Resolution Run Takes Unexpected Turn

BY LAURIE PARTON

STATE COLLEGE, PA--The atmosphere at the Fourth Annual First Night at State College 5K Resolution Run was charged with excitement and anticipation as crowds lined Collage Avenue. Dotted with ice sculptures, music, and First Night venues, downtown State College illuminates each December 31 to welcome in the New Year.

At the sound of the 5:30 p.m. gun, the field went out like lightning into the icy winter night. But the hoopla soon turned to mayhem as the lead pack divided. A group of four headed straight instead of making the right turn up Burrowes Road. Fortunately, Tom Cali, one of the race organizers, was running in the race and close enough to the scene of the faux pas to yell, "Come back...you have to go right!" Those who were off course backtracked, but they had their work cut out for them to catch the leader. Masters runner, Guy Gordon, of Newton, NJ, was in first, ceasing the Burrowes Road hill like it was his job. It wasn't until the top of the hill that those who'd strayed were able to regain position. One runner overcompensated to make up the ground and shot way ahead of the pack. He paid dearly later, succumbing to fatigue and falling off the pace.

In the final sections of the race...the screaming downhill on Shortledge Road to the finale back on College Avenue...it was a battle of two between Gordon and James Wiggin, of Warriors Mark, PA. Wiggin emerged victorious with Gordon just three seconds behind.

The women's winner, Laurie Parton, also from Newton, NJ, repeated her victory of 1999. Second was local high-school runner Alyssa Gaebel. A lot of people worry about getting the butterflies before a race. Not for four friends from Downingtown, PA. See, they WERE the butterflies. One of the hallmarks of the race is its costume contest, and they were going for the win. Twenty-year-old Kristin Meyer was the queen butterfly. A junior at Penn State, she rallied her hometown friends and on New Year's Eve, she, her sister Amy, Jen Harris, and Lisa Brook arrived prerace, complete with broad, colorful wings, knobbed antennae coming from their heads, and huge smiles.

Unfortunately, the lepidopteran squad didn't win the best costume prize...but they sure had fun trying and ran together finishing in just over thirty minutes.

MALE

Overall

1. James Wiggin 17:02
2. Guy Gordon 17:05

Masters

1. Tom Cali 19:05
1. Mike Dooris 19:59

14 and Under

1. Peter Crowe 21:30
2. Tyler Hall 23:25
3. Bobby Vrawink 23:42

15-19

1. Mat Decker 17:07
2. Garfield Mathis 17:17
3. Joe Crowe 17:50

20-24

1. Larz Selmer-Larsen 17:36
2. Karl Robillard 20:06
3. Doug Glanert 25:24

25-29

1. Scott Falkner 17:43
2. Brandon Dugan 19:16
3. Doug Hoover 19:40

30-34

1. Rob Guissanie 18:12
2. Mark Feldman 20:20
3. Nick Downs 22:28

35-39

1. Boyd Brumbaugh 17:49
2. John Domico 19:24
3. David Schmidt 21:06

40-44

1. Marty Klanchar 20:14
2. Gary Heidler 20:41
3. John Lacombe 21:20

45-49

1. Marvin Hall 20:07
2. Bob Ricketts 20:11
3. Robert Boozer 21:14

50-54

1. Dan Guss 20:08
2. Rob Crowe 21:57
3. Robert Hale 22:12

55-59

1. Roger Ware 22:03
2. John Mitchell 22:05
3. Jim Purviance 26:30

60-64

1. John Clark 25:37
2. Carl Miller 26:03

65-69

1. Glenn Wright 24:32

FEMALE

Overall

1. Laurie Parton 18:28
2. Alyssa Gaebel 19:31

Masters

1. Sue Crowe 22:12
2. Liz Kisenwether 24:05

Best Costume

1. K.D. Bright

14 and Under

1. Sonja Hinish 19:40
2. Katie Kisenwether 24:05
3. Meghan Mason 25:37

15-19

1. Beth Kempton 20:26
2. Heidi Rickard 20:50
3. Jamie Decker 21:28

20-24

1. Kati Kostyak 20:26
2. Leah Knepper 21:12
3. Carolyn Heitzmann 22:51

25-29

1. Sherry Killam 23:49
2. Jenny Zilberberg 24:39
3. Denise Boyer 24:46

30-34

1. Carla Nelson 21:49
2. Stacey Falkner 22:42
3. Staci Dodson 27:07

35-39

1. Carolyn Anderson 23:13
2. Kate Domico 25:28
3. Judith M. Hall 25:38

40-44

1. Kendra Sefter 25:38
2. Barb Brunhuber 28:11
3. Patricia Rogusky 28:50

45-49

1. Judith Novack 26:15
2. Beverly Buterbaugh 26:55
3. Betsy Corwin 27:31

50-54

1. Rosemary Demer 26:06
2. Christine Palmer 28:08
3. Susan Freeland 29:41

 


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