Run Through History an Ethiopian sweep

June 03, 2012
  • Runners make their way through Antietam National Battlefield during the Run Through History 10K on Sunday morning.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — There were 367 official finishers Sunday at the 33rd annual Run Through History at Antietam National Battlefield — 214 in the 10K race and 153 in the 5K.

Some runners did both races, including Gurmessa Megerssa and Shataye Bekale, a pair of Ethiopians living in Washington, D.C.

Megerssa, 32, won the 10K in 33:38.7 after winning the 5K about an hour earlier in 16:00.3, while Bekale, 19, was the women’s champion in both, winning the 5K in 18:07.3 and the 10K in 38:50.5.

They got paid for their efforts, as they each took home $350. There was $1,550 in total prize money.

Dustin Adams, 23, of Shippensburg, Pa., was the men’s runner-up in both races. The former Clear Spring High School standout ran the 5K in 16:09.1 and the 10K in 34:51.2.

The runner-up women were Sherry Stick, 34, of Eldersburg, Md., in the 5K (18:55.1) and Anna Cote, 24, of Arlington, Va., in the 10K (43:13.3).

In the 5K, the men’s Masters (40-and-older) champ was Tim Schuler, 49, of Chambersburg, Pa., in 17:44.8, while the women’s Masters winner was Sherry Clower, 40, of Westminster, Md., in 21:27.8.

The Masters titles in the 10K went to Mark Cucuzzella, 45, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 36:48.1 and Annica Hedman, 43, of Boonsboro, in 43:21.3.

The top Washington County finisher in the 10K was Scott Long, 16, of Hagerstown, who finished 10th overall in 39:41.6. Hedman was the top county woman, placing third overall among females.

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