DALLAS — Dan Pszeniczny and Marina Orrson ran to victories and set course records in the Third Annual Catholic Youth Back Mountain Fall 5K Run on Saturday with 1-2 finishes at the Gate of Heaven School.
Pszeniczny, 45, of Benton, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 45 seconds, bettering Robert Moulton’s mark, set in the inaugural year of the race, by six seconds. Setting a new record earned Pszeniczny $50.
“The hills were brutal,” Pszeniczny said. “I never ran this course before. I knew coming in that it was hilly, but it was still a big surprise. Nevertheless, it went well. The weather was perfect for a race.
“I attacked the hills hard, but not too hard. I didn’t want to overdo it on the hills. If you go too hard on hills and cross over that fine line that borders on lactic acid build-up, you’ll be in big trouble.”
Pszeniczny’s goal for this year is to do well at the (9-mile) Run for the Diamonds in Berwick on Thanksgiving, a race known for its infamous hill.
“I haven’t run many hilly races so far this season,” Pszeniczny said. “So this is good practice for the Run for the Diamonds.”
Orrson, 22, of Shavertown, won top female honors, finishing in 18:38, smashing Jen Stec’s mark, set two years ago, by one second shy of four minutes. Orrson won $50.
Like Pszeniczny, Orrson was careful about running the hills.
“I tried to take the first hill (the race actually starts on an uphill) slow and steady because I knew I would have lots of time to make up the time if I had to,” said Orrson, who ran for Lake-Lehman High School and Misericordia University. “And I knew there were more hills to come.”
Coming into the race, Orrson, who has won more local races — and even a few in the Scranton area — than any other female this season, was hoping to set a course record so she could take home the $50 prize. Vandals smashed her car window and she said the $50 will help pay for a new one.
So she smashed the course record to help pay for her smashed window.
Proceeds from the race go to the Back Mountain Youth Group to help fund a service trip to New York City to help the poor and needy. Jayne Moore and Fr. Daniel Toomey are coordinators of the group.
“The youth learn about helping the poor and social justice,” Toomey said. “Then the young people bring back what they’ve learned back home and share it with other youth and people from the church.”
Notes: Orrson won the West Pittston 4-miler and the Susquehanna River Runners 2-miler in Swoyersville in June.
She finished second to Regan Rome in the Old Fort 5-Miler in Forty Fort on Memorial Day, her only loss in a local race this season.
She won the Pauly Friedman Family 5K in August.
She won all three races in the Valley’s Fastest Woman series (Chase Mile on the dirt track in Kirby Park, Giants Despair Challenge — a 1.1 mile uphill trek over the famous racing car course — and River Street Mile) in August.
Last month she won the 8.1 miler around Harveys Lake.
And she also won two races in Scranton Area events this season.
Last year, as a senior at Misericordia, Orrson qualified for NCAA Div. III Nationals in the 10,000 meter run.
3rd annual Catholic Youth Back Mountain Fall 5K Run
1. Dan Pszeniczny, 45, Benton, 17:45
2. Marina Orrson, 22, Shavertown, 18:38
3. Tony Korch, 53, Nanticoke, 19:11
4. Mike Stachnik,18, Dallas, 22:2325:59; 2. Bob Joel,
5. Don Shearer, 46, W. Pittston, 22:57
6. Stan Wood, 58, Lake Ariel, 23:37
7. Jen Stec, 38, Mocanaqua, 23:42
8. T.J. Gernhart, 8, Glen Lyon, 24:16
9. Don Hart, 49, Wilkes-Barre, 24:46
10. Amy Wood, 29, Forty Fort, 25:09
Male award winners: Overall: 1. Pszeniczny; 2. Korch; 3. Stachik. Age group winners: 14 & under: 1. T.j. Gernhart, 24:16; 2. Matt Carty, 52:39. 15-19: none. 20-29: none. 30-39: none. Masters division: 40-49: 1. Don Shearer, 22:57; 2. Don Hart, 24:46. 50-59: 1. Stan Wood, 23:37; 2. Ron Ruda, 30:47; 3. Kevin Carty, 41:50. 60 & over: 1. Rick Hueholt, 25:59; 2. Bob Joel, 28:22; 3. John Trescavage, 1:12:12.
Female award winners: Overall: 1. Orrson; 2. Stec; 3. Wood. Age group winners: 14 & under: 1. Jordan Everett, 25:34; 2. Abbie Posluszy, 29:27. 15-19: none. -0-29: 1. Rachel Buckman, 27:16; 2. Michelle Keller, 58:54. 30-39: 1. Molly Mulligan, 36:50; 2. Laurene Barna, 38:04. Masters division: 40-49: 1. Ingrid Everett, 31:58; 2. Kelly Gibbons, 34:04; 3. Mary Dougherty, 48:11. 50-59: 1. Joyce Foster, 26:50; 2. Irene Ghezzi, 27:41; 3. Ruth Wood, 28:15. 60. & over: 1. Cathy Beretski, 56:41; 2. Mary Ellen Doris, 1:00:08; 3. Cindy DelSavage, 1:00:12.
5K Walk results
Top 3 males
1. Dan Ghezzi, 38:31; 2. John F Martino, 39:18; 3. Doug Clark, 44:02.
Top 3 Females
1. Jamie Carty, 41:49; 2. Diane Murray, 48:10; 3. Dana Buckman, 48:10.
Field: 60 (14 of which were walkers). Official starter: John Martino (race director). Pace car: Sean Robbins. Timing and results: Joe Mogilski.
Today: Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley’s Benjamin August 3 Mile Run/Walk at the JCC, S. Rivers St., Wilkes-Barre at 10:30 a.m. Info: Bill Buzza, 570-824-4646.
Oct. 27: Wyoming Valley Striders’ 26th annual (5.5 mile) Fall Trail Run (handicap race) at 1 p.m. at the pavilion, near the boat launch area, at Frances Slocum StTe Park, Kingston Twp. Info: Vince Wojnar, 570- 474-5363.