TERRY LECKIE, 3RD 35-39 IN THE SMART 5K.
NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER PHOTO

Brosenne Runs 'SMART'

BY NEAL RIEMENSCHNEIDER

MARTINSBURG, WV--Okay, the above title is a bit of a pun, but Mark Brosenne did run a smart race in winning the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Therapy Danny Walsh 5K on April 21. SMART is the acronym for the facility where the race was held.

So just how smart was Brosenne? The 24-year-old Shepherd College runner bolted to a lead that he never relinquished, finishing in 16:59 which was 34 seconds up on second place finisher Mark Vann. "I just wanted to run my own race and I went out hard figuring no one could catch me." Finishing third, and the first Masters in his second race of the weekend, was...DING, DING, DING, you guessed right, the author of this masterpiece in sports reporting. My finish time of 18:18 is a reflection that this hilly course was short and was probably around three miles. Hey, at my age, I'd rather it be short than long! It still goes down as a 5K in my Don Slusser Official Logbook.

For the women, Hedgesville, WV, resident Judy Warner, who finished second in 2001, was the prerace favorite as former winner and course record holder Ruth Riemenschneider was not in attendance. The 35-year-old Warner won easily, posting a 21:54 winning time and finishing some two minutes ahead of top Masters Nancy Specht. "I just wanted to run comfortably today and I felt really good out there the whole way," said Warner.

The race saw 43 runners and 16 walkers finish on a cloudy, cool day. Race director Les Dutko and his crew of volunteers did a nice job putting on this event. Finish line coordinator extraordinare Pete Wright was there to provide timely and accurate race results. Pete is one of running's "good guys" as he seems to be everywhere, timing events in his usual efficient manner.