Woshner Returns to Winners Platform;
BY JOHN HARWICK
CALIFORNIA, PA--Two familiar names--Shaffer and Woshner--topped the womens and mens results in Gold Medal Camps sixth annual Alumni Race 6K on July 25 at California University of PA.
West Allegheny High junior Kaycee Shaffer followed in the footsteps of older sister Lauren in posting a convincing win in the womens race with a quick 24:32.
Lauren, now a standout distance runner at Pitt, won the Alumni Race in 1999 and 2001. Lauren won the Pennsylvania XC title in 1999 for West Allegheny High.
Two college runners took second and third: Nicole Lemal (24:55) of West Virginia University and Kristin Novara (25:14) of Longwood University. Both served as camp counselors.
Craig Woshner, athletic director at James Wood High (VA), won his fifth mens Alumni Race in six years--and third in a row--in 19:23. Craig served as the camp program director.
Two college runners took second and third: Brent Rogus (19:36) of Duquesne University and James Printz (20:58) of James Madison University. Both served as camp counselors.
Five men from the host West Penn Track Club won their age groups: George Kelly (9 and under), Larry Lenhart (14-15), Brent (16-19), Richard Rogus (50-59), and John Harwick (70-79).
Last year West Penns Brighid Kelly won the 10-11 race in 39:38. This year the St. Rosalia eighth-grader cut off a whopping 10:25 to win the 12-13 race in 29:13.
Each year Alumni Race officials dedicate the race to the memories of former Gold Medal Campers Seth Burton of Fairmont, WV and Katie DeRosa of Frostburg, MD. Separate automobile accidents in 1998 caused the deaths of those two young distance runners. Seth had captained his West Fairmont High team to the 1997 West Virginia state XC championship. Katie--in her last race--won the 15-and-under division of the Greater Clarksburg (WV) Distance Classic 10K. This year--for the third straight year--Katies entire family participated in the Alumni Race as either a runner or volunteer.
Two father/son duos competed: father Norm and Matt DeRosa and father Richard and Brent Rogus.
Dave Mapes did his usual fine job of timing the race.
Runners from six states competed: Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Diane Perriello of the Summit Athletic Club (OH) won her third straight 50-59 title. Rob Pasqual of the Alley Pond Striders (NY) (40-49) and Brent Rogus of Duquesne University (16-19) won their second straight titles. And West Penns Brighid Kelly (10-11 and 12-13) made it two-in-a-row.
Longtime USATF national official Mark Schwartz served as the referee and started the races.