15th Knights of Columbus 5K - Sunday, October 9, 2005

by Marty Mazur

The Fall rains that drenched the area the last few days departed and left a beautiful day for
a run. About 90 runners were dried out and ready to go. The Knights race is the Nittany
Valley Running Club's official Beginners Race. Ten runners who had never before run a 5K
or more came to cover the course. There was also a fair sampling of State College's
seasoned elite. And, as always, Tom Kleban was there to cheer the runners closing in on
the finish line. 

The overall winner was Max Feldman, who completed the course in 16:45. Andy
Cunningham gave Feldman a good challenge for the first mile, but after that, it was all Max.
Tom "Mr. Fountain of Youth" Cali was third.
This year's first and second place women traded
places from their finishes last year. Meira Minard was first in 20:18 and Sarah Pabian was
second in 21:08. Martha Michael took third in 21:41.

We had five family teams this year. The best race of the day was between the Fedkin Family
and the Balkey Family. Steve Balkey had to rely on his kids after he was barely bested at the
finish by Mark Fedkin. The Balkeys took the family prize by a mere 16 seconds when the top
three finishing times of each family were totalled.

The beginning runners all turned in quite respectable times. They must've all been on the
NVRC Couch-to-5K Training Program.

There were Kids Races for the first time this year. The crowd for the inaugural races was
small, but enthusiastic. Natasha Fedkin won the quarter mile in 89.3 seconds, this after
turning in a stellar performance in the 5K. And she's only 7!

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.
The volunteers were Greg Fredericks, who timed the race; Dave Eggler, did the timing with
Greg Fredericks; Liz Kisenwether, who directed the Kids Races; Mike Dooris, our utility man;
Loida Escote-Carlson, who was indispensable at the registration table, Steve Fast, John
Daley, Shaun Woods, Judd Michael, Sarah Pabian, Joe and Sandy Niebel, John Sheakoski,
Mike Casper, Kathy Heller, Mark Fedkin, and Andy and Christina Mazur. We'd also like to
thank Ashley Bird, the Centre County Grange Fair Dairy Queen, and her Mom, for their great
support. Ashley helped in many ways, and was the official starter.

Marty and Vicky are also grateful to their sponsors. With their help it was possible to raise over
$1000 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, and Appalachian Outdoors sponsored the Kids
Races. Numerous local businesses provided prizes: Rapid Transit Sports (Special thanks to
Jay and Terry!),
Mount Nittany Wheelworks, the Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel,
Nittany Bank, Webster's Books, Penn Skates, Tussey Mountain Fun Center, Northland Bowl,
Applebee's, Red Lobster, Red's Steamed Cheeseburgers, Home Delivery Pizza, and Olive
Garden.

Runners Line Up At The Start
Race Leaders Max Feldman and Andy Cunningham Pass Mile 1


