Mock chases competition, not money


October 15, 1991|By Michael Reeb

"No respect for your elders," Robert Yara said to Doug Mock after Mock beat Yara to the finish of Saturday's Quacker Quick Quint at Friends School by 37 seconds.

All kidding aside, his elders are the reason Mock, a 25-year-old senior at Salisbury State College, made the trek from the Eastern Shore for the second annual 5-miler at Friends School.

"I've raced a couple times in Delaware," said Mock, who is doing his student teaching this semester, "but I don't think there's any point in going to a race even if there's prize money if my times are a minute or two slower."

Mock, who will graduate in December, had the best of all possible worlds in the Quaker Quick Quint: He picked up $100, as did women's winner Gillian Horovitz, for his first-place finish, and he got to run against Yara, who has qualified for the U.S. men's Olympic Marathon Trials.

"I'm chasing competition right now," Mock said. "Money comes with the competition."

That's what brought him here in August for the inaugural To Market To Market 8K, which he won; to Virginia Sept. 22 for the Fair Lakes 10K, in which he finished fifth with a personal-record 30 minutes, 5 seconds; and to Washington a week ago for the Georgetown 10K, in which he finished sixth.

That kind of competitive racing schedule has fit into his student-teaching routine.

"It's keeping me busy," Mock said. "I don't have anything to do but come home, run and put together tomorrow's lesson plans."

And the competition might bring him closer come December.

"I'm going to try to move around here or Washington when I graduate," Mock said.

The top runners among the 270 finishers in the Quacker Quick Quint:

Males: 1. Doug Mock, 24, 24:22; 2. Robert Yara, 36, 24:59; 3. Michael Sterling, 30, 25:26; 4. William Desmond, 40, 25:30; 5. Steve Ruckert, 42, 25:52; 6. Neville Anderson, 29, 25:53; 7. Anthony Grier, 41, 26:09; 8. Scott Cornwell, 38, 26:11; 9. Michael Stevens, 29, 26:30; 10. Steven Dillard, 28, 26:47. Masters: 1. Ruckert.

Females: 1. Gillian Horovitz, 36, 28:25; 2. Maureen Hall, 26, 29:19; 3. Marianne Jensen, 29, 29:50; 4. Buffy Bondyra, 26, 30:08; 5. Robyn Humphries, 27, 30:14; 6. Janice Torpey, 28, 31:05; 7. Julie Caprio, 30, 31:26; 8. Yolanda Washington, 32, 32:52; 9. Sally McCoy, 32, 34:30; 10. Rhonda Pavel, 40, 34:36. Masters: 1. Pavel.

* NOTES: Dave McCormack of Falls Church, Va., and Lauretta Miller of Fairfax, Va., won their divisions of Sunday's Howard County Striders' Columbus Chase 10K. . . . Scott Douglas set a course record in Sunday's Westminster Road Runners Club's Bachman Valley Half-Marathon, running a 1:08:40 and breaking Steve Clark's 3-year-old mark of 1:12:08. Jenny Caple successfully defended her championship. . . . David Lowe of Westminster ran a 57:30 in Sunday's Army 10-Miler at the Pentagon. . . . Dave Berardi of Catonsville finished fifth Sunday in the Fox Cities Marathon in Appleton, Wis., in 2:21:50. Gerry Clapper of Columbia was 13th

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