Westminster club nears 100th

RUNNING

June 13, 1995|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer

The Westminster Road Runners Club will observe a milestone July 20, when the club celebrates its 100th race.

The 75-member club, best known for its Main Street Mile and the now-defunct Frostbite 5K and 15K, was formed in the winter of 1978. Dave Herlocker, 54, a professor at Western Maryland College, has been there since the inception.

"We put the Frostbite in as part of physical education program [at Western Maryland]," says Herlocker, a member of the club's board of directors. "It hit its peak in the mid-'80s. We had 1,300 runners one year. We also had a Midnight Run that lasted until 1988 and that had five or six hundred runners."

Herlocker also recalls the club's early history.

"We had a few races in 1978, but in 1979, Jim Shank, currently the track coach at Westminster High School, suggested a six-race series," he says. "The first run was a 2-mile track run at Westminster High sometime in July. Shank won the race in 10:09.

"Doug Renner, who currently is the track and cross country coach at Western Maryland, was second. My great claim to fame is I finished 2 1/2 seconds behind Steve Kartalia. Of course, Kartalia was still in grade school."

Kartalia is a qualifier for the men's 1996 Olympic marathon trials.

The WRRC's 100th race is the fourth event in the club's Summer Twilight Series. The club also participates in the Road Runners Club of America's Women's Distance Festival and the Maryland RRCA Grand Prix Series.

"Our biggest races now are the Main Street Mile in April, which the last two years has drawn 300, and the Bachman Valley Half-Marathon, which draws 120," says Herlocker.

The club will keep its goals consistent with a 75-member organization.

"We'll be trying to get a few more members and hold the same schedule we have," says Herlocker. "This is not Annapolis; this is not Columbia. We don't have a huge reservoir of runners out here, but we would like to see a few more high school runners get involved."

The club's immediate goals are more timely.

"We know who the 32 people who ran in the first race are," Herlocker says, "so we're going to contact them and invite them down for the 100th race."

Briefly

There were 250 finishers in Saturday's Baltimore County Police Chase 5-Miler at Oregon Ridge. Winner Antonio Barrios is a Prince George's County police officer. . . . Saturday's RASAC Gunpowder 10-Miler has been canceled. . . . The week's top runners:

THURSDAY

WRRC Twilight Series #1 Two-Mile Track Run At Westminster Males: 1. Paul Hannsen, 22, 9:45; 2. Doug Field, 33, 9:52; 3. Ed Hogan, 19, 10:05; 4. Mike Recek, 18, 10:10; 5. Steve Ruckert, 46, 10:13; 6. Chris Zendgraft, 20, 10:19; 7. John Roemer IV, 35, 10:21; 8. Gerard Hogan, 20, 10:31; 9. Ed Vachino, 18, 10:41; 10. Bob Hugg, 42, 10:50. Masters: 1. Ruckert.

Females: 1. Shannon Hugg, 18, 11:56; 2. Bridget Quenzer, 17, 11:59; 3. Janice Haug, 37, 13:23; 4. Cristine Meadows, 24, 13:31; 5. Christine Harner, 18, 14:05; 6. Dawn Harner, 14, 14:31; 7. Liuda Galinaitis, 37, 15:54; 8. Ashley Hugg, 9, 18:25; 9. Liz Myers, 40, 18:37; 10. Joan Wechselberger, 40, 18:56. Masters: 1. Myers.

SATURDAY

Baltimore County Police Chase 5-Miler At Oregon Ridge Park Males: 1. Antonio Barrios, 27:26; 2. Ray Kirchner, 27:47; 3. Mark Rosasco, 27:57; 4. Maurice Pointer, 28:18; 5. Scott Coyle, 28:36; 6. Charlie Koester, 28:45; 7. Patrick Heagerty, 29:15; 8. Bennett Sweren, 29:23; 9. Chris Cucuzzella, 29:32; 10. Bruce Miller, 29:36. Masters: 1. Koester.

Females: 1. Christine Patrick, 31:29; 2. Carole Rosasco, 31:58; 3. Adrienne Silver, 34:57; 4. Lisa Hannon, 35:08; 5. Karen Hanson, 35:57; 6. Sarah Rives, 36:28; 7. Joann Binko, 36:51; 8. Bonnie LaFortezza, 37:23; 9. Blanca Ramierez, 38:44; 10. Margie Lebo, 39:04. Masters: 1. LaFortezza.

SUNDAY

RASAC Rock Spring McDonald's 5K At Bel Air Males: 1. Mark Bogardy, 16:21; 2. Bert Booth, 17:11; 3. Tim Norcross, 18:46; 4. Mike Heiberger, 19:13; 5. Scott Perrine, 19:19; 6. Tim Dougherty, 19:20; 7. Dave Starnes, 19:25; 8. Wilson Gorrell, 19:52; 9. Paul Colianno, 20:03; 10. Joe Stevenson, 20:04.

Females: 1. Tracey Lawler, 21:45; 2. Cathleen Bartholomew, 21:52; 3. Betty Lou Tucker, 23:09; 4. Sharon Holliday, 24:10; 5. Barb Stroud, 24:52.

Coming events

Tomorrow, BRRC Summer Track Series No. 1 (1,500M, 100M, 1,000M, 400M, 3 miles, 4 x 100M relay), Loyola High School, 6:30 p.m., (410) 243-3153.

Saturday, Run for Old Glory, Cumberland, 8:30 a.m., (301) 463-6231.

Saturday, National Race for the Cure, Washington, (703) 848-8884.

Sunday, GBMC Father's Day 5K, Towson Sheraton, 8 a.m., (410) 377-8882.

Sunday, Annapolis Striders' Father's Day 10K, North Arundel Hospital, 8 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Sunday, MCRRC Peachtree Road Mile, Barnesville, 9:30 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

June 21, BRRC Summer Track Series No. 2 (2,000M, 200M, 800M, 600M, 2 miles, 4 x 200M relay), Johns Hopkins, 6:30 p.m.June 22, WRRC Twilight Series #2 Pleasant Valley Four-Mile Run, Pleasant Valley, 7 p.m., (410) 857-5427.

June 24, MCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K, Kensington, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.

June 24, Iron Furnace 5K, Cumberland, 8 a.m., (301) 463-6231.

June 24, Summer Sports Safari Biathlon (5K run, 24K bike, 5K run), Landover, women 8 a.m., men 11 a.m., (301) 808-3003.

June 24, Somerset Stretch 5K, Somerset, Pa., 9 a.m.June 24, Summer Sports Safari 8K, Landover, 3 p.m., (301) 808-3003.

June 25, RASAC Rock Run Mill 10K, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m., (410) 939-0821.

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