Park coach adds sport to her mix

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Allison Ferguson has taken the first steps in what she hopes will be a lifetime of running.

Those who know the 28-year-old Park School field hockey, girls basketball and girls lacrosse coach probably aren't surprised. A high school athlete herself, Ferguson played field hockey and lacrosse while a student at Roanoke. In addition to coaching at Park, she teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade physical education. And in her spare time, she teaches an aerobics class.

"After playing sports in college, I just decided to stay competitive I would start running," says Ferguson, who has been running for six years. "I think it fulfills a void that was there when I graduated from college. I hope I can upkeep it for the rest of my life."

She began by running 5Ks and, this summer, recorded a personal record of 19 minutes, 1 second for the distance in the Delaware Racing Series.

She graduated to marathoning last month when she finished the Marine Corps Marathon in 3:37, qualifying for Boston in the process.

But Ferguson also says that running has helped her with coaching.

"I'm known for getting them in shape through the endurance runs we do," Ferguson says about her athletes. "They say, 'I want to start running now so I'll be in shape for lacrosse.'

"We run in preseason so when we practice during the season we don't have to do as much running. I tell them it's not how fast they go."

Briefly

Area finishers in the New York City Marathon: Chris Smith, 3:10:04; Kevin Gerold, 3:28:15; Randon Fritsch, 3:39:47; Murray Sarubin, 3:54:59; Susan Sarubin, 4:34:13. . . . Area finishers in the Columbus Marathon: James Garrett, 2:28:38; Pat Mooney, 3:18; Serge Harrison, 3:22; Gene Wright, 3:29:02; John Stilling, 3:30:12; Ed Adami, 3:40; Dan McQueen, 3:56; Betty Wright, 5:12:46. . . . The Los Angeles Daily News reported two weeks ago that a 50-year-old woman who gave birth to triplets this week said it was easier than running the Los Angeles Marathon three years ago, and that she might have more. It wasn't clear if she was speaking of triplets or marathons. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

JFK 50 Mile

At Boonsboro

Males: 1. Eric Clifton, 36, Greensboro, N.C., 5:46:22 (course record; previous record, 5:53:05, Mike Spinnler, 1982); 2. Carl Anderson, 5:58:16; 3. Eric Rappold, 6:07:52; 4. Michael Morton, 6:08:56; 5. David Horton, 6:16:20 (masters record).

Females: 1. Carolyn Showalter, 40, Maugansville, 7:58:15; 2. Teresa Moats, 27, 8:14:06; 3. Ingrid Honzak, 8:23:30.

BRRC Grand Prix Cross Country Championship

(5 miles)

At Baybrook Park

Males: 1. Chris Bayless, 25:53; 2. John Hecox, 30:16; 3. John Ward, 31:08; 4. Lonnie Richmond, 31:25; 5. Ed Harte, 31:51.

Turkey Trot 10K

At Aberdeen Proving Ground

Males: 1. Bucky Sexton, 34:41; 2. Juan Miranda, 35:03; 3. Larry Emanuel, 36:59; 4. Leonard Morgan, 37:10; 5. Offie Clark, 37:43; 6. Clifton Pearce, 37:48; 7. David Thiel, 38:22; 8. Ronald Buysse, 38:51; 9. Douglas Maves, 38:53; 10. Robert Sherrock, 39:14.

Females: 1. Cathy Cosenza, 45:04; 2. Janice Chason, 47:08; 3. Beth Manning, 48:19; 4. Michelle Farris, 49:04; 5. Karen Maoui, 51:28; 6. Roberta Edie, 51:43; 7. Nancy Katorski, 53:56; 8. Denise Bachman, 58:44; 9. Angela Charton, 58:45; 10. Melissa Gorbulblatt, 58:52.

