Being modest and on a roll advantages for Boston


March 12, 1996|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

In Tuesday's editions, an incorrect telephone number was listed for the Oriole Advocates Home Run 5K on March 31. The number for information is (410) 882-5455.

The Sun regrets the error.

The 100th Boston Marathon will be run April 15. Until then, this space periodically will profile Maryland runners who will be competing.

Noni Nierenberg ran in last year's Marine Corps Marathon with the purpose of qualifying for this year's Boston, which she accomplished with a 3-hour, 43-minute, 40-second finish.


"My goal in training for Marine Corps was specifically to run in the 100th Boston," said Nierenberg, 40, of Crownsville. "That race is going to be jam-packed with people and I'm not a great runner so I'm not expecting much. I'm just going for the fun of it."

But if recent events are any indication, she may be in for a better run than she anticipates. It definitely has been a red-letter year for her.

In June, she will be married to Eric Clifton, a world-record ultra runner. Last month, the pair ran in the Charlotte Marathon, the accompanying event to the U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon trials, and Nierenberg was the top female masters finisher in 3: 39: 19.

That was in spite of arriving three minutes after the race's start.

"We went down there and didn't really expect to do that much," said Nierenberg, a commercial mortgage broker. "We got there after the official start so I never expected to place."

It's not her first experience with success.

"On New Year's Eve, we visited friends outside Charlotte," said Nierenberg, who also is venturing into trail running with Clifton. "They threw a 5K and I won my age group in the women's division."

That's the kind of year it has been for her.

Championship set

The tentative 1996 Maryland RRCA Championship Series schedule, which began with the Challenge 10-Miler and the Springburst 8K, has been announced. The races, host clubs:

May 26, Constellation Classic 10K, Baltimore RRC.

June 2, Bel Air Town Run 5K, Renaissance AllSports Athletic Club.

July 4, Frederick's Fourth 5K, Frederick Steeplechasers.

July 20, Rockville Rotary 8K, Montgomery County RRC.

Aug. 25, Annapolis Ten-Miler, Annapolis Striders.

Sept. 1, Greenbelt 15K, Districtof Columbia RRC.

Sept. 15, Union Mills 8K, Westminster RRC.

Oct. 5, Great Allegany Run 15K, Queen City Striders.

Nov. 17, Metric Marathon, Howard County Striders.


The Annapolis Striders have announced these awards for 1995: Runners of the Year -- Steve Egolf, Yvonne Aasen; Most Improved -- Jim Griffith, Mike Kennedy, Ardis Henderson. . . . The Howard County Striders men finished third and the women first in the Bethesda Chase 20K nine days ago. . . . Sunday's top finishers: Rite of Spring 5K At Maryvale Prep School Males: 1. Eric Estrada, 24, 16: 08; 2. Neville Anderson, 34, 16: 26; 3. Michael Sterling, 35, 17: 08; 4. Roy Holmes III, 18, 17: 16; 5. Jason Harle, 16, 17: 45; 6. Ken Miller, 42, 17: 49; 7. Chris Knott, 15, 17: 53; 8. Bill Nesbitt, 39, 18: 15; 9. Sean Rayford, 16, 18: 20; 10. Chris Cucuzzella, 31, 18: 22. Masters: 1. Miller. Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 31, 18: 50; 2. Cindy Kelly, 21, 21: 33; 3. Jackie Isola, 32, 21: 38; 4. Jill Fritsch, 32, 21: 38; 5. Gloria Ackerman, 34, 21: 40; 6. Megan McNew, 16, 21: 42; 7. Joya Fritsch-Fields, 34, 21: 51; 8. Karen Hanson, 30, 21: 59; 9. Christina Houle, 17, 22: 06; 10. Ann Coale, 22, 22: 10. Masters: 1. Nancy Johnston, 40, 23: 22.

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