CHRIS BANKS, 5TH IN 24:47.
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO

Ng'eno and DiPietro Smash Outback Steakhouse Records

BY GEORGE BANKER

HYATTSVILLE, MD--"Two weeks ago I could not stick with the Russian women. I didn't know how quickly my fitness level would come back. Today I felt good and I knew we were on record pace. My first mile was 5:12. The time at the second was 10:38 and third was 15:58. They were in pretty good shape and I had to dig a little deeper," said Carole Zajac-Tynan, of Sterling, VA.

Zajac-Tynan, along with close to 500 runners and walkers, participated in the race down under at Prince George's Plaza. The 9th Outback Steakhouse Corridor Classic 8K, the most competitive race in P.G. County which was held Sunday, November 18, 2001. The race was a benefit for Special Olympics Maryland, Prince George's County.

The diverse field included runners from Kenya, Poland, Russia, and from the military: Navy, Marines, and Army. The top runners were all competing for $5,200 in prize money. The new course offered rolling hills though the scenic residential area of Hyattsville.

It took a half-mile around the Plaza for a lead pack of five to form: Sammy Ng'eno and David Njuguna, of Kenya (West Chester, PA), Mikhail Khobotov, of Russia (Gaithersburg, MD), Vincent Temu, of Kenya (Richmond, VA), and Chris Banks, of the Georgetown Running Company.

Going into the first mile (4:35), by Northwestern High School, the pack was down to four with Ng'eno in the lead, Banks was falling off pace. Ng'eno was running side-by-side with Njuguna for another half mile until he fell back and Temu pulled up to take over second place. The two-mile time was 9:20.

Ng'eno passed mile three in 14:05 with a 75-meter lead. Khobotov and Njuguna began to work on Temu and he was caught after the third mile. Ng'eno had a 100-meter lead after mile four and was on record pace. Ng'eno finished in first with 23:34 and collected the $500 plus $100 bonus for the new event record.

Njuguna ($350) was able to overpower Khobotov ($200) and finished second in 23:55 to 24:01. Temu ($100) was fourth in 24:12. Banks ($75) finished fifth in 24:47.

"This was a tough course. It was a challenge from behind and ahead. I want to come back and do 22 minutes. I want to put the spikes on for my father (Naftali Temu), the 1968 Olympic gold medallist in 10,000 meters," said Temu.

John Tuttle, of Douglasville, GA, was the first Masters in 25:12 and collected $300. Tuttle missed a new record and $75 dollars by two seconds. The record was set last year by Chris Fox. Joe Abernethy, of College Park, MD, was second in 25:42 ($250), Dave Berardi, of Baltimore, MD, was third in 25:44 ($150), and Jim Hage, of Lanham, MD, was fourth in 25:51 ($75).

Abernethy was first Masters (25:19) in 1999 and third Masters (26:30) last year. Berardi was second Masters (26:09) last year. Hage was the overall winner in 1997.

"Very competitive--too competitive, actually, for this old man, but I'll be back," said Hage.

"The course was challenging, but fair. There were some hills in miles 2 and 3. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of ups in the 4th mile. I passed the first mile in 5:36. I knew I was in trouble with those gradual ups coming up. Joe Abernethy told me this was a course for strategy not speed. I thought about going out easy and not killing myself," said Mick Slonaker, of Columbia, MD, finishing second in the 50-54 age group in 29:56 (35th).

At 3½ miles into the race along Wells Road, Irina Safarova, of Russia (Gaithersburg), was holding a lead over Zajac-Tynan and Dorota Gruca, of Poland (Gaithersburg). They missed a critical turn to get back on Adelphi Road. The three runners ran long. The fourth runner, Heather Hanscom, of Team Pacers (Old Town Alexandria), made the correct turn.

At the point where the leader came back on course, Safarova was now back in fifth place and Gruca and Zajac-Tynan were in the lead. At the point of the error they were all on a record setting pace of close to the 26:40 range. The record was set by two-time winner Naoko Ishibe in 1999 (27:20).

 

OFFICIAL FEMALE WINNER HEATHER
HANSCOM (28:03).
GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
The judges ruled to award first to Safarova, Gruca in second, and Zajac-Tynan in third. Hanscom was fourth in 28:03 and Grace Njoki, of Kenya (West Chester), was fifth in 28:24. The prize money for the women was the same as the men. In the case of the top three, the money was added and then divided equally to their agreement. Fourth place on was correct. Hanscom's time will be the winning time for 2001; the first official time for running the course as measured.

Lee DiPietro, of Ruxton, MD, was the first Masters in 29:45 (7th), setting a new record. The old record was set by two-time winner Roberta Leopold last year (36:67). Gretchen Triantos, of Rockville, MD, was second in 30:35 and Linda Wack, of Germantown, was third in 31:29. Vanessa Cox, of Laurel, MD, was fourth in 31:38.

Admiral Paul Ryan, of Arlington, VA, was the fastest 50-year-old in a time of 28:23 (23rd place) and collected $50 for first in the age group 50-59. Larry Dickerson, of Burke, VA, collected $50 for being first in the 70-79 age group with a 37:34 (78th place).

"If American runners would like to test themselves they should come and run this race. It's a nice training ground. If you can run well here you can run anywhere. The course and organization was that wonderful. It gave us a new focus on how to achieve our long cherished goals," said Jeff Chege, the coach for Temu.

