At 30, Uhlfelder still has fast Home Run 8K trot

RUNNING

April 09, 1991|By Michael Reeb

Pat Santarone has passed his rake to Paul Zwaska, his successor as Baltimore Orioles groundskeeper, but Sunday at Memorial Stadium, the message was the same: Keep off the grass. That didn't matter to the 895 finishers in the third annual Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K, who came around the warning track for the finish along the first-base line.

In the lead was Brad Uhlfelder, who had a 150-yard lead on Gerry Clapper en route to his 25 minute, 15-second finish in the Home Run.

"He's as hot as a firecracker," fifth-place finisher Ken Miller said about Uhlfelder, who won the Maryvale race and the St. Patrick's Day 5K this spring.

"The first mile I went out in 4:48," Uhlfelder said. "I was taking it easy, but Gerry caught me at the mile and we said hello."

Clapper stayed with him through 3 miles, when Uhlfelder pulled away.

"If I'm going to run hard, I think competition is necessary at this point," Uhlfelder said.

Clapper, who had been injured through the winter, accomplished what he had set out to do.

"I think I did exactly what I wanted to do," said Clapper, who had run yesterday's Cherry Blossom 10-miler in past years. "I would have been lucky to have been in the top 50 there today. I was trying to hit 5:10s [miles] today. Since I've been coming back, I definitely need to go out easy."

If Uhlfelder keeps running as he has this spring, he may be moving into Cherry Blossom company. Uhlfelder, a standout runner at Pikesville High 12 years ago, took 10 years off from running after an automobile accident. He returned to competitive running with a victory in last fall's Rotunda race.

"You might be 30, someone told me, but your legs are 22," Uhlfelder, 30, said to Clapper, 29, at the conclusion of the race.

Marge Rosasco was a 39-second victor over Maureen Hall in the women's division of the Home Run. The top finishers:

Males: 1. Brad Uhlfelder, 30, 25:15; 2. Gerry Clapper, 29, 25:33; 3. Doug Moyer, 31, 26:29; 4. Tom Brown, 23, 26:56; 5. Ken Miller, 37, 27:15; 6. Mark Rosasco, 32, 27:41; 7. Jay Smelkinson, 29, 27:50; 8. George Poscover, 30, 28:05; 9. David Lowe, 43, 28:06; 10. Mark Johnson, 38, 28:43. Masters: 1. Lowe.

Females: 1. Marge Rosasco, 43, 30:36; 2. Maureen Hall, 26, 31:15; 3. Donna Vitacco, 28, 31:39; 4. Buffy Gavigan, 26, 32:11; 5. Cheryl Conrad, 32, 32:19; 6. Carol Zimmerman, 32, 32:41; 7. Valerie Guilfoil, 34, 34:50; 8. Barbara Eggers, 33, 34:56; 9. Carole Rosasco, 31, 35:03; 10. Cynthia Silate, 16, 35:05. Masters: 1. Christy St. Clair, 42, 37:42.

*NOTES: Ron Sollod, a member of the Maryland National Guard who returned from Operation Desert Storm on Wednesday, was the honorary starter of the Home Run. When asked whether he was running the race, Sollod, who lives in Bel Air, said: "Not today. I've done some running the last few months, though." . . . The Tri-Maryland Triathlon Club has announced its 1991 road racing team: Men -- Mark Anderson, Bob Bedell, Greg Coan, Ken Fowler, Dave Keller, Jack Peach, Stavros Rologas and Michael Sterling; Women -- Annette Boman, Robyn Doster, Buffy Gavigan, Beth Jacobson, Barb Willig and Carol Zimmerman. . . . Weekend results:

SUNDAY

Cherry Blossom 10-miler

Washington, D.C.

Males: 1. Carl Thackery, Great Britain, 46:25; 2. Bill Reifsnyder, Albuquerque, N.M., 46:30; 3. Steve Spence, Chambersburg, Pa., Masters: 1. Lucious Anderson, 44, Silver Spring, 53:32.

Females: 1. Jill Hunter, Newcastle, England, 51:56; 2. Leslie Lehane, Brookline, Mass., 54:08; 3. Kimball Dryden, Seattle, 55:05. Masters: 1. Priscilla Welch, 46, Boulder, Colo., 56:33.

Harford Physical Therapy 5K

At Forest Hill

Males: 1. Joe Kingeter, 16:00; 2. Mark Bogardy, 16:33; 3. Eric Estrada, 17:02; 4. Keith Lake, 17:12; 5. Ron Sayers, 17:24; 6. Greg Stephen, 17:52; 7. Matt Piotrowski, 18:00; 8. David Starnes, 18:05; 9. Chuck Wienckowski, 18:18; 10. Chad Boyle, 18:25. Masters: Sayers.

Females: 1. Donna Lewis, 20:42; 2. Barbara Johnson, 22:21; 3. Lydia Johnson, 22:27; 4. Betty Lou Tucker, 22:42; 5. Tonya Frock, 23:15; 6. Deborah Felts, 24:18; 7. Julie Meyer, 24:33; 8. Margaret Smith, 24:40; 9. Heidi Glenn, 24:54; 10. Kerry Corbett, 25:35. Masters: Barbara Johnson.

SATURDAY

WRRC-WMC 5K Track Run

+ At Western Maryland College

Males: 1. Scott Douglas, 26, 15:36; 2. Doug Ripley, 23, 16:59; 3. Dan Spencer, 25, 17:18; 4. Roger Kilgore, 47, 18:36; 5. Bob Leatherman, 39, 18:46. Masters: 1. Kilgore.

Females: 1. Beth Watt, 25, 19:39; 2. Liuda Galinaitis, 33, 24:29.

Upcoming:

Saturday, St. Paul's Boys School 5K Crusade, St. Paul's, 8:30 a.m., 494-8649.

Saturday, Hagerstown Suns 5K, Hagerstown, 1 p.m., (301) 791-6266.

Saturday, Tri-Maryland No Frills Biathlon (4 run, 20 bike, 2 run), Frederick, 10 a.m., 882-6103.

Saturday, Millrace 3-Mile Fun Run, Carrie Murray Center, 8:30 a.m., 396-0808.

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Sunday, BRRC File Fast Five Trails, Ashton, 9 a.m., 566-RUN2.

Sunday, RASAC Covered Bridge 5.85-miler, Joppa, 8 a.m., 879-9294.

Monday, Boston Marathon, Hopkinton, (508) 435-6905.

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