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June 16. 2013 11:40PM

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WILKES-BARRE — After seven second-place finishes and one third-place finish, last year Sean Robbins finally got his first win in the Wilkes-Barre Duathlon. Yesterday he chalked up victory No. 2 in the 10th annual race.

Robbins, 43, of Shavertown, finished the 3-mile run, 16.1-mile bike and another 3-mile run in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 40 seconds, winning $100. Chris Garges, 38, from Bethlehem, a 2-time winner of the event, finished second, a half minute behind, winning $75. Kenny Quigley, 42, of Dunmore, finished third, 2:59 behind Garges, winning $50.

“It was hard,” said Robbins. “I knew he was right behind me. I said to myself, ‘he’s not letting me go.’ “

Garges was right on Robbins’ tail as they approached the second transition from bike to run. And when they ran into Kirby Park, that’s when Robbins made a big decision.

“Somebody yelled to me that (Garges) was 10 seconds behind me,” Robbins said. “I had noticed over the first run that I seemed to do better than him on the hills. So I decided to pound the hill near the tennis courts and see if I could increase my lead. I ran the hill with everything I had. I gained a little more on him. Then I just got myself into a good pace and held it to the finish.”

Garges said that Robbins just gradually pulled away from him over the second run.

“I haven’t been having very good runs off the bike lately,” Garges said. “Sean was just too good for me today.”

Jen Hetrick was just too good as well, winning the female division and $100 in 1:26:05. The 32-year-old from Riegelsville out ran and especially out biked second-place finisher, Deedra Porfirio, 36, of West Pittston, by nearly three minutes. Kristin Patchell, 32, of Scranton, finished third, 1:03 behind Porfirio.

“It was fun,” said Hetrick, who ran track and cross country for Moravian College. There were some hills that proved to separate the competitors. Hills make a race like this more interesting.

“I actually took control of the race about half way through the first run,” said Hetrick, who finished third in her only other time running in the event in 2010. “I battled (Porfirio) on the bike and got myself a pretty good lead.”

Porfirio felt that the bike phase of the event was the difference.

“I was right behind her during the run,” said Porfirio. “But she killed me on the bike.”


• At the turnaround point of the bike race, Robbins had an interesting comment: “I looked over and saw nobody. I thought, That’s bad. That means, he’s right on my tail.”

• Team Ruxin (runner-Zack Deubler, 28, of Dallas and biker-Joe Liparela, 28, Harveys Lake) won top relay race honors, finishing in 1:21:36

10th annual Wilkes-Barre Duathlon (3 mile run, 16.1 mile bike, 3 mile run) results

Top 3 males

1. Sean Robbins, 43, Shavertown, 1:13:40, $100

2. Chris Garges, 38, Bethlehem, 1:14:11, $75

3. Kenny Quigley, 42, Dunmore, 1:17:01, $50

First relay team to finish: Team Ruxin (run-Zack Deubler, 28, Dallas, bike-Joe Liparela, 28, Harveys Lake) 1:21:36

