Clarke takes 3rd in Paul Short
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Keystone College standout and Lackawanna Trail grad Justin Clarke placed third out of 333 runners on Saturday in the 8-K College Men’s White Race of the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University.
The White Race was mostly NCAA Division III schools.
Clarke’s 26:20 paced Keystone’s 16th place finish out of 42 teams on Saturday where the Giants were tops among Colonial States Athletic Conference teams in the race that included defending conference champion Gwynedd Mercy University which finished 21st overall.
Two of Gwynedd Mercy’s athletes finished ahead of Clarke, brothers Brett and Joe Kubiak, in 25:35 and 26:18, respectively.
The second Giant to cross the finish line was Tunkhannock Area grad Jeremy Stonier whose 53rd place finish overall was captured after running a time of 28:09, while Sharif Jarvis was
the third Giants’ runner to cross the finish line, clocking in at 28:21 to claim 71st place.
Other Keystone finishers: Kyle Steiner recorded a time of 30:16 to finish 163rd overall, one place and four seconds ahead of teammate Rich Hardy (30:20, 164th place). Abdul Hamid finished the course in 30:46 to place 187th overall while Steven Wright clocked in at 31:30 to place 208th overall.
Wyalusing Valley grad Tyler Sutton paced his Wilkes University team in the White Race, taking 169th place in 30:05.
Lackawanna Trail grad Dylan Harris was the third Baptist Bible College team member to cross the finish line in the White Race, taking 242nd place finish in 31:39. Baptist Bible teammate and Montrose Area grad Jared Winn took 257th in 32:17.
In the College Gold Race, facing competition from NCAA Division I, II and III athletes, Tunkhannock Area grad Ben Robinson was the third Lock Haven University teammate to cross the
finish line, taking 147th in a field of 397 with a time of 25:43 for the 8,000-meter course. His team was 19thth out of 47.
Harvard University’s James Leakos took the Gold Race and had the best time of the day in all three college races with a 23:13.
In the College Brown Race, facing competition from NCAA Division I, II and III athletes, Elk Lake grad Jeff Horvath paced his Gettysburg College teammates, taking 184th in a field of 372 with a time of 27:49 for the 8,000-meter course. His team was 40th out of 46.
In the Men’s Open race, Shippensburg University’s Will Bennett, an Elk Lake grad who suffered a freak accident 18 months ago, ran a time of 27:55 to finish 210th out of 514 runners in the field.
Taking first in the 8K course was Jim Spisak in 24:00. Spisak was not attached to any college team.
Keystone’s Jake King ran a time of 33:57 in the men’s open to place 489th on Saturday.
In the Women’s Open race, Misericordia University’s Anna Nole, a Tunkhannock Area grad, finished the 6-K course with a time of 27:39 to take 407th out of 484 runners in the field.
The women’s 6k White race, in which the Susquehanna University team that includes Kiernan Dougherty, a Lackawanna Trail grad, was scheduled to compete, was cancelled due to some oppressive heat on Saturday.
Also affected by the cancellation was the Keystone College women’s team, on which Alecia Breita, also a Lackawanna Trail grad, competes.
A ‘dangerous’ combination of heat and humidity also forced the cancellation of all of the high school boys’ and girls’ races.
Keystone will compete next Saturday at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial hosted by Philadelphia University at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia.