MERRILL HAUSENFLUCK,
WINNER OF THE BETHESDA CHASE
10K IN A TIME OF 32:36.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
Bethesda Chase 1999: Hausenfluck and Altieri Blown to Victory

BY GEORGE BANKER

BETHESDA, MD--You don't let a good thing go after 21 years. Right before things hit bottom, the Bethesda Chase 20K underwent a change. The Montgomery County Department of Recreation teamed with the Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant of Bethesda to sponsor the "New" Bethesda Chase 10K (Sunday, March 7, 1999) to usher in the 22nd running.

The race started and finished at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. All of the hills were not removed--a half-mile segment on Cedar Lane going from Wisconsin to Old Georgetown Road (after mile three). It was a level playing field as all of the runners had to battle a fierce wind and cold temperatures which was going to produce slow times. The race had about seven hundred registered runners.

"I thought it was great. We designed the course to make it a friendly race for the average runner. I think everything worked the way we wanted it to. All of the people in downtown Bethesda supported the race," said Edward Wrothe of the Montgomery County Recreation Department. Wrothe was one of the designers of the old course which was famous for its tremendous hills.

The old course was so tough the records for the Masters were set in 1978 and never lowered. The men's was set at 1:05:14 by Ben Wilson. Marge Rosasco set the women's Masters record with 1:16:57. Rosasco turned around in 1979 and won the women's division overall with 1:15:53. The men's open record was set in 1981 by Malcom East with 1:01:05. Patricia McGovern set the women's record in 1985 with 1:12:42.

 

RUSSELL CRANDALL, 2ND IN 32:40.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
Eyes were on two runners: Merrill Hausenfluck (1:06:57) of Hagerstown, who works for Cyntergy Corporation, and Bea-Marie Altieri (1:17:29) of Columbia, the 1998 winners of the Bethesda Chase 20K.

Leaving the restaurant, a tight pack of four runners were led by Philipe Kozub of Bethesda and Jeffrey McCarthy of Washington, going into the first turn onto Woodmont Avenue where the runners went south to turn at Bradley to reach Wisconsin Avenue.

There was a two-mile stretch where the wind was hindering performance. Russell Crandall of Washington was leading the pack. Going into the second mile, the time was 10:36. Crandall was sailing along doing all of the work. Brian Ferrari of Hagerstown was holding the number-two spot. Tucked in third was McCarthy followed by Hausenfluck. They were all fighting a head wind. The trailing pack had thinned out and was out of the hunt. It was a four-person race with the hill yet to come.

The lead female from the start was Altieri with Anita Freres of Rockville less than a minute back. Altieri was running smooth into the wind and not giving up any ground as Freres attempted to close in. Closely behind Freres was Desiree Ficker of Potomac sitting and waiting.

The winning Masters (age 40 and over) was George Buckheit of Fairfax with 34:47, in fifth place. Jim Whitnah of Chevy Chase was second with 35:40, in 13th place.

 

BRIAN FERRARI, 3RD OVERALL IN 32:52.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
The winning female Masters was Melanie Levine of Washington with 45:45. Sandra Ruprecht of Kensington was second with 46:16.

"I'm real pleased, it's not a financial thing with us. If we can get a break in the weather. We want to help mold the community. Our goal is to help other businesses. The Bethesda Partnership has been fantastic," said Bruce Earle of the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.

"We are glad that the Department of Recreation and Rock Bottom were able to bring the event off. It helps a good cause. I am trying to get back into it. It was a lot of fun, cold and windy. On Cedar it was tough and I was pushing myself. I wanted to finish in less than an hour but I did a 1:01:40," said Catherine Chapman of the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

The oldest competitor was Alvin Guttag, age 80, of Gaithersburg who finished with 1:14:19. Guttag had ran in the first 20K in 1978. The youngest was Emily Buzzell, age 13, of Middletown with 42:03 (6th place).

The Cumberland Valley Athletic Club sailed by in the team competition to defend their 1998 title. The Montgomery County Road Runners took first place in the Open Women's and the Masters Men. Danish Delight was first in the Masters Women. Team Landon was first in the Corporate division.

After mile three, at Cedar Lane, the runners took a left turn and started to climb. The runners were being robbed of their speed. At times the wind was hitting at will from all sides.

 

FEMALE WINNER OF THE BETHESDA
CHASE 10K BEA MARIE ALTIERI IN 37:48
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
Hausenfluck, a member of the Cumberalnd Valley AC made a decisive move which paralyzed all of the runners. A few calculated surges uphill threw the lead his way as he sailed by the other runners. There was no one willing to latch on to challenge.

