Cool, windy conditions don’t deter participants in August Memorial 3-Mile

By Robert Miner - For Times Leader
Runners leave the starting line on South River Street to begin the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Kyle Suponcic of Pringle finished first in the men’s division of the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile on South River Street in Wilkes-Barre. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Tiffany Leventhal of Honesdale finshed first for the women at the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run in Wilkes-Barre. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Kyle Suponcic and Tiffany Leventhal finished 1-2 overall, capturing top male and female honors in the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center.

Suponcic, 27, of Pringle, ran away from the field, crossing the finish line in 16 minutes and 48 seconds.

“This was my first race of the season, so I just wanted to get a feel of just where I’m at,” said Suponcic, who ran for Misericordia University. “I had a pace in mind (5:30) going into the race. I feel I hit that over the first half of the race. I fell off that pace over the second half. So I just hung on after that.”

The cold and windy conditions — with headwinds on the way back — may have had something to do with slowing down runners over the latter part of the race.

Leventhal, 36, of Honesdale, captured top female honors with a second-place finish overall in 19:58.

“I tried to maintain an uncomfortable pace throughout the race,” joked Leventhal, who is an assistant coach for the Honesdale High School track team. “I work with the sprinters, and I try to rely on the speed I gain from working with them to help me with my own running.”

John Zawadski, 46, of Luzerne, finished third, five seconds behind Leventhal. George Dunbar, 54, of Old Forge, finished fourth, 13 seconds behind Zawadski. Rounding out the top five was Don Shearer, 50 of West Pittston, who finished 26 seconds behind Dunbar.

Shearer is the race director of the West Pittston Anthracite 4-Mile Run, which is run on the first Saturday in June.

Dallas couple outstanding at Thorpe Half Marathon

Just one week after pulling off overall victories in two separate area races, husband and wife Marina Martino and John Martino once again fared well, this time at the inaugural Jim Thorpe Half Marathon.

Marina captured top female honors, finishing in 1 hour, 23 minutes and 17 seconds, while John finished third overall among the men, clocking in at 1:24:14.

On April 22, Marina topped all runners — male and female — in winning the Navient Ladders & Laces 5K Run and, later that morning, John won overall honors in the Max Fine Memorial 5K Run.

The inaugural race drew about 1,200 runners.

Runners leave the starting line on South River Street to begin the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL043018BenjaminAugust1.jpgRunners leave the starting line on South River Street to begin the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Kyle Suponcic of Pringle finished first in the men’s division of the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile on South River Street in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL043018BenjaminAugust2.jpgKyle Suponcic of Pringle finished first in the men’s division of the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile on South River Street in Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Tiffany Leventhal of Honesdale finshed first for the women at the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL043018BenjaminAugust3.jpgTiffany Leventhal of Honesdale finshed first for the women at the Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run in Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Cool, windy conditions don’t deter participants in Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run

By Robert Miner

For Times Leader

Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run

Top 10

Kyle Suponcic, 27, Pringle, 16:48

Tiffany Leventhal, 36, Honesdale, 19:58

John Zawadski, 46, Luzerne, 20:03

George Dunbar, 54, Old Forge, 20:16

Don Shearer, 50, W. Pittston, 20:42

T.J. Gernhart, 13, Glen Lyon, 21:02

Rachael Cordasco, 24, Dallas, 21:13

Greg Bassham, 59, Mountain Top, 21:26

Chris Krall, 58, Kingston, 21:44

Robert Kerestes, 21, Ashley, 21:53

Male award winners: Overall: Suponcic. Age group winners: 14 & under: 1. T.J. Gernhart, Glen Lyon, 21:02. 20-29: 1. Robert Kerestes, Ashley, 21:53. 45-49: 1. John Zawadski, Luzerne, 20:03. 50-59: 1. George Dunbar, Old Forge, na; 2. Don Shearer, W. Pittston, na. 60-69: 1. Dave Jiunta, W. Wyoming, na; 2. Ron Rawls, Mountain Top, na. 70 & over: Tom Winters, Shavertown, na.

Female award winners: Overall: Leventhal. Age group winners: 14 & under: 1. Nicole Joseph, Mountain Top, 22:27. 15-19: Elizabeth Gernhart, Glen Lyon, 28:27. 20-29: Rachael Cordasco, Dallas, 21:13; 2. Nicole Dunbar, Old Forge, 24:45. 40-44: 1. Kerry Zawadski, Luzerne, 23:06; 2. Heidi Pollock, Mountain Top, 23:55. 45-49: 1. Kristin Joseph, Mountain Top, 24:30. 50-59: 1. Annette Kaminski, Trucksville, 23:33; 2. Libby Mora, Harveys Lake, 30:29.

Top finisher in the 3-Mile Walk: Jeff Kautson, Saylorsburg, 35:02.

Field: 50

Pace car: Wilkes-Barre Police. Starter: Frank Gaval. Timing and results: Insta Results. Race director: Rick Evans.

Schedule

Sunday: Wyoming Valley Striders 44th annual Cherry Blossom 5-Mile Run and 15th annual 1 Mile Race Walk “Tim Thomas Memorial” at Kirby Park at 10 a.m. Info: Traci Strungis, 570-470-3612.

Sunday, May 20: Wyoming Valley Striders 27th annual (5.3 mile) Spring Trail Run “Jen Stec Memorial” at the pavilion near the boat launch area of Frances Slocum State Park, Kingston Twp. at noon. Info: Don Grose, 570-239-5792 or Linda Wojnar, 570-262-0603.

Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day): Forty Fort Lions 38th annual Old Fort 5 Miler at Betty Mascelli Borough Park, Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort at 9 a.m.Info: Bernie Popson, 570-498-7665.

Saturday, June 2: 41st annual West Pittston Anthracite 4 Mile Run at West Pittston Borough building, Exeter Ave., W. Pittston at 9 a.m. Info: Don Shearer, 570-357-9144 or Borough office, 570-655-7782.