A rainy day didn’t slow down the first leg of the Valley’s Fastest Man and Woman series.
Dan Pszeniczny and Marina Orrson posted the top times in the Susquehanna River Runners Club 1-miler on Tuesday at Misericordia’s track.
Pszeniczny, of Benton, finished in 4:40.4 to top the men and Orrson, of Shavertown, clocked in at 5:17.1 as the top woman, taking fourth overall.
Jeff Skwierz (4:42.9), John Martino (5:05.1) and Ali Schappert (5:42.1) rounded out the top five.
Pszeniczny set school records while at Bloomsburg in early 90s. Orrson is a recent graduate of Misericordia and also attended Lake-Lehman. Both are fixtures in the local racing scene.
The series continues with the second race from 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Giants Despair in Laurel Run. It concludes Aug. 27 with the D&L Trail Mile at the Black Diamond Trailhead in Mountain Top.
Competitors who enter all three races will have their times totaled to crown the top male and top female runner.
Registration can be done online at www.lin-mark.com for $15 per race. Proceeds support foster care and adoption in the region.
King’s swimmers honored
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America recognized the King’s men’s and women’s swimming teams with Team Scholar-All-America awards.
The honors are given nationwide each semester to programs that reach a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
It was the fifth straight year and 10th straight semester for the King’s women on the list with a team GPA of 3.44 — 11th best in the country among NCAA Division III teams.
Macawley Brown (3.925), Caroline Fitch (3.938), Katie Fitch (3.758), Shannon Johnson (3.176), Rachel Jonas (3.883), Alexa Lambert (3.414), Patricia Manning (3.851), Erin McLin (3.932), Chrissy O’Loughlin (3.44), Gabrielle Pellicciotti (3.125), Marybeth Rudy (3.887) and Caitlin Tracchio (3.058) topped the Lady Monarchs.
On the men’s side, the Monarchs ranked 34th nationally with a 3.27 combined GPA, led by Lucas Crock (3.80), Matt Dickson (3.65), Logan Kraus (3.875), Kyle Newton (3.85), Michael Sweeney (3.35), Justin Weilert (3.029), and Joseph Westcoat (3.563).