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Running: Romero is tops at pace race

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By Mike Cote

Ted Romero won both ends of Tuesday’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race, held at Lower Bayo Canyon.Not only was Romero the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course, crossing the line in 19 minutes, 42 seconds, he was also the best predictor in Tuesday’s race, finishing with an 108-second prediction differential.David Kratzer was the second-best predictor in Tuesday’s race, the second pace race of the season for the Roadrunners. Kratzer missed his predicted time by 114 seconds.Hal Marshall was third with a 166-second prediction error. He also was the second finisher on the long course Tuesday with a time of 22:14.Roy Cope was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with a time of 10:03. Elyse Phillips, a 7-year-old runner, was second on the short course with a finish of 11:18.The next pace race will be held Tuesday on the Canada del Buey Trail in White Rock. Racers will start on the playlot near Chamisa Elementary School.For more information about ACRR or upcoming pace races, call 672-9243.