2003 Autumn WRR Runner Rankings
Women’s Division
by Roland Rust | January/February 2004
For the Washington Running Report

Open Women
Twelve runners qualified in the Open Division, with Atelelech Ketema of Washington DC and Ethiopia taking the top spot. She also led the Summer ranking period. The Opus Anniversary 5K in Rockville, Maryland proved to be the most competitive race, with Ketema (16:27) beating runner-up Naoko Ishibe (17:02) of Silver Spring, Maryland and fourth-ranked Alisa Harvey (17:28) of Manassas, Virginia.

A second showdown was the nTelos 8K in Richmond, where Ketema (26:20) again defeated Ishibe (27:00). Dorota Gruca of Chevy Chase, Maryland and Poland takes the third spot, with her best performance being a 34:27 at the Veterans Day 10K, beating fifth- ranked Jennifer Concaugh (36:28) of Alexandria, Virginia.

The youngest qualifier was the impressive 13-year-old, Aurora Scott of Portsmouth, Virginia, and the oldest qualifier was 45- year-old Lee DiPietro of Towson, Maryland. DiPietro, Ishibe, and Hanscom also have qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Women 45 – 49
Lee DiPietro, 45 of Towson, MD dominated her division and would have led the 40-44 division as well

Olympic Trials Qualifier Lee DiPietro again dominates the 45-49 age group. She also would have led the 40-44 category. She established her dominance by defeating three of the top five rankers. She ran 2:50:34 at the Baltimore Marathon, defeating fifth-ranked Patty Shull (3:07:28) of Ashburn, Virginia, and ran 29:32 at Richmond’s nTelos 8K, defeating second-ranked Debi Bernardes (30:41) of King George, Virginia and fourth-ranked Sharon White (32:37) of Langley AFB, Virginia.

Third-ranked was Leisa Ensle of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Summer runner-up, who did not race against any of the other top runners, but did record some outstanding times, including a 31:04 at the Neptune Festival 8K in Virginia Beach.

Pl Name Age Hometown
1 Lee DiPietro 45 Towson, MD
2 Debi Bernardes 45 King George, VA
3 Leisa Ensle 45 Virginia Beach, VA
4 Sharon White 46 Langley AFB, VA
5 Patty Shull 45 Ashburn, VA
6 Alison Suckling 48 Arnold, MD
7 Ofelia Perotti 47 Alexandria, VA
8 Sheri Segal 46 Virginia Beach, VA
9 Laura Dewald 45 Baltimore, MD
10 Robin Goodwin 45 Timonium, MD
11 Linda Kidder 46 Williamsburg, VA
12 Liza Recto 47 Lexington Park, MD
13 Michelle Lybarger 48 Irvington, VA