Crofton woman re-enters racing with a flourish


June 22, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROSALIND SHAPPARD loves to run. As a student at the University of Maryland, she was a member of the track and cross country teams, and was an All-American athlete in cross country and in the mile and 1,500-meter events. She also earned a place in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic trials. For the past three years, though, she jokes, her running career has consisted solely of chasing after her children, a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old.

This month, in her first competitive event in a renewed racing career, the Crofton woman entered the 11th Annual Crofton Kiwanis/Chesapeake Bagel Bakery 10K Challenge. She won first place among female runners and second place overall. She pronounced it a great race, with wonderful weather and a beautiful course winding through the streets of Crofton.

Two hundred runners took part in the event, which raised $2,500 for local charities. Mark Rosasco of Arnold was first overall with a time of 35 minutes, 39 seconds.

In the 15-19 age group, first-place runner Aaron Kazer and second-place runner Craig Haas enjoyed their last distance event together. The two varsity cross country runners at Arundel High School have helped lead their team to many victories. Aaron is headed to Frostburg State University this fall, leaving Craig to carry on the winning tradition.

Other age-division winners included Thor Young, Deborah Young, Antelmo Rojas, Gloria Santarpia, Gerard Presad, Ellen Wiggins, Clyde Viklemez, Danalee Green, Thomas Jones, Yvonne Aason and Ben Moore.

Vacation Bible School

The Church of God at Gambrills invites children to dig into the Bible at this year's Vacation Bible School, otherwise known as the Treasure Hunt Bible Adventure. The program will feature fun, Bible-learning activities, songs, games and crafts. The children will also participate in a hands-on mission project to reach children around the world. The school will be held from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. from Monday through July 2. The church is at 952 Annapolis Road (Route 175) in Gambrills. Information: 410-674-7452.

Summer reading

Catch a Reading Wave.

That's the theme of this year's summer reading program at the public library. From now through Aug. 6, young readers will enjoy events, prizes and great stories. Prizes for this year's program include passes to the Baltimore Zoo, SPY Aquatics and the Babe Ruth Museum, and discount coupons to such area attractions as Six Flags America and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Businesses such as Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, Shoney's and Chick-Fil-A are also offering treats as reading incentives.

Children entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall are invited to register. At the Crofton branch library this week, teen-age volunteers will help explain the program and welcome youngsters.

Soccer sign-ups

Arundel Soccer Association is holding registration for the fall intramural and travel soccer programs. Children ages 6 to 18 are invited.

Registration forms are available at the Crofton and Odenton libraries. For more information, call 410-721-5672.

Fall sports registration

The Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council is registering children for fall sports: field hockey, flag football, cheerleading, football, soccer and baseball. Information: 410-672-5833 or GORC's Web site at

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