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Elliott Sets 3rd Age Group Record at 5k Qualifier
It was new old news for Columbia's John Elliott at the MSO 5k National Games qualifier Sept. 5 at the Kentlands/Lakelands 5k in Gaithersburg. Already holding Maryland records in the 60-64 and 65-69 age groups, Mr. Elliott, 72, added his name to the 70-74 ledger by running a 21:42 to top the 1996 mark of 22:31 by Bill Osburn.

This is Mr. Elliott's first Maryland gold since 2006 and sixth overall in 5k. He might be inspired to know his new record time is just one-half second off the age group gold-medal performance at the 2009 National Senior Games. There's also the charge by Silver Spring's Lou Shapiro in the 65-69 age group. Mr. Shapiro's gold-winning 21.33 is a serious challenge to Mr. Elliott's new 70-74 record in two years.

Overall, three new MSO records were set with Jeannie Pizzonia of Montgomery Village running a 30:19 in women's 70-74, breaking Yvonne Aasen's 2006 mark of 35:39. Martha Trimmer's 44:03 in 80-84 easily bested Dorothy Stewart's 57:58 from 2009.

We saw some familiar faces finishing in the top four and qualifying for the 2011 National Senior Games in Houston. Tami Graf, 74, of Lusby, the record-holder in her age group, ran a 31:32 to win gold against Barbara Garner of Baltimore. Ms. Garner finished sixth at the 2009 National games.

Alice Franks, 62, of Rockville, won her second consecutive Maryland gold in her age group with a 24:55. That's a time within short earshot of medaling at Nationals. Lennie Magida, 60, of Potmac, finished 11th at the National Games in 2009 with a 24:44, moved up to a new age group but was just under 2 minutes behind Franks for silver.

Of course, there is Rockville's Nianxiang Xie, 83, who seems ageless and timeless in this event. He had a slow day with a 28:28 a year after a silver medal performance of 27:02 at Nationals. But his time this day was still good enough for his third straight Maryland gold in 5k running.

2010 Maryland Senior Olympics 5k Running Results
2010 Maryland Senior Olympics 5k Running Records

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