Youth wins over experience in Annapolis 10-miler


August 27, 1991|By Michael Reeb

Doug Mock, the winner of last week's To Market to Market 5-miler but somewhat of an unknown factor at longer distances, was running with co-leaders Jim Hage and Gerry Clapper at one mile in Sunday's Annapolis Ten-Mile Run.

Coming out of the Naval Academy at 4 1/2 miles, Mock was still with Hage, a two-time winner of the Annapolis run, and Clapper, who had won in 1989. In what amounted to a match of youth and experience, Mock, a specialist at 10,000 meters, made a move on the longer-distance stalwarts with his 50-minute, 29-second victory in the 16th annual Annapolis Ten-Mile Run.

"Last year, I ran the first five miles slower than the second, so this year I thought I would try to stay with the leaders the first half," said Mock, who out-kicked Clapper on the turf outside Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and won by three seconds.

"We switched leads a lot for the first five or six miles," said Clapper, 30, of Columbia. "We took turns making moves."

"My first and foremost objective was to stay with them for fivmiles," said Mock, 24, of Salisbury. "I knew those guys had experience. I just kept throwing in spurts to let them know I was there."

Mock not only met his objective; he was there when the race came down to a two-man duel.

"I was going with experience," Hage, who finished third in 51:40, told Mock at the finish. "I thought Gerry would get you at the end."

But Mock, who ran 2 minutes faster than he did in his fifth-place finish last year, knew he could finish strong.

Mock: "About the eight-mile mark, I thought, 'If he hasn't beaten me by now, I know I can win this race.' "

It was Clapper's third runner-up finish at Annapolis, but his performance and time were evidence that he has recovered from the bursitis in his knee that had sidelined him.

"I was more tired this week than I have been," he said, "but I did 51 miles [in training]. That's the most I've done since coming back from the injury."

In the female division, Stacey Nicholson, 29, of Baltimore met her goal of breaking 60 minutes with her 59:51 first-place finish.

"That's a PR [personal record]," said Nicholson, who is training for the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul this fall.

;/ The top finishers among the field of 3,500:

Males: 1. Doug Mock, 24, 50:29; 2. Gerry Clapper, 30, 50:32; 3. Jim Hage, 33, 51:40; 4. Scott Douglas, 27, 52:31; 5. Stavros Rologas, 23, 52:55; 6. Michael Sterling, 30, 53:13; 7. Tom Bowmaster, 31, 53:22; 8. Ken Fowler, 25, 53:26; 9. John Ausherman, 36, 53:42; 10. James Pryde, 38, 53:49. 14-19: 1. Brendon Masterson, 19, 58:05. 40-44: 1. David Radziewicz, 40, 55:49. 45-49: 1. Richard Baldock. 50-54: 1. Fay Bradley, 53, 57:47. 55-59: 1. William Hoss, 56, 1:05:54. 60-69: 1. David Shenkenberg, 61, 1:08:45. 70 and over: 1. Denzil Pritchard, 70, 81:00. Masters: 1. Roger Clark, 47, 53:59.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 29, 59:51; 2. Mary Beth Allen, 25, ++ 1:00:02; 3. Rose Malloy, 43, 1:00:36; 4. Nancy Bieger, 32, 1:01:03; 5. Donna Elliot-Moore, 30, 1:01:18; 6. Elizabeth Andrews, 28, 1:01:49; 7. Leslie Minnix-Wolfe, 30, 1:01:57; 8. Shelly Burns, 31, 1:02:41; 9. Mary Ellen Derocher, 23, 1:03:12; 10. Terry Sweitzer, 31, 1:03:44. 14-19: 1. Cindy Silate, 17, 1:15:17. 40-44: 1. Linda Mills, 41, 1:06:20. 45-49: 1. Beverly Shooshan, 46, 1:06:00. 50-54: 1. Janice Stoodley, 50, 1:08:21. 55-59: Joanne Mallet, 57, 1:20:13. 60-69: Esther Weisman, 60, 1:36:49. 70 and over: 1. Hedy Marque, 74, 1:24:15.

Masters: 1. Malloy.

Open team: 1. Tri-Maryland Triathlon A.

Wheelchair: Males: 1. Kenny Carnes, 37:40. Females: 1. Brenda Smith, 55:30.

* NOTES: Steve Kartalia, 26, won the Maggie Valley 8K in Maggie Valley, N.C., Saturday in 23:28. . . . Steve Mahieu, 44, formerly of Edgewood who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., won his second ultra-marathon of the year when he captured the Leadville Trail 100 in Leadville, Colo., on Aug. 17 in 19 hours, 38 minutes. Mahieu, who had won the Old Dominion 100, said about Leadville, which takes place at between 9,600 and 12,600 feet of elevation: "Even though I live at 6,000 [feet elevation], you still notice it when you get up around 13,000. I think that's the most difficult part of this particular race. The downhills are a little more difficult than at Old Dominion."

Mary Lou DiNardo, 36, won the New York Road Runners' Back to Work 4-miler Saturday in Central Park in 24:16. DiNardo also has qualified for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii Oct. 19. . . . New on the schedule: The Blakefield 5K Breakaway at Loyola High School, Oct. 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $10, and gift certificates from the Hess Running Center will be awarded to the winners. For information, call 494-8649. . . . The weekend's top finishers:


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