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Luke Belford and Courtney Waldhauser led the way as the Renaissance Allsports Athletic Club finished third among 10 teams in the Maryland-D.C. 10-Mile Team Championship Race Sunday in Columbia.

Belford finished 10th in the field of 560, and Waldhauser placed 12th among the women in leading RASAC to its best finish of the last 12 years in the annual race.

Waldhauser marked her return to racing after an eight-month hiatus due to a stress fracture. The 19-year-old Fallston High grad ran 68:57, behind winner Susie Emond, 59:27. Eileen Giovanazi finished 2:48 behind Waldhauser in 1:11:45. Megan McNew ran 1:12:23, and Veronique Hauschild, 1:16:01, to complete the RASAC scoring.

With a team of 46 runners, RASAC placed fourth in the women’s scoring, third in the men’s, and third in the combined. The Falls Road Running Store won all three, and Howard County Striders, with 97 entrants, was second in men’s and combined. The women’s scoring was based on a team of four, and the men’s, a team of 10.

For Belford, it was the first long race since his 2:39:08, sixth-place finish in the Hartford, Conn., Marathon in October. He clocked 55:28 Sunday behind winner Dave Berdan, of the Falls Road Running Center (51:43).

Billy Steele, 18, of Rising Sun, gave the RASAC team a boost with his 13th place finish in 55:59. Matt Klaschus, of Street, was the third finisher for the team at 25th in 58:37, and Elkton High School standout Luke Arbuckle was 26th in 58:43.

Two other RASAC members bettered the 1-hour mark. Alex Loper was 27th in 58:55, and Shawn Loper, 32nd in 59:34. Other scorers for the team were Jerry Henderson, 1:01:35; Jeff Damiano, 1:02:16; Kevin Hewitt, 1:03:43; Charles Powell, 1:03:55; and Gary Grant, 1:04:59.

North Harford coach Eric Benjamin ran 1:01:50 in 53rd place, and Dulaney High School coach Chad Boyle, 1:01:09 in 49th. Both competed for Falls Road Running Club.

Rock N Roll Marathon

Ten Harford County runners raced in the Rock N Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans Sunday. Lisa Gesualdo, of Bel Air, registered the top finish, placing 38th in her age group in the half marathon in 1:48:52.

Others among the 9,300 finishers in the 13.1-mile event were Kevin Lynam, 1:57:40; Andrea Defazio, 2:07:34; Brian Minutoli, 2:14:21; Michelle Jennings, 2:23:32; Lisa Minutoli, 2:26:38; Lara Mortimer, 2:43:27; Robert Trumbetta, 2:53:28; and David McNeely, 2:55:34.

Sabra Kurth, of Havre de Grace, was among the 3,509 finishers of the full marathon. She finished in 6:19:26.

Gervais sets a record

Brandi Gervais wrote her name in the Towson University record book Friday in the New York University Fastrack Invitational.

The junior from Churchville ran 5,000 meters in 17:45.33 to better by 1 second the school indoor mark set in 2006. The time was a personal best by 7 seconds for Gervais, who placed fifth in the strong field.

Shannel Shivers, of Aberdeen, placed in two throwing events for Towson. She took third in the shot put at 40 feet, 3/4 inch and third in the 20-pound weight throw at 47-10.

Christy Boden, of Pylesville, ran the 400 in 58.34. She also led off the 4x400 relay team which ran 3:56.29.

Elsewhere, Chris Wagner, of Fallston, ran the 800 meters in 1:53.88 Saturday in the Army-Navy dual meet in Annapolis. Wagner, a junior at West Point, finished fourth in the event, 1.1 seconds behind the winner.

In the Landmark Conference indoor meet at Selinsgrove, Pa., Chris Litz, of Bel Air, cleared 13-11 1/4 in the pole vault. The Goucher junior placed fifth in the event.

Youth track starting

The Aberdeen Soaring Eagles, a track program of Aberdeen Parks and Rec, is seeking volunteer coaches for the season, which begins March 15. The team begins workouts at 6 p.m. on that date at Aberdeen High School. Contacts are Craig Rollins at 443-760-0129 and Kyree Edwards, at Kyree.Edwards@hcps.org.

The Harford County Track Club will hold a meeting for parents of prospective members Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the Brown Room at John Carroll School in Bel Air. The club, for students of middle school age, begins track workouts in April. For information: Larry Pickett, 410-515-0907.

Coming races

Mar. 7: B&A Trail Marathon and Half-Marathon, Severna Park High School, 7:30 a.m., 410-268-1165.

Mar. 7: RASAC Greenway Trail 4 Miler, Conowingo Dam parking lot, 8 a.m., 410-879-7679.

Mar. 14: Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, Baltimore, 1:15 p.m., 410-308-1870.

Mar. 20: 22nd Annual HAT Run 50K, Susquehanna State Park, 9 a.m., 410-322-6158.


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