Two-time winner Gerry Clapper beat defending champion Dave Berardi by one second in an exciting finish to the Towson Sports Medicine Crustacean Crawl 4-Miler Friday night at Goucher College.
Clapper, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, finished in 19 minutes, 38 seconds to lead the better-than-average field, which included Bel Air Town Run second-place finisher Doug Mock (third), Governor's Bay Bridge 10K winner Patrick O'Malley (fourth) and GBMC Father's Day 5K winner Stavros Rologas (fifth). Clapper and Berardi were among a pack of six for the race's first two miles before they pulled away.
GBMC Father's Day 5K winner Stacey Nicholson made it two in a row with her 23:14 finish among the women.
The race benefits the East Coast Invitational track meet, which ,, will be held at Frostburg State the weekend of July 19.
8, The top runners among the 405 finishers:
Males: 1. Gerry Clapper, 30, 19:38; 2. Dave Berardi, 25, 19:39; 3. Doug Mock, 24, 20:04; 4. Patrick O'Malley, 24, 20:12; 5. Steve Rologas, 22, 20:13; 6. Jeff Martin, 33, 20:39; 7. Brad Uhlfelder, 30, 20:47; 8. Jeff Hines, 30, 20:55; 9. Charles Cole, 25, 21:09; 10. Ralph Morales, 35, 21:20. Masters: 1. Dave Lowe, 45, 23:02.
Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 25, 23:14; 2. Donna Vitacco, 28, 23:52; 3. Maureen Hall, 26, 25:06; 4. Margaret Cooper, 25, 25:14; 5. Dianna Miller, 38, 25:23; 6. Jeana Korrell, 24, 25:36; 7. Joy Glass, 30, 25:52; 8. Rebecca Canner, 26, 26:17; 9. Betsy Callahan, 34, 26:50; 10. Deb Klugh, 28, 27:34. Masters: 1. Mary Ann Zuckerman, 44, 27:35.
The Baltimore Road Runners Club and the Westminster Road Runners Club continue their summer series tomorrow and Thursday nights.
The BRRC's Track Series No. 2 will include 400-, 2,000- and 5,000-meter runs, as well as a 1,000-yard run, and if Track Series No. 1 was any indication, club records should fall. Two weeks ago, Anthony Shaw's 10.6-second 100 meters broke the club's 4-year-old record by eight-tenths of a second, and Clinton Fields' 22.1-second 200 meters broke the club's mark, also 4 years old, by 1.3 seconds.
Maureen Hall set women's club records in the 500 and 1,000 meters.
The third event in the WRRC's Twilight Series is the Camp Hashawa Three-Mile Trail Run at 7 p.m. For information, call 346-7609. For information on the BRRC series, call 544-2849.
... NOTES: The 12th running of the Road Runners Club of America's Women's Festivals in Maryland will begin with the Howard County Striders' 5K at Columbia on July 12 at midnight. A special award will be given for the top mother-daughter team. For information, call Karen Harvey of the Howard County Striders, 461-1772. . . . The festival will continue with events by the WRRC, the Annapolis Striders, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, the BRRC, the Prince Georges Running Club, the Frederick Steeplechasers and the Queen City Striders during the rest of July, August and September.
The Tri-State Track Club will hold its summer track and field meets on Sunday, July 14 and July 21 and its Track & Field Classic on Aug. 4 at South Hagerstown High School. To receive an entry form, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wayne Vaughn, 734 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740. . . . For information on road races in the greater Washington D.C. area, call (703) 683-RRCA, a number provided by Gatorade and the Road Runners Club of America. The hot line is updated
New on the schedule: Market to Market 5-Miler at Fell's Point on Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. For information, call 675-6756. Also, the St. Agnes Hospital Labor Day 8K at St. Agnes Hospital on Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. For information, call 494-8649.