Boonsboro teacher takes third in coast-to-coast race


September 01, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Tom Rogozinski had done his share of distance running, having run 16 ultramarathons and stepping out to multi-day events last summer.

But the 3,000-mile, 64-day, coast-to-coast Runner's World Trans America Footrace, which he completed 10 days ago in 22 days, '' 48 minutes, 54 seconds, made those endurance events look like a stroll through the park.

"It fit my abilities really well," third-place finisher Rogozinski, who was 7 hours, 12 minutes, 57 seconds behind winner David Warady, said from his home in Pittsburgh last week. "I always felt 10 milers and 10Ks were too short."

Rogozinski, who taught seventh-grade science and math at Boonsboro Middle School in Maryland last school year, had led the Trans America race for six days before he ran into problems.

"I led through most of Kansas and into Missouri," Rogozinski, 24, said. "The first day in Missouri is when I forfeited the lead.

"I came down with a stress fracture [in his right foot] that slowed me down a lot. I had been relatively injury-free in my running career till then. If it hadn't been the Trans Am race, I wouldn't have run on it at all."

But being in the first U.S. coast-to-coast race in 60 years, he elected to continue.

"I had a five-hour lead [before the injury]," Rogozinski said. "I was basically coming in last for that period. I gave up first and even got taken over for second by Milan Milanovic of Switzerland. At that point, I had some other problems with the foot, but once those things healed up -- and I think I was maybe five hours out of second -- the foot was more functional, not as fast as previous to the stress fracture, but more functional."

Rogozinski, who trained with area standouts Brian Ferrari, Chris Fox, Maria Pazarentzos and 12th-place Olympic marathoner Steve Spence while he was teaching in Boonsboro, said the experience was unforgettable.

"The stories out there were unbelievable," he said. "Stefan Schlett of Germany -- for a little bit of sponsorship money -- all he does is race. Next [this] week, he's doing a run across Panama, and then a run across Switzerland. And then, I believe, he's off to an eight-day trail race in Greece. The cap of it all is a decca triathlon in Mexico this fall."

For those keeping count, that consists of a 24-mile swim, a 1,200-mile bike and a 260-mile run.

Annapolis Ten-Mile Run

Doug Mock successfully defended his championship Sunday in the fully subscribed 17th annual run, edging Gerry Clapper by 15 seconds. Nancy Beiger of Stockton, N.J., was the top women's finisher in 58:34.

The Annapolis Striders' Rose Malloy, a former winner who ran 60:45, finished second and was the top female masters.

Ken Archer won the wheelchair division in 41:49.

The Baltimore Road Runners Club won the team competition, and the Price Waterhouse team won the corporate division.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Heart Fund.

The top finishers among the field of 3,500:

Males: 1. Doug Mock, 25, Bowie, 50:37; 2. Gerry Clapper, 32, Columbia, 50:52; 3. Scott Douglas, 28, Bethesda, 51:01; 4. Chris Ciamarra, 21, Glen Burnie, 51:45; 5. Robert Yara, 37, Cockeysville, 52:07; 6. Thad Jones, 36, Richmond, Va., 52:11; 7. Ken Fowler, 27, Bel Air, 52:20; 8. Tim Dunlap, 35, Lancaster, Pa., 52:54; 9. Ramon Marin, 25, Annapolis, 53:01; 10. Robert Marino, 34, Annapolis, 53:08; 11. Chris Nugent, 27, Silver Spring, 53:09; 12. John Ausherman, 37, Chambersburg, Pa., 53:17; 13. Richard Banning, 39, Alexandria, Va., 53:23; 14. Jack Peach, 27, Baltimore, 53:35; 15. Dominique DaLuz, 32, Silver Spring, 53:37; 16. Jerry Jurick, 29, Baltimore, 53:37; 17. Dennis Mickey, 27, Ridgely, 53:46; 18. Neville Anderson, 30, Baltimore, 53:51; 19. Rob Magin, 21, Westminster, 54:09; 20. David Holloway, 31, Silver Spring, 54:15; 21. Michael Sterling, 31, Baltimore, 54:24; 22. Richard Ferguson, 33, Charlottesville, Va., 54:35; 23. Roger Howell, 32, Ellicott City, 54:56; 24. Peter Kirk, 35, Silver Spring, 55:01; 25. James Clelland, 34, Catonsville, 55:17. Masters: 1. Bennett Beach, 55:47.

Females: 1. Nancy Beiger, 33, Stockton, N.J., 58:34; 2. Rose Malloy, 44, Annapolis, 60:45; 3. Donna Elliot-Moore, 31, Kensington, 61:04; 4. Maureen Hall, 27, Baltimore, 61:54; 5. Marcia West, 23, Washington, D.C., 61:54; 6. Terry Sweitzer, 32, Alexandria, Va., 62:12; 7. Jennifer Van Horn, 24, Dumfries, Va., 62:27; 8. Marge Rosasco, 44, Joppa, 62:32; 9. Karen Tossey-Ardis, 27, Salisbury, 62:36; 10. Susanne Stech, 25, Alexandria, Va., 62:49. Masters: 1. Malloy.

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