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By ROBERT MINER


For The Times Leader


FORTY FORT — Chris Wasnetsky and Josey Rupert led a record field of over 400 runners, scoring victories in the 33rd annual Old Fort 5 Miler on Memorial Day.


Wasnetsky, 24, of Dunmore, finished in 25 minutes and 53 seconds, holding off second-place finisher and last year’s winner, Chris Wadas, 31, of Courtdale, who finished three seconds behind. Frankie Redmond, 24, of Exeter, finished third, 1:03 behind Wadas.


“I went out slower than (Wadas),” said Wasnetsky, who ran track and cross country for Bishop O’Hara High School and the University of Scranton. “I was about 10 seconds behind when we reached the first mile marker. I gradually kept catching up to him and finally moved in front at mile 4. I didn’t kick it in because we still had another mile to go.”


Wasnetsky couldn’t shake Wadas.


“I just kept my pace,” Wasnetsky said. “(Wadas) was right with me all the way to the finish. (Wadas) did all the work. I would not have run as fast as I did if I didn’t have him pushing the pace.”


Unlike Wadas, Rupert went out fast right from the start.


The 20-year-old from Shickshinny crossed the finish line in 32:08. She outran second-place finisher, Jenn Swiderski, 28, of Kingston, by 36 seconds. Ann Zoranski, 42, of Swoyersville, finished third, just one second behind Swiderski.


“I went out really fast,”said Rupert, who ran for Northwest Area High School and now runs for Eastern University. “I was surprised about how fast the pace was. I wasn’t expecting that. There were four females running in the lead pack and I finished the first mile in 6:15. I put on a surge at the 2-mile marker and pulled into the lead. I wanted to see if I could make a gap between myself and the rest of the lead pack. I was able to hold that pace the rest of the way. No other females came up on me once I took control. I wasn’t sure how well I would do because I hadn’t run at this distance in over two weeks because my coach makes us take time off right after finishing our season. But the surge worked.”


Rupert just finished her sophomore season at Eastern.,


Forty Fort Lions 33rd annual Old Fort 5 Miler results


Top 10


1. Chris Wasnetsky, 24, Dunmore, 25:53


2. Chris Wadas, 31, Courtdale, 25:56


3. Frankie Redmond, 24, Exeter, 26:59


4. Sean Robbins, 43, Shavertown, 28:07


5. Jeff Skwierz, 30, Fort Fort, 28:22


6. Mickey Moorhead, 19, Wilkes-Barre, 28:48


7. John Martino, 28, Dallas, 28:49


8. Tony Korch, 53, Nanticoke, 29:25


9. Bob Yonick, 29, Camp Hill, 30:38


10. Mike Turner, 21, Kingston, 30:50


Male award winners: Overall (Bernie Hargadon Memorial): Wasnetsky. Special award: First Forty Fort Resident to finish (Ed Kupstas Memorial): Jeff Skwierz. Age group winners: 12 and under: 1. T.J. Gernhart, Glen Lyon, 40:32; 2. Angelo Lombardo, Kingston, 47:43; 3. Jacob Monko, Shavertown, 54:01. 13-15: 1. Jake Shemo, Luzerne, 34:43; 2. Jay Bittner, Dallas, 35:21; 3. Noah Toussaint, Milford, 35:59. 16-19: 1. Mickey Moorhead, Wilkes-Barre, 28:48; 2. Ben Sullivan, Wilkes-Barre, 31:13; 3. P.J. Endler, Kingston, 31:39. 20-24: 1. Frankie Redmond, Exeter, 26:59; 2. Mikeoxo Turner, Kingston, 30:50; 3. Morio Liguori, Forty Fort, 34:25. 25-29: 1. John Martino, Dallas, 28:49; 2. Bob Yonick, Camp Hill, 30:38; 3. Mike Hiscox, Dallas, 31:00. 30-34: 1. Chris Wadas , Courtdale, 25:56; 2. Ryan Bertin, Ann Arbor, Mich., 31:43; 3. Joey Stoltz, Selingsgrove, 32:58. 35-39: 1. Geoff Oldham, Mountain Top, 31:32; 2. Brian Hilburt, Wilkes-Barre, 31:49; 3. Mike Adadshick, Dallas, 32:15. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Sean Robbins, Shavertown, 28:07; 2. Brian Kryspel, Forty Fort, 32:28. 3. Rob Baran, Plains Twp., 33:17. 45-49: 1. Keith Austin, Sweet Valley, 33:27; 2. Bob Guzenski, Dallas, 34:57; 3. Chuck Rogers, Elmhurst, 36:21. 50-54: 1. Tony Korch, Nanticoke, 29:25; 2. Mike Kinney, Wilkes-Barre,


