Youngsters Break into Record
BY JOHN HARWICK
PITTSBURGH, PA--Defending champions swept the Jerry Richey Mile (16-19) in the 7th annual Pittsylvania Mile Run/Walk on June 3 at Mt. Lebanon High.
Penn-Trafford junior Diana Filtz--silver medallist in the demanding WPIAL 1600/3200m double--ran 5:15.8 to knock 12 seconds off last years 5:27.9.
W&J College freshman Bobby Regan--silver medallist in the Presidents Athletic Conference 1500m--ran 4:37.5 to better last years 4:40.4.
Both runners competed in 2004. Diana won the 14-15 race in a record 4:28.8, and Bobby--then at Pine-Richland High--took third in the 16-19 race in 4:41.
Cal Bailey, 3, of Mt. Lebanon and Rylie Grantonic, 4, of Youngstown, OH broke new ground for the meet by competing in the 5-and-under age group.
Participants broke seven of the existing 41 records and established four. Men broke three marks and set three. Women broke four and set one.
Runners ranged in age from three-year-old Cal Bailey of Mt. Lebanon and four-year-old Rylie Grantonic of Youngstown, OH to West Penns Roger Brockenbrough (71) and Marti Stephan (63).
Three athletes won their third straight: West Penns Diana Filtz (14-15/16-19), West Penns George Kelly (8-9/10-11) and Providence Colleges Ann Nemeth (16-19/20-24 walk). And three more athletes won their second straight: West Penns Roger Brockenbrough (70-74), Oakland Catholic Highs Mary Nemeth (14-15/16-19 walk) and W&J Colleges Bobby Regan (16-19).
Dick Firsching--1945 PIAA 220y gold medallist for Mt. Lebanon High--and West Penn president Jim McCarthy served as custodians of awards.
Runners from six high schools ran in either the 14-15 or 16-19 races: Ft. Cherry, Mt. Lebanon, Oakland Catholic, Penn Hills, Penn-Trafford and Pine-Richland.
Four parent/child combinations ran: Steve Garand and Kristina, Tom and Karen Grantonic and Jordan and Rylie, Bob Harwick and Mike, and Ed May and Daniel and James.
Five sets of siblings ran: Jordan and Rylie Grantonic, Brighid and George Kelly, Lily and Wilson Kondrich, Daniel and James May, and Ann and Mary Nemeth.
Tom and Karen Grantonic--along with youngsters Jordan and Rylie--ranked as the family with the most participants.
Bob Harwick--along with youngsters MC, Mark, and Sarah--ranked as the family with the most volunteers.
Ken and Lyn Krynski hosted the clubs annual Picnic-in-the-Park during the meet.
Long-time USATF national official Mark Schwartz served as the meet referee for the seventh straight year.
Jerry Richey served as the meets honorary chair and made the award presentations. Jerrys brilliant schoolboy career at North Allegheny High saw him win six PIAA titles in XC and track. Hit Pitt career saw him win the 1970 NCAA indoor 2M title and then anchor the Panthers to the 1971 DMR title.
Athletes from the host West Penn team won eight of the 15 mens races and four of the 12 womens races.
Mens Mile Run
5 and Under: Cal Bailey of Mt. Lebanon ran 10:40.5 to establish a record.
8-9: Seamus Love of St. Bede ran 6:32.7 to break the 6:46.9 record set by George Kelly of West Penn in 2004.
12-13: Chris Short of Marshall Middle ran 5:24.3 to break the 5:27 record set by Dallas Frey of West Penn in 2002.
14-15: Andy Lucarini of West Penn ran 4:56.9 to break the 4:58 record set by Tim Phillips of Baldwin High in 2003.
Mens Mile Racewalk
50-54: Russ Jones of Mt. Lebanon walked 12:04.5 to establish a record.
65-69: Pat Ciciarelli of West Penn walked 12:25.6 to establish a record.
Womens Mile Run
5 and Under: Rylie Grantonic of Youngstown, OH ran 15:40.3 to establish a record.
10-11: Maria Fabi of Foster Elementary ran 6:21.8 to break the 6:32.6 record set by Emily Eby of Bellevue in 2001.
45-49: Mariann Tullius of Wexford ran 6:19.6 to break the 6:35.9 record set by Karen Mizikar of West Penn in 2005.
60-64: Marti Stephan of West Penn ran 7:43.5 to break the 8:26.9 record set by Joyce Geroux of West Penn in 2004.
Womens Mile Racewalk
20-24: Annie Nemeth of Providence College walked 7:53.8 to break the 7:57.2 record she set in 2005.