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Sunday, October 14, 2007

by Marty Mazur

The way this Fall has been going, we were worried about 80 degrees and the need for an ambulance to tag along with the runners. But real Fall arrived in the latter part of the week and it was beautiful for the Knights race. Over 110 runners finished the race, and nobody overheated.

Youth and age had their turns in the spotlight. Andy Cunningham led the 5K for half the race, until local Masters ace Pat Singletary took the lead. Singletary took first in 17:41. Andy was second in 17:57. And high schooler Peter Lin ran a solid third in 18:36. Beth Kempton relived a bit of her high school glory as she charged up the hill on the State High Course. Beth graduated from State High in the late 90s, ran for Penn State after that, and gained a blue ribbon today, finishing first among females in 20:30. Sarah Pabian, who is a Knights Race specialist, was second in 20:39. And Natasha Fedkina, who owned the Kids Races in years past, graduated to the big girls' course in a big way. The nine year old ran what would be a respectable time for a high school athlete and finished third in 22:04. And knowing Natasha, I'm sure she's kicking herself for not breaking 22. Natasha participates in the Nittany Track and Field Youth Club, coached by her dad Mark Fedkin, 2nd place finisher Andy Cunningham, and several other volunteer coaches. Nittany T&F kids learn to run and compete, and have a lot of fun doing it. The proof is in the results. Most of the top finishing youngsters are in the Nittany T&F program.

The Knights Race is the official Beginner's Race of the Nittany Valley Running Club, and first time 5K runners were well represented. There were 17 first timers in the field and they took the challenges very well. Here's where I break the secret to the newbies: The Knights Course is not an easy course! And you all made the grade. Now go set a PR in one of the "easy" campus races this Fall!

The Knights Race is also a family race, and many families took more than their fair share of the prizes. The Fedkins were standouts, but the Balkeys, Lanagans, Hutchisons, Colyers, Henrys, Challises, Shireys, Langelaans, and several other families were well represented in the 5K and the Kids Races.

The Kids Races were fun to watch, as always. The quarter-mile had a huge spread of age (3 to 8) and finishing times. The half-mile kids were closely packed and very competitive. Race Director Marty Mazur admonished the kids to "Fight fair" as they made the turn at the half-way point. "No biting!" It almost came to that as Mark Henry and Seth Balkey battled it out for third, flailing elbows and honing hockey hip-checks. These moves will come in handy when they run cross-country in high school. I'm sure Seth, who finished fourth, will be sharpening his elbows for next time.


Race director's Marty and Vicky Mazur would like to thank the many volunteers for all the race day help they received. The large number of volunteers helped everything go smoothly. Volunteers included Dave Eggler, Greg Fredericks, John Sheakoski, Amy Paster, Marv Hall, Marty Klanchar, Steve Bodner, Lance Bland, Laura Shackelton, Theresa Derk, Ron Saluga, Mandy Misner, Dan Eck, Dave DeGroote, Mark Scott, Costas Maranos, Jim Taylor, Andy and Christina Mazur, and no doubt several others whose names I'm forgetting, but not their contributions.

Marty and Vicky are also grateful to their sponsors. With their help it was possible to raise $1400 for the two beneficiaries of the race. The Knights of Columbus generously allow the NVRC to host the race in their Hall, and top that off with a nice cash gift to help defray race expenses. Tom Cali is always generous with a cash gift. Weis Markets give store gift certificates which are used to provide refreshment to the runners. CCDA Water donated bottled water. Rapid Transit Sports provided race numbers and bags for the race packets. Rosewood Silkscreening always does a wonderful job picking out the colors for the race T-shirts, turn out a great product, and are always very helpful. Appalachian Outdoors sponsored the Kids Races and provided some nice prizes for the 5K. Numerous local businesses provided prizes: Rapid Transit Sports (Special thanks to Jay and Terry!),T.G.I.Friday's, Mount Nittany Wheelworks, the Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel, Webster's Books, Penn Skates, Northland Bowl, and Home Delivery Pizza.


