Simonsick, Gilmore return triumphant in 5K Women's winner repeats showing in '92 Advocates

RUNNING

April 01, 1996|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

There was a homecoming yesterday morning at Camden Yards for the winners of the Oriole Advocates Home Run 5K.

Eleanor Simonsick, who won the first Home Run that finished at Oriole Park in 1992 but has not been running competitively, returned in triumph.

"I would have been happy if I had broken 20 minutes," said Simonsick, who was delighted with her 17-minute, 56-second finish -- 13 seconds ahead of second-place runner Maureen Hall.

She was part of a field of 900 that included the race-day registration of 200 runners. That was probably owing to near-perfect racing conditions -- temperatures in the 50s and little wind.

Simonsick, a Constellation Classic, Lady Equitable and Cherry Blossom winner, had been away from running for so long that she didn't remember how long. "I think it was in a race with Maureen on Halloween 2 1/2 years ago," she said, "but it could have been a year and a half."

"She's tough for an old lady," Hall, 31, said about the 37-year-old Simonsick. "I mean it with all respect, though."

"I had no clue," said Simonsick. "I've been on the track twice, but not for workouts. I don't even have a stopwatch; it broke."

In the male division, Mark Gilmore, who lived in the Baltimore area as a student at Westminster High School and the Naval Academy before he was relocated to San Diego, also made a triumphant return in yesterday's race.

"I'm in the Navy," said Gilmore. "I received my orders in naval intelligence down in D.C. and I chose to live in Columbia."

Gilmore, 28, led from point-to-point in the run from the B&O warehouse down Key Highway to Fort Avenue and back.

The race finished in right-center field on the Camden Yards warning track, something that had not occurred since 1992.

"I took it from the gun," said Gilmore, who finished in 15: 04. "I pushed myself through the middle."

Gilmore had run cross country and track for Navy, from where he graduated in 1990. His personal 5K record (14: 41) had come in San Diego, where he was stationed.

"I was just using [yesterday's race] for a good workout. I'm getting ready for a big race [Colonial Relays] next weekend, but I'm a lifetime Orioles fan. That's why I chose this race today."

The top finishers: Males: 1. Mark Gilmore, 28, 15: 04; 2. Neville Anderson, 33, 15: 31; 3. Jack Peach, 30, 15: 59; 4. Tim McConville, 20, 16: 07; 5. Tim Dunlap, 39, 16: 22; 6. Maurice Pointer, 40, 16: 49; 7. Christopher Rankin, 24, 16: 53; 8. David Webster, 43, 17: 00; 9. John Goodling, 34, 17: 06; 10. Heinz Wiegand, 47, 17: 10. Females: 1. Eleanor Simonsick, 37, 17: 56; 2. Maureen Hall, 31, 18: 09; 3. Michelle St. Laurent, 25, 19: 33; 4. Gloria Ackerman, 34, 19: 59; 5. Joy Glass, 41, 20: 19; 6. Gretchen Gauch, 30, 20: 34; 7. Wendy Cyhert, 28, 20: 36; 8. Ann Meckley, NA, 20: 40; 9. Ellen McManness, 37, 20: 59; 10. Sarah Ordaz, 15, 21: 02.

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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