SUNDAY

HCS Metric Marathon

At Columbia

Males: 1. Mike Woodman, 1:28:23; 2. Gerry Clapper, 1:29:51; 3. Neville Anderson, 1:30:15; 4. Paul Hannsen, 1:33:17; 5. Mark Rosasco, 1:35:34; 6. Dennis Albright, 1:36:46; 7. Jack Kavanagh, 1:37:08; 8. Chris Samley, 1:37:53; 9. Bob Burns, 1:38:40; 10. Ivor Hill, 1:39:29.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 1:41:03; 2. Laura Nelson, 1:47:18; 3. Maggie Flister, 1:48:39; 4. Geriann Bell, 1:52:05; 5. Maureen Hall, 1:53:38; 6. Sue Humphries, 1:55:36; 7. Deborah Chaney, 1:57:11; 8. Ann Conlin, 1:59:14; 9. Denise Underwood-Hannagan, 10. Karen Erb, 2:00:27.

RASAC Bel Air Parking Garage 2.5-miler

At Bel Air

Males: 1. Mark Bogardy, 14:37; 2. Billy Gale, 15:46; 3. Mark Casteel, 15:50; 4. Tim Evans, 16:07; 5. J. Tobin, 16:16.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 16:37; 2. Angela Parrish-Hoover, 18:28; 3. Marjy Rawle, 20:26; 4. Beverly Harvey, 24:16; 5. Mary

Gale, 33:03.

DCC Five-Mile Stride for Scholarships

At Dundalk

Males: 1. Bucky Sexton, 28:35; 2. Bob Seminsky, 30:00; 3. Donald Scarborough, 30:35; 4. Christopher Papesh, 30:47; 5. Donald Kropkowski, 30:54; 6. Louis Pilsch, 31:02; 7. Kyle Martin, 31:30; 8. Ronald Svoboda, 32:08; 9. Peter Kebbekus, 32:22; 10. Timothy Smith, 32:34.

Females: 1. Carole Rosasco, 31:55; 2. Maribeth Fischer, 32:21; 3. Carolyn Stoll, 33:58; 4. Michelle St. Laurent, 34:57; 5. Sharon Heidel, 36:40.

Coming events

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Today, 5K Turkey Trot, Anne Arundel CC, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, RASAC Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Four-Miler, White Marsh, 9 a.m., (410) 836-1784.

Thursday, Green Valley North Turkey Trot 5-Mile Run, 3-mile walk, Owings Mills, 9 a.m. Thursday, Walk for MS 10K, 5K, Wilmington, Del., 10 a.m., (302) 654-6400.

Thursday, HCS Turkey Trot Prediction Run 10K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, (410) 964-1998.

Nov. 26, Piedmont Pacers 10K Walk, Sykesville, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., (410) 549-1889.

Nov. 26, BRRC Northern Central Trail Marathon, Sparks, 9:30 a.m., (410) 243-3153, (410) 377-8882.

Nov. 26, Maryland Masters Track Club Fall Classic 1.5-, 3-Mile Cross Country Races, Catonsville Senior High School, 9:30 a.m., (410) 744-2652.

Nov. 26, MCRRC Turkey Burnoff 5M, 10M, Seneca Creek State Park, 10 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Nov. 26, Delaware Open Cross Country Championship 5K, Wilmington, Del., 10 a.m.Nov. 27, Piedmont Pacers 10K Walk, Sykesville, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., (410) 549-1889.

Nov. 27, RASAC Gunpowder Falls 5-Miler, Big Gunpowder Falls, 9 a.m., (410) 879-7679.

Nov. 27, Chili Pepper 5K, Newark, Del., 9 a.m.

Nov. 27, Annapolis Striders' Cold Turkey 20K, Edgewater, 10 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Nov. 27, WRRC Frozen Finger Four-Mile Run, Westminster, noon, (410) 848-8332.

Dec. 3, Arthritis Run 5K, Frederick CC, 8 a.m.

Dec. 3, Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K, Church Hospital, 8:30 a.m.

Dec. 3, Sleigh Bell 5K, Newark, Del., 10 a.m., (302) 737-1646.

Dec. 4, RASAC Charity Run 5K, Harford Mall, 9 a.m. Dec. 4, Marathon Sports Winter Series 5K, Wilmington, Del., 11 a.m., (302) 654-6400.

Dec. 4, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

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