  
5K Results

Place  First Name    Last Name    Beginner AGE   Sex   Town                State      Time
-----  ----------    ---------    -------- ---   ---   ----                -----      ----
   1   Patrick       Singletary             42    M    State College         PA       17:41   
   2   Andy          Cunningham             29    M    State College         PA       17:57   
   3   Peter         Lin                    15    M    State College         PA       18:36   
   4   Judd          Michael                45    M    Lemont                PA       18:46   
   6   Will          Cather                 11    M    Port Matilda          PA       19:04   
   5   Joshua        Cone                   24    M    State College         PA       19:04   
   7   Chris         Furlong                21    M    State College         PA       19:06   
   8   Stephen       Geyer                  40    M    Bellefonte            PA       19:20   
   9   Tim           Spigelmyer             42    M    McClure               PA       19:30   
  10   Steve         Balkey                 41    M    State College         PA       19:36   
  11   Mark          Fedkin                 38    M    State College         PA       19:57   
  12   Andrew        Lanagan                14    M    State College         PA       20:10   
  13   Darren        Balkey                 15    M    State College         PA       20:15   
  14   Gregory       Luna                   42    M    State College         PA       20:18   
  15   James         Volkert                32    M    State College         PA       20:20   
  16   Nikita        Fedkin                 14    M    State College         PA       20:21   
  17   Jim           Myers                  52    M    Boalsburg             PA       20:25   
  18   Beth          Kempton                26    F    State College         PA       20:30   
  19   Sarah         Pabian                 26    F    State College         PA       20:39   
  20   Dan           Abrahamson             22    M    State College         PA       20:41   
  21   Seamus        Wagner                 12    M    State College         PA       21:00   
  22   Shaun         Wood                   27    M    State College         PA       21:07   
  24   Pera          Viskari                35    M    State College         PA       21:44   
  23   Bill          Kampert                43    M    Wilmington            DE       21:44   
  25   Earl          Lake                   53    M    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       21:46   
  26   Natasha       Fedkina                 9    F    State College         PA       22:04   
  27   Eric          Mortenson              35    M    State College         PA       22:06   
  28   Ivan          Pavlov                 13    M    State College         PA       22:28   
  29   Danny         McCorquodale     X     36    M    Kernersville          NC       22:31   
  30   Jonathan      Thurley                35    M    State College         PA       22:42   
  31   Jonathan      Petters                29    M    State College         PA       22:51   
  32   Cory          Warner                 34    M    Port Matilda          PA       22:52   
  33   Michael       Foster                 33    M    Spring Mills          PA       22:57   
  34   Stephanie     Velegol                34    F    State College         PA       23:01   
  35   Maggie        Ellis                  35    F    State College         PA       23:02   
  37   Herman        Greg                   37    M    State College         PA       23:17   
  36   Tim           Ormsby                 42    M    Spring Mills          PA       23:17   
  38   Steve         Maczuga                47    M    Spring Mills          PA       23:24   
  39   Mike          Lanagan                47    M    State College         PA       23:25   
  40   Jim           Taylor                 41    M    State College         PA       23:39   
  41   Sheryl        Balkey                 42    F    State College         PA       23:42   
  42   David         Kressner               31    M    State College         PA       23:44   
  43   Andy          Stephenson             23    M    State College         PA       24:08   
  44   Katya         Bazilevskaya           36    F    State College         PA       24:14   
  45   Rus           Scheuren               58    M    Lavelle               PA       24:40   
  46   Mark          Henry                  10    M    State College         PA       25:12   
  47   Adrienne      Criss                  23    F    State College         PA       25:14   
  48   John          Nagel                  49    M    State College         PA       25:22   
  49   Seth          Balkey           X     11    M    State College         PA       25:26   
  51   Christine     Warner           X     35    F    Port Matilda          PA       25:52   
  52   Devin         Kos                    12    F    Bellefonte            PA       25:53   
  53   Emily         Jabco                  13    F    Bellefonte            PA       25:54   
  54   Angelica      Campos                 21    F    State College         PA       25:59   
  55   Greg          Hillegas               46    M    State College         PA       26:10   
  56   John          Graham                 61    M    State College         PA       26:21   
  57   John          Hook                   48    M    State College         PA       26:28   
