Luzzi, Martino Top Finishers In Second Leg Of Fastest Man/Woman Series
KINGSTON — You wouldn’t have guessed it by the end result, but Sean Luzzi was nervous.
“Everybody we run with,” Luzzi said, “I respect them a lot and they’re all good runners.”
But Luzzi was clearly the best Wednesday evening at Church Street Park, where he won by nearly 17 seconds in his first road mile race with a time of 4 minutes and 34.86 seconds.
Marina Martino of Dallas was the top female finisher in 5:41.00.
“It was good, it was fun,” Luzzi said after completing two laps on the paved oval. “It’s very different than a track and it’s obviously not as fast as a track. But it goes by really quick because you’re not staring at the same thing the whole entire time. So I definitely really enjoyed it.”
Luzzi is now 2 for 2 in the Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman Mile Series, as, last month, he claimed victory at Misericordia’s Mangelsdorf Field.
Luzzi will go for the sweep in the final race, Aug. 22 at Giants Despair in Laurel Run.
Last year’s champion of both races, Michael Harnish, saw his time balloon from 4:57.92 at Church Street Park to 7:19.43 at the daunting hillclimb.
“We’ll see what happens,” Luzzi said. “But I’m going to try.”
Originally from Long Island, the 21-year-old Luzzi is a former athlete at Misericordia, which was well represented in Wednesday’s race.
Martino, who swept all three Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman races a year ago as Marina Orrson, was a standout at Lake-Lehman and Misericordia. She was No. 8 overall.
Martino’s husband, John Martino, also ran at Misericordia and placed fourth.
The second-place finisher to Luzzi, Kyle Suponcic of Pringle, logged a time of 4:51.41.
The 27-year-old Suponcic is an assistant coach for the track & field and cross country teams at Misericordia, where he competed from 2008 to 2012.
“It says that the program is very, very good,” Suponcic said of Misericordia’s teams, which are coached by Chris Wadas. “The first season I got there to what it is now — it’s just gotten better every single year.”
Sandwiched between Suponcic and John Martino in third place was Drums’ Zach Keiner, only 15 years old.
“I try to do it every year,” Suponcic said of the Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman. “A couple times in the past, I wasn’t able to do all three races.
“But it’s one of my favorite things of the summer season.”
1. Sean Luzzi (Dallas), 4:34.86 2. Kyle Suponcic (Pringle), 4:51.41 3. Zach Keiner (Drums), 4:58.10 4. John Martino (Dallas), 5:05.62 5. Brandon Hampton (Exeter), 5:08.74 6. Aaron Stredny (Shavertown), 5:13.54 7. Michael Bennici (Olyphant), 5:19.50 8. Marina Martino (Dallas), 5:41.00 9. Eryn Milius (Dallas), 5:44.83 10. Shamus Nugent (Pocono Lake), 5:52.03
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