Gomez gets off track, into 5K win

RUNNING

April 20, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Perhaps it was the Excalibur limousine that served as lead vehicle that spurred him on, but after Oscar Gomez's weekend running plans ran into a detour, he quickly made up for lost time in the inaugural 5K Viking Run at Mount Hebron High School.

Gomez is a 30-year-old student at the University of Maryland Medical School who specializes in track but occasionally runs a road race.

Sunday, he ran off with first place in the 5K Viking Run.

"I was going to run the Johns Hopkins [Spring Fair 8K] run, but they called me four days before the race to tell me that it had been canceled," Gomez said. "So, I decided to come out here."

The change of scenery was much to his liking. Gomez finished in 16 minutes, 23.5 seconds -- 24.5 seconds ahead of second-place runner Chris Cucuzzella, 28.

Gomez, a silver medalist at 800 meters at last summer's $H Maryland State Games, says he prefers concentrating on that distance, 1,500 meters and the mile. But venues for those distances lacking at this time of year, he switches to the roads. Five kilometers proves an accommodating alternative.

"The track runs start in summer, so I'm trying to extend my distance," said Gomez, a native of Bogota, Colombia.

"About every two years I go back to see my family," Gomez said about his homeland. "But I've been a permanent resident in this country for the past six years."

And a sometime resident of the roads. His personal record for five kilometers is 15:05, a time he posted in Oregon.

"I was initially in Oregon doing my Ph. D. there [at the Oregon Health Services University] before transferring to Maryland."

In the women's division of the 5K Viking Run, Bea Marie Fritsch, 26, was first -- and fifth overall -- with her 17:14 run.

8, The top runners among the 256 finishers:

Males: 1. Oscar Gomez, 30, 16:23.5; 2. Chris Cucuzzella, 28, 16:48; 3. Bobby Gessler, 36, 16:51; 4. Robert Upton, 17, 16:58; 5. Tony Summerlin, 32, 17:14; 6. Martin Goode, 30, 17:27; 7. Lonnie Richmond, 45, 17:27; 8. Richard Schmidt, 35, 17:31; 9. Zachary Heidepriem, 11, 17:33; 10. Anthony Williams, 40, 17:52. Masters:

1. Richmond.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Fritsch, 26, 17:14; 2. Valerie Guilfoil, 36, 20:35; 3. Anne Gonnella, 23, 20:40; 4. Jamie Hilliard, 10, 21:13; 5. Mary McCullough, 33, 21:22; 6. Debra Kocay, 36, 21:26; 7. Amanda Fleck, 15, 21:26; 8. Linda Austresser, 35, 21:58; 9. Ann Bolton, 23, 22:28; 10. Christine Kelly, 32, 22:46. Masters: 1. Toni Getze, NA.

Briefly

The Zoo Zoom 5-miler on Sept. 26 will benefit The Baltimore Zoo's Siberian Tiger breeding program, said Patrice Malloy, zoo marketing and public relations manager. . . . Today and tomorrow, Baltimoreans Gary Pedroni and Bruce Holtman will run the entire 95-mile length of the Maryland route of the transcontinental USA Peace Run. . . . Chris Fox, 34, of Hagerstown won the 10-mile Cabell Huntington Hospital Distance Classic in Huntington, W.Va., in 48:13. The race was the first leg of the West Virginia Grand Prix running series. Fox, a Martinsburg, W.Va., native, used a strong finishing kick to beat Dan Held, 27, of Brown Deer, Wis., by a second. The three other races in the West Virginia Grand Prix are scheduled in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Charleston. The racer who accumulates the most points in the four-event series wins a cash prize. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SUNDAY

MCRRC Peaceful Peachtree 8-miler At Barnesville Males: 1. Paul Loebach, 24, 42:17; 2. James Moreland, 40, 43:18; Bill Stahr, 32, 43:45.

Females: 1. Bridget Brunnick, 24, 49:49; 2. Rebecca Bell, 18, 52:30; 3. Stef McLaughlin, 31, 52:54.

RASAC Around the Mountain 5.3-miler At Rocks Males: 1. Geoffrey Reinhart, 34:01; 2. Dave Starnes, 34:48; 3. Dan Anderson, 34:55; 4. Fred Carlson, 36:22; 5. Brian Carlson, 39:36; 6. Bernie Gemmill, 39:48; 7. George Stewart, 39:58; 8. Joel Donnelly, 40:21; 9. Joe Fleckenstein, 40:34; 10. Steve Jackovitz, 40:38.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 35:49; 2. Kim Fleming, 41:33; 3. Jane Roberts, 41:45.

Coming events

Saturday, Boys' Latin Fast Break 5K, Boys' Latin, 8:30 a.m., (410) 494-8649.

Saturday, Provident 5K Crusade, St. Paul's School, 8:30 a.m., (410) 628-6290.

Saturday, Annapolis Striders' Two-Mile Track Race, Annapolis, 8 @a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, Clyde's 10K, Columbia, 8 a.m., (410) 381-6385.

Sunday, BRRC Championship 10K, Loch Raven, 9 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

Sunday, Great Bobcat Run 5K, Frostburg State, 1:30 p.m., (301) 689-4476.

April 29, MCRRC Cross Country Grand Prix 1, Gaithersburg, 7 p.m., (301) 353-0200.

May 1, Sri Chinmoy Runners Are Smilers 2-miler, Patterson Park, 8 a.m., (410) 467-3223.

May 1, Union Memorial Hospital 8K, Union Memorial, 9 a.m., (410) 882-5455.

May 2, Governor's Bay Bridge 10K Run, Sandy Point State Park, 8 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

May 2, BRRC Cross Country Series #1, 5K, Oregon Ridge Park, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

May 2, WRRC Smink Five-Mile Run, Woodbine, 8 a.m., (410) 876-6126.

May 2, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Thunder Hill Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

May 8, Dawn to Dusk Ultra, Sharon Hill, Pa., 7 a.m.

May 8, Crofton RC 2M, 5M, Crofton, 8 a.m., (410) 721-0595.

May 8, MCRRC No-Nonsense Needwood 7-miler, Derwood, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

May 8, The Hannah More Center 10K

May 9, Nike Women's Race 8K, Washington, 8 a.m.

May 9, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) (( 964-1998. 6May 15, WRRC Mill Run Four-Miler, Westminster, 8 a.m.

May 16, BRRC Championship 5-Miler, Hillside and Stevenson Roads, 8 a.m., (410) 666-1840.

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