* Arlington’s track and field athletes took center stage at the 30th annual Potomac Valley Games at Langley High School recently.
Jim Barr, 37, the decathlon gold medal winner at last month’s World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada, returned to U.S. competition in fine form. In the pentathlon, he won the javelin in 51.2 meters, the discus in 36.91, and the long jump in 5.64. He also won the javelin in open competition, throwing 47.93.
Jasmin Peterson-Hassan, 14, was the first female finisher in the 200-meter dash, winning in 27.80 seconds. Rodney Stanley picked up three golds, winning the 100-meter in 11.22, ahead of T.J. Savage’s 11.30; the 200 in 23.13 and the 400-meter in 52.03. Frederick Cook, ran the 200 in 33.60 and the 400 in 1:18.67, taking second in his age group in both. Stephen Easley, 48, powered to 1:05.82 in the 400 and 2:30.47 in the 800.
Running in the longer distances, Jay Wind, 55, was third at 10,000 in 43:07 and sixth at both the 3,000 in 12:06 and 5,000 in 21:15.
* At DC Road Runners Club’s Picnic 5K in Bethesda, Arlington runners won both the men’s and women’s divisions. Joe Racine, 27, ran 17 minutes, 3 seconds over the hot, hilly course, to win the race. Racine ran 18 miles the previous day.
Also from Arlington, Steve Maguire, 38, finished sixth in 18:27, just ahead of Mike Fox-Boyd, 26, seventh in 18:50; Paul Ryan, 54, won his age group, finishing 12th in 20:18, and newcomer Thomas Dill, 22, 20:39, was 14th.
Arlington’s Toni Marie Diegoli, 26, was first among women in 20:42. Sixth among women, and first in her age-group was Susan Aaronson, 51, in 25:19. Emily Leary, 25, was eighth in 26:06; Lauren Brinkac, 29, finished 10th in 26:37; and Linda Powell, 42, ran 15th in 31:59.
* Michael Wardian, 31, ran another top-notch race at the Leesburg 20K by finishing second in 1:07:13 on a rural course through downtown Leesburg and on the tree-lined Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail. The shade made the 90-degree temperatures bearable. Mark Hand, 38, grabbed 30th in 1:26:34, keeping Jay Jacob Wind, 55, at his back, 31st in 1:26:41.
Arlington’s three top women ran together to finish third, fourth, and fifth.Vanessa Hunter, 30, Lindsay Goulet, 27, and Genevieve Kiley, 31, all finished in 1:23:39. Monica Grillo, 41, took second in her age group, 10th among women in 1:27:19, and Jessie Sackett, 26, finished 14th in 1:30:57.
In the accompanying 10K, Heath Packard, 23, charged into eighth place in 36:43; Matthew Salerno, 24, ran 40:12 for 15th place; and Juan Alcorta, 42, finished 53rd in 44:48. Susan Park, 36, was the second female finisher in the 10K in 41:22. Sushila Nanda, 44, was 12th among women in 45:45 and Jenn Ellek, 34, finished 30th in 50:20.
In another race, Wardian won the Venus on the Half Shell 5K in 15:48 in Dewey Beach, Del.
* Wardian also chalked up another great race, running through the rain at the Annapolis Ten-Miler to finish second in 52:14.
Mike Fox-Boyd, 26, took 14th place in 58:54; Ben Waite, 25, finished 56th in 1:03:09; Naval Academy graduate Paul Ryan, 54, sailed into 105th place in 1:07:11; Jay Wind, 55, ran 1:09:30 for 147th; and Ian Soper, 34, finished 221st in 1:12:02.
Among women, Arlington’s top female finishers were Monica Grillo, 41, sixth among women and first over 40 in 1:06:37; Susan Volpe, 36, 12th in 1:08:02; Rebecca Nathan, running her first race as a 40-year-old, 14th in 1:07:59; Jessie Sackett, 26, 19th in 1:10:17; Heather Trainum, 34, 21st in 1:09:45; and Sarah Mouton, 28, 23rd in 1:10:09. All times are net, but places are by gun time.
* Waite splashed into 11th place among men in 41:25 at the cross country ASYMCA Mud Run 8K in Norfolk. Twins Megan Bailey and Anna Bailey, 24, had fun in the mud, finishing 120th and 121st among women in 1:08:21 and 1:08:22.
* The D.C .Road Runners Club announced award winners at its summer-long eight-race Bunion Derby. Many Arlington runners earned age-group plaques.
Among men, John McGrail Jr., 15, won the 15-19 group, winning all three races he ran. Mike Fox-Boyd, 26, was nearly perfect in 25-29, winning three and finishing second in two. Adam Stolzberg, 29, took third in that bracket. Steve Maguire, 38, won the 35-39 division, ahead of Bob Selin-Williams, 38, who was third. Vincent McDonald, 46, was also third in the 45-49 group.
Paul Ryan, 54, had a perfect 100 points, winning his age-group in all five races, to sweep the 50-54. Jay Jacob Wind, 55, narrowly won the 55-59 title. Among women, Toni Marie Diegoli, 26, scored a perfect 100 in the 25-29 division, including five overall race wins. Jessica Selin-Williams, 38, was third in 35-39.