Taylor pours it on with Avia 8K win

RUNNING

March 29, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

She was getting her feet wet in more ways than one.

"It was pouring during the race, it was windy and it was cold. It wasn't too pleasant," said Rosalind Taylor, who won Sunday's Lady Avia 8K in 29 minutes, 34 seconds.

Taylor and 134 other finishers braved adverse conditions to complete the run from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry and back.

But Taylor also is making a return to running after a winter of injuries.

"I didn't run indoor track," she said. "I hurt [a] hamstring and then I hurt my back so I was in the pool for about a month."

She couldn't have been much wetter than she was Sunday, and the footing in the Lady Avia, to boot, was far from ideal.

"If Key Highway had been any more cut up, it might as well have been a cross country course," said race director Steve Teslik. "We actually had people out on the course to mark the potholes and many of them were camouflaged by water."

In spite of the weather, the race had a good mixture of ages. Tess Deanehan, who had finished seventh in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Run 5K a week earlier, was 13th in 34:10. Marge Rosasco, who has run in every Baltimore ladies 8K (nee Baltimore Ladies Classic, nee Lady Equitable), finished her 19th straight in 34:31.

Because of the weather, the Baltimore Road Runners Club hopes to conduct a "Lady Avia, Take 2" in tandem with a Mother's Day run, according to Teslik.

But Taylor, for one, wasn't complaining.

"I figured, if we were going to be out there," said Taylor, a 1989 Maryland graduate who ran the 1,500 meters and the mile for the Terrapins, "I might as well make it fun."

It sure beat being injured.

The top finishers:

1. Rosalind Taylor, 29:34; 2. Bea Marie Fritsch, 29:48; 3. Deb Porter, 31:11; 4. Laura Nelson, 31:25; 5. Maureen Hall, 31:33; 6. Charlotte Thomas, 32:16; 7. Michelle St. Laurent, 32:36; 8. Margaret Starnes, 32:47; 9. Joy Glass, 33:13; 10. Johanna Mansilla, 33:30; 11. Chris Stockdale, 33:36; 12. Christy Peters, 34:08; 13. Tess Deanehan, 34:10; 14. Julie Caprio, 34:20; 15. Marge Rosasco, 34:31; 16. Carolyn Stoll, 34:37; 17. Randon Fritsch, 35:05; 18. Laura Wagner-Tebodo, 35:15; 19. Barbara Eggers, 35:34; 20. Sue Treacy, 35:42. Masters: 1. Chris Stockdale, 50, 33:36.

For women only

Those who enjoyed Sunday's women-only Lady Avia, the following clubs have announced the dates for their women-only Distance Festival 5Ks this summer:

* July 16, Annapolis Striders' Women's Distance Festival 5K, Annapolis, 8 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

* July 23, MCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K, Kensington, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

* Aug. 7, BRRC Women's Distance Festival, Goucher College, 8 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Not to leave anyone out, male-only Race After the Women follows many of the women's runs.

Briefly

Something new for the 5K Viking Run at Mount Hebron High School on April 17 at 9 a.m. "We recruited about 50 families from the Mount Hebron School who are going to make baked goods," race director Bill Williams says about postrace enticements, free to participants. "So you'll probably run the race and then have to go out and run some more to burn off the calories." . . . The weekend's top finishers:

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