Westminster races usually end with plenty of Huggs


When the Hugg family runs in one of the Westminster Road Runners Club races, the tightly knit running community of 75 becomes even more of a family affair.

That's because where there is one Hugg, there usually are three -- and sometimes four. Bob, who is 40 and one of the club's most successful masters runners, and daughters Shannon, 16, and Kim, 15, generally are an entry in WRRC events.

Says Bob: "Most of the times I run, they run with me."

When the distance is right, mom will join in the fun.

"Usually, for 5Ks and below, she'll try to run," Bob says of his wife, Sandy.

There is some dispute about how the family outings got started, depending upon whom you talk with.

According to Bob: "What started was Shannon began running the end of her sophomore year. That sort of inspired me. I used to run in high school, but it was like a 22-year lapse. I would say it was Shannon who started it all for me again."

According to Kim: "Dad ran cross country and track when he was in high school. He's like our hero."

Motivation aside, what matters is that the family is clocking some fast times.

Last November, Bob finished second in the Otterdale Mill 5-Mile Run at Taneytown in 28 minutes, 29 seconds, Shannon was the top female finisher in 36:05, and Kim placed second in 38:37.

"We had a streak going," says Bob. "At Otterdale Mill, we all walked away with a prize. Right after that, we ran the Frozen Finger and all three of us walked away with prizes. After that, we ran the Mighty Medford 5K in January. That's when I got my first masters win."

And you thought the Rosascos had a hold on familial finishes.

Shannon and Kim are standout cross country and track runners at Francis Scott Key High in Carroll County, the same school for which their father ran. Shannon set a school record in the 3,200-meter run this spring with a time of 12:40.

When the occasion permits, the sisters will venture onto Westminster's roads for a WRRC race. Most of the time, they will be accompanied by their father.

"I run over half of them [WRRC races]," says Kim, a sophomore xTC Francis Scott Key. "Usually, I'm behind them [Bob and Shannon] somewhat."


The week's top finishers:


HCS 24-Hour Relay

At Howard High

TEAMS: RRCA Division -- 1. WRRC Wonders, 233 miles, 392 yards; 2. Dream Team II Reston RR, 207, 911. Open Division -- 1. Fleet of Feet, 203, 471; 2. Crazies, 194; 3. Psychotic Armadillos, 173, 1,343; 4. Depeche Pied, 151. Coed Division -- 1. Porch Dogs, 210, 1,320; 2. Wild Banchees, 186, 305; 3. Top Jocks, 162, 43; 4. Speed Racers, 144. Military Division -- 1. Crazies, 206, 1,560.

INDIVIDUALS: Men -- 1. W. Reif, 5:13; 2. Steve Bettis, 5:20; 3. Kevin Hill, 5:21; 4. Ed Hogan, 5:26; 5. Jeoff Warren, 5:27. Military -- -- 1. Anthony Davis, Fort Meade, 5:55. 40-49 -- 1. Jim Moreland, 5:36. 50-plus -- 1. Jim Bullock, 6:24. Women -- 1. Susanne Schmoll, 6:31; 2. Beth Costly, 6:43; 3. Cindy Kelly, 6:59; 4. Debbie McCracken, 7:07. Military -- 1. Gretta Collier, 7:41. 40-49 -- 1. Ruth Criscio, 7:27. 50-plus -- 1. Arlene Kvech, 9:02.

RASAC Susquehanna 5K

At Susquehanna State Park

Males: 1. Eric Estrada, 16:28; 2. Jeff Hinte, 17:16; 3. Bucky Sexton, 17:18; 4. Nathan Boyer, 17:40; 5. Jerry Vega, 17:51; 6. Joe Knisley, 17:58; 7. Mark Anderson, 18:13; 8. Jerry Erdman, 18:19; 9. Mark Stein, 18:22; 10. Scott Smith, 18:27.

Females: 1. Marjy Rawle, 25:12; 2. Gayle Peterson, 26:17.

Coming events

Tomorrow, BRRC Track Series #5 (distance medley, sprint medley, 4x1,600, 4x400), McDonogh, 6:30 p.m., (410) 544-2849.

Tomorrow, HCS Summer Series #7, Longfellow Elementary, 6:30 (410) 964-1998.

Thursday, Annapolis Striders' Summer Fun Run 1M, 4M, Annapolis, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

Thursday, WRRC Twilight Series #6, Sullivan Road Four-, Ten-Mile Runs, Westminster, 6:30 p.m., (410) 795-1383.

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven Reservoir, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

Saturday, Crofton RC 2M, 5M, Crofton, 8 a.m., (410) 721-0595.

Saturday, MCRRC Go For the Gusto Track, Burtonsville, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Saturday, Maryland State Chili Championship 5K, Cumberland, 9 Saturday, Elvis Presley International 5K Race, Graceland, (901) 323-0190.

Aug. 18, HCS Summer Series #8, Thunder Hill Elementary, 6:30 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Aug. 19, Annapolis Striders' Summer Fun Run 1M, 4M, Annapolis, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

Aug. 20, BRRC Towson Twosome, Goucher College, 7 p.m., (410) 666-1840.

Aug. 21, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven Reservoir, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

Aug. 21, WRRC WMC 10K Track Run, Western Maryland College, 8 a.m., (410) 848-1782.

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