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by Jim Hage April 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm 105 0

By Jim Hage
Rockville, MD
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kenyans Julius Kogo and Risper Gesabwa took advantage of a prevailing tailwind to set men’s and women’s course records of 28 minutes 6 seconds and 32:07 at the 16th Kaiser Permanente Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville.

And while the point-to-point course notably features a net loss in elevation, give the winners, four new age-group record holders, the many who lowered their PRs, and all of the 2,558 finishers their due: Rockville Pike rolls down and up and the early-morning wind was gusty and changeable. The day the wind blows steadily from the north, even these formidable records will fall.

But for now, Kogo, 25, and Gesabwa, 22, are at the top of their games; gone are the old marks of 28:30 by Tesfaye Bekele (2009) and 32:45 by Jen Rhines (1998).  Last year at Pike’s Peak, Kogo was the runner-up – by one second–to Ethiopian Bado Worku, who won in 28:43.

Photo left: The men’s lead pack about 3.5 miles into the race. “I didn’t want to be second again,” Kogo (Bib #2) conceded, and with a quick third mile he winnowed a pack of 15 to just three. Only Nicholas Kurgat (#21), who trains with Kogo in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Abiyot Endale (#10), the affable Ethiopian from the Bronx, stayed close. Kurgat finished second in 28:14 and Endale took third in 28:19, a 55-second personal best established at last year’s race when he finished ninth.

“My dream was to break 29 minutes,” Endale said, “so I am very happy. I am recovered from a knee injury [chondromalacia] and am training good again.” Endale, 24, ran 29:18 and finished third at the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond on April 4.

Another surprised but happy runner was Jeffrey Eggleston, 26, seventh and the first American in 28:34, a personal best by a whopping 83 seconds. “My PR was kind of soft, but I’m really excited,” said Eggleston, primarily a marathoner who is training for the World Championships in South Korea this summer.

“My plan today was to hang as long as I could. And we needed someone to represent the U.S.!” Eggleston added. “It was a great field but I wasn’t afraid. I beat Girma Tola [eighth in 28:45] who ran 10K at the Sydney Olympics. So that’s cool.”

Former Georgetown University track standout and now medical student Maggie Infeld, 25, was the top American woman, 10th in 34:07.

Gesabwa’s one-second win over Ethiopian Alemtseha Misganaw was another in a series of close races between not-quite-friendly rivals. Gesabwa complained afterward that Misganaw ran too close, clipping her heels repeatedly.

“She was right here!” Gesabwa said, slapping her hip. Gesabwa nearly won this year’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, where Misganaw took fourth. Gesabwa also bested Misganaw by two seconds at the Azalea Trail 10K Run (Mobile, Ala.) in March.

Denise Knickman (photo left), 42, ran 37:02 to win the women’s masters race and Joseph Ekuom, 41, took the men’s masters title in 31:39.

Some 15 members of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase rescue squad–emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and paramedics–completed the race. Two more members rode bikes along the course to provide first aid support.

The rescue squad’s Craig Pernick, 50, from Chevy Chase, ran his first 10K, competing admirably if not quite finishing alongside team members such as Oliver Vickery, 18. “It was good to finish,” Pernick said. “I’ll do it again as long as my knees hold out.”

 

Award Winners

Open & Masters By Gun Time, Age Groups By Net Time 
 No Duplicate Prizes

 MALE OPEN Gun Time                                       $$$
 1     2 Julius Kogo           25 Chapel Hill NC       28:06# 1000 
 2    21 Nicholas Kurgat       31 Chapel Hill NC       28:14#  750 
 3    10 Abiyot Endale         24 Bronx NY             28:19#  650 
 4     7 Kumsa Adugna          24 Bronx NY             28:23#  600 
 5     4 Deresse Deniboba      28 Bronx NY             28:28#  550 
 6    13 Reuben Mwei           26 Marietta GA          28:32#  500 
 7     5 Jeffrey Eggleston     26 Flagstaff AZ         28:34#  450 
 8     6 Girma Tola            35 New York NY          28:45#  400 
 9    22 Kipyegon Kirui        30 Chapel Hill NC       28:47#  350 
 10     3 Tesfaye Assefa        27 Bronx NY             28:57# 300 
 # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

