Gillette, Orrson Sparkle at 106th Diamonds
BY MARGARET LIVSEY AND BILL BULL
The Mens Race
BERWICK, PA--The weather conditions for the 106th edition of the Berwick Run For the Diamonds were perfect. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s greeted the 1500+ entrants on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. This was a far cry from the snow covered ground of 2014!
Matt Gillette, Shippensburg ,PA, had finished second in both 2013 and 2014. He wasted little time in letting the rest of the field know his intentions! He went to the front of the pack right off Dick Rimples gun. Within the second mile, Gillette was beginning to pull away. Running up the hill during the third mile, like so many previous winners, Gillette made his decisive move. He never looked back.
Gillettes lead increased with each mile. Gillette was in the zone; feeding off his own adrenaline and the crowds along the course. I think its just history, a lot of good guys have run this race. I wanted to be a part of the history. I really enjoy running here. Its a great tradition. I just really wanted to win, especially after coming in second for two years, said Gillette.
Christian Thompson, Winston Salem, NC, finished second. Trevor Vanackeren, Bethlehem, PA, improved one spot from his fourth place in 2014 to third this year. Kieran Sutton, Shavertown, PA, Andy Weaver, Baltimore, MD, two time winner, C Fred Joslyn, Mt Holly Springs, PA and Chris Mullin, Phoenixville, PA, rounded out the top seven diamond winners.
Marina Orrson, Shavertown, PA, has made a steady progression (with just one bump) up the leader board in the Run For the Diamonds. Her first Diamonds was 2009 in which she finished 31st female. Since then her finishes include 22nd, 8th, 11th, 4th, and last year 2nd. She could only improve one more place, but what a tough place to get. But get it she did! Marina flew around the course to win by over two minutes. Ive been running the Diamonds since junior high. My mom always talked about running it when she was younger. For me, it means a lot because its a family tradition, said Orrson. She continued about the course. You learn that the first half is just so slow. But youre going to make it up in the second half. Following Orrson was Samantha Snukis, Stowe, PA, improving nicely over her eighth place finish a year ago. The 2011 winner, Katie ORegan, Lititz, PA, finished third for the second year in a row. Christina Faust, Macungie, PA, Christy Peterson, N Wales, PA, Brenda Hodge, York, PA, and Samantha Snead, Moscow, PA, rounded out the top seven diamond pendant winners.
Marina Orrson, Lake Lehman, is the fourth runner having graduated from the local Wyoming Valley League to win the race. The other three include 1991 Molly Mitke (Crestwood), 2004 Becki McClintock (Berwick), and 2007 Maria Monks (Hazleton).
Over twenty Canadians made the trip to Berwick this year. Jose Fuentes, Hamilton, Ontario, continued a long tradition of Canadian diamond-ring winners. Fuentes won the Veteran male diamond ring. Rick Hellard, Dave Yaeger, and Chris Jermyn also took home awards. Several Canadians, including 1975 winner, Rob Legge, and senior phemom, Ed Whitlock, did not run but came to renew old friendships.
Dylan Gearinger successfully defended his local title of 2014.
Dylan, now a Freshman at Haverford College, ran a fine time of
50:43; good for 18th place overall. Dylans former Berwick
HS teammates, Mason Kimbell, Bao Le, Ty Fisher and Harrison Ferro
rounded out the Top Five locals. They were also able to snag
the third place team trophy while running for the Berwick Ramblers.
Wendy Lupashunski, the local female with the most wins, returned to the top spot after a four-year absence. Wendy ran a strong race from the start finishing 14th overall in a time of 61:25. This was Wendys eleventh local title. Four time-winner Alex Bull, Abby Bull, Samantha Dyer, and Brittany Shaughnessy rounded out the top five female locals. The Berwick Ramblers were able to win theTeam Championship.
Nationally known author, Dave Rauschenberg, Portland, Oregon, delivered an uplifting and humorous talk at the Pasta Dinner the night before the race. Dave has written three running/life books and is in the process of writing a fourth.
Overall: male Pete Pfitzinger, 43:21, 1980 and female Karaleigh Foster, 50:33, 2014
19 & Younger: male Bill Reifsnyder, 45:48, 1979 and female Paige Stoner, 55:25, 2014
20-29: male Pete Pfitzinger, 43:21, 1980 and Karaleigh Foster, 50:33, 2014
30-39: male Greg Fredericks, 43:41, 1980 and Heidi Peoples, 53:52, 2010
40-49: male Ken Inglis, 45:46, 1982 and female Deborah Grossman, 53:38, 1996
50-59: male Johnny Kelley, 50:21, 1958 and female Ann Sick, 61:58, 2009
60-69: male Hubert Morgan, 55:06, 1984 and female Dianna Golden, 66:40, 2013
70 & over: male Ed Whitlock, 57:25, 2003 and female Joan Miller, 91:11, 2012