Snow Makes for Interesting
93rd Run for the Diamonds

BY MARGARET LIVSEY,
BEV BULL, AND BILL BULL

 

 THE START OF THE DIAMONDS RUN AMIDST THE SNOWFLAKES.
EARLY FRONTRUNNERS INCLUDE DAN PSZENICZNY (#16),
JAIME HIBELL (#7), AND DAVID BROFENBRENNER (#681).
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

BERWICK, PA--Excitement fills the air of every Diamonds race. Pre-race jitters abound. Anticipation of "The Hill" is in the minds of all runners, experienced and novice. A certain "electricity" is in the air. This is what the runners feel every year while driving into town, while warming up, while listening to "Rocky," while listening to Ed Livsey play the American and Canadian National Anthems on the clarinet, and while standing on the starting line waiting for the gun to go off. This year was the same. Then a strange calm filled the starting line. A snow squall hit Berwick just minutes before the start. Then, the local newspaper, The Press-Enterprise, had a helicopter appear out of nowhere. This gave the whole starting area a surreal quality. Two-time winner Budd Coates commented, "Only in Berwick! I love this race!"

And then the gun went off!

A lead pack of about ten runners sprinted down Market Street with another thousand stretched out for blocks behind. Snow was falling but the road wasn't slippery, yet. Gradually, in the first two miles, the lead pack dwindled to Stephen Walsh, of Blue Bell, PA; Jamie Hibell, of Bethlehem; David Bronfenbrenner, of West Hazleton; and Olympian Steve Spence, of Shippensburg. The Hill began at the two-mile mark. As the runners looked up the first stretch of it, a blanket of white snow greeted their eyes. The first mile of the hill was snow covered. Runners jockeyed for position while searching for good footing. By the five-mile mark, Walsh had opened a 30-yard lead, but the downhills were what Bronfenbenner was waiting for. With a 9:18 two-mile split from 5 to 7, the pedal had hit the medal! "I'm a good downhill runner. I knew if I kept close, I would have a chance," said the eventual winner. The large crowd in the last two miles pulled him to the finish. "If it weren't for the crowd, it would have been really, really hard."

The woman's winner, Kim Jaick, of Bethlehem, began the race hoping just to win a diamond. As the race progressed, she pushed hard to pass three girls running just in front of her. Further down the road, someone in the crowd yelled to her that she was first female. Not quite sure whether to believe the fan, Jaick was psyched anyway. She pushed hard to gain a 26-second victory.

The Berwick Marathon Association was thrilled with the record total of 1,006 runners finishing the race. There were 720 men and 286 women in the field.

A total of twenty-two diamonds were awarded. This is two more than previous years. Over 100 other awards were presented.

The race organizers would like to thank their major sponsors: Burger King, Pepsi Cola, and the Berwick Hospital Center along with the other approximately 180 sponsors of the race. They also want to thank the Press Enterprise for their great support of the race. And last, but not least, they want to thank the Borough of Berwick for their fantastic enthusiasm for the race.

The countdown to 100 continues…

 

 DAVID BROFENBRENNER (#681) PASSES
STEPHEN WALSH IN A MOVE AT 10K THAT
WOULD WIN IT FOR BROFENBRENNER.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MALE

Overall

1. David Bronfenbrenner 46:10
2. Stephen Walsh 46:22
3. Jamie Hibell 46:40
4. Steve Spence 47:28
5. William Raitter 47:45
6. Randy Lowe 47:55
7. Kip Hoffman 47:56
8. Mike Craighead 48:08
9. Dan Pszeniczny 48:33
10. Budd Coates 48:41
11. Martin Owens 48:47
12. Jeff McCabe 48:48
13. Greg Remaly 48:57
14. Mike Styczynski 49:11
15. Tim Schuler 49:38

