College champ, local hero and Olympian test each other in White Rose 5-miler

RUNNING

November 17, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Local hero vs. Olympic marathoner.

That's the way Saturday's 16th annual York White Rose Run 5-miler figured to shape up. It was that and more as Keith Dowling, a longtime York, Pa., resident, and Steve Spence, who competed for the United States at this year's Summer Olympics, were joined by NCAA Division III cross country and track champion Seamus McElligott of Philadelphia.

As the runners came up King Street in York for the finish in front of City Hall, Dowling and Spence were side-by-side with McElligott a few steps behind. It was there that Dowling made his move en route to a .34-second victory, Dowling finishing in 23 minutes, 36.15 seconds and Spence in 23:36.49. McElligott was third in 23:52.

"I don't have a whole lot of kick," said Spence, 30, of Chambersburg, Pa. "I was glad I was able to go with Keith the way I did and be there for his kick at the end. It was good strategy on Keith's part because it worked."

"I had a feeling it was going to come down to Seamus, Steve and me at the end," said Dowling, 23, who lives in Pittsburgh but returns to York for the White Rose Run and the Bon-Ton/York Newspaper Co.'s 5-miler, which he won this summer in 23:28.

"I'm glad it turned out the way it did," Dowling said, "because I know as many people were cheering for me as there were cheering for Steve. Next year, if I run, it'll be my 10th [White Rose] race.

"When I was 16, I ran this race for the first time. I still have pictures of me sprinting to the finish line. A lot of people said to me: 'How did you get all that energy?' I didn't know any better."

Now the wiser, Dowling knew his competition Saturday would come not only from Spence but also McElligott.

"He beat me pretty good last year at the Penn Relays," Dowling said. "He qualified for the 10,000 [meters] at the Olympic Trials."

It was Spence's third race since he finished 12th in the marathon at Barcelona, Spain. He had finished second to Chris Fox in the Seaside 10-miler at Ocean City last month and won the Senior Bowl 10K in Mobile, Ala., last week in 29:20.

Among Baltimore finishers, Stavros Rologas was sixth in 24:23, Brad Uhlfelder 12th in 24:54 and Ken Fowler 16th in 25:17.

In the women's race, 1992 Constellation Classic 10K winner Misti Demko, of Hershey, Pa., beat European Grand Prix 3,000-meter champion Sonia O'Sullivan, of Ardmore, Pa., by 23 seconds.

Spence's wife, Kirsten Harteis, was fifth in 29:16. Maureen Hall of Baltimore was sixth in 29:55.

The top finishers:

Males: 1. Keith Dowling, 23, Pittsburgh, 23:36.15; 2. Steve Spence, 30, Chambersburg, Pa., 23:36.49; 3. Seamus McElligott, 23:52; 4. Kevin Ruch, 28, Camp Hill, Pa., 24:14; 5. Gene Mitchell, 25, Ardmore, Pa., 24:21; 6. Stavros Rologas, 24, 24:23; 7. Aldan O'Reilly, 23, Ardmore, Pa., 24:35; 8. Jason Bodnar, 22, 24:40; 9. Greg Early, 22, 24:42; 10. Kevin Krause, 21, Williamsburg, Va., 24:44.

Females: 1. Misti Demko, 25, Hershey, Pa., 27:17; 2. Sonia O'Sullivan, 22, Ardmore, Pa., 27:40; 3. Julie Bowers, 29, West Chester, Pa., 28:02; 4. Wendy Nelson-Barrett, 23, 28:14; 5. Kirsten Harteis, 26, 29:16; 6. Maureen Hall, 27, Baltimore, 29:55; 7. Donna Moore, 32, Kensington, 30:10; 8. Anne Nash, 23, Duncansville, Pa., 30:20; 9. Kellie Boozer, 23, Mount Joy, Pa., 30:27; 10. Dianna Miller, 39, York, Pa., 30:51.

Turkey Trot

The top finishers in Sunday's Atlantic Federal 5K Turkey Trot at the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Center:

Males: 1. Jim Pride, 39, 15:48; 2. Craig Chasse, 23, 16:23; 3. Neville Anderson, 31, 16:29; 4. John Myrica, 28, 16:30; 5. Raymond Kirchner, 35, 16:39; 6. Maurice Pointer, 37, 16:48; 7. Rick Stewart, 18, 17:08; 8. Tony Summerlin, 38, 17:19; 9. John Dietrich, 15, 17:27; 10. John Jahnigin, 15, 17:30; 11. Eric Gyaki, 44, 17:40.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Fritch-Bradley, 25, 18:43; 2. Patrice Malloy, 34, 19:16; 3. Joy Glass, 38, 19:52; 4. Edie Tress, 42, 20:06; 5. Patricia Milleson, 33, 20:19; 6. Michelle Apland, 15, 20:19; 7. Kim Altenburger, 36, 20:32; 8. Pat Healy, 38, 20:54; 9. Tracy Benny, 33, 21:13; 10. Sarah MacSherry, 17, 21:30.

Coming events

Saturday, JFK Appalachian Trail 50 Miler, Boonsboro, 7 a.m., (301) 790-3958.

Saturday, Turkey Trot 5K, Herndon, Va., 4 p.m., (703) 435-6868.

Sunday, Greater Dundalk 10K, Dundalk CC, 8 a.m.

Sunday, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-3657.

Sunday, Red Ribbon Classic 8K, Gaithersburg, 9 a.m., (301) 294-2228.

Sunday, Leaf Kicker 8K, Largo, 9 a.m., (301)

627-1148.

Sunday, Fairystone Farms 5K/10K, Midlothian, Va., 10 a.m., (804) 744-5969.

Nov. 24, Turkey Trot 5K, Anne Arundel CC, 11:30 a.m., (410) 541-2756.

Nov. 26, RASAC Turkey Trot 4-Miler, White Marsh, 9 a.m., (410) 838-9333.

Nov. 26, HCS Turkey Trot Prediction Run 10K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 26, Run for MS 10K, Wilmington, Del., 10 a.m., (302) 764-7710.

Nov. 26, Alexandria Turkey Trot 8K, Alexandria, Va., 10 a.m.

Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K, Hanover, Pa., (717) 632-8211.

Nov. 26, Turkey Chase 10K, Bethesda, (301) 530-3725.

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