Georgetown University's Pia Palladino beat Marge Rosasco by almost one minute to win the Bonne Bell-People's Drug Store 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) road race yesterday, setting a course record.
Palladino, a 19-year-old classics major from Huntington, N.Y., finished the race, which started and ended at the Lincoln Mall polo field, in 33 minutes 40 seconds, cutting 1:55 from the record (35:35) Jane Welzel set last year. Rosasco, from Ballston, Md., finished in 34:37.
Sue Crowe of State College, Pa., was third in 34:49, followed by Cynthia Lorenzoni of Charlottesville (34:56) and Laura DeWald of Arlington (35:35). Anne Densmore of Hancock, Md., was first in the 13-and-under division, 37:46, and Trudy Rapp of Alexandria was the first in the 40-and-up class, 38:14.
Palladino, who is a member of the Hoya track squad, teamed with her brother to finish third in the Trevira Twosome 10-mile run last week in New York. "I thought I'd be running with Laura DeWald because she had such a good time coming in," said Palladino. "I turned around once at the three-mile mark and they (the rest of the field) were 100 yards behind me."
DeWald, a civil engineer who received the trophy for the faster area participant, finished eighth among women in last month's Boston marathon. Her time through 10 kilometers in that race was under 35 minutes. She also ran 35:55 in a 10-kilometer race in Baltimore last week.
"I'm still trying to get over the marathon," she said. "The fatigue is just incredible. I don't mean I was tired today, but I didn't feel as fast. jI was hoping to stay with Pia because she's fast and she's got the speed. But I lost it around the two-mile point and then I started running my own race."
The 33-year-old Rosasco was one of many runners who set personal records. "I'm ecstatic," she said, looking too refreshed to have just finished running six miles. "It's my p.r. (personal record; her previous best was 34:54). I feel old when I look around and see all those 20-year-olds. But I lost a little weight and I'm just going to keep on going."
Carol Fridley of Elizabethtown, Pa., was first (37:43) in the 30-39 age group in her first national race in three years. "I slowed down the last couple of miles to wave to friends," she confessed. "I'm not really in training now. I'm only running 45 miles a week and I just didn't feel I was good enough. But I was so flattered that people down here remembered me; I haven't run in Washington in several years."