 FEMALE OPEN Gun Time
 1    16 Risper Gesabwa        22 Marietta GA          32:07# 1000 
 2    17 Alemtseha Misganaw    30 New York NY          32:08#  750 
 3    32 Aziza Aliyu           25 New York NY          32:22#  650 
 4    18 Malika Mejdoub        28 Jackson Heights NY   32:42#  600 
 5    20 Hirut Mandefro        25 Flagstaff AZ         32:48#  550 
 6    24 Hellen Jemutai        29 Chapel Hill NC       32:54#  500 
 7    35 Yihunlish Bekele      29 Washington DC        33:20#  450 
 8    23 Divina Jepkogei       25 Chapel Hill NC       33:22#  400 
 9    34 Tezeta Dengersa       30 Burtonsville MD      33:39#  350 
 10  1465 Maggie Infeld         25 Washington DC        34:07  300 
 # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

 MALE MASTERS Gun Time
 1    41 Joseph Ekuom          41 High Falls NY        31:39*  250 
 2    28 Elarbi Khattabi       43 Westchester PA       31:58*  200 
 3    43 Curtis Cox            43 Trinidad WI          32:02*  150 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE MASTERS Gun Time
 1    42 Denise Knickman       42 Baltimore MD         37:02*  250 
 2    45 Alisa Harvey          45 Manassas VA          37:45*  200 
 3    25 Elena Orlova          41 Gaithersburg MD      38:12   150 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 MALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19 Net Time
 1  2593 Dagmawi Abebe         17 Gaithersburg MD    34:10    75 
 2  2507 Patrick Ochoa         17 Derwood MD         40:14    50 

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  15 - 19 Net Time
 1  1760 Allison Marella       15 Damascus MD        42:22    75 
 2  2485 Alex Starnes          15 Manassas VA        46:01    50 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24 Net Time
 1    56 Andy Sovonick         24 Gaithersburg MD    32:16    75 
 2  2738 Benjamin Bartlett     23 Columbia MD        34:03    50 
 3   234 Alex Booth            23 Bethesda MD        34:29    25 

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  20 - 24 Net Time
 1  1923 Rebecca Parks         22 Reisterstown MD    39:14    75 
 2  3029 Alison Case           23 Rockville MD       41:15    50 
 3   607 Amy Greenberg         23 Potomac MD         46:41    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29 Net Time
 1    36 David Berdan          29 Owings Mills MD    29:30#   75 
 2    75 Birhanu Feysa         28 Silver Spring MD   29:34#   50 
 3    71 Tarikii Bokan         29 Herndon VA         29:34#   25 
 # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  25 - 29 Net Time
 1    31 Dirbe Hunde           27 New York NY        34:09    75 
 2    69 Keneni Chala          29 Washington DC      34:36    50 
 3    33 Muliye Gurmu          27 Bronx NY           35:33    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34 Net Time
 1     8 Kitema Nigusse        30 Bronx NY           29:24#   75 
 2    38 Mark Stallings        30 Atglen PA          30:06    50 
 3    15 Wilson Komen          33 Washington DC      30:18    25 
 # Under USATF OPEN guideline    

