Celona, Orrson capture three-race series honors.

Last updated: August 31. 2013 2:19AM - 2061 Views
ROBERT MINER For The Times Leader



Marina Orrson wins the women's division of the River Street Mile on Friday in Wilkes-Barre. The victory made it a clean sweep of the three-race Valley's Fastest Man Series for the Shavertown resident.
Marina Orrson wins the women's division of the River Street Mile on Friday in Wilkes-Barre. The victory made it a clean sweep of the three-race Valley's Fastest Man Series for the Shavertown resident.
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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.”
MOORHEAD WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 5K RUN
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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