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Different styles, same results at Run Through History

June 07, 2004|by ANDY MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Susan Graham-Gray pulled away during the first two-thirds of the race, while Matt Wagoner made his move over the last third.

Both were champions Sunday at the 25th annual Run Through History 10K at Antietam National Battlefield.

Wagoner, 26, of New Cumberland, Pa., led the field of 259 runners to the finish line, covering the hilly, 6.2-mile course in 31 minutes, 41.1 seconds. Lee Pearlman, 22, of Dillsburg, Pa., was the runner-up in 32:11.9 and Jason Gish, 28, of Camp Hill, Pa., placed third in 32:51.9.

"There was a big group through two miles," Wagoner said. "But after two, people started dropping off."

After four, it was all Wagoner, who turned his 10-meter lead on Pearlman into nearly a 200-meter gap by the finish.

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"He was scaring me," Wagoner said. "But with a mile to go, I knew I had enough energy left to hold him off."

It was Wagoner's first time competing on the battlefield course.

"I'm happy to come down here and finish first," he said. "The weather was perfect - not too hot, not too windy. It was a fun course, up and down"

Graham-Gray, 36, of Greencastle, Pa., also enjoyed the layout.

"I like the hills on this course for some reason," said Graham-Gray, who took control of the race early, easily defending her women's title in 38:28.6.

Brenda Schrank, 32, of Winchester, Va., took second in 39:10.2, while masters winner Maria Spinnler, 42, of Hagerstown, was third in 39:17.5.

"Once we hit the turnaround point and I had about 100-150 yards, I felt pretty confident," said Graham-Gray, competing in her first race since winning the Frederick Marathon on May 2. "By the four-mile mark, I started backing down a little bit."

Former champions Mark Stickley (1982) and Tim Schuler (2002) battled for the men's masters title, with Stickley, 41, of Winchester, getting the upper hand in 33:04.8. Schuler, 41, of Chambersburg, Pa., finished second in 33:20.3 - nearly 30 seconds faster than his overall winning time two years ago.

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