Uhlfelder comeback hits stride in Rotunda Romp romp

RUNNING Notebook

October 23, 1990|By Michael Reeb

Brad Uhlfelder hadn't run competitively in eight years, but recently he decided he had sat out long enough.

"I knew my 30th birthday was coming up," Uhlfelder, 29, said Sunday shortly after he won the Rotunda 10K Romp in 32 minutes, 40 seconds, "and I have a little girl who'll be 1 at the end of the month and I decided it would be nice for her to see daddy win some races."

If the Rotunda 10K Romp is any indication, she will see him win a few more. Uhlfelder, a stockbroker, finished the race almost a minute ahead of second-place finisher Patrick McNelis. Marge Rosasco, 42, won the female division in 37:03.

Uhlfelder, a state 2-mile champion at Pikesville High School in 1979, was ready for his return to competitive running.

"It was hard to get back," he said, "but I've made a commitment to run some races. The most I ran [during his layoff] was 2 miles a day -- just to maintain, just to keep from getting fat. Up to a couple months ago, I had never run more than 7 miles a day. Now, I'm putting in 12."

While track remains his passion, the roads might be his venue.

"I'm still looking to excel at 2 miles on the track and in 5Ks," Uhlfelder said. "I'm running these 10Ks for fun and workouts."

Since his return, he's run into some of his old track nemeses, most notably Andy Passmore, who had run for Hereford the same time Uhlfelder was running for Pikesville.

"We used to be archrivals; now, we're friends," Uhlfelder said. "He's re-motivated me."

But while Passmore has gone to longer distances, Uhlfelder still feels the tug of the mile.

"There's still something about it -- to get in that 4:05 range," he said. "Andy's the exact opposite. He's looking at the marathon. We should meet at the 10K."

The top runners among the 173 finishers:

Males: 1. Brad Uhlfelder, 29, 32:40; 2. Patrick McNelis, 34, 33:35; 3. Mark Rosasco, 31, 33:41; 4. Maurice Pointer, 35, 33:58; 5. Jeff Hinte, 39, 34:18; 6. Mark Johnson, 38, 35:46; 7. Allen Nash, 32, 35:54; 8. John Doggett, 25, 36:48; 9. Michael Hill, 40, 37:02; 10. Grant Martin, 19, 37:06. Masters: 1. Hill.

Females: 1. Marge Rosasco, 42, 37:03; 2. Carole Rosasco, 31, 40:33; 3. Sharon Heidel, 40, 41:27; 4. Carolyn Bouma, 30, 42:14; 5. Yolanda Washington, 31, 42:48; 6. Shelley Welsh, 29, 43:23; 7. Christine Beccey, 26, 44:51; 8. Fay O'Neil, 36, 45:21; 9. Mary Ross, 45, 45:53; 10. Amy Denison, 38, 47:01. Masters: 1. Rosasco.

* Briefly: Anthony Greer, 40, of Baltimore won the masters division the Run for the Kids 10K in Fairfax, Va., Saturday in 33:58. . . . Steve Kartalia of Westminster and now living in Pendleton, S.C., finished third in the Governor's Cup 8K on Sept. 29 in South Carolina in 23:34 and second in the Georgia Public TV 8K on Oct. 6 in Atlanta in 23:25. Both were personal records. . . . Doug Ripley, 22, won Sunday's City-Poly 5K in 15:48. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY RASAC Thomas Run 7-Miler (At Harford Community College) Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 41:49; 2. Steve Hackett, 44:53; 3. Tom Glista, 45:14; 4. George Hanna, 45:48; 5. Mike Dougherty, 46:53; 6. Larry Emanuel, 47:05; 7. Bernie Gemmill, 49:22; 8. Phil Anderson, 51:24; 9. Jim Moore, 53:15; 10. Beryl Fleming, 53:38.

Females: 1. Margaret Smith, 59:18.

SUNDAY City-Poly 5K (From City to Poly) Top 10: 1. Doug Ripley, 22, 15:48; 2. Howard Hoffman, 27, 16:01; 3. Brian McClinton, 40, 17:37; 4. Don Fischer, 47, 18:11; 5. Robert Bell, 46, 18:52; 6. Joanne Sfekas, 45, 19:53; 7. Albert Marcus, 40, 21:30; 8. Jack Lebowitz, 23, 22:02; 9. Kathy Hoke, 23, 29:58; 10. Andy Sfekas, 14, 30:00.

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Upcoming:

Thursday, Spooky Sprint Mile, Hanover, Pa., 7:15 p.m., (717) 637-5074.

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Ashland recreational trail, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Saturday, Gator Run 5K, 1-mile fitness walk, St. Paul's School for Girls, 8 a.m., 494-8649.

Saturday, Sri Chinmoy 2-mile fun run, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., 467-3223.

Saturday, Tulsa Run 15K, Tulsa, Okla., (918) 588-2850.

Sunday, Sinai Fitness 5-Miler, 1-mile fun run, Owings Mills, 9 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Sunday, WRRC Baugher's 10K, 20K, Westminster, 8 a.m., 857-5154.

Sunday, Deer Creek 10K, Rocks, 9 a.m., 692-6448.

Sunday, Key School 10K Run, Annapolis, 9 a.m., 263-8120.

Sunday, HCS Fall Series, Thunder Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m., 596-3173.

Sunday, Rockville 10K, Rockville, 9 a.m., 353-0200.

Sunday, Halloween Young Run, Rockville, 9 a.m., 353-0200.

Sunday, Alzheimer's Memory Walk 5-miler, Rash Field, 9 a.m., 435-4933.

Nov. 3, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Ashland recreational trail, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Nov. 3, AAU Maryland Association State Youth Cross Country Meet, Brunswick High School, noon, 269-1296.

Nov. 4, Hinte-Anderson Trail 5-mile run, Susquehanna State Park, 9 a.m., 879-7679.

Nov. 4, Kids Classic Cross Country run, 1 1/2 miles, Goucher College, 9 a.m., 882-4353.

Nov. 4, Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, 9 a.m., (703) 640-2225.

Nov. 4, New York City Marathon, New York, 10:45 a.m., (212) 860-4455.

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