2nd Annual Nittany Valley Track Club Half-Marathon
Saturday, December 7, 1985


Course start and finish: HRB Singer
Race Director: Bob Heckard
Weather: low 26F, high 35F, possibly some snow


From the Centre Daily Times (Thursday December 12, 1985):

"Carter wins half marathon"

Eric Carter, the Penn State cross country runner who placed ninth at the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association championships, won the State College Half Marathon held last weekend.

His time was 1:08:38, which was 21 seconds better than second-place finisher Rick McGarry. Steve Koons was third in 1:10 flat.

Carter, McGarry, and Koons took the lead from the beginning and stayed together until Carter ran the 11th mile of the 13-mile race in 4:40. McGarry was second in last year's race. The course record of 1:07:06 is held by Bill Reifsnyder, who didn't run this year because he was competing in the Honolulu Marathon. [Reifsnyder, in fact, made his marathon debut the following day in Honolulu, finishing second in 2:14:38 behind Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, who won in a course record 2:12:08.]

Evelynn Ellis of State College won the women's race in 1:30:51, nearly three minutes ahead of Marleen Haverty.

Ninety-five runners competed and five age-group course records were set.

Results are elsewhere on this page.

State College Half-Marathon
Top Finishers
1. Eric Carter, 1:08:38
2. Rick McGarry, 1:08:59
3. Steve Koons, 1:10:00
4. D. Laird, 1:11:45
5. Tim Breiner, 1:12:22
6. Vince Accardi, 1:12:40
7. A. Bandit, 1:14:21
8. B. Bandit, 1:14:47
9. John Evans, 1:16:26
10. Hugh Hamill, 1:17:47
Top Women
1. Evelynn Ellis, 1:30:51
2. Marleen Haverty, 1:33:52
3. Nancy Johnson, 1:36:08
4. Margie Auker, 1:37:07
5. Debbie Daum, 1:37:50
6. Kathy Hettmansperger, 1:41:13
Men's age groups
Under 25
Carter, McGarry, Koons
25-34
Breiner, Hamill, Tony DecCrappeo
35-44
Keith Ord, Mark Mitchell, Rich Vogt
45-54
Harold Woodruff, Harold Barlett, James Kelly
Over 54
Ray Roth, Truman Hersbherger, Hersh Leibowitz
Women's age groups
Under 25
Haverty, Daum, Hettmansperger
25-34
Ellis, Johnson, Auker"


Overall Results

Eric Carter, 0-25           1:08:38
Rick McGarry, 0-25 1:08:59
Steve Koons, 0-25 1:10:00
D. Laird, 0-25 1:11:45
Tim Breiner, 25-34 1:12:22
Vince Accardi, 0-25 1:12:40
A. Bandit 1:14:21
B. Bandit 1:14:47
John Evans, 0-25 1:16:26
Hugh Hamill, 25-34 1:17:47
Evelynn Ellis, 25-34 1:30:51
Marleen Haverty, 0-25 1:33:52
Nancy Johnson, 25-34 1:36:08
Margie Auker, 25-34 1:37:07
Debbie Daum, 0-25 1:37:50
Kathy Hettmansperger, 0-25 1:41:13
Harold Woodruff, 45 1:48:07

Tony DeCrappeo


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