LEHMAN TWP — Two Dallas runners scored victories in the 33rd annual Winter’s End (4.5-mile) Run on Sunday at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
John Martino, 28, led a field of 139 runners, crossing the finish line in 26 minutes, eight seconds. He outran second-place finisher, Sean Robbins, 43, of Shavertown, by 12 seconds. Tony Korch, 53, of Nanticoke, placed third, 38 seconds behind Robbins.
“I went out relaxed,” said Martino, who ran track for Marion Catholic High School, and ran track and cross country for Misericordia University. “I picked it up a little bit and put the pressure on and passed the leader (fourth-place finisher Chris Monahan) about a mile and a quarter into the race. Then I settled into a nice pace and kept an eye out for the ice that was on the road in some spots.”
Martino was able to maintain about a 100-yard lead over Robbins, who had moved into second place, from the turnaround to the finish.
Amy Rome, 46, won the female division with a 13th-place overall finish in 30:48.
Rome, who dominated the female divisions of local races from 2002-05, outran second-place finisher, Whitney Lukas, 20, of Courtdale, by 38 seconds. Ann Zoranski, 42, of Swoyersville, finished third, just 2 seconds behind Lukas.
“I just wanted to come out and support the Striders,” Rome said. “This is a long run for me these days. I don’t race anymore — I just run. I wanted to support the Striders because they were so supportive of my daughter (Regan) and her coach — sending them out to San Diego when she competed in the Footlocker Cross Country Nationals in December.”
Amy Rome took the lead over the first mile and ran in front the rest of the way.
• Regan Rome, a junior at Dallas High School, finished fourth in cross country regionals and 19th at nationals.
• Robbins is the area’s top male triathlete.
• Shavertown’s Kelly Ciravolo, the area’s top female triathlete (she won the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon four times — 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), is five months pregnant, but ran yesterday after running in a race Saturday. She finished eighth among the women in 39th place in 33:41.
• Martino is the race director of the Back Mountain Catholic Youth Fall 5K Run in Dallas. The race takes place in October.
Wyoming Valley Striders 33rd annual Winter’s End (4.5 mile) Run results
Top-three male finishers
1. John Martino, 28, Dallas, 26:08
2. Sean Robbins, 43, Shavertown, 26:20
3. Tony Korch, 53, Nanticoke, 26:58
Age group winners
19-under: Mike Lewis, Shickshinny, 27:23.
20-29: Chris Monahan, Mount Carmel, 27:08.
30-34: Joe Maskalis, Dallas, 27:50.
40-44: Sean Robbins, Shavertown, 26:20.
45-49: Ed Grivensky, Plains Twp., 31:38.
50-54: Tony Korch, Nanticoke, 26:58.
55-59: Tom Ducatte, East Stroudsburg, 33:50.
60-64: Dave Jiunta, West Wyoming, 33:18.
65-69: Joe Dutko, Mountain Top, 33:36.
70-plus: Tony Cerminaro, Jermyn, 33:42.
Top-three female finishers
1. Amy Rome, 46, Dallas, 30:48
2. Whitney Lukas, 20, Coutdale, 31:26
3. Ann Zoranski, 42, Swoyersville, 31:34
Age group winners
19-under: Amy Paddock, Swoyersville, 33:58.
20-29: Whitney Lukas, Courtdale, 31:26.
30-34: Charlene Aquilina, Wyoming, 32:48.
35-39: Pat Buzinkai, Kingston, 31:46.
40-44: Ann Zoranski, Swoyersville, 31:34.
45-49: Rose Yanko, Wilkes-Barre, 35:48.
50-59: Annet Kaminski, Trucksville, 37:23.
60-plus: Bev Tomasak, Edwardsville, 39:37.
Field: 145 entered; 6 no-shows. Starter and timing: Vince P. Wojnar. Pace vehicle: Tom Walski. Results: Wyoming Valley Striders. Race directors: Vince A. Wojnar and Don Gross.
Saturday, April 20: Glen Summit Water 8.1-miler and 5K runs at Harveys Lake at 9 a.m.