SAMANTHA SNUKIS WORKS THE HILL.

Skwierz Continues Reign as King of Cannoli ;
Snukis Claims Women’s Crown

BY DINO OBERTO

HAZLETON, PA--Jeff Skwierz is undeniably the King of the Cannoli--Run for the Cannoli that is. For an unprecedented sixth consecutive year 28-year-old Skwierz of Tresckow, PA has been untouchable in attaining the coveted Cannoli Trophy.

This was the seventh edition of the race, which has become somewhat of a cult classic with its unique 3 p.m. start. Not exactly the best time of the day in the middle of the summer to run a race, but don’t tell that to the 80 registered participants who came out to be part of the event, which coincides with the annual St. Mauro’s Italian Festival held at Queen of Heaven Parish on August 22.

Each year since 2005 Skwierz has been first across the finish line and just as in races past, he dusted the field, this year with a rousing 16:17, nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Mike Lisnock, Jr. who came in at 18:16.

Skwierz missed setting the course record, which of course he already owns, by a mere five seconds.

Samantha Snukis, 24, of St. Clair made her first Run for the Cannoli a memorable outing as she took top honors for the women with a very respectable 19:57, becoming only the second female to run a sub-20-minute race in the event’s seven year history.

Patty Fulton of Maryland still holds the mark at 19:16 set in 2005.

Snukis ran a great race finishing a solid 10th overall, and not to mention she competed in a four miler early that day in Reading.

Keenan Monks, captain of this year’s Hazleton Area High School Cross-Country team, took third while Ed Snukis was fourth and Jeremy Dormer, head cross-country coach at Marion High School, rounded out the top five overall finishers.

 

MIKE LISNOCK, JR. PLACES SECOND OVERALL AND WINS HIS
AGE GROUP IN 18:16.
A pair of 15-year-olds, Frazee Sutphen and Michael Lewis, came home sixth and seventh, respectively, while 16-year-old Steve Senick notched his best ever Cannoli Run in five tries in eighth. Legendary Hazleton Area High head coach Lou Gunderman followed in ninth.

Megan Ashford, two-time and defending champ Alexandria Petsuck, and Nicole Monticalvo were second, third, and fourth overall for the women. The trio is heading into their senior year for their respective schools of Bloomsburg, Hazleton Area, and Berwick. Candin Striet rounded out the top five for the ladies.

For many area high school harriers, this race has served as the final tune-up before the official cross-country season gets underway, most time within the following week.

The past few years, racers toed the starting line in 90-degree weather. Not so this time around as most of the day saw torrential downpours although by race time the skies had cleared with a comfortable mid-70s temperature.

Everyone in the race received a commemorative T-shirt, $5 in festival food tickets, and of course….a cannoli!

 

JEFF SKZWIERZ PUTS DISTANCE BETWEEN
HIMSELF AND THE REST OF THE CROWD
BY MILE ONE.

 

Male
Jeff Skwierz 16:17
Female
Samantha Snukis 19:57

15-Under
Male Female
1.Frazee Sutphen 19:15 1.Ashley Youman 29:07
2.Michael Lewis 19:16 2.Mikalya Surridge 29:32
3.Tyler Pecora 20:30

16-19
1.Keenan Monks 18:30 1.Meghan Ashford 20:30
2.Steve Senick 19:49 2.Alexandria Petsuck 21:42
3.Brandon Majikas 20:01 3.Nicole Monticalvo 22:17

20-24
1.Ed Snukis 18:59

25-29
1.Bill Yenkevich 20:14 1.Candin Streit 23:41
2.Chris Kasian 20:38 2.Krysten Gasper 29:43
3.Ryan Pugliese 21:37

 

WINNERS JEFF SKZWIERZ (16:17) AND SAMANTHA
SNUKIS (19:57).
30-34
1.Dan Nensteil 20:45 1.Stacey Lipton 28:11
2.Brian Serfass 23:35 2.Dina Cusatis 29:17
3.John Laforte 25:38 3.Stacey Halko 37:05

35-39
1.Mike Lisnock, Jr. 18:16 1.Wendy Resheter 28:53
2.Jeremy Dormer 19:12
3.Rob Strungis 20:47

40-44
1.Mike DeMatt 21:29 1.Traci Strungis 24:08
2.Dan O’Donnell 21:57 2.Genene Libonati 24:29
3.Tom Underwood 22:20 3.Sherry Robinson 27:30

45-49
1.George Dunbar 20:19 1.Gena Monks 24:58
2.Joe Kichilasky 20:23 2.Liz Tolin 26:21
3.Mike Brandtmeir 21:16 3.Michele Palermo 28:52

50-54
1.Joe Skwierz 21:57 1.Sherry Atkins 28:49
2.David Holmes 22:06
3.Ken Monks 22:20

55-59
1.Lou Gunderman 19:51 1.Jennifer Sloot 27:20
2.Walter Boyle 22:44
3.James Mandzak 22:53

60-0ver
1.Joe Dutko 23:06
2.James Atkins 24:59
3.Bill Coolbaugh 28:24