Crowd-favorite Dowling wins Bon-Ton


July 28, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Going into Sunday's 14th annual Bon-Ton/York Newspaper 5-Mile Race at York (Pa.) Galleria, Keith Dowling had a lot to think about.

Dowling, 23, the crowd favorite who had lived in York for 19 years before he moved to Pittsburgh, ran into Joe Luckman, his high school coach at York Catholic, before the start of the race.

"It got me to thinking about old times," Dowling said. "This is where I grew up, and I definitely wanted to show the locals what I could do."

But he also had some recent times uppermost in his mind.

"I ran against John Treacy a week ago in Buffalo in the Subaru 4-Mile Chase. He's in Barcelona now with the Irish marathon team," Dowling said. "He beat me, but he beat me with a mile to go, so I had a tremendous amount of confidence going into this race."

Dowling finished fifth at Buffalo and set a four-mile personal record with his 18-minute, 20-second finish. At York, he had a plan that he was able to execute to perfection.

The result? A five-second victory over four-time Tennessee All-American Glenn Morgan in a field that included Jim Hage of Lanham, who finished fourth; 1992 Constellation Classic winner Kevin Ruch, who finished fifth; Dave Berardi, of Catonsville, who was seventh; former Maryland-area runner Chris Chattin, now of Boulder, Colo., who ran eighth; and Brad Uhlfelder, of Owings Mills, who was 10th.

"I knew where I wanted to make my move," said Dowling, who finished in 23:28 and, along with Morgan, broke Kevin McGarry's event mark of 23:35. "I made my move with a mile to go, on really the only hill on the course. The early pace wasn't that devastating, and I had my plan already intact."

Dowling, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a major in journalism, had planned for the York run to be his last of the season, but he is considering a 5K in Ohio this weekend.

"That's the trap; that's what you get sucked into in road racing," Dowling said. "Once you enjoy some success, you want to do just one more."

In the women's division of the Bon-Ton, Julie Bowers, 29, of West Chester, Pa., finished first in 27:14 -- four seconds ahead of 1992 women's Constellation Classic winner Misti Demko, 24, of Hershey, Pa., and four seconds off Michele Bush-Cuke's 1989 event record.

` The top finishers:

Males: 1. Keith Dowling, 23, Pittsburgh, 23:28; 2. Glenn Morgan, 24, Vorhees, N.J., 23:33; 3. Earl Stoner, 23, Hagerstown, 23:38; 4. Jim Hage, 34, Lanham, 23:49; 5. Kevin Ruch, 28, Camp Hill, Pa., 23:55; 6. Garin Sloane, 25, Clinton, N.J., 24:15; 7. Dave Berardi, 31, Catonsville, 24:23; 8. Chris Chattin, 28, Boulder, Colo., 24:28; 9. Matthew Sandercock, 23, Lafayette Hill, Pa., 24:33; 10. Brad Uhlfelder, 31, Owings Mills, 24:45. Masters: 1. Jeff Bradley, 40, Lancaster, Pa., 24:45.

Females: 1. Julie Bowers, 29, West Chester, Pa., 27:14; 2. Misti Demko, 24, Hershey, Pa., 27:18; 3. Charlotte Thomas, 35, Baltimore, 27:25; 4. Nancy Gugerty, 24, Baltimore, 27:52; 5. Tammy Slusser, 27, Monroeville, Pa., 28:01; 6. Wendy Nelson, 23, State College, Pa., 28:16; 7. Laura DeWald, 34, Arlington, Va., 28:31; 8. Donna Moore, 31, Kensington, 28:38; 9. Maureen Hall, ++ 27, Baltimore, 29:11; 10. Kellie Boozer, 23, Mount Joy, Pa., 29:22. Masters: 1. Karen Knuepfer, 40, 32:12.


Steve Spence, who heads the U.S. marathon team in Barcelona, won the 1985 Bon-Ton in 23:44. . . . For a copy of the Road Runners Club of America's "Running Women -- the first steps," an updated version of its booklet for beginning women runners, send $2 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: "Running Women," RRCA National Office, 629 S. Washington St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. . . . Neville Anderson and Rebecca Canner won their divisions of Friday's Twilight River Run 5K at the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park. . . . The week's top finishers:


Twilight River Run 5K At Avalon Males: 1. Neville Anderson, 15:26; 2. James Pryde, 15:50; 3. Doug Moyer, 15:51; 4. Steve Egolf, 15:59; 5. Craig Chasse, 16:24; 6. Dan Esser, 16:36; 7. Ray Kirchner, 16:37; 8. Ted Poulos, 16:47; 9. Mike Buckley, 16:52; 10. Paul Keating, 16:55. Masters: 1. Bill

Gale, 18:33.

Females: 1. Rebecca Canner, 19:24; 2. Win Rincon, 19:48; 3. Yolanda Washington, 19:51; 4. Theresa Prebish, 20:09; 5. Randon Fritsch, 20:46; 6. Jenny Bristow, 20:56; 7. Tracy Benny, 21:17; 8. Ann Marie Prebish, 21:41; 9. Nelda Clelland, 21:42; 10. Jeanne Scott, 21:44. Masters: 1. Fritsch.


Tonight, BRRC 2-Person, 10-Mile Relay, Loch Raven H.S., 6:30 p.m., (410) 323-7860.

Tonight, HCS Centennial Fun Run, Columbia, 7:30 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Tomorrow, BRRC Summer Track Series (440Y, 880Y, 1,320Y, 2 miles), McDonogh, 6:30 p.m., (410) 544-2849.

Tomorrow, HCS Meet of Miles, Oakland Mills High, 6:30 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

Thursday, Annapolis Striders' 4M Summer Fun Runs, Bates Middle School, 6 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

Thursday, WRRC Sells Mills Eight-Mile Run, Taneytown, 6:30 p.m., (410) 857-5154.

Saturday, Runners Are Smilers 2-miler, Patterson Park, 7:45 a.m., (410) 467-3223.

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