JEFF SKWIERZ, OVERALL
WINNER AT WINTER'S END.

Orrson breaks 26-year-old Women's Record
at Winter's End

BY TOM WALSKI

LEHMAN, PA--Once again the Winter’s 4.5 Mile End race, held March 22, lived up to its name (notice it’s “winter’s end” not “start of spring”). Runners were faced with a windy, 30-degree day and a course with roughly two miles of muddy road. But that’s what makes this race a classic.

Jeff Skwierz was the best mudder this day carving out a 37-second victory over Mickey Moorhead. This was Moorhead's second consecutive second place finish. The best quality performance of the day was Marina Orrson’s overall third place finish, crushing the women’s field by over five minutes.  Marina Orrson broke (25:58) the 1989 course record (26:06) set by Patty Kupstas!

Age-group competition was tough, especially on the female side with Erin Griffin squeezing out a six-second win over Karen McLaughlin in the 35-39 age group and Jen Heck taking the Masters title (and third overall) with a win over Jessica Chessman.

On the male side, the 50-54 age group was the most crowded with Lee Toussaint bearing George Dunbar.

This was the 35th running of this historic rate that starts and finishes at the Penn State campus. Continuing a long- term trend, there were almost as many women as men in this race. Perhaps, next year the women may be in the majority.

Male winner –Jeff Skwierz 25:09

Female winner – Marina Orrson 25:58

Male Age Groups

14 & under – David Wojnar 37:07
15-19 – Jordan Linder 26:37
20-24 – Mickey Moorhead 25:46
25-29 – Andrew Razawich 30:06
30-34 – John Martino 26:33
35-39 – Bob Muscovitch 28:48
40-44 – Brian Davidson 29:41
45-49 – Joe Drumsta 28:14
50-54 – Lee Toussaint 28:28
55-59 – Larry Pikul 32:49
60-64 – Tom Walski 37:34
65-69 – Maxim Furek 36:43
70 and over – Rich Hause 68:23

Female Age Groups

14 and under – Jordan Everett 35:51
15-19 – Katie Anderson 45:04
20-24 – Brianne Schmidt 34:56
25-29 – Eryn Milius 30:14
30-34 – Emily Bell 32:13
35-39 – Erin Griffin 32:55
40-44 – Jennifer Heck 31:32
45-49 –Traci Strungis 36:23
50-59 – Annette Kaminski 36:47
60 and over – Bev Tomasak 38:03