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Miller, Plevinski win Adenhart titles

June 12, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • Clear Spring's Jennifer Plevinski won the women's race of the Nick Adenhart Memorial 5K at Marty Snook Park.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HALFWAY -- As hundreds of runners and walkers started gathering at Marty Snook Park near Halfway Little League's Nicholas James Adenhart Field for the inaugural Nick Adenhart Memorial 5K on Saturday, Jim Adenhart felt the emotion of the moment.

"I didn't realize how much he affected people," Adenhart said of Nick, his son. "I think this is a reflection of it."

Then he pointed out race director Mike Shifler and the dozens of volunteers -- including many who knew Nick -- who helped make the day special: "I didn't realize how much was involved in this. It's like a big community reunion."

Nick Adenhart's spirit was in full evidence as 649 participants competed in the 5K. More than 60 children also took part in the rookie race an hour later.

"It speaks for itself," Shifler said. "It's clear the community will never forget April 9, 2009. ... It was clearly emotional. You could tell by the family members as they addressed the crowd. There were dozens of people who knew Nick or Nick's family who were giving them hugs and thanks for this."

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Nick Adenhart, a 2004 graduate of Williamsport High School who played at Halfway Little League, pitched for the Los Angeles Angels in 2008 and 2009 before his tragic death in an automobile accident.

Proceeds from Saturday's race benefited the Nick Adenhart Foundation and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Softball Association.

Wade Miller 20, of Williamsport, running for the Williamsport Running Club, won the race in 16 minutes, 15.0 seconds.

Naseem Haje, 18, of Hagerstown, running for the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, finished second in 16:19.4. Mark Eissens, 29, of Williamsport, running for the Williamsport Running Club, was third in 16:41.3.

"Me and Naseem were side-by-side the whole time until the (Bower Avenue) bridge over I-70," said Miller, a Clear Spring High and Hagerstown Community College graduate. "That's where the separation happened. We were both sucking air."

"I was just having fun and seeing what I could do today," said Haje, a Williamsport High graduate who runs for King College in Tennessee. "I decided to run at 11 last night. It's just a break from training."

Jennifer Plevinski, 32, of Clear Spring, running for the Williamsport Running Club, won the women's race in 19:36.5.

"I never think about winning, to be honest. I just wanted to run as hard as I can. I get too nervous if I think about winning," Plevinski said. "I lost a brother a couple years ago, so I know how hard it can be. I thought this was for a good cause."

Taryn Shank, 18, of Hagerstown, finished second in the women's race in 20:05.4. Lauren Costello, 27, of Audobon, Pa., was third in 21:32.3. Shank is a North Hagerstown High graduate and Costello graduated from St. Maria Goretti.

Rob Hovermale, 46, of Smithsburg, running for the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, was the first men's Master in 17:38.9. Susie Bell, 47, of Boca Raton, Fla., was the first women's Master in 22:49.0.

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