Harford youths compete at AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans

In the steamy heat of New Orleans Monday, Katherine Eckart, of Bel Air, raced to an eighth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run at the National AAU Junior Olympics.

A member of the Harford County Track Club, Eckart completed 7 1/2 laps of the Tad Gormley Stadium track in 11:38.46. The humid, 85-degree heat seemed to slow all 31 finalists in the age-12 division race despite an early morning start. Winner Sydney Tullai from Chino Hills, Calif., ran about 25 seconds slower than her qualifying time of 10:40.


Eckart, a Patterson Mill Middle School student, came into the meet with the fourth-fastest qualifying time, 11:24. She also qualified in the 1,500 meters, which was to be held Tuesday, and 800 meters, set for Friday.

Christina Riggins, of Bel Air, a member of the Aberdeen Soaring Eagles Track Club, advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter dash for 12-year-olds. She turned in the fourth-fastest qualifying time of 12.97 seconds in winning the third of 13 heats. Finals in the 100 take place on Friday. She also placed 23rd in the long jump at 14-5 Monday.


Mylique McGriff, also of the Aberdeen club, was the third-fastest qualifier in the age-12 boys' 100 meters. He finished in 12.45 seconds to win his heat.

Also on Monday, Nicholas Alleyne placed 21st in the age-11 discus at 63-4. His Aberdeen teammate Keivon Bowman placed 26th at 60-6.

In the 800-meter run for 14-year-olds, Mark Pickett placed 38th in 2:13.2 and Chris Jones, 52nd in 2:17.61. In age 15-16 competition, Devon Teagle, of the Joppatowne Road Runners, ran 2:12.93. Breanna Keene, of the Harford club, ran 2:45.38 in girls' 15-16.

In road running


Charles Powell II and Donna Lewis were winners in the 30th annual Robin Hood Road 10K near Havre de Grace Sunday.


Powell won easily, leading 35 runners across the finish line in 38:05. Lewis paced the women's field in 50:42.

Finishing among the top five men were David Stevenson, 41:16; Mike Feinberg, 42:29; John Heller, 42:34; and Karia Husbyn, 43:42.

Anneliese Carbone finished second among the women in 53:36. She was followed by Tanya Peel, 57:03; Skye Fitzkee, 58:06; and Mary Rye, 59:09.

Nathan Boyer directed the race for the 30th time but did not compete because of a recent regimen of chemotherapy. Boyer, who won the race eight times and set the course record of 34:20 in 1990, promised to run the race again in 2012.

In races elsewhere

Offie Clark, of Aberdeen, was among the finishers of the 42K Davos Alpine Marathon in Zurich, Switzerland, July 30. He completed the course, billed as "a positively captivating landscape park rich with culture," in 5:28:49.

Nina Smeltzer, of Bel Air, finished fourth in the 50-54 age group in the North Beach 5K in Dewey Beach, Del., July 30. She ran 26:55 in a field of 400 runners.


Duane Christy, of Havre de Grace, won the 40-49 age group in 19:40 in the Wilmington Games 5K July 27. Three days later he ran 19:42 in winning his age group in the Run for Our Kids Health 5K, also in Wilmington.

Melissa Hexter, 16, of Bel Air, led the under-19 age group in the BRRC Meet of Miles at Goucher College July 13, clocking 5:55. In the same meet, Marge Rosasco, 63, placed fourth in the over-40 women's mile in 7:10.

Jennifer Clayton, of Street, ran 26:05 to place second in the 30-34 age group in the Run for J.J. Memorial 5K in Rehoboth Beach, Del., July 31.

Aberdeen High alumnus Paul Walters ran 3:07:35 in the San Francisco Marathon July 31. He placed 101st among 5,920 finishers and was 12th in men's 40-44.

Megan DiGregorio and Megan McNew finished one-two among the women of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance 5K in Baltimore, July 23. DiGregorio ran 18:51 to win by 8 seconds over McNew. Mouchine Outaleb led all 166 finishers in 15:40.

Coming races

Aug. 7: RASAC Cherry Hill 5 Miler, Burkins Road, in Street, 8 a.m., 443-504-3275

Aug. 13: River Valley Run 5K and 10K, River Valley Ranch, Manchester, 8 a.m., 410-308-1870