Inspired Berardi soars to 5th Airport 10K in row

RUNNING

October 05, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

Dave Berardi, one of Maryland's premier road runners who runs out of state as much as he does in state, has enjoyed his share of success in area races.

A two-time winner of the Howard County Striders' Metric Marathon, Berardi won the Annapolis Ten-Mile Run in 1989. This summer, he beat friend and training partner Jim Hage in Arbutus' Firecracker 10K.

But his success in those races pales in comparison with his history with the 8-year-old Down Syndrome Airport Run 10K, which he won for the fifth consecutive time nine days ago.

Turns out, there is prime motivation for his record in that race.

"A cousin of mine is afflicted," Berardi says about the congenital disorder characterized by mental retardation and chromosomal abnormality. "That's always in the back of my mind. Obviously, I'm very fortunate to have the capabilities to be successful at running. Every once in a while you have to stop and think about your blessings."

And as it turned out, Berardi would have had plenty of time to do his thinking about this year's race. A week before the Airport Run, Berardi had done the Philadelphia Half-Marathon and was planning on taking off the next week.

"I did not think I would be able to hit both races back to back," says Berardi, 33, who was using Philadelphia to get ready for the Columbus Marathon on Oct. 24. "Actually, last year's female [Airport Run] winner, [Pat Keeny-Ryan], was up in Philadelphia. She asked me if I was going to run the [Airport] race. She said they were really looking forward to my coming back. I thought that was a nice gesture."

Briefly

There were 2,200 participants in Saturday's Race for the Cure 5K at Rash Field. . . . Bernard Neider, 45, set a masters record Sunday with his 1 hour, 18 minutes, 12 seconds finish in the Westminster Road Runners Club's Bachman Valley Half-Marathon. . . . Karl Petersen, 40, of Bel Air finished the Philadelphia Half-Marathon in 1:33:32.

The Harford Physical Therapy 5K on Oct. 31 will offer these awards: first male and female -- $100; second male and female -- $50; third male and female -- $25. In addition, the top masters each will receive $50 and the second masters male and female will get $25. . . . The week's top finishers:

SATURDAY

Race for the Cure 5K

At Rash Field

1. Charlotte Thomas, 36, 17:39; 2. Connie Buckaulter, 23, 17:41; 3. Louise Kelley, 29, 17:44; 4. Stacey Nicholson, 31, 18:01; 5. Priscilla Welch, 48, 18:11; 6. Donna Moore, 33, 18:18; 7. Deb Porter, 34, 18:22; 8. Maureen Hall, 28, 18:23; 9. Robyn Humphrey, 29, 19:20; 10. Geriann Bell, 30, 19:27. Masters: 1. Marge Rosasco, 45, 19:47.

RASAC Harmony Half-Marathon

At Harmony

Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 1:23:01; 2. Bucky Sexton, 1:25:59; 3. Fred Carlson, 1:31:58; 4. Todd Rumbaugh, 1:32:36; 5. Brian Carlson, 1:34:31.

Females: 1. Allison Thomson, 1:43:47; Margaret Starnes, 1:43:47; 3. Betty Lou Tucker, 1:51:19; 4. Kim Fleming, 1:52:32; 5. Jane Roberts, 1:58:08.

Renie Amoss Memorial 5K

At Goucher

Males: 1. Kevin Probst, 19, 16:28; 2. Jonathan Dietrich, 16, 17:04; 3. Jonas Amoss, 15, 17:05; 4. Chris Cucuzzella, 28, 17:23; 5. Ray Ventura, 35, 18:32; 6. Billy Ronson, 36, 18:32; 7. John Amoss, 47, 18:42; 8. Bob Wilson, 34, 18:45; 9. Marc Chalmers, 21, 18:53; 10. Joseph Dombrowski, 24, 19:33. Masters: 1. Amoss.

Females: 1. Susan Briers, 38, 20:44; 2. Melissa Probst, 15, 22:04; 3. Michelle Trexler, 37, 22:18; 4. Meredith Brown, 20, 22:40; 5. Alicia Amoss, 41, 23:02; 6. Gretchen Lockard, 21, 23:33; 7. Victoria Kafes, 25, 23:52; 8. Barbara Fleece, 19, 25:26; 9. Barbara Peco, 29, 26:51; 10. Amy Dean, 18, 26:55. Masters: 1. Amoss.

Bachman Valley Half-Marathon

At Bachman Valley

Males: 1. Steve Kartalia, 28, 1:12:02; 2. Jeff Cannada, 27, 1:12:02; 3. Keith Dieterle, 23, 1:13:31; 4. Neville Anderson, 31, 1:14:40; 5. Bill Stahr, 32, 1:17:39; 6. Roger Howell, 33, 1:17:59; 7. Bernard Neider, 45, 1:18:12; 8. Joe Kingeter, 36, 1:19:16; 9. Greg Davis, 26, 1:19:47; 10. Joe Perry, 34, 1:21:29. Masters: 1. Neider.

Females: 1. Ann Meckley, 39, 1:31:10; 2. Deborah Chaney, 30, 1:34:14; 3. Kimmy Rogers-Mitchell, 35, 1:39:05; 4. Angie Howell, 31, 1:39:42; 5. Sallee Love, 30, 1:40:06; 6. Pamela West, 44, 1:41:13; 7. Gina Sirolli, 44, 1:41:57; 8. Ellen Oesterle, 32, 1:45:14; 9. Connie Barton, 34, 1:46:40; 10. Sharon Sterbis, 27, 1:47:04. Masters: 1. West.

Liberty Road 5-Mile Fire Chase

At Randallstown

Males: 1. John Floyd, 25, 27:11; 2. Cass Washington, 39, 27:43; 3. Bob Strong, 28, 30:33; 4. Chris Herman, 25, 30:51; 5. Doug Preston, 43, 30:54; 6. Brent Whalen, 26, 31:00; 7. Scott Roper, 39, 31:03; 8. Anthony Williams, 41, 31:06; 9. Dale Crum, 41, 31:10; 10. Hank Meyers, 39, 31:18.

Females: 1. Joy Glass, 39, 32:34; 2. Ulanda Washington, 34, 33:25; 3. Elaine Farabee, 23, 37:07; 4. Janice Chason, 39, 38:07; 5. Candice Richardson, 26, 38:58; 6. Kelli Marknann, 25, 40:35; 7. Maria Pelikan, 29, 43:07; Kathy Adams, 42, 43:36; 9. Anne Wade, 30, 45:20; 10. Karen Makino, 37, 47:05.

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