MATT BYRNE, WINNER OF THE FEBRUARY FREEZE IN 15:34.

Byrne Snaps Crahalla's Win Streak at
February Freeze

BY SANDRA HOWARD

TUNKHANNOCK, PA--The 15th running of the February Freeze 5K was held on February 2, 2002. Ninety-six runners enjoyed the wintry day, sharing the experience of competition and the camaraderie while training through the winter months in Northeastern, PA. Jeff Crahalla saw his overall streak of winning four Freezes in a row come to an end, as Matt Byrne, 26, missed the course record by four seconds, turning in a quick 15:34 over the well-groomed course. For the women, Masters standout Maria Moulton, 41, set a new Masters female course record, 20:29, while recording her first overall Freeze female victory.

The Freeze, originally started by Dick Daniels, founder of the Endless Mountains Bobcats Running Club, was absent from the local race calendar during 1996 and 1997, until Bobcat member Gary VanVranken brought it back to life for the next two years. Co-Race Directors Sandra Howard and Doug Toye thanked all previous participants for their part in this race's rich history. Special recognition was given to Berwick's Rich Hause, 68, who has run every Freeze, managed to grab an age-group award every year, and currently holds two age-group records. All participants and volunteers were given commemorative medals marking the 15 years.

MALE

Overall

1. Matt Byrne 15:34

13-19

1. Brad Baird 16:46
2. Robert Squier 18:48
3. Justin Winters 18:51

20-24

1. Joe Maskalis 17:50
2. Jeremy Kacuba 18:28
3. Greg Durick 18:58

25-29

1. Jeff Crahalla 17:38
2. Joe Dowd 20:47
3. Matt Thatcher 25:00

30-34

1. Chris Thatcher 18:00
2. Todd Weitzmann 18:54
3. Chad Butcher 19:26

35-39

1. Jerry Washo 19:56
2. Randy White 20:26
3. Bob Washo 23:27

40-44

1. Mike Hudyncia 18:46
2. P.J. Boylan 19:17
3. Ned Clarke 20:13

45-49

1. Reginald Thomas 19:46
2. Jay Smar 21:28
3. Rick Hueholt 22:21

50-54

1. Ho Titman 19:48
2. Rich Begliomini 22:56
3. Ron Rawls 23:32

55-59

1. Tom Hamlin 21:46
2. Walter Stoffel 24:38
3. Joe Naughton 24:42

60 and Over

1. Rich Hause 22:38
2. Don Quillen 25:06
3. Frank Dudley 26:38

FEMALE

Overall

1. Maria Moulton 20:29

12 and Under

1. Rachel Sayre 26:53

13-19

1. Jessica Squier 22:42
2. Betsy Sayre 25:25

25-29

1. Jennifer Stec-Gagliardi 22:47
2. Christine Thatcher 28:39

30-34

1. Alaina Torbeck 22:25
2. Gretchen Weitzmann 24:49
3. Jemma Gregoire 25:42

35-39

1. Lori Kingsley 20:31
2. Lisa Schmidt 24:40
3. Jenny Purvis 29:42

40-44

1. Gloria Rawls 23:57

45-49

1. Karla Eisch 23:37
2. Carmella DiPippa 24:57
3. Rita Skechus 27:31

50-54

1. Nancy Werthmuller 23:32

55-59

1. Shirley Adams 29:51
2. Ruth Chaffee 32:10

60 and Over

1. Clara Citarelli 36:45

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