BREAKS THE 1989 COURSE RECORD
FOR WOMEN AT THE WINTER'S END 4.5
Orrson breaks 26-year-old Women's Record at
BY TOM WALSKI
LEHMAN, PA--Once again the Winters 4.5 Mile End race,
held March 22, lived up to its name (notice its winters
end not start of spring). Runners were faced
with a windy, 30-degree day and a course with roughly two miles
of muddy road. But thats what makes this race a classic.
Jeff Skwierz was the best mudder this day carving out a 37-second
victory over Mickey Moorhead. This was Moorhead's second consecutive
second place finish. The best quality performance of the day
was Marina Orrsons overall third place finish, crushing
the womens field by over five minutes. Marina Orrson
broke (25:58) the 1989 course record (26:06) set by Patty Kupstas!
Age-group competition was tough, especially on the female
side with Erin Griffin squeezing out a six-second win over Karen
McLaughlin in the 35-39 age group and Jen Heck taking the Masters
title (and third overall) with a win over Jessica Chessman.
On the male side, the 50-54 age group was the most crowded
with Lee Toussaint bearing George Dunbar.
This was the 35th running of this historic rate that starts
and finishes at the Penn State campus. Continuing a long- term
trend, there were almost as many women as men in this race. Perhaps,
next year the women may be in the majority.