Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run offers fair share of surprise

By Robert Miner - For Times Leader
Top female finisher Caitlyn Gaughan, 32, of Dalton, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Medals wait to be presented to the over 500 runners and walkers in the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Over 500 runners and walkers take off to start the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton on Saturday morning. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Top male finisher Devin Smith, 20, of Carbondale, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

SCRANTON — Two runners — Devin Smith and Caitlyn Gaughan — who didn’t expect to win ran to victories in the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run on Saturday.

Smith, 20, of Carbondale, won overall honors, breaking the tape in 17 minutes and 42 seconds. He outran second-place finisher, Tim Nowakowski, 32, of Factoryville, by 42 seconds. Dom Angradi, 17, of Pittston, who runs track and cross country for Pittston Area High School, finished third, 10 seconds behind Nowakowski.

“This is the first big race I’ve ever won,” said Smith, who runs track and cross country for Keystone College in LaPlume. “I felt good early in the race. I got off to a good start. I wasn’t expecting to win. So I was pleasantly surprised that I was running in front.

“But late in the race, I was scared that someone was going to pass me. I won. And again I was pleasantly surprised that I scored the win.”

Gaughan, 32, of Dalton, won top female honors, finishing in 18:44 and scoring an easy win over second-place finisher, Alla Willson, 30, of Dunmore, who finished in 20:08. Vikki Salinkas, 26, finished third in 22:50.

“It went well,” said Gaughan, who won the Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Run three straight years (2014, 15, 16). “I wasn’t expecting to win because this is actually my first race since 2016 (Columbus Marathon in Ohio).

“My goal going into the race was to break 19 minutes — and I did. But more importantly, I accomplished a goal I thought I would never do again. I went out easy over the early part of the race. I pushed after mile 1. Then I tried running the hills steady and strong.”

Her strategy worked.

Gaughan ran track and cross country for Scranton High School.

Money raised from the 28th Scranton Race for the Cure goes to fight breast cancer. The money goes for education, screening and treatment grants to help women receive access to healthcare throughout 16 counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“Our goal is $200,000,” said Dolly Woody, Director of Komen Greater Pennsylvania. “We are at 50 percent of that number now. We will continue to receive funds ‘til October.”

28th Susan G. Komen NEPA Race for the Cure 5K Run results

Top 3 male finishers

Devin Smith, 20, Carbondale, 17:42

Tim Nowakowski, 32, Factoryville, 18:24

Dom Angradi, 17, Pittston, 18:34

Male Award winners: Overall: Smith. Age group winners: 13 & under: 1. Matt Dolan, na, 23:01; 2. Landen Estus, Preston Park, 24:43; 3. HenryDecker, Scott Twp., 25:47. 14-19: 1. Dom Angradi, Duryea, 18:34; 2. Kyle Mlodzienski, na, 19:41; 3.Nathan Myers, Mehoopant, 20:02. 14-19: 20-29: 1. Ginny Amarando, na, 22:52; 2. Muthukrishnani Sundararajan, na, 23:37; 3. John Salinkas, na, 24:08. 30-39: Tim Nowakowski, Factoryville, 18:23; 2. Ryan Grochal, Harding, 19:01. Masters division: 40-49: 1. Eric Pochas, na, 19:11; 2. Jon Valentine, Forty Fort, 22:21; 3. Justin Ondrey, Throop, 22:21. 50-59: 1. Lou Mucciolu, Hanover Twp., 21:46; 2. Mike Quinn, na, 21:49; 3. Mark Eberhart, na, 23:06. 60 & over: 1. Stanley Wood, na, 24:13; 2. Will Rideout, na, 24:59; 3. Ed Bernard, na, 26:26.

Top 3 female winners

Caitlyn Gaughan, 32, Dalton, 18:44

Alla Willson, 30, Dunmore, 20:08

Vikki Salinkas, 26, na, 22:50

Female award winners: Overall: Gaugham. Age group winners: 13 & under: 1. Hawley Lynott, na, 29:04; 2. Meg Cotrone, na, 30:46; 3. Calli Gilboy, na, 33:20. 14-19: Brittany Adams, Pen Argyl, 26:49; 3. Alexandra Myers, Denison, 27:38. 20-29: 1. Vikki Salinkas, na, 22:49; 2. Jessi Purawic, na, 23:15; 3. Kelly Walsh, na, 25:28. 30-39: 1. Alla Willson, Dunmore, 20:07; 2. Logan Hansman, na, 23:05: 3. Jacquelyn Golden, S. Abington Twp., 24:43. 40-49: 1. Kim Dennis, Waymart, 25:21; 2. Dawn Scheller, Madison Twp., 25:31; 3. Terri Policare, na, 25:50. 50-59: 1. Carmela Smith, na, 26:41; 2. Ruth Wood, na, 27:24; 3. Jean arise Eberhart, na, 29:00. 60 & over: 1. Carmella DiPippa, Bloomsburg, 30:52; 2. Pam Leombtuni, na, 34:12; 3. Barbara McElroy, na, 35:06.

Field: 459 (run), aprx. 2,000 (walk).

Race chair: Nicole Olszyk.

Timing and results: Scranton Running Company.

Director of Komen Greater Pennsylvania: Dolly Woody.

Top female finisher Caitlyn Gaughan, 32, of Dalton, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL091618RaceForTheCure_3.jpgTop female finisher Caitlyn Gaughan, 32, of Dalton, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Medals wait to be presented to the over 500 runners and walkers in the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL091618RaceForTheCure_4.jpgMedals wait to be presented to the over 500 runners and walkers in the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Over 500 runners and walkers take off to start the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton on Saturday morning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL091618RaceForTheCure_1.jpgOver 500 runners and walkers take off to start the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton on Saturday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Top male finisher Devin Smith, 20, of Carbondale, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL091618RaceForTheCure_2.jpgTop male finisher Devin Smith, 20, of Carbondale, crosses the finish line at the 28th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run in Scranton on Saturday morning. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Robert Miner

For Times Leader

SCHEDULE

Sunday, Oct. 7: 23rd annual Steamtown Marathon, starting at Forest a City Regional High School at 8 a.m. and finishing at Courthouse Square, Scranton. Info: [email protected]

Sunday, Oct. 28: Wyoming Valley Striders 31st annual Fall Trail Run (5.5 mile age group graded race) 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.