Walter coasts in Oriole Advocates 8K

RUNNING

April 17, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

Tippy Martinez was there to fire the starting gun, but Doug Walter and Michelle St. Laurent pitched complete-game, shutout victories yesterday in the sixth annual Oriole Advocates Home Run 8K.

By the time the runners reached Key Highway, Walter had opened a block lead in the race from Oriole Park to the turnaround at the Fort McHenry bridge blockade and back. By the time he reached the Science Center on the return, his lead was two blocks, and he coasted to a 25-minute, 32-second victory.

His closest competition was Bob Becker, who finished more than a minute later.

On the women's side, St. Laurent, who finished in 32:28, was pressed harder, but escaped with a 25-second victory over Wendy Henke.

"I was expecting two other runners -- Bea Marie Fritsch and Maureen Hall -- who always finish first and second ahead of me, but they didn't show today," said St. Laurent, 23, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Gwynns Falls Elementary School. "I knew I would have to take it out from the start."

For Walter, 26, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa., the victory turned out to be a road trip.

"I was just looking for a race this weekend and I couldn't find anything," Walter said. "I didn't feel that great, but I got out of it what I wanted to."

What he did get was mile splits of 4:49, 9:55, 15:05 and 20:25.

"He's not taxing himself, plus he did just come up the only hill on the course," race official Nut Hall said at the two-mile mark.

"I lost a little something between three and four miles," Walter said.

But for someone who had been accustomed to shorter distances, he was glad to get in the work.

He is planning on running here again next month.

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