Calendar  

Runner's Gazette
Serving the Mid-Atlantic Region

America's First Running Newspaper - Established September, 1976

FEBRUARY, 2018

 SUBSCRIBE ONLINE

 editor@runnersgazette.com

 Contact Us

 Calendar

 Results

 Features

 

KARA FOSTER TAKES TOP FEMALE HONORS AND
FOURTH DIAMONDS WIN.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

Three-Peat for Gillette at Diamonds;
Foster Takes Women's Win

BY BILL BULL

The Men’s Race

BERWICK, PA--When Matt Gillette, Orefield, PA, crossed the finish line, he flashed three fingers on his right hand. Can you say three-peat? Gillette had accomplished something that had not been done in over fifty years; three wins in a row at Berwick! “The goal this year was to try and get the third win in a row,” Gillette said. “I looked in the program. I wanted to be part of the history of the race,” he continued. The last runner to win three in a row was Frank Pflaging, Baltimore Olympic Club, in 1963, '64, and '65. Looking at next year, Olympian Johnny Kelley, of Boston Marathon fame, had four wins in a row during World War II. We’ll have to wait a year to see if Gillette can match Kelley!

“It’s become a tradition, coming here every year. It’s special. I really enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll stay fit and be back next year,” Gillette said.

A lead pack of four runners (Gillette, second place finisher Trevor Van Ackeren, Bethlehem, third place finisher Eric Arnold, Haverford, PA, and eventual seventh place finisher Dylan Gearinger, Berwick) quickly broke away from the rest of the field. The group of four stayed together until THE Hill. “The race was pretty much a repeat of last year. Matt runs that uphill really hard. I tried to keep it as close as I could, but he got away from me there. On the back half of the course, I ran tough, but it’s hard to catch a good runner once they get a lead on you. That’s the challenge of this race,” said VanAckeren.

The mile and a half uphill from Mile Two to three and a half is usually where Berwick is won or lost. VanAckeren has finished second two years in row and in the top four in each of the last four years.

“I ran in the lead pack until about halfway up the big hill. That’s when I made my move and took the lead. Then I pushed the downhills,” said Gillette.

Rounding out the top seven diamond-ring winners were fourth place Chris Mullen, Eagleville, PA, fifth place Alexander Hampel, Hummelstown, PA and sixth place Jonathan Condly, Jim Thorpe, PA.

(Continued...)

 

Copyright and Legal Notices
WebMaster