Mains Sets New Course Record at 12th Annual
BY DINO OBERTO
HAZLETON, PA--Although Sunday, August 16 was said to be one of the hottest days of the summer with temperatures above 90 degrees, that didnt stop the over 140 runners who toed the line at the 12th Annual Run for the Cannoli 5K.
And, while the weather was indeed hot so too was overall race winner Zach Mains, a 23-year-old from Coatesville, who sizzled around the 3.1-mile course at a record-setting time of 15:44. The previous mark was held by Chris Wadas at 16:01 set in 2013.
On the womens side it was Kelsey Cameron of Pringle who took top honors with her clocking of 19:25.
I really like the heat. I particularly run better when its like this. There were plenty of water stations along the route too, said Mains.
The course was very nice. It gives you a little bit of everything and the organizers did a great job with it all. I definitely look forward to coming back and trying for another win as soon as next year.
Not surprising in second place was multi-time Cannoli winner Jeff Skwierz, who crossed the finish line with a very respectable 16:03 which was one of his best-ever runs here in 11 previous outings.
Robert Moulton, former Crestwood High School cross-country standout and now head coach of the Comets, was an impressive third overall at 16:07, making it one of the closest 1-2-3 finishes in race history.
The trio ran in tight a tight pack through the first two miles with several others also within striking distance. But heading into the final 5000 meters Mains began his kick and gradually pulled to his eventual 19-second margin of victory.
Heading up the hill and on to the finish she was in a great battle alongside Mahanoy Area High School running star Adam Bahrey. The spot, 11th overall, would be credited to Bahrey, however, unbeknownst to Cameron at the time, she was awarded a bonus of $50 for being the 12th place finisher.
I thought if I went out a little fast then the run would have been a bit easier. It was tough though in the heat, said Cameron, who ran her first mile in 5:40. It was a very good course, although the last stretch was a challenge. Its certainly worth coming back.
The 2013 Cannoli female winner Christina Capparell, who competes at Marian High School and last year qualified for the PIAA State Cross Country Meet, finished a strong second among the ladies with a time of 20:34, and in third was Katie Kravitz with a 21:23.
Aaron Russell, 2014 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, served as Grand Marshall and came away impressed.
It was a great event and it was also a different perspective for me in seeing a race from several aspects I dont normally get to when coaching. I got to see the community effort that goes into the race and it was exciting to get to ride along in the lead car through the streets of Hazleton. It was also nice to seeing a lot of alumni running and of course having Lock Haven guys finish 1-2 wasnt bad either, said Russell.
Race organizers have already begun to prepare for next years race which is tentatively set for the third Sunday in August.
ZACH MAINS BREAKS THE TAPE TO CLAIM TOP HONORS.
KELSEY CAMERON RUNS ALONGSIDE MAHANOY HIGH SCHOOL RUNNER ADAM BAHREY.