  58   Terry         Derk                   66    M    Dauphin               PA       26:35   
  59   Chuck         Colyer                 60    M    Bellefonte            PA       26:44   
  60   Kim           Daniels                28    F    State College         PA       26:56   
  61   Dennis        Wolfe                  55    M    Williamsport          PA       26:57   
  62   Fehlinger     Katie                  27    F    Pine Grove Mills      PA       27:11   
  63   Alan          Daum                   45    M    State College         PA       27:13   
  64   Judith        Novack                 51    F    State College         PA       27:15   
  65   Kristin       Klinefelter            39    F    Bellefonte            PA       27:29   
  66   Richard       Bundro                 32    M    State College         PA       27:30   
  67   James         Bickle                 21    M    State College         PA       27:47   
  68   Bob           Rice                   54    M    Bellefonte            PA       27:48   
  66   Jill          Skipper          X     48    F    State College         PA       27:57   
  69   Marlene       Hutchison        X     32    F    State College         PA       28:01   
  70   Brian         Hutchison              36    M    State College         PA       28:02   
  71   Erin          Askey                  15    F    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       28:04   
  72   Kathy         Chiou                  25    F    State College         PA       28:15   
  73   Nancy         Nagel                  49    F    State College         PA       28:19   
  74   Mitchell      Schmidt                48    M    State College         PA       28:21   
  75   Nicholas      Bodner           X     10    M    State College         PA       28:24   
  76   Naomi         Lovallo                38    F    Spring Mills          PA       28:29   
  77   Christina     Leone            X     21    F    State College         PA       28:47   
  78   Valerie       Senko                  31    F    State College         PA       28:58   
  79   Lauren        Bell                   21    F    State College         PA       29:13   
  80   Garrett       Warner           X     12    M    Port Matilda          PA       29:14   
  81   Denise        Weaver                 42    F    Pleasant Gap          PA       29:18   
  83   Danielle      Lanagan                44    F    State College         PA       30:21   
  84   Deborah       Grove                  54    F    Petersburg            PA       30:26   
  85   McKinnon      Leela                  17    F    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       30:44   
  86   Emily         Martell                12    F    Bellefonte            PA       30:46   
  87   Cindy         Bathurst               41    F    State College         PA       30:58   
  88   William       Blair                  50    M    Howell                NJ       31:07   
  89   Gisele        Lewis            X     31    F    State College         PA       31:24   
  90   Arnold        Gasche                 77    M    State College         PA       31:31   
  91   Amanda        Robinson         X     28    F    State College         PA       31:40   
  92   Bill          Reilly                 70    M    Centre Hall           PA       31:56   
  93   Dawn          Russell                40    F    Port Matilda          PA       32:25   
  94   Kristie       Bundro                 31    F    State College         PA       32:43   
  95   Ramey         Womer                  36    M    Philipsburg           PA       33:24   
  96   Pam           Spigelmyer             43    F    McClure               PA       33:56   
  97   Rebecca       Zajdowicz        X     28    F    State College         PA       34:00   
  98   Noelle        Isenberg               24    F    University Park       PA       34:01   
  99   Nancy         Long                   40    F    Bellefonte            PA       34:44   
 100   McKinnon      Malti                  14    F    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       35:26   
 101   Janine        Guillard         X     49    F    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       35:41   
 102   Anne          Robison          X     21    F    State College         PA       36:40   
 103   Carol         Colyer                 60    F    Bellefonte            PA       37:37   
 104   Letitia       Bullock          X     38    F    State College         PA       38:13   
 106   Ellen         Askey                  37    F    Pennsylvania Furnace  PA       38:29   
 105   Kristin       Macafee                36    F    Bellefonte            PA       38:29   
 107   Denise        Schomer          X     30    F    Bellefonte            PA       38:30   
 108   Dan           Tinberg          X     26    M    State College         PA       38:48   
 110   Kellie        Rice                   12    F    Bellefonte            PA       39:04   
 109   Katey         Robison          X     26    F    State College         PA       39:04   
 111   Christine     Rice                   34    F    Bellefonte            PA       39:06   
 112   Kalina        Rumbalski              27    F    Bellefonte            PA       39:35   
 113   George        Kleban                 65    M    State College         PA       44:10   
 114   Bill          Whittaker              60    M    State College         PA       44:11   


