Stevenson University to 11th place among 38 teams in the DeSales Cross-Country Invitational Saturday in Center Valley, Pa. He finished 20th in 26:26 (8K).

Mike Foulks finished fourth in the Goucher Cross-Country Classic in Towson Saturday, pacing the HCC men's team to sixth place in 29:58 (8K). Dominique Walker led the HCC women, finishing sixth in 27:26 (6K). Courtney Koga was the No. 2 HCC finisher in 27:41.

Bill Brown Youth Cross Country

One-hundred, sixty-five runners from age 3 to 13 competed Sunday in the Bill Brown Youth Cross Country Series races on a wind-blown course at C. Milton Wright High School. The age-group winners were Trevor Jagde and Laurel Brown in the age-12-13 mile; Ashton Tolson and Emma Reker, 10-11, half mile; Eryk Bender and Kyra Moore, 8-9, half mile; Gavin Wood and Willow Borowski, 6-7, half mile; and Dylan Zander and Bella Ratliff, under-6, quarter mile. The series concludes with the third meet on Oct. 23 at Tollgate Park in Bel Air.

Coming races


Oct. 22 – Holly's Hope 5K, Ma & Pa Trail (Liriodendron lower lot), Bel Air, 8 a.m., active.com

Oct. 29 – Heather L. Hurd 5K, HCC Susquehanna Center, 9 a.m., eliteraces.com