KARA FOSTER TAKES
TOP FEMALE HONORS AND
FOURTH DIAMONDS WIN.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
Three-Peat for Gillette at Diamonds;
Foster Takes Women's Win
BY BILL BULL
The Mens Race
BERWICK, PA--When Matt Gillette, Orefield, PA, crossed the
finish line, he flashed three fingers on his right hand. Can
you say three-peat? Gillette had accomplished something that
had not been done in over fifty years; three wins in a row at
Berwick! The goal this year was to try and get the third
win in a row, Gillette said. I looked in the program.
I wanted to be part of the history of the race, he continued.
The last runner to win three in a row was Frank Pflaging, Baltimore
Olympic Club, in 1963, '64, and '65. Looking at next year, Olympian
Johnny Kelley, of Boston Marathon fame, had four wins in a row
during World War II. Well have to wait a year to see if
Gillette can match Kelley!
Its become a tradition, coming here every year.
Its special. I really enjoy it. Hopefully Ill stay
fit and be back next year, Gillette said.
A lead pack of four runners (Gillette, second place finisher
Trevor Van Ackeren, Bethlehem, third place finisher Eric Arnold,
Haverford, PA, and eventual seventh place finisher Dylan Gearinger,
Berwick) quickly broke away from the rest of the field. The group
of four stayed together until THE Hill. The race was pretty
much a repeat of last year. Matt runs that uphill really hard.
I tried to keep it as close as I could, but he got away from
me there. On the back half of the course, I ran tough, but its
hard to catch a good runner once they get a lead on you. Thats
the challenge of this race, said VanAckeren.
The mile and a half uphill from Mile Two to three and a half
is usually where Berwick is won or lost. VanAckeren has finished
second two years in row and in the top four in each of the last
I ran in the lead pack until about halfway up the big
hill. Thats when I made my move and took the lead. Then
I pushed the downhills, said Gillette.
Rounding out the top seven diamond-ring winners were fourth
place Chris Mullen, