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Oates, Orlova make history of History field

June 07, 2009|By CHRISTIAN WORSTELL

SHARPSBURG -- When Doug Oates crossed the finish line a full 27 seconds before the rest of the field on Sunday morning, the 30-year-old Hagerstown police officer stood alone in more ways than one.

Three of the next six finishers at the 30th annual Run Through History 10K at Antietam National Battlefield were over 40 years old, another was all of 17 and the women's champion, Russia's Elena Orlova, was just 19 months removed from giving birth to a son.

"That's great (for us)," said 44-year-old Masters winner, Dennis Mickey of Ridgeley, W.Va.

A total of 213 runners completed the 10K, while many more competed in a 2-mile fun run on a hot day in Sharpsburg.

"I thought I had a pretty good shot at the top three. I just wanted to get to the finish. It's a hot and humid day," said Oates, whose best finish in three previous attempts was 12th.

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Oates took the lead for good with two miles to go and finished in 35:25, while Mickey was second in 35:52. Chambersburg's Tim Schuler, 46, was third at 36:06 and the 39- year-old Orlova came in fourth overall at 37:25.

"This is a very difficult course," said Orlova, who now resides in Gaithersburg, Md. Orlova ran a course-record time of 34:41 in 2006 before taking the last two years off. "Last time I was in good form, now I'm not in good form. But this is good training."

Mickey also is a former winner and pulled ahead of Schuler in the late going.

"Tim and I had a pretty good battle. He beat me to the downhills and had a pretty good gap. I was just real lucky to come back and get him," Mickey said. "I just had a little left at the end."

The race, sponsored by Head Start of Washington County and Apples for Children, awarded $300 and a trophy to Oates and Orlova. Mickey received $150 for winning the Masters division and $200 for finishing second overall. Brenda Schrank of Winchester, Va., received $200 for finishing second in the women's division.

Schuler and Michelle Van Horn of Harper's Ferry, W.Va., each won $100 for the men's and women's third-place finishers.

The "Let There Be Light" 5K race will be held on Saturday at Municipal Stadium at 8:30 a.m. Participants may register at www.hagerstownruns.com.

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