RICK PLATT (1ST 50-54, 1:23:14) RACES DOWN SCENIC
CARTER'S GROVE COUNTRY ROAD AT THE 25TH
ANHEUSER-BUSCH COLONIAL HALF-MARATHON.

Russian Twins Tie for First at
25th Annual Anheuser-Busch
Colonial Half-Marathon;
Pichrtova Wins Third
Consecutive Women's Title

BY RICK PLATT

WILLIAMSBURG, VA--It was a European sweep at the 25th annual Anheuser-Busch Colonial Half-Marathon on Sunday, February 22. Russian twins Dmitry and Aleksander Kapitonov, 35, based out of Gaithersburg, MD, had an easy time in the men's race, running together the entire way and crossing the finish line in 1:08:07.

Anna Pichrtova, 30, of the Czech Republic, but based out of Wayneboro, won her third consecutive title in the women's division with an impressive 1:16:08, equaling the second-fastest time in race history. Pichrtova has both the race and course records with her 1:15:02 from the 2002 Colonial Half. The 1:16:08 was the same time that Inge Schuurmans of Boulder, CO ran in the 1994 Colonial Half. That time is the record for the previous Colonial Parkway/Route 199 course. Due to traffic concerns on Route 199 (the Williamsburg bypass), the course was changed to the considerably hillier and slower Carter's Grove Country Road/Kingsmill course in 1998. The half-marathon, as well as the accompanying 3-mile run, finishes inside William and Mary Hall. There were 1,171 finishers in the half-marathon and 235 finishers in the 3-mile.

Michael Wardian, who had run the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon two weeks earlier in 2:22:40 (33rd place), then had a 23-mile long run the day before Colonial, was third overall in 1:09:22.

For the women, Jane Maxwell, 23, of Charlottesville came from behind to catch Casey Smith, 24, of Arlington for second place (1:18:46 to 1:18:52). Maxwell was the Atlantic Coast Conference 10,000-meter champion from 2003, and recently completed her collegiate eligibility with the fall 2003 cross-country season for the University of Virginia.

Alison Holinka, 25, of Chapel Hill, NC, the last runner to beat Pichrtova at Colonial (Holinka won the 2001 race in 1:17:34), had breathing problems throughout due to bronchitis, and had to drop out at 10 miles. Pichrtova planned to run the Los Angeles Marathon in two weeks, with the goal of breaking 2:37 and qualifying for the Czech team to the Athens Olympics. Dmitry Kapitonov will also be running the Los Angeles Marathon, while older brother (by 10 minutes) Aleksander will go to Boston in April.

Prize money went three deep for the men and women--$500, 300, 200.

Race age-group records were broken by Chuck Moeser, 52, of Sterling for men 50-54 (1:15:39, bettering his previous mark of 1:16:09 from last year), and by Sharon Giese, 61, of Richmond for women 60-64 (1:45:09, smashing by almost 12 minutes the previous mark of 1:57:02 by Tami Graf in 1997). Anna Pichrtova tied the race record for women 30-34 with her 1:16:08 (with Inge Schuurmans running that same time in 1994).

Moeser, ninth overall in 1:15:39, was the Masters winner for the third time (1994, 2003, and 2004), while Cecilia Lutz, 43, of Reston was the Masters female winner with her 10th-place overall 1:29:36.

MALE

Half-Marathon

Overall

1. Dmitry Kapitonov 1:08:07
2. Aleksander Kapitonov 1:08:07
3. Michael Wardian 1:09:22
4. Christopher Dean 1:11:46
5. Thomas McCarney 1:12:28
6. John Piggott 1:12:54
7. Michael Mann 1:13:27
8. Billy Edwards 1:14:15
9. Chuck Moeser 1:15:39
10. Chris Sloane 1:16:21

3 Mile

Open

1. Michael Porter 15:26
2. Adam Canning 15:51
3. Randy Horner 16:14
4. Michael Domin 17:00
5. Jason Bryant 17:16
6. Thys Wind 17:31
7. Nate Reilly 17:41
8. Ian Heavers 17:47
9. Christopher Turner 17:50
10. Joe Puleo 17:53
11. Walter Jones, Jr. 18:55
12. Gregory Ng 19:15
13. Scott Conary 19:23
14. Benjamin Myers 19:58
15. Andrzej Krot 20:39

Masters

1. Steven Menzies 16:53
2. Jim Goggin 18:41
3. David Lee 18:54
4. Nathan Nickerson 20:40
5. Allan Cibert 20:56
6. James Orrell 21:06
7. William Moore 21:21
8. Ray Gaut 21:28
9. Stephen Archibald 21:58
10. Peter Lamberton 22:18
11. Tom Ray 22:40
12. Bruce Bailey 22:47
13. Lenny Allmond 22:49
14. George Fenigsohn 22:52
15. George Vergara 22:56

FEMALE

Half-Marathon

Overall

1. Anna Pichrtova 1:16:08
2. Jane Maxwell 1:18:46
3. Casey Smith 1:18:52
4. Emily Richard 1:19:37
5. Kathy Newberry 1:22:08
6. Denise Knickman 1:24:19
7. Connie Buckwalter 1:26:06
8. Teha Kennard 1:29:00
9. Allyson Schindel 1:29:02
10. Cecilia Lutz 1:29:36

3 Mile

Open

1. Emily Ward 17:56
2. Laura Buchanan 18:08
3. Linda Sawvell 19:12
4. Cathy Collier 22:07
5. Karen Crayosky 22:16
6. Blake Points 22:17
7. Jill Bennett 22:17
8. Megan Ruckle 23:20
9. Barbara Hutton 23:29
10. Tara Sodano 23:58
11. Rachel Halpin 24:02
12. Susan Irwin 24:18
13. Ellen Zielinski 24:41
14. Kristin Bergeson 24:47
15. Fatima Mohammadi 24:59

Masters

1. Linda Ingleson 21:19
2. Cindy Clark 22:58
3. Connie Archibald 24:06
4. Jane Oren 25:48
5. Arleen Laporte 26:09
6. Shanan Raines 26:34
7. Jean Phelan 26:53
8. Cynthia Gleisberg 26:54
9. Donna Bryant 26:57
10. Toni Blanton 27:02
11. Debbie Pennington 27:51
12. Fran Teplitz 28:11
13. Suzanne Hallberg 28:38
14. Janet Barker 29:04
15. Keely Linn 29:33