Crandall, after losing the lead, attempted to hold on momentarily. Hausenfluck was at home with the hill. In contact with the leaders was Ferrari trying to maintain. Hausenfluck put it out of reach and lowered the hammer once onto George Road with a mile remaining.

Hausenfluck set the new event record for the 10K with 32:36. Crandall held in the closing mile to claim second with 32:40. Ferrari had fallen back to third with 32:52.

"I ran twenty miles yesterday to take the pressure off. I felt good the last two miles. Once I got the distance I worked the hill, and the hills happen to be my favorite. I knew they had to have a hill somewhere," said Hausenfluck.

"When I caught him [Crandall] I felt pretty comfortable. He ran tough and I got hung out there in no man's land. After two miles I had dropped off. It's so much easier to say the course was easy after winning. There was some confusion in the turns with cars coming out. The last 5K was faster," added Hausenfluck.

"I went out front, someone had to be there. It was not fun and I was able to keep going. That guy, [Hausenfluck] he came from out of nowhere and put it in a kick," said second-place, Crandall.

 

FIRST MASTERS GEORGE BUCKHEIT
CRUISES TO THE FINISH LINE IN 34:47.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
"We battled the wind pretty much until mile four. I had no idea that hill was in there. I knew when I hit that it was going to be a 32-minute day. Merrill started to push about mile three, there were three of us. He pushed hard up the hill," said Crandall.

Bea Marie Altieri held the lead from the start and won wire to wire with a time of 37:48, the mark to beat next year. Anita Freres of Rockville was holding the number two spot but was unable to pull Altieri back and finished with 38:28.

Taking the number-three place was Desiree Ficker of Potomac with 40:25 as Philippa Wellborn of Potomac tried to upset Ficker but settled for fourth with 40:27.

MALE

Overall

1. Merrill Hausenfluck 32:36
2. Russell Crandall 32:40
3. Brian Ferrari 32:52
4. Jeffrey McCarthy 33:25
5. George Buckheit 34:47
6. Erik Carpenter 34:52
7. Philipe Kozub 34:55
8. Paul Neimeyer 35:02
9. Isaac Sugut 35:12
10. Mark Torres 35:16

 

ANITA FRERES, 2ND WOMAN IN 38:28.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
14 and Under

1. Nathan Wyeth 46:06

15-19

1. Matthew Cooke 40:12
2. Steve Andrews 41:37
3. Sam Dratch 42:36

35-39

1. Brian Ferrari 32:52
2. Paul Jacobson 36:44
3. Marty France 37:30

40-44

1. George Buckheit 34:47
2. Jim Whitnah 35:40
3. David Luljak 36:48

 

DESIREE FICKER, 3RD WOMAN
WITH 40:25.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
45-49

1. John Kusek 39:28
2. Marc Wolfson 40:28
3. Thomas Skelly 42:21

50-54

1. Henry Danver 40:46
2. Roger Barbee 43:19
3. Kirk Davies 43:53

55-59

1. Warren Prunella 42:14
2. Tom Willging 45:30
3. John Bailey 48:12

60-64

1. Chan Robbins 42:28
2. John Sabel 50:27
3. George Tarrico 52:27

65-69

1. Thomas Momiyama 47:48
2. Keith Olson 49:21
3. Peter Hui 54:28

70-99

1. Paul Lackey 52:40
2. Bill Osburn 53:54
3. Alvin Guttag 1:14:19

FEMALE

Overall

1. Bea Marie Altieri 37:48
2. Anita Freres 38:28
3. Desiree Ficker 40:25
4. Philippa Wellborn 40:27
5. Kathleen Filipczyk 40:34
6. Emily Buzzell 42:03
7. Christy Muldoon 42:12
8. Paula Pels 42:41
9. Sarah Buckheit 43:47
10. Julie Webb 44:55

14 and Under

1. Emily Buzzell 42:03
2. Raquel Morgan 47:40
3. Gilma Barrera 50:33

15-19

1. Yumi Cosbert 45:47
2. Nuria Hearing 55:47
3. Megan Kressler 59:36

35-39

1. Philippa Wellborn 40:27
2. Sarah Buckheit 43:47
3. Wendy Ponvert 46:37

40-44

1. Melanie Levin 45:45
2. Sandra Ruprecht 46:16
3. Barbara Christen 48:59

45-49

1. Elise Heumann 49:02
2. Elizabeth Sadoff 53:21
3. Mette Foster 54:43

50-54

1. Mary Kuta 52:45
2. Penny Bodine 53:18
3. Diane Lewis 55:32

55-59

1. Priscila Prunella 49:58
2. Jane Bryan 1:08:45
3. Jeanette Kreiser 1:15:44

60-64

1. Tami Graf 54:38