- The Washington Times - Monday, August 26, 2002

ANNAPOLIS Last year, Dustin Lieb had to report to preseason cross-country camp and was disappointed he had to miss the Annapolis Ten Mile Run.
This year, the University of Pennsylvania sophomore does not have to report to camp until Wednesday. So he came out for one of the area's hottest races yesterday for one last solid training run before camp.
"I felt I had a good chance to win," said Lieb, who at 19 is believed to be the youngest victor in the 27-year history of the 10-mile footrace, ending in 54 minutes, 52 seconds (Note: Many runners claimed the times were about a minute slow). "I am training really well. I was looking to get in a good workout. After the first mile, I started thinking I could win."
It was not Lieb's first time at Annapolis. The Arnold, Md., resident was third (55:57) in 2000 and back in the pack in 1999.
And it was not the first tour of duty at Annapolis for Lisah Hamilton, although it was her first win.
Hamilton, who could pass for 19 like Lieb, is actually 30. The diminutive woman at 5-foot-4, 107 pounds said she got to the race late and had no time to warm up. She said she just went to the front of the starting line and never saw her competition until she looked back after she sprinted down the final grassy section and into the finishing chute 62:37 later.
"At the beginning, I realized there were no women in front of me," said Hamilton, who teaches computer classes and develops Web sites near her home in Mont Clare, Pa., near Valley Forge. "The only women I saw were on the sideline of the course."
Experience is a huge teacher at Annapolis, where the temperatures almost always are high and the humidity even higher. The humidity yesterday was supposedly 77 percent, and even the strong breeze off the Chesapeake Bay did little to cool the sweltering record crowd of 5,550 entrants.
Since both Lieb and Hamilton had run here before, they knew what to expect beyond the weather conditions: the hills. The toughest occur just after five miles and just before nine at the same bridge over the Severn River, just going out and back.
By five miles, covered in 26:46, Lieb was cruising comfortably in a pack of four runners that included veteran marathoners Mark Gilmore, Jim Hage and Navy Lt. Richard Cochrane. Cochrane had 10 years on Lieb, Gilmore had 15 and Hage had 25.
Lieb tested his competition in the rolling neighborhoods over the next three miles, breaking Cochrane at seven miles, then Hage and Gilmore just before eight.
"I tried surging in the neighborhoods," Lieb explained. "After the neighborhood, I got the lead, but I knew Gilmore was dangerous. At nine miles, I think I pulled away a little. I knew I had it."
A rusty Gilmore, who said he hasn't raced in 10 months, was second in 55:06. Hage was next in 55:20, and Cochrane slowed down and finished fourth in 55:39.
Hamilton only had herself to pace, although Arlington's Kristin Pierce Barry said she had Hamilton in her sights the whole way. In fact, by five miles, Pierce Barry had closed a big gap to just 15 seconds and was zeroing in on the lead.
Then the effects of an illness three weeks before and the subsequent three weeks of low mileage took their toll.
"I had three really bad miles," said Pierce Barry, a 28-year-old attorney and veteran racer in her first Annapolis race. "Six, seven, eight. I was catching her. Then I lost a minute in those miles."
But Hamilton, sweating rivers and sporting two butterfly tattoos on the small of her back, was too strong.
With Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where the race started and finished in sight, Pierce Barry only could watch from more than 100 meters back as Hamilton, preparing for the Philadelphia Distance Run (Half-Marathon) on Sept.15, responded to the calls of "You Go Girl" from the spectators down the stretch as she took first prize.
Pierce Barry's unofficial time was 63:07, and defending champion Liz Scanlon of Alexandria was third in 63:56, while 2000 titlist Jill Hargis of Annapolis was 10th.

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