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Chris Wadas, 31 of Courtdale is the first male to finish sunday morning for the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley's River st. 3 mile run/walk.
Chris Wadas, 31 of Courtdale is the first male to finish sunday morning for the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley's River st. 3 mile run/walk.
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WILKES-BARRE — Chris Wadas and Whitney Lukas — both of Courtdale — ran to easy victories in the River Street 3 Mile Run on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center.
Wadas broke the tape in 15 minutes and 17 seconds. The 31 year old outran second-place finisher Jeff Skwierz, 30, of Forty Fort, by 42 seconds. Chris' twin brother, Nick, of Kingston, finished third, 13 seconds behind Skwierz. The top three finishers are members of the recently formed Susquehanna River Runners Club. And the three are expected to compete in the Old Fort 5 Miler in Forty Fort on Memorial Day.
“I went out too fast,” said Wadas. “And that probably cost me 15 seconds. I finished the first mile in 4:49. I wanted to run 5-minute miles. I wasn't sure what my pace was. It was all over the place.”
Wadas may not have been pleased with his pace. Nevertheless, he began pulling away from Skwierz (last year's winner) early in the race and wasn't challenged the rest of the way.
Lukas won the female division of the race in wire-to-wire fashion. The 20 year old outdistanced second-place finisher Jen Stec, 38, of Mocanaqua, by 1:24. Kerry Zawadski, 38, of Luzerne, finished third, 17 seconds behind Stec.
“I went out pretty fast because a number of girls didn't look familiar to me,” said Lukas. “So I didn't know what I was up against. But when we got to the turnaround, I could see I had about a 30-second lead. So I settled into a nice pace and picked it up again over the last mile.”
Notes: Chris Wadas is the head track and cross country coach at Misericordia University and founder of the Susquehanna River Runners Club.
Skwierz was a standout runner for Hazleton Area High School and for Lock Haven University.
Nick Wadas is the head cross country coach at Wilkes University.
Lukas didn't run in high school. But she was a left forward for the Wyoming Valley West field hockey team.
Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley's River Street 3 Mile Run results
Top 10
1. Chris Wadas, 31, Courtdale, 15:17
2. Jeff Skwierz, 30, Forty Fort, 15:59
3. Nick Wadas, 31, Kingston, 16:12
4. Anthony Pszeniczny, 51, Mountain Top, 17;55
5. Adam Vinson, 34, Jenkin Town, 18:27
6. Bobby Kerestes, 16, Ashley, 18:40tl
7. James Dougher, 42, Archbald, 18:46
8. Dan Rose, 43, Hughestown, 19:06
9. Nico Palermo, 17, Drums, 19:09
10. Whitney Lukas, 20, Courtdale, 19:11
Male award winners: Overall: Chris Wadas. Age group winners: 14 and under: 1. Jon Morgan, Berwick, 20:24. 15-19: 1. Bobby Kerestes, Ashley, 18:40. 20-29: 1. Dave Houssock, Plymouth, 19:23; 2. Pat Geasel, Shickshinny, 21:44. 30-34: 1. Jeff Skwierz, Forty Fort, 15:59; 2. Nick Wadas, Kingston, 16:12. Masters division: 40-44: 1. James Dougher, Archbald, 18:46; 2. Dan Rose, Hughestown, 19:06. 45-49: 1. Dan Shearer, W. Pittston, 20:07; 2. George Dunbar, Old Forge, 20:29. 50-59: 1. Anthony Pszeniczny, Mountain Top, 17:55; 2. Mike Palermo, Drums, 20:55. 60-69: 1. Joe Dutko, Mountain Top, 20:55; 2. Rick Hueholt, Berwick, 22:37. 70 and over: 1. George Cosmetis, Dalton, 23:16.
Top 3 female finishers
1. Whitney Lukas, 20, Courtdale, 19:11
2. Jen Stec, 38, Mocanaqua, 20:35
3. Kerry Zawadski, 38, Luzerne, 20:52
Female award winners: Overall: Lukas. Age group winners: 14 and under: 1. Morgan Lisnock, Berwick, 26:07. 15-19: 1. Shelly Foster, na, 21:26. 20-29: 1. Mara Durange, na, 23:30; 2. Amy Wood, Larksville, 23:50. 30-34: 1. Catherine Bruno, Dallas, 22:19; 2. Charlene Siracuse, Pittston, 23:49. 35-39: 1. Jen Stec, Mocanaqua, 20:35; 2. Kerry Zawadski, Luzerne, 20:52. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Rachel Buff, Drums, 24:40. 45-49: 1. Ruth Brumagin, Mountain Top, 27:57. 50-59: 1. Jill Hildebrand, Wapwallopen, 22:17; 2. Richelle Fessler, Bloomsburg, 22:41.
3 Mile Walk
Top finishers
1. Jeff Knutson, 60, Salorsburg, 32:55
2. Dave Gutiaulli, 58, Ashley, 36:23
3. Ann Charney, 48, Dallas, 37:22
4. Shirley Gabriele, 39, Wilkes-Barre, 38:55
Field: 64 (run), 10 (walk). Official starter: Vince P. Wojnar. Timing: Vince A. Wojnar. Results: Insta Results Race Management. Race director: Bill Buzza. JCC executive director: Rick Evans.
Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day): Forty Fort Lions' 33rd annual Old Fort 5 Miler at borough park, Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, at 9 a.m. Info: Bernie Popson, 675-4400.
Saturday, June 1: 36th annual West Pittston Anthracite 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk at borough building, Exeter Ave., West Pittston at 9 a.m. Info: Borough building, 655-7782.
Saturday, June 15: Susquehanna River Runners Club's 2 Mile Run at Murphy's Pub, Church and Slocum streets, Swoyersville at 9 a.m. Info: Chris Wadas, 592-2820.
Sunday, June 16: Wilkes-Barre Duathlon (run, bike, run) at Wilkes-Barre Public Square at 7 a.m. Info: Nicky Pachucki (YMCA), 970-5041, ext. 5041 or Bill Buzza (JCC), 824-4646, ext. 232.
Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day ): Wilkes-Barre YMCA 3 Mile Run/Walk “Bernie's Memorial) at the YMCA, S. Franklin and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk, 8:30 a.m., Run, 9:10 a.m. Info: YMCA, 823-2191.

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