Vogel Wins 5th WVS Trail Run

BY VINCE WOJNAR

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, PA--Scranton's Phil Vogel successfully defended his crown in the ninth annual Wyoming Valley Striders Trail Run at Frances Slocum State Park on Sunday, May 14, 2000.

Vogel, 38, won the grueling race, which is approximately five miles in length, in 34:57. He outran second place finisher Joe Maskalis, 19, of Dallas, by 27 seconds. Frank Yanko, 44, of Gouldsboro, was third in 36:08. The win was Vogel's fifth for the Mother's Day race. He also has won the fall version four times.

Vogel led as the runners backtracked through the start/finish area, but Maskalis was breathing right down his back. Maskalis eventually pulled in front of Vogel with about two miles remaining in the race and stayed in the lead for about a mile. "I thought that he [Maskalis] would die going up the hill," said Vogel. "But he didn't. He actually went up the hill pretty quick. I rested. I actually walked part way up the hill, saving myself for the way down. Then I let it rip going down the hill."

Vogel's strategy paid off. He soon took over the lead for good, finishing strong, knocking off nearly a minute from his 1999 winning time of 35:49.

Mountaintop's Maria DeRojas-Moulton stopped Jen Stec-Gagliardi's Spring Trail Run winning streak at five, capturing the female division crown in 41:13. Tunkhannock's Sandy Howard, 42, finished second in 42:26. Stec-Gagliardi, 25, of Benton, placed third in 42:42.

"This was my first time racing in the Spring Trail Run," said DeRojas-Moulton. "And I just turned 40, so it's my first race as a Masters. So I'm excited about the win.

MALE

Overall

1. Phil Vogel 34:57
2. Joe Maskalis 35:24
3. Frank Yanko 36:08
4. Brian McCarthy 37:13
5. Matt Corridoni 38:33
6. Frank Gard 38:36
7. Brian Thomas 39:02
8. Red Thomas 39:18
9. Rich Chase 39:20
10. Jon Howard 40:03

FEMALE

Overall

1. Maria DeRojas-Moulton 41:13
2. Sandy Howard 42:26
3. Jen Stec-Gagliardi 42:42
4. Gloria Rawls 46:51
5. Patty Phillips 48:11
6. Donora Hillard 56:29
7. Catherine Turner 57:25
8. Nancy Bednarski 68:20
9. Heather Bednarski 81:37
10. Kimberly Bednarski 81:37