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34 Net Time
 1    30 Michelle Miller       30 Damascus MD        35:36    75 
 2   603 Elizabeth Young       31 Washington DC      37:30    50 
 3    60 Lynn Knothe           33 Wilmington DE      39:03    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39 Net Time
 1    14 Michael Wardian       37 Arlington VA       30:21*   75 
 2    40 Troy Harrison         35 Waterfall PA       31:38*   50 
 3  1804 David Wertz           35 Arlington VA       32:03*   25 
 4  1295 Kris Simms            39 Baltimore MD       35:08    25 
 5  1113 Keith Freeburn        37 Centreville VA     35:49    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  35 - 39 Net Time
 1  2680 Brenda Schrank        39 Winchester         36:56    75 
 2  1256 Sandra Bonilla        35 Kensington MD      42:03    50 
 3  2657 Christie Yang         39 Falls Church VA    42:57    25 
 4   274 Kaari Lii Linask      37 Rockville MD       43:29    25 
 5  1651 Kimberly Price        38 Gaithersburg MD    44:26    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44 Net Time
 1  2767 Mike Colaiacovo       41 Ellicott City MD   33:30*   75 
 2    44 Jordan Snyder         44 Rockville MD       33:52*   50 
 3  3008 Brian Davis           40 Rockville MD       36:39    25 
 4  1913 Joerg Schroeder       43 Rockville MD       37:04    25 
 5  2101 Eric Lawrence         43 Potomac MD         38:02    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  40 - 44 Net Time
 1    47 Paula Pels            43 Bethesda MD        40:34    75 
 2  2159 Cheryl Young          41 Reston VA          42:14    50 
 3  1639 Janice Lunenfeld      41 Rockville MD       42:52    25 
 4  2612 Theresa White         41 Annandale VA       43:36    25 
 5  2807 Alida Anderson        41 Potomac MD         44:18    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49 Net Time
 1   382 Mark Neff             49 Derwood MD         34:41*   75 
 2    48 Jhonny Camacho        48 Torrington CT      36:55    50 
 3  2797 Howard Frost          45 Falls Church VA    37:40    25 
 4  1033 George Lane           45 Ashburn VA         37:43    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  45 - 49 Net Time
 1    49 Linda Foley           49 Oak Hill VA        39:08    75 
 2  3254 Leslie Anchor         48 Rockville MD       44:12    50 
 3   633 Lynn Zipf             46 Silver Spring MD   45:29    25 
 4  3018 Kris Barner           45 Rockville MD       46:06    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54 Net Time
 1  1699 Henry Wigglesworth    53 Washington DC      34:20*   75 
 2    65 Dave Berardi          50 Baltimore MD       34:43*   50 
 3    51 Greg Cauller          51 York PA            34:44*   25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  50 - 54 Net Time
 1  1359 Deedee Loughran       52 Oak Hill VA        40:01*   75 
 2  2420 Win Persina           51 Washington DC      42:09    50 
 3  1460 Paula Galliani        51 Gaithersburg MD    45:59    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 MALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59 Net Time
 1    59 Chuck Moeser          59 Sterling VA        35:55*   75 
 2  1285 Roland Rust           58 Bethesda MD        37:36*   50 
 3    55 Peter Darmody         55 Gaithersburg MD    37:48*   25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  55 - 59 Net Time
 1  2672 Betty Blank           58 Falls Church VA    44:11*   75 
 2  2571 Heather Sanders       55 McLean VA          45:14    50 
 3   324 Linda Mattingly       56 Hyattsville MD     48:17    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 MALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64 Net Time
 1  2117 Timothy Morgan        60 Damascus MD        39:17*   75 
 2  1751 Richard Adams, Jr.    60 Herndon VA         40:06    50 
 3  2676 Jim Wright            61 Gaithersburg MD    40:42    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  60 - 64 Net Time
 1  2176 Nancy Avitabile       63 Bethesda MD        48:28    75 
 2  2458 Alice Franks          62 Rockville MD       48:28    50 
 3  2276 Anne Forsha           60 Derwood MD         50:53    25 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69 Net Time
 1  2095 Donald Hensel         66 Gaithersburg MD    44:35    75 
 2   684 Michael Golash        67 Washington CA      45:19    50 
 3  1345 Gregory Chaconas      65 Washington DC      46:38    25 

