Pa. pair cross state line to star in Constellation

RUNNING

May 25, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Kevin Ruch and Misti Demko made it an all-Pennsylvania winning team in the Baltimore Road Runners Club's 17th annual Constellation Classic 10K yesterday at the Inner Harbor.

Ruch, 27, of Camp Hill, Pa., won the men's division in 30 minutes, 47 seconds, and Demko, 24, of Hershey, Pa., was first among the women in 35:41.

"The only races I have run in Maryland are the Allegany run [15K] and the four-miler in Havre de Grave," Ruch said. "In Allegany, I've been second, first and second."

Ruch and Demko received $600 each for their finishes.

"I had expectations I would break 30 [minutes]," said Ruch, a hospital account representative, "but I hit the first mile and I was baking."

There, Ruch was with a group that included second-place finisher Jorge Pardo, 25, of Blacksburg, Va., who completed the new course through East Baltimore in 31:06.

"I knew he [Pardo] and everyone else were baking, so I figured I would stay with him through four [miles], put in a hard half mile and see where he was," Ruch said. "When he hit four miles, he started to labor in his breathing. I threw in the surge, and when I looked around to see where he was, I saw him looking around to see who was behind him."

Although Ruch came short of his goal, he was satisfied with his performance on a humid morning and in a year in which he qualified for and competed in the men's U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

"The humidity and the heat, those were the first things I complained about to my wife," he said. "The winning time should have been under 30, but I just went with it and made it a two-mile race at the end."

Earlier this year, Ruch had run a 2:19:07 in the Las Vegas Marathon to qualify for the Olympic trials.

"My legs are still feeling the effects of a marathon in February and a marathon in April," said Ruch, who was 28th in 2:24 in the trials.

Chuck Moeser, 40, of Herndon, Va., and Marge Rosasco, 43, of Joppa, were the top masters finishers in 32:39 and 38:54, respectively.

The top finishers among the 2,300 finishers:

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Men 1. Kevin Ruch, 27, Camp Hill, Pa. 30:47

2. Jorge Pardo, 25, Blacksburg, Va. 31:06

3. John Doub, 35, Waynesboro, Pa. 31:16

4. Dave Berardi, 28, Catonsville 31:21

5. Mark Shea, 28, Portsmouth, Va. 31:47

6. Kevin Stover, 25, York, Pa. 32:10

7. Jerry Jurick, 29, Baltimore 32:14

8. Ken Fowler, 26, Baltimore 32:24

9. Charles Cole, 26, Baltimore 32:34

10. Stavros Rologas, 24, Baltimore 32:37

11. Chuck Moeser, 40, Herndon, Va. 32:39

12. Todd Rehowski, 23, Blacksburg, Va. 32:44

13. Tim Dunlap, 35, Lancaster, Pa. 32:45

14. John Ausherman, 36, Chambersburg, Pa. 32:48

15. Roman Marin, 25, Annapolis 32:52

16. Chris Samley, 30, Columbia 33:05

17. Tom Brown Jr., 24, Baltimore 33:11

18. Anthony Grier, 41, Baltimore 33:12

19. Robert Marino, 34, Annapolis 33:13

20. Jeff Yates, NA, Baltimore 33:14

21. Chris Pass, 24, Boiling Springs, Pa. 33:16

22. James Pryde, 38, Bel Air 33:28

23. Jim Clelland, 34, Catonsville 33:31

24. Doug Moyer, 33, Catonsville 33:43

25. Robert Magin, 21, Westminster 33:45

.. .. .. .. .. Women 1. Misti Demko, 24, Hershey, Pa. 35:41

2. Stacey Nicholson, 28, Baltimore 35:58

3. Eleanor Simonsick, 34, Baltimore 36:16

4. Carol Schultze, 32, Silver Spring 36:41

5. Wendy Nelson, 23, State College, Pa. 36:50

6. Kirsten Harteis, 25, Chambersburg, Pa. 37:26

7. Marianne Jensen, 29, Baltimore 37:32

8. Dolly Ginter, 28, Columbia 37:57

9. Maureen Hall, 27, Baltimore 38:06

10. Mimi Newcomer, 34, Lancaster, Pa. 38:13

11. Nancy Gugerty, 24, Baltimore 38:34

12. Marge Rosasco, 43, Joppa 38:54

13. Kimberlee Burns, 33, Winchester, Va. 39:01

14. Dianna Miller, 39, York, Pa. 39:05

15. Mary Tomich, 36, Elkins Park, Pa. 39:20

16. Robyn Humphrey, 28, Columbia 39:23

17. Wendy Brown, 31, Alexandria, Va. 39:34

18. Nadine Taylor-Top, 35, Gaithersburg 39:46

19. Geriann Bell, 29, Ellicott City 39:58

20. Joy Glass, 37, Westminster 40:02

21. Cynthia Baird, 38, West Mifflin, Pa. 40:05

22. Sue Cain, 36, Catonsville 40:10

23. Maureen O'Connell, 33, Arlington, Va. 40:13

24. Barb Willig, 29, Kingsville 40:28

25. Linda Mills, 42, Salisbury 40:32

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