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North Harford's Fransham races to first collegiate 8K victory

North Harford High alumnus Nick Fransham raced to his first collegiate 8K victory recently in a cross-country meet in Smyrna, Del.

The Mount St. Mary's sophomore won the Delaware State Pre-Conference Run Oct. 15, nipping Darren White of North Carolina A&T by 2 seconds in 25:56. With Fransham's win, the Mountaineers finished second, 3 points behind North Carolina A&T in the eight-team field.

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Fransham competes next in the North East Conference Championships in Loretto, Pa., Oct. 29.

In junior college racing, Mike Foulks, a C.M. Wright grad, finished second and led the HCC cross-country team to a runner-up finish in the Region 20 Junior College Championships in Reston, Va., Saturday. He ran 30:24 over an 8K course.

Scoring for HCC were Aaron Paisley (Aberdeen), fourth; Quentin Stephenson (Edgewood), seventh; Jacob Sparr (Bel Air), 13th; and Joe Amato (Bel Air), 15th.

HCC's Dominique Walker (Watkins Mill) won the women's 5K race in 21:50. Courtney Koga finished third and her sister Samantha Koga, 10th; both are CMW grads. Sydney Andrus (Bel Air) finished 11th, and Molly Clark (North Harford), 18th, to complete the scoring for a runner-up finish.

In other races...

Elisabeth Tauber of Bel Air won the JulieHuffman Memorial 5Kin Kenova, W.Va., Saturday for the second time. Tauber, who is preparing for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, ran 20:41.

Kevin Baranoski, 13, of Fallston, finished seventh in the timed 5K of the Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure Sunday in Hunt Valley. He ran 20:16 and led the 11-15 age group. Matthew Vierheller of Forest Hill led the 20-29 age group and placed eighth in 20:27.

Mark Hall of Bel Air placed tenth in the 55-59 age group in the half marathon of the Baltimore Running Festival Oct. 15. Hall, who turns 60 in 2017, ran a personal best of 1:42:55, six minutes faster than his previous best and 12 minutes faster than his first race, a half-marathon, one year ago.

Sam Verk, a freshman at East Carolina University, led the 18-19 age group in his first sprint-distance triathlon, the Battle at Buckhorn, in Wilson, N.C. Oct. 1. The Edgewood alum had the 12thfastest time on the 750-yard swim, and fourth fastest 5K, 19:56, after a 17-mile bike phase.

Rob and Cathy Bartholomew of Aberdeen ran together through mud, rain, and fog to finish the 30-miler of the Ghost Train Trail Races in Brookline, N.H., Saturday in 5 hours, 59 minutes. Cathleen placed 10th among the women.

North Harford alumna Megan McNew won the women's race of the Tiger Trot 5K at Towson University, her Alma Mater, Saturday in 20:28. Emily Scheinberg of Jarrettsville placed fifth among the 71 women in 23:16.

Russell Davis and Helen Neskow were winners in the Holly's Hope 5K in Bel Air Saturday. Davis, 15, of Bel Air, led all finishers in 19:18. Chad Arrington of Bel Air placed second in 20:53; and Jason Gasior of Fallston, third in 21:47. Neskow, 23, of Forest Hill, led the women in 24:12. Helen Condon of Abingdon, was second in 24:24; and Lydia Davis of Bel Air, third in 25:28.

Bill Brown Cross Country

Two-hundred young runners competed Sunday in the third meet of the Bill Brown Youth Cross-Country Series in Bel Air's Tollgate Park. Winners of the five age groups were Trevor Jagde, 6:01, and Abigail Baummer, 6:12, in 12-13 (mile); Ashton Tolson, 2:44, and Emma Reker, 3:26, in 10-11 (1/2 mile); Eryk Bender, 3:05, and Emily Simmons, 3:25, 8-9 (1/2 mile); Fletcher King, 3:29, and Willow Borowski, 3:39, 6-7 (1/2 mile); and Gavin Jones, 1:52, and Bella Ratliff, 2:02, under-6 (1/4 mile).

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