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Harford's RASAC is fifth overall in 10-mile Club Championship race

Strong performances by both masters and younger runners propelled Harford County's RASAC to fourth place in the Maryland-D.C. Road Runners 10-Mile Club Championship Sunday in Columbia.

Matt Klaschus, 27, led the men's team. Meghan Hairfield, 27, paced the women to sixth place among 10 teams, giving RASAC fifth place in the combined standings.

Klaschus finished 23rd in a field of 739. He was timed in 57:56 over a course that concluded in a hilly residential area, described by one runner as "neighborhood hell for about five miles."

Tyler Muse, 20, was the No. 2 RASAC finisher. He overtook teammate Daniel Colopietro, 22, in the final mile and finished 31st in 59:06. Colopietro, who passed the 5-mile mark at 17th in 27:57, faded over the hills to 35th in 59:26.

Rob Tisch was the fourth finisher for the club at 39th in 59:59. He led the men's masters team to a second-place finish behind the Howard County Striders. The other RASAC 40-49 scorers were Kevin Hennessey, 1:00:54; Jerry Henderson, 1:02:28; and Charles Powell II, 1:02:39.

All nine men's scorers bettered 61 minutes. Other top finishers for the club were Alex Loper, 1:00:36; Adam Bosley, 1:00:45; Jeff Burger, 1:00:48; Patrick Hairfield, 1:00:53; Mike Feinberg, 1:01:17; and Shawn Loper, 1:02:21. Feinberg placed fifth among runners over age 50.

The addition of the Georgetown Running Club strengthened the field. The D.C. team finished second, 1 point behind Falls Road Running.

In the women's race, Hairfield finished 13th in 1:06:50. Courtney Waldhauser was No. 2 at 32nd in 1:12:35. Other top finishers were Kristi Burke, 1:13:53; Jennifer Bouffard, 1:14:39; Sara Miller, 1:15:29; Jennifer Perkovich, 1:18:24; and Laura Muneses, 1:21:44.

Lucas Meyer of the Baltimore Road Runners won the men's race in 52:18. Claire Hallissey of the D.C. Road Runners led the women in 59:44.

Elsewhere . . .

Nelly Budrow, formerly of Aberdeen, ran 1:36:32 in the Cowtown Half Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday. She placed fifth in the 40-44 age group. Behind her, Jan Fry, of Bel Air, finished the 13.1 miles in 3:25:13. In the marathon, Tim Reynolds, of Whiteford, ran 3:14:14 for eighth place in the 18-24 division.

Esther Buchser, of Abingdon, and Karen Henry, of Bel Air, were tops in their respective age groups in the final Maryland 2013 road-race standings compiled by Their awards were presented Sunday based on four of the 10 races in the RRCA series in the state.

Collegiate Indoor Track

Raymond King, of Edgewood, leaped a personal best of 46 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships in Newport News, Va., Saturday. The Wesley College freshman placed third. Also for Wesley, Noel Spencer, of Edgewood, placed 13th in the 200 in 23.44, and Taylor Lynch of Fallston was 12th in women's long jump at 14-11 1/4.

In the same meet, Kara Tolson (Patterson Mill) placed second in the 60 dash in 8.00 and third in the 200 in 26.23. She anchored Salisbury University's 4x400 team to second place in 4:07.94, bettering the meet record her team set last year. Kathy Kammerer (C.Milton Wright) placed sixth in the vault at 8-10-1/4 and Matt Hoerr (C.M. Wright) was ninth in mile in 4:40.12.

Elizabeth Tauber (John Carroll) was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters at the Princeton Invitational Saturday in 10:15.17. Also for Towson University, Wilhelmina Austin (Edgewood) placed second in the long jump at 17-9 3/4 and third in the triple jump at 36-3 1/4.

Coming Races

March 2 – RASAC Gunpowder Trail 10 Miler, Guyton Road, Fallston, 8 a.m.,

March 9 – RASAC Susquehanna 5K, Rock Run Grist Mill, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m.,

March 15 – Shamrock 'n' Roll 5K, Arena Club, Bel Air, 8:30 a.m.,

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