Race Helpers Davis and Ava Michael


  
5K Results

    #    Name                    Age   Sex   Time     Team or Affiliation
   ---   ---------------------   ---   ----  -----    -------------------
    1.   Max Feldman              20    M    16:45    U
    2.   Andy Cunningham          27    M    17:51    U
    3.   Tom Cali                 50    M    18:03    U
    4.   Boyd Brumbaugh           42    M    18:29    U
    5.   Kyle Ragan               15    M    19:17    U
    6.   Mark Fedkin              35    M    19:20    Fedkin Family
    7.   Steve Balkey             39    M    19:32    Balkey Family
    8.   Mark Sell                21    M    19:53    U
    9.   Meira Minard             32    F    20:18    U
   10.   Bill Kompert             41    M    20:33    U
   11.   Scott Etter              42    M*   20:34    U
   12.   Earl Lake                51    M    20:42    U
   13.   Jason Stine              20    M    20:45    U
   14.   Peter Liu                13    M    20:46    U
   15.   Paul Wells               14    M    20:47    U
   16.   Tim Spigelmeyer          40    M    20:56    U
   17.   Sarah Pabian             24    F    21:08    U
   18.   Mark Sternagle           32    M    21:27    U
   19.   Jim Rehrig               62    M    21:37    U
   20.   Martha Michael           39    F    21:41    U
   21.   David King               24    M*   21:52    U
   22.   James WIlliamson         36    M    22:04    U
   23.   Nikita Fedkin            12    M    22:06    Fedkin Family
   24.   Seamus Wagner            10    M    22:10    U
   25.   Christine Rodgers        36    F    22:13    U
   26.   James Quigle             50    M    22:23    U
   27.   Darren Balkey            13    M+   22:26    Balkey Family
   28.   Randy Wetzel             40    M    22:29    U
   29.   Carmen Stavrositu        28    F    22:39    U
   30.   John Lacombe             45    M    22:41    U
   31.   Dave Bechdel             53    M    22:44    U
   32.   Jerry Steffy             59    M    22:49    U
   33.   Bill Whittaker           58    M*   22:54    U
   34.   Andrew Bechdel           13    M    23:11    U
   35.   Paul Mount               36    M    23:13    U
   36.   Roger Rickard            57    M    23:17    U
   37.   Matthew Balkey           16    M+   23:45    Balkey Family
   38.   Jeff Henderson           45    M+   23:55    U
   39.   Steve Bryan              45    M*+  24:06    U
   40.   Steve Maczuga            45    M    24:10    U
   41.   Karl Leitzel             48    M    24:17    U
   42.   Chuck Kepler             62    M    24:18    U
   43.   George Myers Jr.         58    M    24:24    U
   44.   Brian Frugis             21    M    24:27    U
   45.   Katya Fedkin             34    F    24:23    Fedkin Family
   46.   Patrick McDaniel         39    M*   24:39    U
   47.   Julia Erb                46    F    24:52    U
   48.   Paula Jech               61    F    25:00    U
   49.   Dan Eck                  53    M    25:14    U
   50.   Courtney Burroughs       63    M    25:42    U
   51.   Andrea Houser            23    F+   26:01    U
   52.   Deb Fisher               51    F    26:06    U
   53.   Carrie Jackson           31    F    26:43    U
   54.   Kamini Singha            28    F    26:49    U
   55.   Cody Long                17    M    27:04    U
   56.   Tara Wainright           24    F+   27:19    U
   57.   Natash Fedkin             7    F    27:21    Fedkin Family
   58.   Edward Downs             31    M    27:48    U
   59.   Joel Gladfelter          26    M    28:01    U
   60.   Lisa Mazzocchi           43    F    28:04    Mazzocchi Family
   61.   Ben Meister              11    M    28:07    U
   62.   Pam Meister              46    F    28:14    U
   63.   Rayne Sperling           38    F    28:27    U
   64.   Christine Rice           32    F    28:39    U
   65.   Tom Jech                 61    M    28:46    U
   66.   Jen Finkle               33    F+   28:59    U
   67.   Robert D. Rice II        51    M*   29:06    U
   68.   Lyn Lai                  23    F    29:08    U
   69.   Levi Spigelmeyer         12    M    29:51    U
   70.   Kelly WIlkins            37    F    30:10    U
   71.   Gideon Schwartz          25    M*   30:46    U
   72.   Ian Kline                10    M    31:13    U
   73.   Kerry Makin-Byrd         25    F    31:17    U
   74.   Eileen Kline             41    F    31:17    U
   75.   Bryce Wilkins            10    M+   31:19    U
   76.   Sarah Mazzocchi          17    F    31:19    Mazzocchi Family
   77.   Luke Pensinger           22    M    31:32    U
   78.   Nancy Long               38    F*   31:43    U
   79.   Jim Wetzel               65    M    32:03    U
   80.   Ray Mazzocchi            43    M    32:22    Mazzocchi Family
   81.   Kelly Root               20    F    34:55    U
   82.   Kim Wendt                36    F+   35:08    U
   83.   Terry Garvin             36    F    35:09    U
   84.   Katherine Adame          34    F    40:08    Adame Family
   85.   Sarah Adame              15    F+   42:35    Adame Family
   86.   James Adame              40    M*   42:36    Adame Family
   87.   Julie Fazio              22    F    46:05    U
   88.   Jane Klaus                7    F    49:09    Klaus Family
   89.   Jack Klaus                9    M  1:00:00    Klaus Family
   90.   Patty Klaus              46    F  1:00:00    Klaus Family

