Week on sidelines doesn't hurt Yara

Running Notebook

October 02, 1990|By Michael Reeb

Robert Yara isn't indestructible after all.

It's not that he had a bad showing in Sunday's 12th-annual Zoo Zoom Five-Miler; it's difficult to contest a 28-second, first-place finish in a better-than-average field.

It's just that Yara, the man who ran fourth in last year's Stamford (Conn.) Marathon and came back the following week to win the Maryland Marathon, sat out a race last week.

But Yara had good reason for the decision. Yara is in training for the Stamford Marathon, and two weeks ago, he ran in -- and won -- the American Legion Parkton 10K a day after he had completed a 20-mile training run.

"I was wasted last week," Yara, 35, said Sunday. "I did about 100 miles two weeks in a row. That 10K [Parkton] I did two weeks ago just about did me in. It took me two days to recover."

Yara skipped The Great Subway 10-Miler a week ago, a race Steve Rologas won in 50 minutes, 36 seconds.

Rologas was there again Sunday in the Zoo Zoom, as he and Michael Sterling challenged Yara for the lead in the first two miles.

"Mike threw in some surges early, then he eased off, and that's when I pulled off," Yara said. "From then, I just kept pulling away."

Yet, his 25:23 victory didn't come easily.

It came on a hilly, winding course through Druid Hill Park, which included a leg through the zoo.

"The middle miles are hard," Yara said. "There were a lot of hills from 2 to 4 1/2 [miles]."

Stacey Nicholson, 28, won the female division in 29:35. Eleanor Simonsick, who finished second, was running in her first race since she delivered son Andrew in July.

"That's the curviest course I've ever run," said Simonsick, who had run the Zoo Zoom once, when she was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins.

8, The top runners among the 995 finishers:

Males: 1. Robert Yara, 35, 25:23; 2. Steve Rologas, 22, 25:51; 3. Doug Moyer, 31, 25:59; 4. Andy Merrifield, 30, 26:16; 5. Jeff Sanborn, 36, 26:31; 6. Mike Sterling, 29, 26:38; 7. Bill Desmond, 39, 26:48; 8. Joseph Blackmon, 28, 26:50; 9. Patrick McNelis, 34, 27:01; 10. Ken Fowler, 24, 27:05. Masters: 1. Ed LcCates, 45, 29:26.

RTC Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 28, 29:35; 2. Eleanor Simonsick, 32, 29:53; 3. Maureen Hall, 25, 30:14; 4. Marge Rosasco, 41, 30:33; 5. Carol Zimmerman, 31, 31:44; 6. Julie Caprio, 29, 31:58; 7. Jenny Caple, 25, 32:33; 8. Donna Lewis, 35, 33:02; 9. Barbara Willig, 29, 33:05; 10. Patricia Millison, 31, 33:18. Masters: 1. Sharon Heidel, 40, 33:35.

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Briefly: Doug Mock won Sunday's United Way 10K at West Potomac Park in 30:18. The Baltimore Road Runners Club's racing team won in the team category. Scott Douglas was sixth in 31:45, Andy Passmore eighth in 31:49, James Pryde 13th in 32:28, Layne Party 17th in 33:14 and Jim O'Keefe 18th in 33:15. . . . In Sunday's Portland Marathon, Baltimoreans Bailey St. Clair, 51, finished in 3:11:20, and Christy St. Clair, 41, ran a 3:19:03. . . . Adam Morrison and Margaret Cooper won their divisions of the Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club's Harford Glen Foundation 5K Sunday in Harford Glen. The top finishers:

Males: 1. Adam Morrison, 18:24; 2. Matt Piotrowski, 18:25; 3. Doug Parson, 18:36; 4. Steve Rogers, 18:41; 5. Jim Harrison, 18:50; 6. Rick Espey, 20:24; 7. Bernie Gemmill, 20:36; 8. Greg Stephen, 20:44; 9. Dave Starnes, 20:49; 10. Brian Harris, 21:30.

Females: 1. Margaret Cooper, 22:55; 2. Laurie Smith, 25:53; 3. Julie Myer, 27:31.

* Ronnie Wong, 44, of Catonsville leads the Sri Chinmoy 1,300-mile race, a major ultra-marathon being run in Flushing Meadow Park near Shea Stadium in New York.

Wong, a BRRC member, has completed 920 miles in 14 days, and though he is not expected to finish the 1,300 miles by noon Friday, when the race will end, he is likely to receive a world ranking for the 1,000-mile distance. The 1,300-mile race began with six competitors. Four are left, including Cristal Volmerhausen, a West German who is second with 874.

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Upcoming:

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Ashland recreational trail, 8 a.m., 526-RUN2.

Saturday, Francis Scott Key Medical Center 5K, F.S. Key Hospital, 9 a.m., 550-0417.

Saturday, Sykesville 5K Pancake Run, Sykesville, 9 a.m., 795-8959.

Saturday, 5K Munson Test Course Obstacle Race, Aberdeen Proving Ground, 10 a.m., 278-3684.

Saturday, Great Allegany Run 15K, Cumberland, 8 a.m., (301) 729-3088.

Sunday, Columbus Chase 10K, Columbia, 9 a.m., 730-3566.

Sunday, BRRC 15-Mile Championship, Ashland Trail, 8 a.m., 562-RUN2.

Sunday, B&A Trail 10K, Severna Park, 9 a.m., 882-5455.

Sunday, RASAC Rocks Station Ma & Pa Trail Run, Rocks, 9 a.m., 836-1784.

Oct. 11, Columbus Day Briefcase Relay, 5K, Rash Field, 6 p.m., 494-8649.

Oct. 13, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Ashland recreational trail, 8 a.m., 526-RUN2.

Oct. 13, Quaker Quick Quint 5K, Friends School, 9 a.m., 882-6103.

Oct. 13, RASAC March of Dimes Trail Run, 9 a.m., (301) 879-7679.

Oct. 14, BRRC Hillside 5-Miler, Hillside Avenue, 8:30 a.m., 526-RUN2.

Oct. 14, Annapolis Striders' Metric Marathon, Harwood, 8 a.m., 268-1165.

Oct. 14, WRRC Bachman Valley Half-Marathon, Westminster, 8:30 a.m., 876-6201.

Oct. 14, Seagull 8K, Anne Arundel CC, 9 a.m., 541-2515.

Oct. 14, Pets on Wheels Dog-A-Thon 2-Miler, Memorial Stadium, 10 a.m., 396-1762.

Oct. 14, MCRRC Sugarloaf Run, 8 a.m., (703) 941-1460.

Oct. 14, Bethesda 10K, Bethesda, 8 a.m., (301) 229-9290.

Oct. 14, Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., (612) 339-1913.Oct. 20, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Ashland recreational trail, 8 a.m., 526-RUN2.

Oct. 20, RASAC Thomas Run 7-Miler, Harford Community College, 9 a.m., 734-7737.

Oct. 21, Rotunda 10K Rump, Rotunda Mall, 8 a.m., 494-8649.

Oct. 21, Partners in the Park 5K, York, Pa., 2 p.m., (717) 741-3693.

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