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  65 - 69 Net Time
 1  2517 Dee Nelson            67 Gaithersburg MD    49:37*   75 
 2   914 Joann Szczepkowski    65 Rehoboth Beach DE  49:44*   50 
 3  2143 Chris Craun           65 Bethesda MD        49:45*   25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 MALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 74 Net Time
 1  2624 Gerald Ives           71 Washington DC      44:26*   75 
 2    61 John Elliott          72 Columbia MD        46:18*   50 
 3  2675 Chan Robbins          73 Arlington VA       51:39    25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  70 - 74 Net Time
 1  2473 Betty Smith           70 Rockville MD       70:03    75 
 2  2189 Jamie Wollard         72 N.Bethesda MD      76:17    50 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  75 - 79 Net Time
 1  2515 Skip Grant            75 Chevy Chase MD     48:07*   75 
 2  1717 George Yannakakis     79 Sparksglencoe MD   51:31*   50 
 3  2725 Henry Guyot           76 Washington DC      54:03*   25 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  75 - 79 Net Time
 1  3016 Jacquelin O'Neil      79 Washington DC      77:37    75 

 MALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99 Net Time
 1  1419 Jack McMahon          80 Silver Spring MD   54:39*   75 
 * Under USATF Age-Group guideline

 FEMALE AGE GROUP:  80 - 99 Net Time

 

by James Carbary March 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm 101 0

By Jim Carbary

Last year Dave Berdan won the Annual 10 Mile Challenge in an amazingly fast time of 51:43. At this year’s race, Ryan McGrath, captain of the Falls Road Running team offered a bonus of $100 to his teammate Alexander Battaglino if he could better that time. Having every intention of collecting, Battaglino bolted from the start and immediately assumed a commanding lead.

“He went out so fast that we thought he’d fade and we’d reel him in,” said Carlos Renjifo, captain of the Howard County Strider/Feet First racing team.

Battaglino  (left in photo by Doug Hawkland) kept a relentless pace, however, and slowed down only slightly in the hilly section of the course around six miles. “I never looked back,” he said, “so I really didn’t know how far ahead I was.” He finished nearly two minutes ahead of Matt Barresi in second place. Battaglino clocked 51:34 – nine seconds ahead of Berdan’s time— so he earned his bonus.

Falls Road may have claimed the top finisher, but they placed only six in the top 20 finishers, while the home team from Howard County placed seven in the top 20. This was enough for the locals to win the men’s team trophy. The top 12 men scored, with the next 80 serving as “displacers.”

Howard County’s Kara Waters (below in photo by Jim Carbary) won the woman’s race in 1:01:55 by a margin similar to that of Battaglino. She ran the race as an independent last year, but signed on with the Striders this year and ran several minutes faster, mostly competing against the men. “There were some good hills,” Kara said about the course. Her time and margin of victory were all the more amazing since she had just finished the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon (Arizona) a month ago in 2:52:31. She plans to improve her time by doing some speed work in the near future.

Kara’s valiant effort was not enough for the Strider women to beat back the women’s team from Falls Road. Led by Denise Knickman, the Falls Road women collected the next five places behind Waters and swept to a resounding victory in the women’s team challenge. “It was the best race I’ve had in a while,” Knickman said. The top six women on a team scored.

The mixed or coed team victory was decided by a scoring system as complicated as the NFL’s tie-breaker rules. Fortunately, the scoring was handled by a computer, which eventually determined that the men and women of Falls Road had also won the mixed team championship. By dint of its two team victories, Falls Road also took the overall championship. They retained the ancient trophy, which dates to 1980. Battaglino and Waters also took home trophies for their individual victories. The men, women’s, and mixed teams received trophies. But there were no more awards, since this was purely a team challenge race. All finishers did receive the trademark painter’s gloves.

The race was directed by Richard Bernstein, who received support from dozens of Howard County Strider volunteers and the Boy Scouts. The Howard County police not only provided traffic control, they also gave Battaglino a motorcycle escort all through his 10-mile jaunt. The Striders also wish to thank Steve Musselman and the Howard Community college, which served as the venue for the race and allowed use of its gymnasium for post-race ceremonies.

Ten complete teams from all over central Maryland and the District of Columbia competed in the 10 Mile Challenge, which is an official RRCA Championship race. The Challenge race also represents the first race in the Maryland RRCA Grand Prix Championship series. Although 800 signed up for the race, only 564 finished. The registration of the 800 individuals marked the largest field ever for the 10 Mile Challenge and the first time the event ever closed out.