 
            * Clydesdale/Athena Runners
            + Beginner: 1st Race of 5K or More
          
          
                      Overall and Age Group Winners
                      -----------------------------
                    
                    Male                      Female
                    ----                      ------
                                      
  Overall
  -------
        1.       Max Feldman               
Meira Minard
        2.       Andy Cunningham           
Sarah Pabian
        3.       Tom Cali                   Martha Michael
    
  12 and Under
  ------------
        1.       Nikita Fedkin              Natasha Fedkin
        2.       Seamus Wagner              Jane Klaus
        3.       Ben Meister                ---
    
  13-16
  -----
        1.       Kyle Ragab                 Sarah Adame
        2.       Peter Liu                  ---
        3.       Paul Wells                 ---
    
  17-19
  -----                          
        1.       Cody Long                  Sarah Mazzocchi

  20-24
  -----
        1.       Mark Sell                  Andrea Houser
        2.       Jason Stine                Tara Wainright
        3.       David King                 Lyn Lai
  
  25-29
  -----
        1.       Joel Gladfelter            Carmen Stavrositu
        2.       Gideon Schwartz            Kamini Singha
        3.       ---                        Kelly Makin-Byrd
    
  30-34
  -----
        1.       Mark Sternagle             Katya Fedkin
        2.       Edward Downs              
Carrie Jackson
        3.       ---                       
Christine Rice
   
  35-39
  -----
        1.       Mark Fedkin                Christine Rogers
        2.       Steve Balkey               Rayne Sperling
        3.       James Williamson           Kelly Wilkins
    
  40-44
  -----
        1.       Bill Kompert               Eileen Kline
        2.       Scott Etter                ---
        3.       Tim Spigelmeyer            ---
   
  45-49
  -----
        1.       John Lacombe               Julia Erb
        2.       Jeff Henerson              Lisa Mazzocchi
        3.       Steve Bryan                Pam Meister
    
  50-54
  -----
        1.       Earl Lake                  Deb Fisher
        2.       James Quigle               ---
        3.       Dave Bechdel               ---
    
  55-59
  -----        
        1.       Jerry Steffy               ---
        2.       Bill Whittaker             ---
        3.       Roger Rickard              ---

  60-64
  -----
        1.       Jim Rehrig                 Paula Jech
        2.       Chuck Kepler               ---
        3.      
Courtney Burroughs         ---
         
    
  65 and over
  -----------
        1.       Jim Wetzel                 ---

     
  Clydesdale/Athena
  -----------------
        1.      Scott Etter                 Nancy Long
        2.      David King                  ---
        3.      Bill Whittaker              ---

  Family Team Winners
  ------------
     1.   Balkey Family
     2.   Fedkin Family
     3.   Mazzocchi Family
     4.   Adame Family
     5.   Klaus Family
   
   
   Fastest Beginners
   -----------------
    Women:  Andrea Houser    26:01
    Men:    Darren Balkey    22:26

 Kids Race Results


 Quarter-Mile - Ages 8 and under

    #    Name                    Age   Sex   Time    
   ---   ---------------------   ---   ----  -----  
    1.   Natasha Fedkin            7    F    1:29.3
    2.   Thomas Audrey             7    M    1:46.1
    3.   Mikey Challis             5    M    2:05.2
    4.   Ava Michael               5    F    2:09.6
    5.   Tessa Kisenwether         8    F    2:10.9
    6.   Jodie Challis             3    F    3:21.3


 Half-Mile - Ages 12 and under

    #    Name                    Age   Sex   Time    
   ---   ---------------------   ---   ----  -----
    1.   Jack Etter                8    M    3:22.7
    2.   Will Kambert              9    M    3:24.4
    3.   Ian Kline                 ?    M    4:00.2
    4.   Ryan Guida                7    M    4:38.6

 


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