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Former Hawks rule at YMCA

June 17, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Khayr, Webb lead HCC sweep in the men's, women's 5K

What was supposed to be the 8th Annual Vince Tantillo Memorial YMCA 5K race turned into an Hagerstown Community College track reunion instead, as two former Hawks won the men's and women's races on a humid Saturday afternoon.

Mo Khayr, who ran at HCC from 1995 to 1997 and earned three All-American honors before heading to Eastern Kentucky, took the lead late and claimed the men's race in 16 minutes, 9 seconds, beating last year's winner, Brian Ferrari, by seven seconds.

Meanwhile, HCC and Frostburg State graduate Sharon Webb, who was an All-American in cross country in 1987 at HCC, edged out Rene Osikowicz by three seconds, clocking 19:04.

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"I was just trying to finish in the top three," said Khayr, a native of Somalia who graduated from EKU this spring and just recently earned his U.S. citizenship. "I didn't really have the time to train. I came here to see where I am and what I need to do with my training."

Khayr's best on this day was good enough, as the hot temperatures combined with the humidity to slow down times.

Khayr pulled away from Ferrari in the final stretch down Potomac Street. Dennis Mickey finished third in 16:29.

"My plan was to go easy, hang in there and see what happens," Khayr said.

In the women's race, Webb held third place early as Osikowicz broke clear momentarily.

"At the beginning, there was three of us, and I let them go at their own pace," Webb said. "I figured if I had anything left, I'd try to get them."

Webb had just enough to beat Osikowicz to the line, while Sherry Albin took third in 19:37. Defending champion Maria Spinnler did not participate in the race.

Jeff Smith, 45, won the men's masters race in 18:36. Carolyn Showalter, also 45, won the women's masters in 21 minutes flat.

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