A perennial winner and a newcomer of sorts ran away with victories in Saturday's St. Paul's 5K Crusade.
Marge Rosasco, a master's master and an equal threat to win the open division of any race she enters, and Brad Uhlfelder, who returned to competitive racing last fall after an absence of 10 years, made it two in a row with their victories at St. Paul's. Both had won their divisions of the Oriole Advocates 8K Home Run six days earlier.
Rosasco, 43, was a nine-second victor over Maureen Hall in the women's field at St. Paul's, and Uhlfelder, 30, beat Jim Clelland by 38 seconds in the men's division.
The 5K is a distance Uhlfelder hopes to specialize in.
"I hooked up with those folks in Hagerstown -- [runners] Chris Fox, John Doub -- and [coach] Greg Shank is going to help me try to get under 14 [minutes in the 5K]. This is my race."
The 5K is a distance with which Rosasco is familiar.
"They call this [St. Paul's] course fast, but the first 2 miles are hilly and the third is uphill until the downhill finish," Rosasco said.
Boston Marathon update: Dave Lowe, 43, of Westminste knocked off 6 minutes from his personal best in a marathon yesterday at Boston with a 2:40:47 finish. . . . Other area finishes: James Otte, 2:43:41; Ronnie Wong, 2:43:24; Michael Stevens, 2:48:57; Gary Pedroni, 2:53:20 (PR); Philip Lang, 2:53:58; Rose Malloy, 2:54:13; Jill Mottus, 3:32:12 (in her fifth Boston Marathon finish).
* NOTES: Baltimore runners Wong and Bruce Holtman will run from the Delaware line to the District of Columbia border on Monday as part of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run '91, which will pass through all 50 states. The route will take them through Baltimore, where there will be a greeting at City Hall at 2:15 p.m. Runners who would like to meet the runners or carry the torch in the Maryland leg of the run should call 467-3223. . . . Fox and Maria Pazarentzos won their divisions of Saturday's Hagerstown Suns 5K at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. . . . Road Runners Club of America executive director Henley Gibble and Kelcy Stefanfson of the U.S. Park Police will conduct a women's running safety panel seminar at the spring membership meeting of the Baltimore Road Runners Club Tuesday at Goucher College at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 566-RUN2