Pleasant Valley 4-Mile Results, 2018
July 26, 2018
McGrath and Taylor Dominate Pleasant Valley
On a reasonably pleasant evening in Pleasant Valley, domination was the theme of the competition. The overall and many age-group winners ran away with their victories.
Erin McGrath cruised through the rolling hills and kicked strongly at the finish to win by over two minutes. That next finisher was Taylor Karabaich, who dominated her 30s age group. She finished just ahead of Brady Crone, who held off Tina McCubbin for third overall and first masters. Paula Smith, Nancy Willis and LaRue Lennon dominated their respective 50s, 60s and 70s divisions, which they each do often. A definite exception to the pattern of domination was in the 15 & under group, where Kathryn Hopkins edged out Makenzie Hopkins. It is suspected that these two Hopkins young ladies of the same age might know each other somehow.
The top 12 men were all familiar names who have run many fast Twilight Series races. Ryan Taylor, who four weeks ago set the new event record for the Run with the Knights 5K, again left the field in the dust. His 21:20 is the fastest since Demetrios Pagonis ran 21:12 in 2010. Nearly two minutes back was his employer, Steve Moore, who had a solid 30s age-group win. Taylor Russell held off Colin Russell for third. Tad Didio was fifth with a solid 16-19 group win. Other dominating performances were by Karsten Brown, Steve Kerzel, Bill Kelvey and Jim Bullock for their respective 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s groups. Steve returned from injury to join those others with their usual good form.
The weather was a little warm for the runners, but perfect for the volunteers. Liuda Galinaitis came just down the road to race direct and, perhaps more importantly, supply Popsicles. Joe Loveland brought the equipment. Tim Gosnell timed. Our beautiful water stop attendants were Anna Galinaitis, Caroline Kohr, Julia Kohr, Lynn Kohr, Aubrie Lahman and Kathryn Lahman. Our talented finish line engineers were Jeff Hopkins, Abby Priest, Lisa Staley and Ryan Staley. Ryan DuLaney told us when to turnaround.
In two weeks, we have one remaining event in the 2018 series. Due to construction at our usual venue, the Runnymede 8K will instead be run from Taneytown Baptist Church (4150 Sells Mill Road). Premiums for those who've participated in at least five events are expected to be ready.