HEIDI WOLFSBERGER, 2ND FEMALE IN
55:08.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Over One Thousand Compete in
94th Annual Run for the Diamonds
on Thanksgiving Day

BY BILL BULL & MARGARET LIVSEY

BERWICK, PA--Record entrants and finishers were recorded for the second year in a row in the Run for the Diamonds (9 miles), a Thanksgiving Day tradition. With over 1,100 starters and exactly 1,093 finishers, the race committee was very thankful for computer-chip timing! This was the first year the chips have been used at this race.

Mike Mykytok of Ramsey, NJ came to the race once before and settled for second place that year. The experience of learning the course was invaluable this year. Mykytok learned that it is very difficult to play catch-up on the course. Big leads at the five-mile mark almost always hold up. "My whole plan was to go out hard and tough on the hill and make the others catch me," Mykytok said. It did hold up, but not before Mark Stallings of Millersville University made it interesting. "The downhill was my strong area and that's where I tried to make up ground," said Stallings. He did catch Mykytok around the 6½-mile point and the two ran neck and neck for the next two miles. Both runners agreed the energy Stallings used to catch Mykytok had a lot to do with the final outcome. "He had to exert a lot of energy to catch me," said Mykytok. "He just went off and I just missed hanging with him, but I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I expended a lot catching up to him," said Stallings. The third male was Ed Schlichter of Chambersburg.

The women's race was the exact opposite of the men's. Debbie Grossman (Shavertown) and Heidi Wolfsberger (Riverside and Moravian College) battled through the first five miles. At this point, 47-year-old Grossman slowly pulled away for a 45-second victory. "I never saw her after that. I just kept my pace. It's what I always do. The day was perfect. The whole town is out to cheer. The crowd is terrific. They push you to the finish," said Grossman. The third female was former Berwick High School and Messiah College star, Becki McClintock. McClintock had the best finish place ever of any Berwick High School graduate, male or female.

The first seven finishers, male and female, received diamond rings and diamond pendants, respectively.

The Masters diamond winners were Greg Cauller and Debbie Grossman.

The Veterans Diamond winners were Dave Horvath and Deborah Gebhardt.

The Senior Diamond winners were Ed Whitlock and Joan Miller. Whitlock recently set the world marathon record for the 70-and-older age group with a time of 2:59.

The Berwick Marathon Association would like to thank the Borough of Berwick and Briar Creek Township for their huge support. We would also like to thank all the volunteers. Without you, the race could not be run. Thanks also go to the thousands of spectators who line the course. Your energy and knowledge of the sport help bring the runners back year after year. We would also like to thank Burger King, the Berwick Hospital Center, and the many other sponsors who help make this race possible. And lastly, we would like to thank all the runners for supporting this historic race. Ninety-four down, six more to one hundred!

 

CARMELLA DIPIPPA AND ED WHITLOCK
ENJOY A MOMENT BEFORE THE RACE.
EARLIER IN THE FALL, ED BECAME THE
FIRST 70-YEAR-OLD TO BREAK THREE
HOURS IN A MARATHON IN TORONTO.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
RUN FOR THE DIAMONDS
2003 AWARD WINNERS

MALE

Overall

1. Michael Mykytok 45:41
2. Mark Stallings 45:44
3. Ed Schlichter 47:53
4. Phil Reutlinger 47:57
5. William Raitter 48:15
6. Dan Pszeniczny 48:36
7. Jeff McCabe 48:49
8. Scott Lewandoski 48:59
9. Justin Krebs 49:04
10. Shane Anthony 49:09
11. Jeff Dobias 49:37
12. C. Fred Joslyn 49:50
13. Daniel Dragwa 50:05
14. Kip Hoffman 50:14
15. Pete Lobianco 50:22

Masters

1. Greg Cauller 50:39

Veterans

1. David Horvath 54:07

Seniors

1. Ed Whitlock 57:25

15 and Under

1. Bobby Micikas 54:43
2. David Bacon 57:10
3. Alexander Caicedo 60:58

16-19

1. Jadrien Deibler 51:10
2. Chip Carnes 52:01
3. Curtis Carnes 52:18
4. Josiah Ramsey 53:23
5. David Sanford 53:55

 

