Saddic quickly finds her stride in 5K

Late entry wins in 17:40

Kipngetich tops men

Adams' team takes relay

Notebook

Baltimore Marathon

October 19, 2003|By Christian Ewell, Michael Reeb and Paul McMullen | Christian Ewell, Michael Reeb and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Kim Saddic's main goal was to bring Mike Mislay of Tanzania and Gabriel Muchiri of Kenya from the Philadelphia area to yesterday's races in Baltimore.

Entering the five-kilometer event was an afterthought, but the 33-year-old former NCAA champion at 10,000 meters won the women's race easily in 17:40, beating Marjorie Boyd, 42, of Annapolis and 9-year-old Brittany Rooks of Baltimore, who finished tied for second in 20:39.

David Kipngetich, a 28-year-old Kenyan running out of Durham, N.C., won the men's race in 14:27, edging Ethiopia's Araya Haregot by two seconds, with Mislay finishing third in 14:37. Kipngetich followed Haregot and Mislay for the first three kilometers before taking the lead for good.

As founder of Elite Sports Management International of West Chester, Pa., Saddic came representing Mislay and Muchiri -- winner of the half-marathon -- and didn't decide to enter the race until the last two weeks.

"We brought one guy for the half-marathon, Mike ran the 5K and I chose to run the race," said Saddic, who ran for George Mason and won the women's NCAA title at 10,000 meters in 1992.

Yesterday, she ran slower than her 17:11 time during a second-place finish in Syracuse two weeks ago. "It was windy, but it felt fast. It was a lot of climbing the first half -- I thought it would be flat. But when we turned around, there was a lot of downhill, so I guess it evens out."

The major focus for Saddic is the Olympic marathon trials next spring in St. Louis, so yesterday's race was more of a training run as she pulled away from the other women runners early.

"With the wind and I didn't know what the competition would be like, so I'm happy," she said.

Relay winners

Jim Adams' Falls Road Running Store won the Geico Direct Team Relay for the third time in as many years as Joel Brusewitz, Jesse Williams and Mark Gilmore made their contributions with more than a little moral support from Adams.

Gilmore, 35, ran the 9.9-mile anchor leg after Adams handed off from the 3.3-mile third leg.

"It's a long leg for a relay," Gilmore said about his part. "The first five miles are pretty much uphill. I actually prefer to run the third leg, but one of our guys was out of town, so I volunteered to run the fourth leg and Jim ran the third."

Wheelchair winner

Jeff Hopkins, 37, successfully defended his title in the crank division of the wheelchair race.

"It's so hilly," said Hopkins, who finished in 1:58. "I was hoping to run 1:45. I have New York City coming up in two weeks. As I was going uphill, I remembered how hilly this course is. I think it's a little tougher than New York is going to be."

Fun run always hit

Walter and Ruth McNulty of Moreno Valley, Calif., were on hand to watch daughter Margaret Constable compete in the marathon and grandchildren Megan, 9, and Jack Constable, 7, in the Kids' Fun Run.

"We came all the way from California to see this -- all five minutes of it," McNulty said of the kids' run.

Also, Lutherville's Dayspring Christian Academy sent 23 of its 60 students to yesterday's fun run, according to Julie Bond, who recently began a running program at the school.

It was the first race ever for many of the students, ranging from first to eighth grade.

"We wanted them to see some of the glory before the pain," Bond said. "We try to teach them fitness, taking care of their bodies."

Marylander seventh

Chris Chattin, 39, wasn't thrilled with his time of 2:39:10, but for the second time in three years, he was the top Marylander in the marathon.

"I'll take the place," said Chattin, who was seventh. "I had an inner ear virus in September that caused some dizziness. I couldn't train properly, and I almost backed out."

Dave Berardi, 43, ran with Chattin through 13 miles, then had to pull over for several minutes in the 17th mile with an ailing hamstring, which was massaged by a woman from Massachusetts waiting for one of her children to come through.

"I don't know who she was," Berardi said, "but I want to thank her."

Neville Anderson, 41, took advantage of that opening to claim first place in the masters division and $500 with a time of 2:43:47.

"Berardi and I are good friends, and we see each other on the road a lot," Anderson said of his neighbor from the west side. "Marathons are a crapshoot. Sometimes it becomes a matter of survival, and you've got to will yourself in."

Anderson, a lifeguard in the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, not only won the masters title, he also led the way in the unofficial "Clydesdale" division. The 190-pound Anderson was two minutes in front of Chris Ciamarra, who goes over 180 pounds.

"I wanted to prove I was tops there, too," Anderson said.

Willetta Page, 43, came all the way from Los Angeles to win the masters division among women. Lee DiPietro, 45, would have been eligible for that prize if she hadn't finished second overall, as no "double dipping" of prize money is allowed.

Wrong turn

Michael Wardian had an interesting day as part of a fascinating running career.

Wardian, 29, was an attackman for Michigan State when the Spartans had a Division I lacrosse team.

The Arlington, Va., resident, got into distance running and won a 100-mile race through the Himalayas in 2001. Two weeks ago, he was fourth in the Detroit Marathon, and yesterday he placed sixth despite a wrong turn in the 20th mile that took him into the Clifton Park Golf Course.

"A policewoman was directing a car, and something got lost in translation," said Wardian, who's sponsored by the Pacers Running Team and New Balance.

"A guy in a golf cart told me I was off course, and I wasn't looking to play, either. I lost at least five minutes. I would have broken 2:29, but I'm still psyched."

Et cetera

Two-time Maryland Marathon winner Marilyn Bevans, who coaches girls cross country and outdoor track at Pikesville High, finished the 5K in 24:19, off her personal record of "18-something." "That was 20 or 30 years ago, though," said the 54-year-old.

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