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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.

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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

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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

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