Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners capture three of the four event titles

“We had to lengthen the course a little bit, too. That time he had was just incredible,” Myers said about the frontrunner. “With the changes to the course, we actually had to add another fifth of a mile, so you can take another minute off his time. He’s really running in the low 25s.”

Once again, the women’s title was captured by a local runner. Jacci Pugliese finished second last year, but she outdistanced all the women to capture the 5-mile title and the Gworek Award with a time of 35:13.

“She’s so tough, and this isn’t an easy course, either,” said Myers. “We have some hills in there, and it can get kind of tricky. She ran a great race.”

5 Mile Road Race

Chris Rosenberg edged Jim Rosenberger for the overall men’s title. Division winners for the men were Kieran Haug (9 and under), Zachary Bylykbashi (10-15), Miles Groom (16-19), Nick Dalidowitz (20-29), Darrell Cook (30-39), Mario Longo (40-49), George Kominos (50-59), Bill Lombardi (60-69), and Lee Bradley (70-79).

Jacci Pugliese out-distanced Jennifer Manware for the overall women’s title. Division winners for the women were Ali Overbur (10-15), Lauren Rousseau (20-29), Jessica Gunn (30-39), Angela Heidgerd (40-49), Karen Gillespie (50-59), and Linda Rocco (60-69).

5K Road Race

Holland Florian finished two minutes ahead of Brandon Cyr to capture the overall men’s title. Division winners for the men were Brad Melins (5 and under), Jeremiah Mann (6-7), Mackinnon Brennan (8-10), Matthew Garry (11-13), Matthew Duszak (14-16), Jake Harton (17-19), Philip Natoli (20-29), Steven Biscoglio (30-39), Michael Perkowski (40-49), Joe Mangione (50-59), Bill Rodgers (60-69), and CharlieNorth Williams (70-79).

Marisa Matthews beat Taylor Hubert to capture her second straight female title. Division winners for the females Hannah Stephenson (6-7), Morgan Hubert (8-10), Michaela Nafito (11-12), Emilee Kemnitz (14-16), Briana Gregoire (17-19), Carly Wholley (20-29), Jessica Magrey (30-39), Laura Summers (40-49), Patricia Thurston (50-59), Pat Neisser (60-69), and Elizabeth Lazor (70-79).

Ryan Perez captured the Chris Sanchez Award as the top finisher among the Blue Knight soccer players, and Erin Angelillo captured the award for the Lady Knights.

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By John Goralski

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