Masters

1. Steve Spence 47:28

Veterans

1. Bryan Stride 51:46

Seniors

1. Michael Golding 60:24

LOCAL AWARDS

Tri-County

1. Jeff McCabe 48:48

Col County

1. Greg Remaly 48:57

Local

1. Tony Lawson 51:30
2. Bill Bull 55:34
3. John Zaginaylo 56:45
4. Stephen Ridall 56:46
5. Doug Alter 60:03

High School

1. Mike Petrikonis 51:36

Berwick HS

1. Stephen Ridall 56:46

Oldest

1. John Sheehan (73) 94:51

Last

1. William Murphy 132:14

15 & UNDER

1. Curtis Carnes 57:06
2. Steven Shirley 59:23
3. Derek Steward 65:12

16 TO 19

1. Mike Petrikonis 51:36
2. Jacob Stamey 52:28
3. Shawn Lively 52:43

20 TO 24

1. Scott Lewandowski 50:07
2. Jeff Dobias 51:22
3. Tony Lawson 51:30

25 TO 29

1. Justin Krebs 49:43
2. Chris Miller 50:17
3. Scott Karwacki 51:24

30 TO 34

1. Chris Pszeniczny 51:09
2. Tim Thomas 52:08
3. Derek Miller 52:37

35 TO 39

1. Dan Dragwa 49:47
2. Joe Cresko 50:53
3. Mark Gerber 51:26

40 TO 44

1. Paul Leonard 50:26
2. Roger Davis 54:34
3. Michael Hudyncia 55:00

45 TO 49

1. Mark Will-Weber 52:17
2. Dave Mitchell 55:08
3. Jeff Brandt 55:15

50 TO 54

1. David Ahner 52:58
2. Ed Kelly 56:13
3. Bob Welby 56:15

55 TO 59

1. Bill Horwich 55:06
2. Len Sowinski 59:02
3. James Noone 61:54

60 TO 69

1. Richard Hause 66:30
2. Dave Pedley 69:39
3. Bob Dennison 71:45

70 & OVER

1. John Sheehan 94:51

 

 KIM JAICK WINS THE FEMALE DIVISION OF
THE RUN FOR THE DIAMONDS IN 55:46.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
FEMALE

Overall

1. Kim Jaick 55:46
2. Carly Graytock 56:10
3. Patty Fulton 56:11
4. Heidi Wolfsberger 56:21
5. Tina Bartholomew 56:52
6. Amy Rome 57:31
7. Michelle Wolyniec 58:10
8. Ann Sick 58:50
9. Wendy Blass 59:00
10. Beckie McClintock 59:13

Masters

1. Ann Sick 58:50

Veterans

1. Leah Whipple 63:17

Seniors

1. Joan Miller 81:38

LOCAL AWARDS

Tri-County

1. Tina Bartholomew 56:52

Col County

1. Ann Sick 58:50

Local

1. Wendy Blass 59:00
2. Christa Johnson 64:54
3. Alison Alessi 69:11
4. Barb Kent 75:08
5. Christina Hoppy 75:20

High School

1. Maria Monks 63:42

Berwick HS

1. Christa Johnson 64:54

15 & UNDER

1. Maria Monks 63:42
2. Ashley Shuck 66:40

16 to 19

1. Bonnie Kretchik 61:15
2. Emily Ciak 64:48
3. Christa Johnson 64:54

20 TO 24

1. Deserae Pegg 59:52
2. Lindsey Keller 61:42
3. Sarah Kenehan 65:16

25 TO 29

1. Aimee Shebest 61:32
2. Heather Young 63:25
3. Renee Popalis 66:21

30 TO 34

1. Aimee Baylor 61:33
2. Ann Balonis 62:00
3. Tricia Good 69:32

35 TO 39

1. Lori Kingsley 62:40
2. Suzanne Watts 63:32
3. Mary Leonard 65:55

40 TO 44

1. Barb Lekon 62:23
2. Rebecca Micca 62:43
3. Carina Rance 66:48

45 TO 49

1. Joyce Stevens 66:18
2. Kathy Mat-Scopelliti 70:20
3. Diana Duffee 71:51

50 TO 59

1. Deborah Gebhardt 68:37
2. Nancy Werthmuller 69:01

60 TO 69

1. Josella Faul 98:22

70 & OVER

1. JoAnn Hause 100:28