Everyone knew the Australians were a force to be reckoned with when it comes to triathloning. But few imagined they'd go 1-2-3 led by Greg Welch's 1:51:37 at the World Championship test at Walt Disney World in Florida last weekend.
The United States had just one in the top 10 on the men's side, but Terry Myers evened the score somewhat by pacing the women in 2:03:33. Canadian Carol Montgomery was second in 2:03:47, three seconds ahead of two-time Baltimore Triathlon winner Joy Hansen. More than 1,000 from 48 countries competed.
* They're expecting about 600 Sunday morning for the Great Subway Race 10-miler, one of the old standbys on the race schedule that went in hiding for a while.
* A half-dozen runners were under 33 minutes at the Down Syndrome Airport 10-K led by Dave Berardi's 31:15. Pat Ryan (39:43) easily handled the women's field.
* Entrants in the Marcor Zoo Zoom in Druid Hill Park Sept. 30 will not only get a sharp long-sleeved shirt, but also passes to the zoo. The winner of the 5-miler will be treated to a trip to the Bahamas next February.
* A couple of whirlwind half-marathons last weekend suggest that some great marathons are due to be run this fall. Dionicio Ceron, prepping for his initial shot at the distance next month in Chicago, won the Philadelphia Distance Run in 1:00:46. And Aussie Steve Moneghetti went Ceron 10 seconds better in Sheffield, England (1:00:36). Moneghetti, who will run the Berlin Marathon Sept. 30, beat Douglas Wakiihuri, who is one of the co-favorites in the New York City Marathon Nov. 4.
* Cathy O'Brien was the best woman in Philly in 1:09:38 while Rosa Mota and Grete Waitz went 1-3 in England in 1:08:49 and 1:10:51.
* Dom Daluz (53:10) and Pam Briscoe (66:32) captured honors in a strong 10-mile field in Kensington . . . Jeff Sanborn (32:58) and Kit Tyson (41:23) proved best at a BRRC 10-K around Lake Montebello . . . Jack Weller's winning time at the Hashawa 4.3-miler in Westminster was 23:39. Pam Garrettson (30:56) led the women.
* Entry fee for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington Nov. 4 is $17 until Oct. 12, $25 thereafter . . . Top guns in the kids' triathlon series conducted superbly by the Tri-Maryland Club were Trystan Behm and Allyson Pyeritz (7-8), Nathan Fisher and Melissa Slater (9-11) and Kevin Lunney and Melissa Behm (12-14). Sadly, no one in the 15-17 age group completed all three events.
* As usual, Scott Celley won the Nike Capital Challenge 3-miler in 14:48. Megan Othersen did 17:13, beating Patty McGovern on the women's side. Top finisher among the pols was Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn) in 18:23 . . . Bob Yara (32:54) and Maureen Hall (38:24) won the Parkton Country 10-K for mountain goats.
* The next event in the Tri-Maryland biathlon series is Nov. 17 in Baltimore County, five miles of running around an 18-mile bike ride.
*Saturday: Mercedes Fifth Avenue Mile, New York City, ESPN, 4 p.m.; Place for Your Pace, Ashland trail, 8 a.m.; RASAC Coon's Corner 15-K, Harford CC, 8 a.m.
* Sunday: Great Subway Race 10-miler, Reisterstown Plaza Metro Station, 8 a.m.
* Sept. 29: Virginia 10-miler, Lynchburg.
* Sept. 30: Marcor Zoo Zoom 5-miler, Druid Hill Park, 9 a.m., 526-RUN2.
* Oct. 6: Great Allegany Run 15-5-K, Cumberland, 8 a.m., 729-3088; Market Street Mile, Frederick, 10 a.m.
* Oct. 7: Columbia Chase 10-K, Howard CC, 9 a.m.; 992-4804; Glen Burnie/B&A Trail 10-K, Marley Station Shopping Center, 8 a.m., 882-5455; RASAC 5.6-mile trail run, Rocks State Park, 9 a.m., 836-1784.
* Oct. 13: Quaker Quint 5-miler, Friends School, Charles Street, 9 a.m.
* Oct. 14: Seagull 8-K, Anne Arundel CC, 9 a.m., 541-2515; Stamford (Conn.) Marathon.