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By Robert Miner For The Times Leader

Start of the 6th annul Pauly Friedman 5K family walk/run held Sunday at Misericordia University.
Start of the 6th annul Pauly Friedman 5K family walk/run held Sunday at Misericordia University.
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DALLAS — The Saxon brothers of Lake Harmony finished 1-2 in the 6th annual Pauly Friedman Family 5K Run on Sunday morning at Misericordia University.

Jacob Saxon, 17, who is a senior at Jim Thorpe High School where he runs track and cross country, won top honors, finishing in 18 minutes and 42 seconds. His younger brother, Ben, 15, who is a sophomore at Jim Thorpe, where he too runs track and cross country, finished 43 seconds behind. Stephen Housenick, 45, of Kingston, finished third, five seconds behind Ben Saxon.

“I didn’t know the course, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Jacob said. “But it was nice. And it was an out and back course. So, when I reached the turnaround, I could easily see just how much of a lead I had. And I was able to determine how much I had left in my tank to finish the second half of the race.”

At the halfway point, Jacob could see that his brother was close behind.

“That’s when I threw in a surge,” he said. “When we reached the final hill of the race, I could see that I now had about a minute lead over Ben.”

Sherri Yelen, a 42-year-old school teacher from Kingston, won top female honors with a ninth-place overall finish in 21:58. The win was her second in the Pauly Friedman event (2012). She outraced second-place finisher, Heather Dewees, 41, of Dallas, by 44 seconds. Rebecca Wychock, 21, of Ashley, finished third in 24:09.

“(Dewees) led over the first half of the race,” Yelen said. “I caught and passed her right after the turnaround. I put on a surge at that point and gradually built a lead. I put her away on the hill late in the race.”

Dewees ran for Tunkhannock Area High School . She is training for the New York City Marathon, set for Nov. 2. It will be her first New York City Marathon and her 13th overall. She’s run Boston three times and Steamtown nine times.

The Pauly Friedman 5K raises funds for Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania Helpline/211. The race is held in memory of Pauly Friedman, who was very active with Helpline, a 24-hour confidential crisis service for mental health, child abuse/neglect , drug and alcohol, runaways, energy assistance, homeless services, victim services, disaster recovery and anti-bullying.

This year’s race was expected to raise about $15,000, according to Mike Zimmerman, Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania CEO.

“If we do raise $15,000, that will give us a net total of about $67,000 that the race will have raised for us over six years,” Zimmerman said.

Event chairperson Megan Kennedy said they try to make the event “family friendly.”

There was face painting and a coloring contest. Mascots from Red Robin restaurant, Champ from the RailRiders and the Misericordia Cougar were on hand to entertain the kids.

6th annual Pauly Friedman Family 5 K Run results

Top 5

1. Jacob Saxon, 17, Lake Harmony, 18:42

2. Ben Saxon, 15, Lake Harmony, 19:35

3. Stephen Housenick, 45, Kingston, 19:40

4. Stephen Postupak, 13, Dallas, 20:38

5. Mark Wright, 46, Shavertown, 20:45

Male award winners: Overall: J. Saxon. Age group winners: 15 & under: 1. Ben Saxon, Lake Harmony, 19:35; 2. Stephen Postupak, Dallas, 20:35; 3. Derek Answini, Shavertown, 23:29. 16-19: 1. Evan W. Saunders, Nanticoke, 21:32. 20-29: 1. Corey Dubil, Wilkes-Barre, 21:02; 2. Mark Andrew, Pittston, 23:35; 3. Nick Hall, Pittston, 25:18. 30-39: 1. Joe Dowell, Wapwallopen, 27:06; 2. Pat Cucura, Dickson City, 28:54; 3. Jim Bobeck, Kingston, 28:59. Masters division: 40-49: 1. Stephen Housenick, Kingston, 19:40; 2. Mark Wright, Shavertown, 20:48; 3. Don Shearer, W. Pittston, 21:36. 50-59: 1. Don Hart, Wilkes-Barre, 22:36; 2. Mike Rawls, Mountain Top, 22:58; 3. Kevin Marks, Harveys Lake, 23:42. 60 & over: 1. Ron Rawls, Mountain Top, 23:21; 2. Bill Camp, Dallas, 34:37; 3. Dick Goldberg, Wilkes-Barre, 41:58. Note: Sid Friedman, age 80, finished the walk.

Top 5 females

1. Sherri Yelen, 42, Kingston, 21:58

2. Heather Dewees, 41, Dallas, 22:42

3. Rebeccawychock, 21, Ashley, 24:09

4. Danielle Melnick, 19, Dallas, 24:26

5. Jen Harabin, 31, Shavertown, 24:58

Female award winners: Overall: Yelen. Age group winners: 15 & under: 1. Gulnara Sadowski, Scranton, 25:56; 2. Emma Holdrege, Tunkhannock, 29:47; 3. Erin Hines, Mountain Top, 32:32. 16-19: 1. Danielle Melnick, Dallas, 24:26; 2. Alison Machey, McAdoo, 27:34; 3. Alyson, Machey, McAdoo, 28:35. 20-29: 1. Rebecca Wychuck, Ashley, 24:09; 2. Maarleveld Saskia, Astoria, N.Y., 26:51; 3. Julia Saunders, Plymouth, 28:58. 30-39: 1. Jen Havabin, Shavertown, 24:58; 2. Catherine Bruno, Old Forge, 26:39; 3. LILO Glouber, New York City, 27:27. Masters division : 40-49: 1. Heather Dewees, Dallas, 22:42; 2. Julie Burkhardt, Drums, 28:34; 3. Leamar Kahana, na, 32:41. 50-59: 1. Johanna Gelb, Wilkes-Barre, 28:29; 2. Michelle Klausher, New York City, 28:29; 3. Maryann Matajizuk, Mountain Top, 30:04. 60 & over: 1. Bev Tomasak, Edwardsville, 26:41.

5K Walk: First male finisher: Ron Klepadlo, Plains Township, 38:35

First female finisher: Katrina Sapiego, W. Pittston, 41:08.

Field: 180 (total walkers and runners). Starters: Frank Gaval (Insta Results) and Julie Sidoni (WNEP TV). Timing: Vince Wojnar (Wyoming Valley Striders). Results: Insta Results. Event Chairperson: Megan Kennedy. Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania CEO:Mike Zimmerman. Race director: Ruth Kemmerer.


Tuesday: Susquehanna River Runners Club’s 1 Miler (first of three races of the Valley’ Fastest Man and Woman series) on the track at Misericordia University at 7 p.m. Info: Rich Pais, 570-814-0346 or Chris Wadas, 570-592-2820.

Sunday, Aug. 17: Wilkes-Barre Triathlon (swim, bike, run) starting at Harveys Lake at 7:30 a.m. and finishing at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman Twp. Info: 570-270-4793.

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