St. Pat's, Rollercoaster herald spring

RUNNING

March 21, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade Run 5K and Reservoir Rollercoaster 5- and 8-milers did their best to usher in the spring running season.

But remnants of a winter of running discontent threw a detour into the Rollercoaster races, originally designed to be run on rural and unpaved fire roads near Prettyboy Reservoir in northwestern Baltimore County.

"The entire thing is on the [rural] roads because of the snow," race director John Roemer IV said. "We planned this thing back in October and November, and who would have dreamed that we would still have snow?"

In somewhat of a departure from usual club procedure, these races weren't sponsored by a single group. Sunday's races received the support of the Baltimore, Westminster and York road runners clubs.

"I approached the presidents of three clubs and said, 'Let's approach this as a three-club race, centrally located,' " Roemer said. "And I received their support."

Brook Pointer, on spring break from Bucknell University, where he runs cross country and indoor and outdoor track, won the 5-miler over the hilly countryside in 33 minutes, 25 seconds.

"We're supposed to do 5- to 6-mile power runs at a six-minute pace," said Pointer, 19. "I didn't think it would be this hilly. But this is really well run and John Roemer has really been great letting us use his house and all."

Running -- and directing -- races should be nothing new to Roemer, whose father was BRRC president in the late 1970s and is an accomplished marathoner. Also a well-known runner, the younger Roemer works as a consulting ecologist from his home, from where Sunday's races originated and finished.

To keep up the family tradition, the elder Roemer is planning a rural run on July 28.

"It'll be one of the races on the Westminster Road Runners' Twilight Series," said the younger Roemer. "It'll also be a reservoir kind of race. It'll cut across the dam -- part of the Prettyboy watershed area."

In a more urban setting, Gerry Clapper, 32, and Maureen Hall, 29, won their divisions of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Run 5K in Baltimore. Clapper finished in 15:06, and Hall set a personal record with her 17:49 run.

0 There were 1,048 finishers. The top runners:

Reservoir Rollercoaster 5- and 8-Mile Races 5-MILER -- Males: 1. Brook Pointer, 19, 33:25; 2. Gary Honeman, 35:33; 3. Don Scarborough, 46, 35:49; 4. David Herlocker, 53, 40:14; 5. Curt Meadows, 46, 40:33. Females: 1. Karen Knuepfer, 42, 40:39; 2. Cristine Meadows, 23, 41:46; 3. Bobbi Kehr, 48, 46:01; 4. Liuda Galinaitis, 36, 50:40.

8-MILER -- Males: 1. Joe Kingeter, 36, 52:26; 2. Bob McCubbin, 34, 55:16; 3. Richard Harris, 43, 55:42; 4. Lance Woodward, 47, 59:32; 5. Jim Heffner, 50, 60:36. Females: 1. Judith Gilbert, 50, 81:47.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Run 5K Males: 1. Gerry Clapper, 32, 15:06; 2. Bob Becker, 42, 15:21; 3. Harry Goodman, 40, 15:35; 4. Craig Chasse, 24, 15:37; 5. David Rizzuto, 28, 15:38; 6. Vernon Chavis, 24, 15:41; 7. David DeHart, 20, 16:08; 8. Joe Smith, 15, 16:09; 9. Maurice Pointer, 38, 16:23; 10. Peter Smith, 17, 16:24. Masters: 1. Richard Stotlar, 52, 16:33.

Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 29, 17:49; 2. Michelle St. Laurent, 23, 18:34; 3. Tracy Benny, 34, 19:21; 4. Barbara Eggers, 33, 19:24; 5. Debra Chaney, 31, 19:37; 6. Joyce Penka, 23, 19:41; 7. Tess Danehen, 12, 19:44; 8. Carolyn Stoll, 33, 19:45; 9. Laura Wagner-Tobodo, 30, 19:47; 10. Emily Johnson, 13, NA. Masters: 1. Marilyn Bevans, 44, 21:07.

Briefly

Robert Marino and Jennifer Sullivan won their divisions of the Maryland with Pride 4-Mile Race in Annapolis on Saturday. Marino fin

ished in 20:50 and Sullivan in 27:50. . . .

The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

Maryland with Pride 4-Mile Race

At Annapolis Males: 1. Robert Marino, 20:50. 19-and-under: Jon Carnes, 25:10. 1. Eric Schrader, 22:53. 30-39: 1. Chris Chattin, 20:57. 40-49: 1. Larry Collins, 25:20. 50-59. 1. Bill Elzinger, 27:41. 60-and-over: 1. Rhody Holthaus, 34:18.

Females: 1. Jennifer Sullivan, 27:50. 19-and-under: 1. Mary Norton, 31:14. 20-29: 1. Susie Flockant, 29:30. 30-39: 1. Brenda Lee Norman, 30:31. 40-49: 1. Nancy Mann, 32:09. 50-59: 1. Linda Simpson, 34:07. 60-and-over: 1. Yvonne Aasen, 37:39.

SUNDAY

RASAC Fox 5K At Bel Air Males: 1. Mark Bogardy, 16:49; 2. Jeff Hinte, 17:18; 3. Bert Booth, 4. Larry Emanuel, 19:15; 5. Dan Anderson, 20:07.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 20:01; 2. Joyce Steinberg, 24:41; 3. Koren Feser, 25:19; 4. Jan Gaspich, 26:23; 5. Lisa Brecher, 28:16.

Sidelined

Area race director Dave Cooley is hoping for a speedy recovery )) after being operated on for tendinitis in his elbow yesterday.

"I'll be out of kilter for about 10 days," Cooley, 61, said. "I had an April 16 race canceled, so this gives me four or five weeks to recuperate."

Coming events

Saturday, WRRC Farm 5K, Carroll County Farm Museum, 8:30 a.m., (410) 848-9520.

Saturday, HCS Duckworth Relays 5K, Glenelg High School, 9 a.m., (410) 964-1998.

Saturday, 50K Hinte-Anderson Trail Endurance Run, Susquehanna State Park, 9 a.m., (410) 272-4775.

Saturday, BRRC Cross Country Championship 5-miler, McDonogh School, 10 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, BRRC Lady Avia 8K, Rash Field, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Sunday, MCRRC Edwards Folly 11-miler, 2-mile fun run, Poolesville, 9 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

April 2, Sri Chinmoy Lake Montebello 2-mile race, Lake

Montebello, 8 a.m., (410) 467-3223.

April 2, Queen City Striders' Bunny Run 5K, Rocky Gap, 8 a.m.

April 2, April Fool's Pancake 5K, McHenry, 8:30 a.m.

April 7, WRRC Main Street Mile, Westminster, 7 p.m., (410) 857-5427.

April 9, BRRC One-Hour Run, McDonogh School, 9 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

April 9, Race Judicata 5K, Druid Hill Park, 9 a.m., (410) 788-6746.

April 10, RASAC Covered Bridge 5.85-Miler, Joppa, 9 a.m., (410) 879-9294.

April 10, Annapolis Striders' Cherry Pit 10-Miler, South River High School, 2 p.m., (410) 268-1165.

April 10, Tri-Maryland Biathlon (3M run, 20M bike, 3M run),

Frederick, 10 a.m., (410) 882-6103.

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