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Fastest runners crowned

Celona, Orrson capture three-race series honors.

August 31. 2013 2:19AM
ROBERT MINER For The Times Leader

River Street Mile results

(last of the three races in the Valley's Fastest Man and Woman series)

Top 3

1. Ed Buck, 24, Prospect Park, 4:21.96, $200

2. Phil Celona, 22, Philadelphia, 4:22.03

3. Chris Bodary, 23, Downingtown, 4:26.96

Top 3 finishers in the overall series

1. Phil Celona, Chase Mile-4:28, Giants Despair Challenge-6:47, River Street Mile-4:23, total-15:38, $500 for winning series.

2. Chris Bodary, 4:29, 6:58, 4:27, 15:54.

3. Ed Buck, 4:34, 7:41, 4:22, 16:37.

Top 3 Male Masters finishers

1. Sean Robbins, 4:59, 7:18, 4:41, 16:58

2. Dan Pszeniczny, 4:49, 7:18, 4:41, 16:58

3. Ken Quigley, 5:22, 7:56, 5:10, 18:28

River Street Mile

Top 3 females

1. Marina Orrson, 22, Shavertown, 4:58.77, $200

2. Ali Schappert, 26, Hanover Twp., 5:29.02

3. Whitney Lukas, 20, Courtdale, 5:38.51

Top 3 female finishers in overall series

1. Marina Orrson, 5:22, 8:05, 4:59, 18:26, $500

2. Kelsey Cameron, 5:53, 9:42, 5:48, 21:23.

3. Jaclyn Shokey, 6:08, 9:48, 5:50, 21:46

Top female Masters finishers

1. Traci Dutko-Strungis, 7:13, 12:01, 7:01, 26:15 (one winner)

River Street Mile age group winners

19 and under: None. 19-29: Kyle Suponcic. 30-39: None. 30-39: Brian Barchik. 40-49: Sean Robbins. 50-59: Tony Korch. 60 and over: Tom Walski.

Female winners

19 and under: None. 19-29: None. 30-39: Jen Stec. 40-49: Traci Dutko-Strungis. 60 and over:None.

Field: 47 finishers. Timing and results:

Friday Night 5K Run

Top 3 finishers

1. Mickey Moorhead, 20, Wilkes-Barre, 17:44

2. Joe Maskalis, 32, na, 18:34

3. Roger Davis, 55, na, 19:02

Top 3 female finishers

1. Paula Traweek, 41, Clarks Summit, 22:22

2. Tami Thomas, 34, na, 23:11

3. Eryn Milius, 28, 23:13

Field: 78 finishers

Results and timing: Dove Timing Services. Race director: Rich Pais.


Today: Wyoming Valley Striders 39th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Cross Country Races at Letterkenny Fields, just off 42nd Street, Dallas Twp. At 9:30 a.m.

Race No. 1. Girls Junior High 3K, 9:30 a.m.

Race No. 2. Boys Junior High 3K, 10:10 a.m.

Race No. 3. Girls Varsity 5K, 10:45 a.m.

Race No. 4. Boys Varsity 5K, 11:45 a.m.

The girls varsity race will feature two of the top runners in the state, Regan Rome, of Dallas High School and Tessa Barrett, of Abington Heights High School. Info: Vince Wojnar, 474-5363.

Today: Saturday, Aug. 31: Wendy's Wonderful Kids Half Marathon and 10K runs T S. River and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre at 8

Saturday, Sept. 19: Scranton Race for the Cure 5K Run at Courthouse Square, downtown Scranton at 8:15 a.m. Info: 969-6072.

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WILKES-BARRE — Ed Buck scored a split-second win over Phil Celona in the River Street Mile — the third and final race in the Valley's Fastest Man Series — on Friday night.
Buck, 24, of Prospect Park, won $200 for his effort.
Celona, 22, of Philadelphia, won $500 for winning the entire series. The Chase Mile, on the dirt track in Kirby Park was the first race, run on Aug. 15, and Giants Despair Challenge, a 1.1-mile uphill race, was the second race, run on Aug. 21.
Buck finished the one-miler in 4 minutes, 21 seconds. Celona finished .06 seconds behind.
Celona, who felt that the three trips from Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre were worth it, ran in front for most of the race. But Buck caught him at the final turn at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University, with about 150 yards to go.
Then it was a race over the home stretch. It was so close that some observers felt that if the chips were in the runners shoes instead of in the runners bibs. Celona may have won.
Marina Orrson won the female division with a wire-to-wire victory, finishing eighth overall in 4:58. It was a clean sweep for the 22-year-old from Shavertown, who actually won all three races in wire-to-wire fashion. She won $200 for winning the River Street Mile. And she won $500 for winning the Valley's Fastest Woman Series.
“I just kind of went for it right from the gun,” said Orrson, who ran for Lake-Lehman High School and Misericordia University. “I didn't really have a plan — just go for it. “
Orrson's winning time is a personal best for her in a one-miler. In fact, her time was off the course record (4:56, set last year by Jackie Areson) by just two seconds. There is an additional $200 for setting a course record.
“It was close,” Orrson said of challenging the course record. “But I'm happy, considering (Areson) is an Olympian. There's no shame in falling short of her mark.”
Mickey Moorhead, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, won the Friday Night 5K Run, finishing in 17:44. The former Coughlin High School runner outran second-place finisher, Joe Maskalis, by 50 seconds.
Paula Traweek, 41, of Clarks Summit, won top female honors in 22:22. Traweek ran track and cross country for Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
Note: The proceeds from the Wendy's Wonderful Kids races aid foster and adopted children.

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