Top  Men

1. Alexander Battaglino Falls Road 51:34
2. Matthew Barresi Howard 53:21
3. Carlos Renjifo Howard 53:27
4. Tristam Thomas Falls Road 53:51
5. Ed Aramayo Falls Road 53:57
6. Dustin Meeker Falls Road 54:02
7. Dave Miller Unattached 54:30
8. Andrew Madison Howard County 54:37
9. James Henry Montgomery County 55:03
10. Mark Buschman Howard 55:39
11. Garrett Ash Falls Road 56:00
12. Kyle Stanton Howard County 56:14
13. Luke Bedford RASAC 56:22
14. Daniel Miranda Baltimore 56:54
15. Karsten Brown Annapolis 57:01
16. Alex Loper RASAC 57:09
17. Randall McDermott Howard County 57:25
18. Seth Tibbitts Falls Road 57:29
19. Philip Diven Howard County 57:34
20. Matthew Klaschus RASAC 57:53

Top  Women

1. Kara Waters Howard County 1:01:55
2. Denise Knickman Falls Road 1:03:49
3. Diane Heiser Falls Road 1:04:17
4. Melissa Majundar Falls Road 1:04:57
5. Suzanne Hurst Falls Road 1:06:47
6. Jaclyn Truncellito Falls Road 1:07:04
7. Stefanie Commins Howard County 1:07:16
8. Megan DiGregorio Falls Road 1:08:09
9. Megan McNew Falls Road 1:08:18
10. Robyn Humphrey Howard County 1:08:25
11. Donna Wecker Howard County 1:08:28
12. Patricia Soumoff Montgomery County 1:08:38
13. Caroline Bauer Howard County 1:08:43
14. Kristin Van Eron Baltimore 1:08:49
15. Nicole Deziel Montgomery County 1:11:00
16. Ulrike Robinson Montgomery County 1:11:34
17. Utonna Sherrod Annapolis 1:11:57
18. Sarah Lebro Howard County 1:12:01
19. Alyssa Godesky Falls Road 1:12:19
20. Audrey Perlow DCRRC 1:12:20

Men’s Teams (low score wins)

1. HCS 198
2. FRR 222
3. RASAC 522
4. MCRRC 814
5. BRRC 834
6. DCRRC 1199
7. FSC 1433
8. AS 1455
9. WRRC 1885
10. PGRC 2703

Women’s Teams

1. FRR 28
2. HCS 60
3. MRRC 121
4. BRRC 178
5. RASAC 320
6. FSC 333
7. AS 389
8. DCRRC 456
9. WRR 598
10. PGRC 678

Mixed Teams

1. FRR 497
2. HCS 532
3. MRRC 1286
4. RASAC 1350
5. BRRC 1408
6. DCRRC 2056
7. FSC 2322
8. AS 2502
9. WRR 3198
10. PGRC 4490

 

 

This event was the first race of the 2011 Maryland Grand Prix Championship Series

 

Below is this year’s schedule.

 

 

Maryland State RRCA Championship Series Schedule

1. MD RRCA Challenge (the 1st race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) was run Sunday 2/27/11- 8:00 a.m.
2. Springburst 8K (2nd race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Saturday 4/9/11 – 9:00 a.m.
3. Bel Air Town Run 5K (3th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 6/05/11 – 8:00 a.m.
4. Fatburger 5 Miler (4th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 6/19/11 – 8:00 a.m.
5. Dog Day’s 8K (5th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 8/7/11 – 8:00 a.m.
6. Frederick Mile (6th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Saturday 9/10/11 – 8:00 a.m.
7. Dave Herlocker Memorial Bachmann Valley Half Marathon (7th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 9/25/11 – 8:00 a.m.
8. Falls Road 15K (8th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 10/02/12 – 8:30 a.m.
9. Rockville 10K (9th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Sunday 11/06/11 – 8:30 a.m.
10. Northern Central Trail Marathon (10th race of the Maryland RRCA State Championship Series) will be run Saturday 11/26/16 – 9:30 a.m.

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