Two of the things that Jeff Sanborn most wanted to do when he took over the presidency of the Baltimore Road Runners Club a little more than a year ago were to bring in new ideas and new people.
In respect to Ed Harte, his mission is half-accomplished. Harte, track and cross country coach at North County High in Anne Arundel County, is a member of the old guard with fresh ideas.
And two of the things that Harte most wants to do are to bring more track and cross country into the club's agenda.
Harte, who will direct the BRRC's Summer Track Series this year with Chris Cucuzzella, promises to include more sprint events.
"A lot of kids run cross country in high school and get out and JTC there's not a lot for them to do," says Harte, 35. "A lot of sprinters in high school and college don't have anywhere to go in the summertime. We're going to have a lot of sprints this summer."
But sprints aren't Harte's only contribution to the club. This month and next, he is sponsoring an informal cross country series with stops at Oregon Ridge, McDonogh School and Herring Run.
"Fewer and fewer people coming out of high school are running," Harte says. "There seems to be fewer people between 20 and 30 who are running compared with 20 years ago. So we're trying to change a few things to get more people involved.
"Everyone comes from track and cross country. People go to road running because there's nowhere else to go. A lot of people get hurt because roads are hard. But tracks are soft and turf is soft."
The remaining events in the cross country series:
* Feb. 26: McDonogh, 5 miles, 10 a.m.
* March 12: Herring Run, 6 miles, 10 a.m.
* March 26: McDonogh, 5 miles, 10 a.m.
For more information, call Harte at (410) 789-7560.
Tune up for spring
The Myers Pavilion 8K will be held 9 a.m. March 6 in Brooklyn. For information, call Les Kinion at (410) 882-5455.
BRRC 1993 award winners: Runners of the Year -- Stacey Nicholson, Dave Berardi; Junior Runners of the Year -- Kelly Richmond, Jonathan Dietrich; Open -- Charlotte Thomas, Maureen Hall, Todd Henry; Masters -- Marge Rosasco, George Yannakakis; Most Improved -- Ruth Hens, Bob Gale. The awards will be presented at the club's Winter Banquet and Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at Columbus Gardens. Call (410) 882-7154 for information. . . . Sunday's BRRC's Valentine 8-Miler at Loch Raven was rescheduled for this Sunday at 9 a.m. at Loch Raven, and Sunday's Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Tune Up for the Maryland-D.C. Club Championship 10-Miler was rescheduled for 9 a.m. this Sunday at Aberdeen. . . . Area finishers in Sunday's Hampton Coliseum Half-Marathon in Hampton, Va.: 1. Terrence Mahon, Washington, 1:05:03; 2. Kevin Ruch, Camp Hill, Pa., 1:05:56; 3. Steve Kartalia, Baltimore, 1:06:02; 4. John Reich, Baltimore, 1:06:25; 5. Brian Ferrari, Williamsport, 1:06:47; Matthew Adams, Frederick, 1:12:34.
Sunday, BRRC Valentine 8M, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
Sunday, RASAC Tune Up for Md-DC Club Championship 10M, Aberdeen, 9 a.m., (410) 272-4775.
Sunday, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.
Feb. 26, Polar Bear 5K, Aberdeen Proving Ground, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.
Feb. 26, BRRC Cross County 5-Miler, McDonogh School, 10 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
Feb. 27, RRCA Club Challenge 10-Miler, Howard Community College, 8 a.m., (410) 461-1406.
Feb. 27, Department of Parks and Recreation Track Development Program, 5th Regiment Armory, 10 a.m., (410) 396-7079.
March 5, RASAC Last Train to Boston Marathon, Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood area, 11 a.m., (410) 638-1091.
March 6, BRRC Layne Half-Marathon, Lake Montebello, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.
March 6, Maryvale Rite of Spring 5K, Maryvale, 9 a.m., (410) 377-8882.
March 6, Myers Pavilion 8K, Brooklyn, (410) 882-5455.
March 6, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.