Running: Former county runners set new marks in college competitions

Two Harford County runners bettered school records in collegiate track races last week.

Erika Stasakova of Bel Air lowered the Lafayette College record in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a meet at Princeton University last Friday. She clocked 11:02.01 in the 7 1/2-lap event, which involves hurdling 28 three-foot barriers and seven water jumps.


The John Carroll alumnus lowered her personal best by 25 seconds and the school record by 12 seconds in finishing 21st in a strong collegiate field.

In a meet in Newport News, Va., Kara Tolson of Bel Air lowered the Salisbury University 200-meter dash record and tied the 100-dash record of 12.40 Saturday. In the 200, she ran 25.15 seconds to break the mark of 25.46 she set a week earlier. She was named conference athlete of the week for the fifth time this indoor and outdoor season.


Wes Jacobs of Aberdeen ran a personal record of 1:53.34 in the 800-meter run in the Mason-Dixon Invitational in Gettysburg Saturday. The Frostburg State senior then teamed with two other Aberdeen alumni, Markese Hayden and Eric Williams, to win the 4x400 relay. In the same meet, Xzavier Robertson of Aberdeen led Frostburg's 4x100 relay to a win in 43.12, qualifying for the ECAC meet.

North Harford grad Megan Schott knocked 30 seconds off her personal best in the 5000 meter run on April 14. A freshman at Mount St. Mary's, Schott ran 18:31.14 in placing eighth in the Patriot Invitational meet in Fairfax, Va.

Evan Campbell of Fallston tied for second in the high jump at the Bucknell Team Challenge Saturday, clearing 5-5. A week earlier, she won the high jump at 5-3 in a meet against Johns Hopkins and Loyola. In that meet she also ran on three winning relay teams, including the 4x400 along with Aberdeen's Shemika Martin.

In the Messiah Invitational April 14, Bel Air grad Matt Cross won the pole vault at 14-1 1/4.

Adam Thompson 5K

David Stevenson of Bel Air earned a narrow victory Sunday in the first Adam Thompson 5K, leading a field of 102 finishers at Harford Community College.

Stevenson ran 19:33 to finish 1 second ahead of 15-year-old Devin Defrieze, a C. Milton Wright student. Chester Wrobel, a Bel Air High School junior, was third in 20:34.

Lori Olszewski of Forest Hill won the women's race in 23:33. Nancy Hill of Havre de Grace placed second in 23:55 and Breana Keene, a Bel Air High School student, was third in 24:39.

Age group winners were Jason Dinsmore and Keene in under-20, T.J. French and Danae Clark, 20-29; Michael Callahan and Cherish Schwartz, 30-39; Joe Dragunas and Angie Ferrara, 40-49; John Jagde and Jose Delp, 50-59; and Phil Anderson and Terri Broemm, over-60.

In other races...

Darren Thompson of Bel Air finished first in the 30-39 age group in the Sole of the City 10K in Baltimore Sunday. He was fourth overall among 2,235 finishers in 39:35. Three other Harford runners were age-group winners: Kristen Isoldi of Forest Hill in age-12-15, 53:22; Kendall Sinosky, Abingdon, 16-19, 56:20; and Joseph Zulty, Fallston, 50-59, 44:39.

In the Victims' Fund Run 5K on Saturday, Valerie Wood and daughter Megan each earned age-group wins, Valerie in 40-49 in 25:48 and Megan in under-16 in 29:10. Andrew Galbraith of Street won the 16-19 group in 23:50 and Christian Gromek of Abingdon was third in 40-49 in 25:57.


Brian Hairfield of Abingdon led the 20-29 age group and finished 12th overall in 20:27 in the Hopewell ROAR 5K in Baltimore Sunday. Scott Walton of Jarrettsville took second in the age group in 20:41. There were 1,075 finishers.

Margaret Starnes was the runner-up among the women in the Skull Valley 10K near Prescott, Ariz., Saturday in 50:42.

Jessica Rogers of Bel Air won the 1600-meter run for age 11-12 in a track race in Bowie Saturday. She finished in 5:59, a straightaway ahead of second place.

Jeff Burger of Bel Air placed 19th among 1,800 runners in the Clyde's 10K in Columbia April 15. He ran 38:01.

Rob Stevenson and Chi-Chin Wu led the way in the RASAC Polar Bear 5K in Bel Air Sunday. Stevenson ran 19:30 to win by 68 seconds over Brett Schrader. Wu led the women in 25:30, leading Sandy Woodring by 4 1/2 minutes.

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