Making our way into Summer
KTC Elite put together some great team efforts in the past few weeks as several members of the team competed at both the Red Rose Run in Lancaster and the Susuquehanna River Runners Club 2 mile race.
At Red Rose, we sent an army and came home with sme good results and no fatalities. Michael Harnish, Michael Spooner, Jeff Skwierz, Ben Kier, Eliot Bonds, Tommy Pearson, long time great Brian Rosenberg, and newcomer Dylan Mountain all tested their fitness on the tough course. Mountain had a strong debut leading KTC Elite members with a 2nd place finish in 25:53.7. Michael Harnish was next in for the club finishing 3rd in 26:23.8. Then a large group of KTC Elite came in with Jeff Skwierz, Brian Rosenberg, and Mike Spooner finishing 6th, 7th, and 9th with times of 26:44.4, 26:52.5, and 27:09.1. If we were cross country scoring this one that would put KTC Elite at 27 points, not too shabby. Other finishers included Tommy Pearson in 13th, Ben Kier in 15th, and Eliot Bonds in 28th. All together a great day for KTC Elite.
Next team showing on the docket was at the recent Susquehanna River Runners 2 mile race. Jeff Skwierz and Emily Giannotti snatched the wins in course record times of 9:41 and 10:50. Josey Rupert was 2nd behind Emily in 11:30.
The same weekend as Red Rose, Chris Wadas and Marina Orrson took on the West Pittston Anthracite 4-Mile Run and both brought home the title. Wadas won by over a minute with a time of 20:52, and Orrson despite a wrong turn and adding 300m to her race won with a time of 24:49. If memory serves us correctly this is the second time Marina has extended her race just to prove her dominance. If you are ever racing her, don't follow her.
Finally two more individual efforts came from the Raging Wizard up north. Skwierz won the River Street 3 Miler in 15:02 on May 18th, and then came back 2 weeks later and tagged two wins in one day on May 31st. His first title came in the Forty Fort 5 Miler which he won in 26:13. Then to celebrate he conquered the Freeland Mountain Pub Run (2.6 miles by Jeff's watch) with 9 bar stops with 7oz of Coors Light in 16:19...impressive to say the least.