Squiers and Dietz Win
2004 February Freeze

BY SANDRA HOWARD

TUNKHANNOCK, PA--Running in his first February Freeze 5K on February 7, Robert Squiers, 18, used his stand-out speed to blast the remainder of the field and snare the win, posting a time of 17:35. Managing to remain within sight for some of the race, and placing second behind Squiers in 18:19, was Jeff Crahalla, 30, who has four Freeze wins to his credit. Alaina Dietz, 33, placed first for the women, cruising into 16th place overall, with a time of 22:06. Dietz’s nearest competitor was Tunkhannock’s own Betsy Sayre, 16, who finished in 23:35.

The Freeze has a dedicated following and provides a welcome break in winter training for year-round runners. The footing was quite challenging this year, as the short section of abandoned railroad grade just after the starting line was ice-covered due to recent winter weather. More runners than usual gave the footing serious consideration and used some form of spikes to make sure they remained upright for the race.

The 2004 Freeze saw 61 runners finish the 3.1-mile race. Numerous people assisted the Bobcats. Race directors Sandy Howard and Doug Toye wish to thank everyone who contributed to making the 17th running a fond memory. Several new age groups were added to accommodate the increasing number of men age 60 and over who are consistently racing the Freeze. The same age groups exist for the women, but only once has a female age 60 or over run the Freeze.

MALE

Overall

1. Robert Squiers 17:35
2. Jeff Crahalla 18:19
3. Kevin Bandru 18:48

13-19

1. Frank Redmond 19:33
2. Tim Nowakowski
3. Bobby Micikas

20-24

1. Derek Stutz 20:12

30-34

1. Jeff Crahalla 18:19
2. Adam Edwards
3. Joe Mosluk

35-39

1. Randy White 19:44
2. Jerry Washo
3. Mike Romanovitch

40-44

1. Kevin Bandru 18:48
2. Bill Lawrence
3. Steve Meck

45-49

1. Michael Kinney 20:59
2. Ed Donnelly
3. Roger Peterman

50-54

1. Mark Smith 22:33
2. Paul Oliver
3. Ed Hetzel

55-59

1. Ho Titman 21:15
2. Tom Hamlin
3. Tom Kilcullen

60-64

1. Joe Naughton 25:39
2. Neil MacDonald

65-69

1. Sid Lyons 27:50
2. Jim Marsh

FEMALE

Overall

1. Alaina Dietz 22:06
2. Betsy Sayre 23:25
3. Jen Stec-Gagliardi 25:01

12 and Under

1. Rachel Sayre 27:12
2. Cynthia Williams 30:02

13-19

1. Betsy Sayre 23:25

25-29

1. Jen Stec-Gagliardi 25:01

35-39

1. Tammy Welch 25:38
2. Bridget White
3. Renee Kanyok

40-44

1. Suncha Rhone 27:30
2. Nancy Harman
3. Jeni Knickman

45-49

1. Beth O’Malley 29:09

50-54

1. Nancy Werthmuller 25:09
2. Margaret Nudelman