After battling hills and cool conditions, Brandon Hampton once again emerged victorious in the third annual Holy Rosary School 5k run in Duryea on Saturday.
The beginning of the course features hills that take a lot out of the runners.
“The hills are pretty rough, but the way back you feel better,” Hampton said. “Once you get past that it’s all downhill and flat for the rest of the way.”
Hampton finished with a time of 19:39, 14 seconds faster than his winning time in 2012. As he approached the finish, he was thanking God. “I felt a lot better than last year, so that lets me know I’m in good shape,” he added.
Abbie Sheerer, a freshman at Pittston Area, took the overall female victory with a time of 25:05. She is currently a member of the track and field team for the school.
Proceeds for the race went to Holy Rosary’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which helps with school programs and field trips.
Rene Hanley, a teacher’s aide at the school and the race’s coordinator, says that the reason the race was started was to hit an audience of runners that are not necessarily within the school’s family. “We thought it would be a fundraiser that could expand out in the community and bring us a broader base of people that weren’t in our school,” she added.
Donations were also taken for the recent events in Boston.
1. Brandon Hampton, Pittston, 19:39 (overall male winner)
2. Tom Allardyce, Moosic, 22:27
3. Kevin Kizis, Old Forge, 23:38
4. Patrick Stevenson, Duryea, 24:22
5. Michael Stasyszyn, Clarks Summit, 24:57
6. Tony DeMark, Duryea, 24:57
7. Abbie Sheerer, Avoca, 25:05 (overall female winner)
8. Eddie Klein, Duryea, 25:23
9. Kristie Stevenson, Duryea, 25:39
10. Dan Hanley, no town listed, 25:48