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Orrson runs to Harveys Lake victory

September 29. 2013 2:44AM
ROBERT MINER For the Times Leader

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HARVEYS LAKE — Just before the start of the 8.1-Mile Run Around Harveys Lake on Saturday, Kelly Ciravolo — the area’s best female triathlete — said to Marina Orrson, one of the area’s top female young runners, she’d be running alone out there today.

Ciravolo, who hasn’t fully recovered after giving birth just eight weeks ago, knew she wouldn’t be competition for Orrson.

What Ciravolo probably didn’t know was that Orrson would be running all alone out in front of the entire field — leading both males and females.

Orrson led a field of 143 runners to capture overall honors, breaking the tape in 48 minutes and 32 seconds. She outran second-place finisher, Scranton’s Paul Leonard — 29 years older than Orrson — by 44 seconds.

“I didn’t have a plan,” Orrson said. “I made a game-day decision this morning to run it. I wanted to run the first mile in six minutes. I ran it in 5:55. That was too quick. So I tried to run a bit slower with consistency. I didn’t want to wear myself out.”

Her strategy worked.

When asked if he tried to catch Orrson, Leonard said, “Yes, but with no luck though.”

While the younger runner got the better of the older runner in the 8.1-miler, the older guy got the better of the younger guy in the 5K Run.

Greg Bassham won top honors, finishing in 19:33. The 54-year-old from Mountain Top outran second-place finisher Josh Kaschenbach, 26, of Shavertown by 1:07.

“I ran in third place until we reached the 1/4 mile marker,” said Bassham, who didn’t start running until he was 42. “That’s when I moved in front and opened up a lead on him. But he closed on me. He was breathing down my neck. But I was able to hold him off.”

Suzanne Watts, 50, of Phoenixville, won top female honors, finishing in 23:11. Her closest opponent was second-place finisher Pat Adamshick, 57, of Harveys Lake, who clocked in at 26:52.

“My husband and I used to run in this race 10 years ago,” Watts said. “Then they stopped having this race. And we were disappointed. Then I saw, on their web site, they were having the race again. So my husband and I decided to make the trip here and run it again. It’ a beautiful lake.”


In August, Orrson won the Valley’s Fastest Woman series, a three-race event (Chase Mile on the dirt track at Kirby Park, Giants Despair Challenge — a 1.1 mile uphill trek over the famous car racing course in Laurel Run, River Street Mile). Orrson finished first in all three races.

Ciravolo has won the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon three times. Ciravolo also finished second to Orrson in a 10K in Wilkes-Barre in August.


8.1 Miler results

Top finishers

1. Marina Orrson, 22, Shavertown, 48:32

2. Paul Leonard, 51, Scranton, 49:16

3. Tony Pszeniczny, 52, Mountain Top, 50:43

4. Bob Yanick, 29, Camp Hill, 51:43

5. Steve Housenick, 44, Kingston, 51:55

6. Geoff Oldham, 36, Mountain Top, 52:05

7. Kelly Ciravolo, 34, Shavertown, 52:09

8. Chris Prater, 21, Shavertown, 53;01

9. James Krupa, 47, Pottstown, 53:04

10. Jay Albris, 40, Laurel Run, 53:36

Male overall award winners: 1. Leonard, 2. Pszeniczny, 3. Yanick.

Age group winners

19 & under: Corey Dubil. 20-29: 1. Chris Prater, 2. Zachary Deubler, 3. Justin Rubal. 30-39: 1. Geoff Oldham, 2. Mike Adamshick, 3. Brian Hilbert, 40-49: Steve Hiusenick, 2. James Krupa, 3. Jay Albris, 50-59: 1. Chris Krall, 2. Dave Mitchell, 3. Jerry Levandoski. 60 & over: 1. Tom Walski, 2. John Wardell, 3. Peter Wolman.

Top female finishers

1. Marina Orrson, 22, Shavertown, 48:32

2. Kelly Ciravolo, 34, Shavertown, 52:09

3. Jenn Swiderski, 27, Kingston, 54:54

Age group winners

20-29: 1. Maureen Suchecki, 2. Kari Lavin. 30-39: 1. Victoria Blazick, 2. Sarah Leskosky, 3. Marianne Junista. 40-49: 1. Heather Dewees, 2. Melissa Obman. 50-59: Diane Levandoski, 2. Joyce Foster. 60 & over: 1. Barb Zeske, 2. Marie O’Donnell, 3. Sharon Caffrey.

Field: 143.

5K Run

Top finishers

1. Greg Bassham, 54, Mountain Top, 19:33

2. Josh Kaschenbach, 26, Shavertown, 19:40

3. Ron Rawls, 64, Mountain Top, 22:32

Age group winners

19 & under: Cole Doster, 2. Alex Clark. 20-29: 1. Josh Kaschenbach, 2. Joe Granked. 30-39: 1. John Arnone. 40-49: 1. Jeff Falcone, 2. Scott Dustman, 3. Sean Higgins. 50-59: Keith Wright, 2. Mike Garrity. 60 & over: 1. Ron Rawls.

Top female finishers

1. Suzanne Watts, 50, Phoenixville, 23:11

2. Pat Adamshick, 57, Harveys Lake, 26:52

3. Eileen Leonard, 47, Scranton, 29:02

Age group winners

19 & under: 1. Chris Granteed. 20-29: 1. Ashley Cesare, 2. Kathy Garrity, 30-39: 1. Shannon Myers, 2. Marie Godola, 3. Mary Price. 40-49: 1. Eileen Leonard. 50-59: 1. Pat Adamshick, 2. Beth DeAngelo, 3. Pat Millo. 60 & over: none.

Field: 45. Official starter: Reginald Thomas. Timing and results: Dove Racing Services. Race director: Rich Pais.


Today: Ronald McDonald House 5K Run at 10:15 a.m. at Nay Aug Park, Scranton.

Sunday, Oct. 13: 18th annual Steamtown Marathon, starting at Forest City Regional High a School at 8 a.m. and finishing at Courthouse Square, downtown Scranton. Info: 570-963-6363.


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