WOMEN’S WINNER AMY ROME OF DALLAS, PA.
MIKE MONTAGNA PHOTO

Wishful Thinking for Winter’s End

BY VINCE WOJNAR

LEHMAN, PA--The Wyoming Valley Striders held their 26th annual Winter’s End 4.5-Mile Footrace on Sunday, March 19, 2006. The start and finish were at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus. There is always a lot of wishful thinking as this race approaches. Will this race be a sign of the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring? For this year the answer again was No! The temperature was at the freezing mark and there was a cold northwest breeze. Most everyone wore a sweat suit with a pullover hat. But we had one runner, Rich Chase, who ran shirtless. It brought back memories of seeing Ben Hyser from York when he would run the same way no matter what the weather.

Paul Leonard from Pittston was the winner this year after taking second last year, with a time of 26:03. Paul was also the top Masters, at age 43. The record is still held by Randy Haas with a time of 22:44. Second, 43 seconds back, was Nicholas Wadas from Dallas in 26:46. Third was John Martino in 27:20. John is from Jim Thorpe. Pottsville’s Mike Lewis was fourth, five seconds back.

Top female was Amy Rome from Dallas. Her time was 29:03. Placing second for the second year in a row was Nadalie Temperine of Nuangola with a time of 32:55. Third was Monica Obsitos, last year’s female winner, of Forty Fort in 33:36. Top Masters, and placing 4th for the second year in a row, was Colleen Pomfret of Dallas in 34:23. The female record is held by Patty Kupstas in 26:06.

We are still hoping that at race time next year we can say that it is Winter’s End.

FEMALE

Overall

1. Amy Rome 29:03

19 & Under

1. Monica Obsitos 33:26

20-29

1. Nadalie Temperine 32:55
2. Liza Prokop 36:07
3. Stacey Lipton 37:59

30-39

1. Traci Dutko 34:48
2. Jen Stec-Gagliardi 35:45
3. Angela Bonomo 36:48

40-49

1. Colleen Pomfret 34:23
2. Marsha Pulz 37:12
3. Mary Majikes 37:47

50 & Over

1. Bev Tomasak 36:00
2. Patty Phillips 38:52
3. Jennifer Sloot 40:14
4. Janis Winter 49:55

MALE

Overall

1. Paul Leonard 26:03

19 & Under

1. Joshua Krall 28:28
2. Corey Read 30:48
3. Dave Carey 33:08

20-29

1. Nicholas Wadas 26:46
2. John Martino 27:20
3. Michael Lewis 27:25

30-39

1. Jer Darowish 27:55
2. Steve Templin 28:23
3. Randy White 28:40

40-44

1. Martin Seybold 27:53
2. Scott Heckman 30:41
3. Richard Soto 36:34

45-49

1. Mike Rawls 29:48
2. Tim Shean 30:09
3. Michael Kinney 30:45

50-54

1. Frank Yanko 28:15
2. Rich Owens 33:11
3. Dave Pavlock 34:38

55-59

1. Rich Chase 30:37
2. Max Furek 34:01
3. David Michael 35:09

60 & Over

1. Mike Fay 37:10
2. Tom Winter 37:41
3. Alfred Howell 37:44
4. Jim Henry 37:51