32:12; 3. Martin Noll, Scranton, 33:57. 55-59: 1. Dave Mariner, Shavertown, 35:29; 2. Scott Millington, Dallas, 35:47. 60 and over: 1. Ken Sowinski, Scott Twp., 35:12; 2. Joe Dutko, Mountain Top, 35:48; 3. Stewart Harry, Forty Fort, 38:01.


Top female finishers


1. Josey Rupert, 20, Shickshinny, 32:08


2. Jenn Swiderski, 28, Kingston, 32:44


3. Ann Zoranski, 42, Swoyersville, 32:45


Female award winners: Overall (Kerry O’Neil Memorial): Josy Rupert. Special award: First resident to finish: Emily Bilbow, 36:11. Age group winners: 12 and under: None. 13-15: 1. Anah Bozentka, Kingston, 40:35; 2. Audrey Williams, Kingston, 41:10; 3. Elizabeth Wond, Kingston, 41:10. 16-19: 1. Katie Metcaff, Dallas, 34:50; 2. Julia Mericle, 35:02; 3. Nicole Ford, Shavertown, 39:28. 20-24: 1. Whitney Lukas, Courtdale, 32:53; 2. Alexandra Conniff, Roaring Creek, 33:30; 3. Sara Verbya, Larksville, 36:25. 25-29: 1. Jenn Swiderski, Kingston, 32:44; 2. Lesley Warren, Kingston, 35:39; 3. Kris Wilce, Old Forge, 36:37. 30-34: 1. Kelly Ciravolo, Shavertown, 37:03; 2. Virginia Ziegler, Shavertown, 38:15; 3. Victoria Blazick, Trucksville, 38:55. 35-39: 1. Patty Buzinkai, Kingston, 34:42; 2. Erin Griffin, Kingston, 35:54; 3. Jen Stec, Mocanaqua, 36:48. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Ann Zoranski, Swoyersville, 32:45; 2. Heather DeWees, Dallas, 32:57; 3. Jess Chesman, Dallas, 37:06. 45-49: 1. Cheri Balmer, Dallas, 42:18; 2. Colleen Connolly, Luzerne, 42:34; 3. Sandy Kendig, Kingston, 45:10. 50-54: 1. Deb Barcklow, Wilkes-Barre, 40:15; 2. Mary Orrson, Baltimore, Md., 42:57; 3. Colleen Morda, Forty Fort, 44:40. 55-59: 1. Patty Phillips, Hanover Twp., 44:18; 2. Mindi Spear, Clark’s Summit, 45:12; 3. Barb Rupert, Shickshinny, 45:15. 60 and over: 1. Jayne Coldwater, S. Abington, 41:54; 2. Barb Zeske, Hanover Twp., 41:57; 3. Lisi Edgerton, Kingston, 53:19. Field: 415 registered (record), 389 finishers. Pace vehicle: Forty Fort Police Dept. Honorary starter: Ann Marie Stroud. Timing: Vince Wojnar (Wyoming Valley Striders). Results: Insta Results. Race director: Bernie Popson.


Schedule


Saturday: West Pittston Anthracite 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Fun Walk at the borough building, Exeter Ave., West Pittston at 9 a.m. Info: Borough office, 655-7782.


Saturday, June 15: Susquehanna River Runners Club’s inaugural 2 Mile Run at Murphy’s Pub, Slocum and Church streets, Swoyersville at 9 a.m. Info: 592-2820.


Sunday, June 16: Wilkes-Barre Duathlon (run, bike, run) at Wilkes-Barre Public Square at 7 a.m. Info: Nicky Pachucki (YMCA), 970-5041, ext. 5041 or Bill Buzza (JCC), 824-4646, ext. 232.


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