 

VANESSA COX, 4TH FEMALE MASTERS
IN 31:38. GEORGE BANKER PHOTO
"There weren't too many 'mid-pack' types at the start, it didn't seem--speed, speed, and more speed. I went through mile one in 6:07 and through mile two in 5:58 and mile three in 5:58. All in all, a good event, a fair course. I ran pretty even splits given the rolling nature of the course, and was pleasantly surprised to see all the people coming back to me," said Jim Adams, of Baltimore, second in the age group 45-49 in 29:54.

"So I got two Outback bar-b-qued chicken sandwiches, won a baseball hat for winning second in the 45-49 age group, and then won an Emmy Lou Harris CD 'Red Dirt Girl,' as a random prize. Plus I joined the PG Road Runners," added Adams.

Sabrina Garcia and Janice Crudup brought out some volunteers from Girl Scout Troops Cadette 473, Senior 3910, Association 21 Service Unit 11. "It was good having the troop out as course marshals. We have some special-needs girls in the troop."

The runners enjoyed the postrace refreshments provided by the official hospitality sponsor, the Outback Steakhouse. Some of the additional sponsors were the City of Hyattsville Recreational Department, Prince George's Plaza, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), and adidas Stripe 3 and Runner's World magazine.

G'day mates!

MALE

Overall

1. Sammy Ng'eno 23:34*
2. David Njuguna 23:55
3. Mikhail Khobotov 24:01
4. Vincent Temu 24:12
5. Chris Banks 24:47
6. George Luke 24:51
7. John Tuttle 25:12
8. Patrick Muturi 25:35
9. Joe Abernethy 25:42
10. Dave Berardi 25:44
11. Jim Hage 25:51
12. James Lynch 27:09
13. Kyle Lanier 27:17
14. Jean-Christopher Arcaz 27:21
15. Dustin Sweeney 27:22

* Event Record

Masters

1. John Tuttle 25:12
2. Joe Abernethy 25:42
3. Dave Berardi 25:44
4. Jim Hage 25:51
5. James Lynch 27:09

19 and Under

1. Dustin Sweeney 27:22
2. Tommy Wu 29:05
3. Michael Postoak 30:37

20-24

1. David Njuguna 23:55
2. Chris Banks 24:47
3. Alex Rawson 30:33

25-29

1. Sammy Ng'eno 23:34
2. Mikhail Khobotov 24:01
3. Patrick Muturi 25:35

30-34

1. Vincent Temu 24:12
2. Sgt. Mondo Tijerina 28:22
3. Robert Walker 28:34

35-39

1. George Luke 24:51
2. Antelmo Rojas 27:31
3. Chris Chatin 27:37

40-44

1. John Tuttle 25:12
2. Joe Abernethy 25:42
3. Dave Berardi 25:44

45-49

1. Peter Kirk 28:20
2. Jim Adams 29:54
3. Tim Holtz 34:15

50-54

1. Adm. Paul Ryan 28:23
2. Mick Slonaker 29:56
3. William English 32:12

55-59

1. Patrick Griffith 30:46
2. Jim Noone 31:40
3. John Haubert 31:56

60-64

1. Bob Leaberry 35:18
2. Bill Sollers 40:22
3. Michael Sanders 46:11

65-69

1. Richard Miller 41:04
2. Jim Keat 41:14
3. Rich Scrader 42:07

70-74

1. Larry Dickerson 37:34

75-79

1. Ray Blue 45:07

FEMALE

Overall

1. Heather Hanscom 28:03
2. Grace Njoki 28:24
3. Lucy Njeri 29:02
4. Lee DiPierto 29:45*
5. Bridget Quenzer 30:01
6. Melissa Rittenhouse 30:02
7. Gretchen Triantos 30:35
8. Philippa Wellborn 31:05
9. Linda Wack 31:29
10. Vanessa Cox 31:38
11. Fanny Reza 31:59
12. Win Persina 32:03
13. Gloria Santarpia 32:11
14. Monica Robbers 32:29
15. Pat Keating 32:39

Masters

1. Lee DiPierto 29:45*
2. Gretchen Triantos 30:35
3. Linda Wack 31:29
4. Vanessa Cox 31:38
5. Win Persina 32:03

* Event Record

19 and Under

1. Utonna Sherrod 35:25
2. Leticia Romero 36:22
3. Jennifer Knipe 41:06

20-24

1. Heather Hanscom 28:03
2. Grace Njoki 28:24
3. Lucy Njeri 29:02

25-29

1. Melissa Rittenhouse 30:02
2. Fanny Reza 31:59
3. Kerrie Bowes 34:36

30-34

1. Monica Robbers 32:29
2. Jennifer Lazio 34:28
3. Gillian Haskell 38:02

35-39

1. Philippa Wellborn 31:05
2. Laurie Hug 32:41
3. Susan Israel 34:43

40-44

1. Lee DiPietro 29:45
2. Gretchen Triantos 30:35
3. Vanessa Cox 31:38

45-49

1. Linda Wack 31:29
2. Betty Blank 33:37
3. Carol Brice 40:51

50-54

1. Elizabeth Sadoff 40:56
2. Mary Wade 47:21
3. Kathrine Malfa 51:01

55-59

1. Janet Regier 51:50

60-64

1. Anna Berdahl 42:56

65-69

1. Tami Graf 41:58