EVENTUAL WINNER MIKE MYKYTOK'S (#2)
LEAD EVAPORATES AS MARK STALLINGS
CATCHES UP AT MILE 7.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
20-24

1. Christopher Wadas 50:30
2. Tony Lawson 50:44
3. Paul Riley 52:04
4. Peter Miller 52:35
5. Paul Berry 53:56

25-29

1. Scott Karwacki 53:19
2. James Neufer 53:38
3. John Ferris 54:39
4. EJ O'Malley 59:16
5. Nathan Nudelman 59:24

30-34

1. Steven Oliver 50:42
2. Chris Pszeniczny 53:00
3. Stuart Shebest 53:41
4. Robert Radzwich 54:58
5. Tim M Lynch 55:17

35-39

1. Robert Broekhuis 52:25
2. Kurtis Grohowski 52:36
3. Dan Noss 53:45
4. Daniel Kirk 54:21
5. Brian Falk 54:46

40-44

1. Paul Leonard 51:40
2. Tom Halpin 53:51
3. Jack Martin 54:50
4. Edward Fitzmaurice 55:48
5. James Walsh 60:15
6. Joseph Dougherty 60:32

45-49

1. Mark Will-Weber 52:10
2. Budd Coates 52:11
3. Roger Davis 55:20
4. David Mitchell 55:38
5. Bill Bull 56:10
6. Jeffrey Brandt 56:33

50-54

1. Tom Carter 55:55
2. Jeffrey Timm 57:35
3. Bob Welby 57:38
4. Jim Pearson 58:42
5. Steve Molnar 58:56

55-59

1. Paul Szymonski 58:34
2. Harold Titman 60:42
3. James Noone 61:21

60-69

1. Maraden Urmanec 63:04
2. Bill Williams 69:30
3. Dave Pedley 70:48

70 and Over

1. Richard Hause 68:48

FEMALE

Overall

1. Debbie Grossman 54:23
2. Heidi Wolfsberger 55:08
3. Becki McClintock 55:58
4. Amy Pyles 56:08
5. Sarah Raitter 56:46
6. Lindsey Keller 57:09
7. Molly Sunderlin 57:23
8. Patti Fulton 57:37
9. Maria Monks 58:10
10. Aimee Baylor 58:20

Masters

1. Debbie Grossman 54:23

Veterans

1. Deborah Gebhardt 68:43

Seniors

1. Joan Miller 81:57

15 and Under

1. Megan Peterson 67:07
2. Samantha Weirman 75:02

16-19

1. Elizabeth Hennip 62:07
2. Ashley Shuck 64:11
3. Karen Hause 64:19
4. Katie Conlon 65:32
5. Autumn Swan 66:43

20-24

1. Emily Bilbow 61:07
2. Kim Jaick 61:20
3. Bridgid Curry 63:37
4. Bonnie Kretchik 65:21
5. Heather Bacon 66:59

25-29

1. Aimee Shebest 60:36
2. Wendy Wiest 65:58
3. Bethany Daku-Treas 66:54
4. Elizabeth Currid 68:12
5. Tina Eisenhower 70:20

30-34

1. Marie Sandrock 62:47
2. Colleen Pak 63:07
3. Amy Rusiloski 64:37
4. Buffy Basile 66:28
5. Staci Warburton 66:40

35-39

1. Lori Kingsley 60:33
2. Wendy Blass 61:45
3. Cindy Bubb 66:39
4. Sylvia Schenk 66:42
5. Bonnie Dodge 66:53

40-44

1. Ann Sick 61:26
2. Barbara Lekon 64:34
3. Suzanne Watts 67:15
4. Eileen Hower 67:38
5. Laura Eppler 67:40

45-49

1. Joyce Stevens 66:13
2. K. Scopelliti-Mat 67:44
3. Joyce Foster 71:23

50-59

1. Sharon Davies 70:34
2. Bev Tomasak 71:33

60 and Over

1. Christiane Torchia 90:05