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Special Olympics Howard County runners pose together at the Ft. McHenry Tunnel Run. Pictured are: Will Frisinger, Marcus Lesho, Mark Worley, Trip Logue, Jesse Carrico, Bruce Worly, Griffen Gundersen, Julian Than, Sam Carder and Jackson Cruz.
Special Olympics Howard County runners pose together at the Ft. McHenry Tunnel Run. Pictured are: Will Frisinger, Marcus Lesho, Mark Worley, Trip Logue, Jesse Carrico, Bruce Worly, Griffen Gundersen, Julian Than, Sam Carder and Jackson Cruz. (Photo submitted by Diane Mikulis)

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Special Olympics

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Running

On Sept. 21, there were 10 Special Olympics athletes from Howard County that ran under Baltimore's Inner Harbor alongside 800 other runners as part of the sixth annual Ft. McHenry Tunnel Run.

A fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland, this 5k race ran through Bore 4 and back. All the Special Olympics athletes who participated were recognized at the podium and given the opportunity to present awards to the runners.

The Howard County participants were:

17. Mark Worley, 22:14.7; 24. Julian Than, 22:54.8; 25. Bruce Worley, 22:55.9; 39. Trip Logue, 24:32.8; 62. Griffin Gunderson, 26:32; 144. Will Frisinger, 32:11.5; 145. Jesse Carico, 32:17.5; 209. Marcus Lesho, 35:50.5; 224. Sam Carder, 37:23.1; 329. Jackson Cruz, 56:06.2.

Soccer

Both of Howard County's adult Special Olympic soccer clubs were in action at the annual state tournament qualifier in Severna Park on Oct. 5.

The Howard Green finished 1-1, defeating Harford B 2-0 with goals from Nick Boxall and Brigit Vidmar. Stellar net play from Lakiva Jackson helped to bring home the win.

The Howard Green team played a tight match in the second game against Harford A, falling 4-2 in the last few minutes of the game. Collin Gravanda and Nick Boxall both drilled outside-the-box shots to score, while Juwan Hunter just missed from 20 yards out with a rocket of a free kick. Kirsten Smith almost made it tight in the second half, with a twisting shot that just went wide. Wendy Jimenez dominated midfield play.

The Howard Heat, the second adult team, scored two victories over the same two opponents, 1-0 and 4-0. Goals came from Mikael Kibret (2), Matt Wrathall, Michael Palulis and Jason Brousseau. Brilliant net play by the two keepers, Michael Waschak and Erica Hernick, kept the clean sheets for Howard.

Monica Evans and Megan Kemp supported the midfield, and Matt Wrathall pulled back from his striker position in the second half to shore up the defense and lock in both wins.

Running

The Howard County Junior Striders had over 50 runners compete in the fourth cross country race of the season in Adamstown on Oct. 5.

Top Junior Strider finisher in each race:

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6-U boys (1k): 11. Connor McGeehan, 4:45. 6-U girls (1k): 4. Brynn Oergel, 4:43.

7-8 boys (2k): 2. Jack Reading, 8:21. 7-8 girls (2k): 2. Avery Oergel, 8:42.

9-10 boys (3k): 14. Zachary Shord, 13:23. 9-10 girls (3k): 12. Cade McGeehan, 14:15.

11-12 boys (3k): 12. Kendall Phillips, 12:32. 11-12 girls (3k): 19. Christina Storzer, 13:23.

13-14 boys (4k): 3. Chase McGeehan, 15:29. 13-14 girls (4k): 12. Caroline Shimeall, 18:36.

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