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NEWS!
Elliott, Suckling Add to Running Records
A cool, breezy morning slowed times overall at the 35th annual Rockville 10k on Nov. 7, which served as the 2011 National Senior Games qualifier for the Maryland Senior Olympics and our final event of this year. But the elements could not slow our best runners from breaking seven new event records, including another age group standard by Columbia's John Elliott.

Elliott, 72, raced the course in 44 minutes, 28 seconds, breaking the record by William Foley (49:47) that had stood since 1994. His closest competitor was Henry Hamburger of Bethesda at 6:31 behind. Mr. Elliott now holds MSO 10k records in 60-64, 65-69 and 70-74, along with the 5k records in the same age groups.

Like Mr. Elliott, it was no surprise to see Alison Suckling, 55, of Arnold at the top of her age group. Her 44:34 was good for seventh overall among women racers and easily beat Joanne Mallet's record 47:32 in the 1991 Maryland Games. Ms. Suckling set four new MSO running records this year—1,500, 800 and 400 runs, plus 10k—that had stood on the state record books a combined 77 years.

It was an interesting race for perennial MSO distance winner Tami Graf of Lusby. In her last year in the women's 70-74 group, she ran a 1:03.32 to knock off Yvonne Aasen's 2002 mark of 1:04.38. Meanwhile, Ms. Aasen, in her last year in the 75-79 group, trimmed her 2009 record to 1:11.49 for Graf to challenge the next five years.

Maurice Pointer of Baltimore moved up to men's 55-59 and ran a 36:26, winning by 5:21 and besting Charlie Koester's MSO record set in 2000 by 19 seconds. Charles Boyle, 87, of Annapolis, captured gold in 85-89 with a 1:25.39, obliterating Alvin Guttag's 2004 mark by almost 28 minutes.

The 2009 National Senior Games silver medalist, Martha Trimmer of Mount Airy, ran a 1:47.57 to establish the MSO standard in women's 80-84, three seconds faster than her time at Nationals. But Robin Goodman of Timonium missed breaking Debbie Flynn's women's 50-54 MSO mark of 43:16 set in 2008 by just 12 seconds.

The best race of the day was in men's 60-64, where Bruce Attavian of Hagerstown clocked a 48:00, beating 2009 National Games participant Steven Schaeffer of Mount Airy by 16 seconds and Jim Galvin of Rockville by 26 seconds. Alice Franks of Rockville won the women's 60-64 for the third consecutive year despite nursing a cracked rib.

The biggest surprise occurred in men's 80-84, where age group record-holder and National Senior Games regular Nianxing Xie of Rockville lost to Silver Spring's Jack McMahon by 41 seconds. Mr. Xie finished fourth in the 2009 National Games.

2010 Maryland Senior Olympics 10k Running Results
2010 Maryland Senior Olympics 10k Running Records

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