Poetic justice is served in Boston but not a PR

RUNNING

April 16, 1996|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,SUN STAFF

Mick Slonaker knew that running a personal record would be tough with a field of 38,706 in yesterday's Boston Marathon.

"My partners and I trained as if we were running for a PR," Slonaker, a 46-year-old resident of Columbia, says. "You can't take the marathon lightly. If the opportunity presented itself, we wanted to be prepared."

And given his time restraints, Slonaker was not taking preparation lightly. In addition to preparing for the Boston centennial, he was preparing as race director for the club's Clyde's American 10K, which will be run Sunday.

Yet, for all his marathon preparation, Slonaker, who works for the Department of Defense, was almost derailed by an unexpected entry -- jury duty.

"Three or four weeks ago, I got the letter, summoning me for duty every Monday for April," Slonaker says. "I got it on a Tuesday in early March, panicked that night and typed a letter, explaining why I would prefer to be excused on April 15.

"I mailed it the next day. One week later to the day, I received I letter back saying I was excused for April 15. A personal note was attached, saying 'Good luck.' "

He finished in 3 hours, 5 minutes, 16 seconds yesterday.

That was eight minutes slower than the 2: 57: 18 he ran in last year's Marine Corps Marathon, which he used to qualify for Boston.

"My first mile [yesterday] was 7: 45 and after that 6: 45," Slonaker said. "I thought I was going to go out slow, then pick it up. But it was just the opposite."

In his six marathons before yesterday's, Slonaker had lowered his time in each successive run.

Still, he was glad for the opportunity to run the Boston centennial.

"We all knew going in that the opportunity to run fast was not going to be there," Slonaker said.

Footnotes

The weekend's top finishers:

Saturday

Dulaney Classic 5K

At Cockeysville

Males: 1. Barrett Smith, 24, 17: 31; 2. George Cummings, 36, 18: 06; 3. Matt Bulloch, 15, 18: 27; 4. Ronald Grieb, 27, 18: 28; 5. Ryan Burrows, 14, 18: 41; 6. Robert Howard, 25, 18: 48; 7. Zach Heidepriem, 14, 19: 03; 8. Mark Casteel, 36, 19: 06; 9. Steve Olivas, 28, 19: 31; 10. John Freund, 24, 19: 37. Masters: 1. Ron Grieb, 48, 22: 31.

Females: 1. Nelda Clelland, 38, 20: 22; 2. Joy Glass, 41, 20: 43; 3. Jackie Isola, 33, 21: 49; 4. Kristen Laurencell, 28, 22: 06; 5. Lauren Bereska, 16, 22: 27; 6. Teresa Gerstacker, 41, 22: 45; 7. Helen McDaniel, 32, 23: 27; 8. Maria Derrer, 17, 23: 49; 9. Wendy Stallings, 31, 23: 53; 10. Meghan Schaub, 18, 24: 26. Masters: 1. Gerstacker.

BRRC 5,000-Meter Track Run

At North County High School

Males: 1. Maurice Pointer, 16: 56; 2. John Hecox, 18: 35; 3. Ed Harte, 19: 12; 4. Keith Burkhart, 19: 21; 5. Jason Pardoe, 19: 28.

Sunday

Baltimore City Police Chase 5-Miler

At Baltimore

Males: 1. John Reich, 26, 25: 16; 2. Mike Woodman, 30, 25: 26; 3. Neville Anderson, 34, 26: 02; 4. Harry Goodman, 42, 27: 05; 5. Ken Miller, 42, 27: 13; 6. Robert Torchia, 45, 27: 19; 7. Timothy Kennedy, 35, 27: 40; 8. Maurice Pointer, 40, 28: 57; 9. Scott Coyle, 36, 29: 08; 10. Chris Rankin, 24, 29: 29. Masters: 1. Goodman.

Females: 1. Bea Marie Altieri, 29, 28: 59; 2. Maureen Hall, 31, 29: 45; 3. Gwen Torchia, 46, 31: 25; 4. Patrice Malloy, 37, 32: 08; 5. Gloria Ackerman, 34, 32: 33; 6. Barbara Sullivan, 39, 33: 15; 7. Erin Zettle, 25, 33: 15; 8. Jill Fritsch, 32, 34: 48; 9. Joya Fritsch-Fields, 34, 34: 59; 10. Jackie Paul, 39, 35: 58. Masters: 1. Torchia.

BRRC Championship 10K

At Loch Raven

Males: 1. Mark Rosasco, 37, 33: 50; 2. Ed Vachino, 19, 34: 30; 3. John Roemer IV, 36, 35: 42; 4. Joe Kingeter, 38, 36: 59; 5. Charlie Koester, 51, 37: 15; 6. Chris Knott, 15, 37: 56; 7. Jerry Dresner, 41, 38: 14; 8. Jeff Dudley, 36, 38: 29; 9. Chris Cucuzzella, 31, 39: 01; 10. John Pitarra, 55, 39: 14. Masters: 1. Koester.

Females: 1. Carole Rosasco, 36, 38: 44; 2. Jackie Isola, 33, 44: 45; 3. Meridith Little, 36, 45: 26; 4. Meredith Llorin, 33, 45: 28; 5. Kim Altenburger, 39, 45: 47; 6. Denee Rosasco, 37, 48: 14; 7. Linda Tice, 50, 51: 03; 8. Tricia Dudley, 41, 51: 50; 9. Mary Emerson, 51, 51: 57; 10. Judith Gilbert, 52, 56: 14. Masters: 1. Tice.

RASAC Covered Bridge 5.85-miler

At Joppa

Males: 1. Nathan Boyer, 37: 36; 2. Dave Starnes, 39: 57; 3. Wilson Gorrell, 40: 17; 4. Rob Bartholomew, 40: 48; 5. Larry Emanuel, 41: 11.

Females: 1. Margaret Starnes, 39: 12; 2. Megan McNew, 42: 39; 3. Cathy Bartholomew, 45: 36; 4. Kim Fleming, 46: 35; 5. Barb Weisberg, 58: 18.

Coming events

Tomorrow, WRRC Main Street Mile, Westminster, 7 p.m., (410) 857-5427.

Saturday, Annapolis Gateway Mile, Rowe Boulevard, 7: 30 a.m., (410) 268-1165.

Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven Reservoir, 8 a.m., (410) 243-3153.

Saturday, St. Paul's Crusade 5K, Towson, 8: 30 a.m., (410) 377-8882.

Saturday, Gwynns Falls 5K Run, Carrie Murray Center, 9 a.m., (410) 396-0808.

Saturday, Clyde's American 10K, Columbia, 8 a.m., (410) 964-1998.

Sunday, RASAC Run Around the Mountain 5.3-miler, Rocks State Park, 8 a.m.

Sunday, Earth Day 5K Race, Annapolis, 8 a.m., (410) 626-8351.

Sunday, Hopkins Oncology 5K, Johns Hopkins University, 9 a.m., (410) 882-1920.

Sunday, Billy Korrow Memorial 5K, Loyola High School, 9 a.m., (410) 823-0601.

Sunday, Tri-Maryland Biathlon Series (3M run, 15M bike, 3M run), Frederick, (410) 882-6103.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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