Desmond gets back on the road

RUNNING

December 07, 1993|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

In family circles, he is a husband and the father of four, ages 4 to 19.

In university circles, he is chairman of the philosophy department at Loyola College who holds the Thomas Higgins Chair of Philosophy.

In scholarly circles, he is the youngest person ever elected president of the Hegel Society, a group of scholars who study the German philosopher's work.

And in writing circles, he is author of five books, the most recent "Beyond Hegel and Dialectic: Speculation, Cult and Comedy."

But in running circles, William Desmond is a competitive racer hopefully on the rebound. And he's back.

After spending 14 months abroad -- six of them on a Fulbright Fellowship -- Desmond, 42, and his family have returned from Belgium.

"I hope that I might have a decent year or two left in my body," Desmond says. "You never know at this age. I need to race to get in some kind of shape. I'm trying to maybe set my sights on the spring. I'd like to see what I could do as a master."

Although he welcomed the chance to study and travel in Europe -- "Belgium is centrally located; all the attractions of Europe are readily available," he says -- he is glad to be back and involved in Baltimore racing.

"I didn't get into club racing over there," says Desmond. "I ran in a couple of races in Belgium, but I didn't really race at all. I missed the road racing scene here. I intend on getting involved again, but it's been an especially busy semester.

"I don't know what I can do this year, especially after not having raced seriously for a year and a half."

But if form holds true, he should soon be among the leaders. The winner of the 1991 Northern Central Trail Marathon who has run a personal record of 2 hours, 35 minutes in the marathon, Desmond finished fifth in the Gobbler Dash 5K at Loyola College last month. That was one place behind friend and fellow philosopher Ken Miller, dean of students at Gilman Middle School.

"We run regularly on the weekend," Desmond says. "I'm a little

behind him right now, but I hope to catch up."

Briefly

Dave Berardi won the Howard County Striders' Metric Marathon Sunday in 1:27:30. Berardi was also fifth in the Berwick (Pa.) 9-Miler on Thanksgiving in 45:14. . . . Neville Anderson won the Run for Affordable Housing 8K on Thanksgiving in 25:38. . . . The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

Jingle Bell 5K

At Union Memorial Hospital

Males: 1. Jason Cox, 15:50; 2. Neville Anderson, 15:53; 3. Harry Goodman, 16:21; 4. Maurice Pointer, 17:03; 5. John Hecox, 17:18; 6. Bruce Geltman, 17:19; 7. Jeff Neubert, 17:50; 8. Bill Nesbitt, 18:07; 9. Carter Smith, 18:25; 10. Finley Mears, 18:26. Masters: 1. Goodman.

Females: 1. Stacey Nicholson, 18:17; 2. Maureen Hall, 19:06; 3. Denise Knickman, 19:21; 4. Allison Ferguson, 20:10; 5. Jennifer Englehart, 20:18; 6. Tinamarie Hogarth, 20:30; 7. Jennifer Bonfigli, 21:38; 8. Barbara Burdett, 21:39; 9. Janine MacMillan, 21:53; 10. Katja Von Tiesenhausen, 21:56. Masters: 1. Natalie McIntyre, 24:31.

SUNDAY

HCS Metric Marathon

At Columbia

Males: 1. Dave Berardi, 1:27:30; 2. Chris Chattin, 1:31:40; 3. Steve Bettis, 1:36:59; 4. Martin Goode, 1:38:26; 5. George Altieri, 1:39:54; 6. Jim Robinson, 1:40:37; 7. Jim Carbary, 1:41:06; 8. Bob Burns, 1:41:41; 9. Steve Reid, 1:42:32; 10. Ivor Hill, 1:42:43. Masters: 1. Carbary.

Females: 1. Mary Gaylord, 1:44:26; 2. Cynthia Carpenter, 1:47:28; 3. Dolly Ginter, 1:48:39; 4. Laura Nelson, 1:48:40; 5. Dana Smith, 1:52:48; 6. Joy Glass, 1:57:05; 7. Kathi Canese, 2:00:00; 8. Mary Leffel, 2:01:11; 9. Linda Lash, 2:01:50; 10. Pam West, 2:03:20. Masters: 1. Lash.

RASAC Charity Run 5K

At Bel Air

Males: 1. Dan Anderson, 19:46; 2. Randy Garner, 20:11; 3. Phil Anderson, 20:55.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 19:22; 2. Betty Lou Tucker, 23:27; 3. Laurie Reese, 27:31.

WRRC Frozen Finger Four-Mile Run

At Westminster

Males: 1. Greg Davis, 27, 22:56; 2. Bob Hugg, 40, 23:25; 3. Roger Kilgore, 50, 25:26; 4. Doug Preston, 44, 25:40; 5. Gary Honeman, 38, 26:33. Masters: 1. Hugg.

Females: 1. Carolyn Stoll, 33, 27:41; 2. Shannon Hugg, 17, 28:00; 3. Cristine Meadows, 23, 31:54; 4. Kimberly Hugg, 15, 32:58; 5. Judi Bullock, 47, 33:35. Masters: 1. Bullock.

Coming events

Saturday, MCRRC River Rumble 20K, Potomac, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

Sunday, BRRC Hillside 5-Miler, Hillside and Stevenson, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, RASAC Fox 5K, Bel Air, 9 a.m., (410) 638-2717.

Sunday, HCS Fall Series #9, Thunder Hill Elementary, 2 p.m., (410) 964-1998.

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