Male age group winners: 14 & under: None. 15-19: 1. John Kane, Shavertown, 1:43:53. 20-24: 1. Scott Burnham, Clarks Summit, 1:30:75; 2. Scott Skammer, Dallas, 1:33:45; 3. Sam Miller, Harris, N.Y., 1:45:38. 25-29: 1. Nick Hetro, Wyoming, 1:17:18; 2. George Watson, Dickson City, 1:35:01; 3. Tom Leighton Jr., Wilkes-Barre, 1:46:03. 30-34: 1. Joe Maskalis, Fort Drum, N.Y., 1:24:20; 2. Andy McDonald, Clarks Summit, 1:26:34; 3. James Bobeck, Kingston, 1:33:09. 35-39: 1. Corey Strauch, Spring Brook Twp., 1:19:49; 2. Jeremy Garges, Perkasie, 1:20:03; 3. Jeff Pellis, New York City, 1:21:30. Masters division: 40-44: 1. George Fair, Scotrun, 1:17:58; 2. Tim Scanlan, Philadelphia, 1:20:46. 45-49: 1. Mike Brown, Milford, 1:24:33; 2. Bob Guzenski, Wyoming, 1:31:05; 3. Todd Egry, Walnutport, 1:31:55. 50-54: 1. Mike McAndrew, Avoca, 1:28:10; 2. Jeff Umbreit, Wilkes-Barre, 1:31:25; 3. Scott Meuser, Exeter, 1:32:35. 55-59:1. Ted Riviello, Pittston, 1:38:31; 2. Joe McHugh, Kingston, 1:39:47; 3. Greg Martin, Moosic, 1:43:28. 60-64: 1. Tom Walski, Nanticoke, 1:45:22; 2. Mike last, Wilkes-Barre, 1:55:07. 65-69: 1. Ron Rawls, Mountain Top, 1:49:15. 70 & over: 1. Tom Berezich, Trucksville, na.

Top 3 females

1. Jen Hetrick, 32, Riegelsville, 1:26:05, $100

2. Deedra Porfirio, 36, W. Pittston, 1:29:00, $75

3. Kristin Patchell, 32, Scranton, 1:30:03, $50

Female age group winners: 15-19: 1. Anaheim Bozetka, Kingston, 1:53:18. 20-24: 1. Rachel Lacek, Wilkes-Barre, 2:07:57. 25-29: 1. Elizabeth Karat, Baltimore, Md., 1:44:26; 2. Danielle Hirt, Wyomissing, 2:02:46. 30-34: 1. Charlene Aquilina, Scranton, 1:30:37; 2. Jacquelyn Stevenson, Mountain Top, 1:36:14; 3. Sarah Leskosky, Drums, 1:38:25. 35-39: 1. Michele Covington, Olyphant, 1:35:03; 2. Mary Stabinsky, Plains Twp., 1:42:16; 3. Liza Pvokop, Wilkes-Barre, 1:44:39. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Ann Zoranski, Swoyersville, 1:30:21; 2. Michael Wilczyhski, Mountain Top, 1:31:01; 3. Joelle Fair, Scotrun, 1:33:01. 45-49: 1. Liz Naro, Scranton, 1:42:13; 2. Lea Ann Kish, New York City, 1:48:20; 3. Cheri Balmer, Dallas, 2:01:18. 50-54: 1. Deb Barcklow, Wilkes-Barre, 1:37:46; 2. Irene Ghezzi, Dallas, 1:47:58; 3. Colleen Hosey Morda, Kingston, 1:53:29. 55-59: None. 60-64: None. 65-69: None. 70 & over: None.

Field: 175 (149 individuals and 26 teams). Pace vehicle: Don Lasoski and W.T. Jones. Starters: Vicky Puchucki. Public address announcer: Suzanne Youngblood. Traffic control: Flagger Force. Timing and results: Compuscore ( Race directors: Vicky Puchucki (YMCA) and Bill Buzza (JCC).


Thursday, July 4: Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s 30th annual 3 Mile Run/Walk at the YMCA, Franklin and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk, 8:30 a.m., Run, 9:10 a.m. Info: YMCA, 823-2191, ext. 112.

Saturday, July 13: Susquehanna River Runners Club’s inaugural Runners Pentathlon (100 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1 mile and 2 mile) at Mangelsdorf Field track, Misericordia University at 5:30 p.m.. Info: Chris Wadas, 592-2820.

Saturday, July 20: Pennsylvania Summer Biathlon (run and shoot) at Whitetail Preserve, 118 Blvd. Road, Bloomsburg at 9:15. there is a safety clinic — mandatory for first time shooters — at 8 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1: Jack Daniels Mile at Tioga Street and Franklin Avenue, Tunkhannock at 7 a.m. Info: Dick Daniels, 240-1932.


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