5K race puts African-American astronomer Banneker on the map

RUNNING

September 13, 1994|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

One of the most interesting new races on the fall calendar is the Benjamin Banneker Memorial 5K Run -- to be run through the Patapsco mill town of Oella on Oct. 1.

Banneker, who was born in 1731 and died in 1806, lived most of his life on a tobacco farm in Oella. He is known as this country's first African-American man of science.

A self-educated astronomer and mathematician, Banneker was invited to join the team commissioned by President George Washington in 1791 to survey Washington. In addition, he published six almanacs for the mid-Atlantic states in the 1790s.

The race is the brainchild of Geoffrey Baker, a resident of Oella and a member of the Howard County Striders.

"My wife and I just recently decided to buy a house here in Oella," says Baker, 36. "I always knew the name Benjamin Banneker was associated with Oella. But basically, reading [Silvio A.] Bedini's biography of Banneker got me fired up. I remember thinking to myself that there was this person living half a block from me who was a genius and I wanted to do something in tribute to him."

The course, which will be held through Oella's hilly community, will begin on Westchester Avenue, just west of Oella Avenue, and continue past the W. J. Dickey and Sons woolen mill and stone-and-brick homes that date to 1809.

"We call it an honest course," Baker says. "The first mile is downhill."

Baker, an ultramarathoner who has run three JFK 50-Milers, says the emphasis will be on random awards, with images from the Hubble Telescope and free admission to the Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium included.

Charles Weiker, a relative of Banneker's, is race starter. The Historic Oella Arts Festival will be held on the same day at the Dickey mill.

Entry fee for the race, which is limited to 250 runners, is $5 and $10 on race day. Optional T-shirts ($10) will be sold on race day. For information, call Baker at (410) 461-7291 before 10 p.m.

Briefly

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The weekend's top finishers:

SATURDAY

Marriott 5K Run At Hunt Valley Males: 1. Ray Pugsley, 25, 14:50; 2. Bruce Frame, 23, 15:23; 3. Ken Fowler, 28, 15:31; 4. Dave Berardi, 34, 15:37; 5. Chris Chattin, 30, 15:39; 6. Neville Anderson, 32, 15:44; 7. Mike Woodman, 29, 15:45; 8. Craig Chasse, 25, 15:56; 9. Jack Peach, 28, 16:00; 10. Frederick Moore, 19, 16:21. Masters: 1. Anthony Grier, 44, 16:56.

Females: 1. Wendy Nelson-Barrett, 25, 17:02; 2. Rosalind Taylor, 27, 17:32; 3. Stacey Nicholson, 17:50; 4. Bea Marie Fritsch, 27, 17:57; 5. Amy Dalton, 23, 18:57; 6. Joyce Adams, 40, 19:28; 7. Julie Caprio, 33, 20:19; 8. Marge Rosasco, 46, 20:54; 9. Yolanda Washington, 35, 21:01; 10. Jill Fritsch, 30, 21:08. Masters: 1. Adams.

WRRC Track Carnival At Western Maryland College 400M: Males -- 1. Ryan Meadows, 59.4; 2. Joe Loveland, 1:05.3; Gary Honeman, 1:06.0. Females -- 1. Sherry Esposito, 1:08.6; 2. Cristine Meadows, 1:17.8; 3. Liuda Galinaitis, 1:27.1.

: Males -- 1. Bill Gale, 2:11.8; 2. Gary Richwine, 2:25.3; 3. Gary Honeman, 2:38.4. Females -- 1. Sherry Esposito, 2:35.3.

1,500M: Males -- 1. Bill Gale, 4:57.3; 2. Ryan Meadows, 5:20.4; 3. Gary Richwine, 5:26.3. Females -- 1. Sherry Esposito, 6:12.8; 2. Liuda Galinaitis, 6:56.2.

3,000M: Males -- 1. Tim Loveland, 10:52.1; 2. Bill Gale, 11:02.9; 3. Bob McCubbin, 11:44.8. Females: 1. Cristine Meadows, 13:34.0.

BRRC Cross Country Series 3-miler At Baybrook Park, Brooklyn Males: 1. Maurice Pointer, 16:43; 2. Jason Harle, 17:18; 3. John Hecox, 17:25; 4. Jeff Sanborn, 17:27; 5. Anders Fristedt, 17:27; 6. Joe Leilich, 17:30; 7. Drew Glorioso, 17:41; 8. Ryan Alessi, 17:59; 9. Jason Cox, 18:08; 10. Rick Herpel, 18:09.

Females: 1. Michelle St. Laurent, 20:40; 2. Jill Yesko, 22:52; 3. Alexandra Hartley, 27:41.

SUNDAY

MCRRC-HCS Country Crossing Challenge 7-miler At Patuxent River State Park Teams: Montgomery County Road Runners Club, 665; Howard County Striders, 745.

Males: 1. Gerry Clapper, HCS, 36:59; 2. Dominique DaLuz, MCRRC, 37:14; 3. Marty Horan, MCRRC, 38:21; 4. Craig Chasse, HCS, 39:37; 5. Aron Walter, HCS, 39:47; 6. Mike Lieder, MCRRC, 39:57; 7. Chris Samley, HCS, 40:18; 8. Ted Poulos, MCRRC, 40:58; 9. John Stepek, MCRRC, 41:15; 10. Mark Adams, MCRRC, 41:22.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Fritsch, HCS, 44:31; 2. Heide Heidepriem, HCS, 46:49; 3. Caroline Cardullo, MCRRC, 47:17; 4. Vicki Lang, HCS, 48:55; 5. Monika Bachmann, MCRRC, 49:39; 6. Linda Wack, MCRRC, 50:05; 7. Peggy Dickison, MCRRC, 50:25; 8. Judy Kessler, MCRRC, 50:37; 9. Louise Kelly, MCRRC, 52:07; 10. Cindy Raley, MCRRC, 52:07.

Aberdeen 5K At Aberdeen Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 16:56; 2. John Sullivan, 17:21; 3. Duane AChristy, 17:48; 4. Mark Casteel, 18:05; 5. Larry Emanuel, 19:13.

Females: 1. Donna Lewis, 19:35; 2. Marge Rosasco, 19:59; 3. Lynne Thackton, 20:36; 4. Tracey Lawler,

20:58; 5. Diane Davis, 21:30.

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