            X Beginner: 1st Race of 5K or More
          
          
                      Overall and Age Group Winners
                      -----------------------------
                    
                    Male                      Female
                    ----                      ------                                     
  Overall
  -------
        1.       Patrick Singletary         Beth Kempton
        2.       Andy Cunningham            Sarah Pabian
        3.       Peter Lin                  Natasha Fedkina
   
  12 and Under
  ------------
        1.       Will Cather                Natasha Fedkina
        2.       Seamus Wagner              Devin Kos
        3.       Mark Henry                 Emily Martell
   
  13-16
  -----
        1.       Peter Lin                  Emily Jabco
        2.       Andrew Lanagan             Erin Askey
        3.       Darren Balkey              Malti McKinnon
   
  17-19
  -----                         
        1.       --                         Leela McKinnon

  20-24
  -----
        1.       Joshua Cone                Adrienne Criss
        2.       Chris Furlong              Angelica Campos
        3.       Dan Abrahamson             Christina Leone
 
  25-29
  -----
        1.       Andy Cunningham            Beth Kempton
        2.       Shaun Wood                 Sarah Pabian
        3.       Jonathan Petters           Kim Daniels
   
  30-34
  -----
        1.       James Volkert              Stephanie Volegol
        2.       Cory Warner                Marlene Hutchison
        3.       Michael Foster             Valerie Senko
  
  35-39
  -----
        1.       Mark Fedkin                Maggie Ellis
        2.       Pera Viskari               Katya Bazilevskaya
        3.       Eric Mortenson             Christine Warner
   
  40-44
  -----
        1.       Patrick Singletary         Sheryl Balkey
        2.       Stepher  Geyer             Denise Weaver
        3.       Tim Spigelmeyer            Danielle Lanagan
  
  45-49
  -----
        1.       Judd Michael               Jill Skipper
        2.       Steve Maczuga              Nancy Nagel
        3.       Mike Lanagan               Janine Guillard
   
  50-54
  -----
        1.       Jim Myers                  Judith Novack
        2.       Earl Lake                  Deborah Grove
        3.       Bob Rice                      --
   
  55-59
  -----       
        1.       Rus Scheuren                  --
        2.       Dennis WOlfe                  --

  60-64
  -----
        1.       John Graham                Carol Clyer
        2.       Chuck Colyer                  --
        3.       Bill WHittaker                --
        
  65-69
  -----
        1.       George Kleban                 --

  70-74
  -----
        1.       Bill Reilly                   --


  75-79
  -----
        1.      Arnold Gasche                  --
   
   Fastest Beginners
   -----------------
    Women:  Christine Warner          25:52     
    Men:    Danny McCorquodale        22:31

   Youngest Runner
   ---------------
    Natasha Fedkina (9) finished 3rd among women and 26th overall in 22:04!

 Kids Race Results

 Quarter-Mile - Ages 8 and under

    #    Name                    Age   Sex   Time      
   ---   ---------------------   ---   ----  -----   
    1.   Mikey Challis            7     M    1:31
    2.   Summer Shirey            8     F    1:34
    3.   Varya Pavlova            7     F    1:35
    4.   Christina Maranos        8     F    1:37
    5.   Amber Shirey             5     F    1:45
    6.    ?                                  2:00
    7.   Jodie Challis            5     F    2:05
    8.   Ava Langelaan            4     F    2:33
    9.   Nicholas Senko           3     M    2:38
   10.   Hannah Langelaan         5     F    3:05
   11.   Lauren Velegol           4     F    3:54
   12    Michael Russell          4     M    4:02

 Half-Mile - Ages 12 and under

    #    Name                    Age   Sex   Time
   ---   ---------------------   ---   ----  -----
    1.   Brooke Shirey           10     F    3:21
    2.   Tom Pavolov              9     M    3:23
    3.   Mark Henry              10     M    3:24
    4.   Seth Balkey             11     M    3:24
    5.   Ellie Strauss            8     M    3:46
    6.   Christina Maranos        8     F    3:52
    7.   Clark Strauss            6     M    5:40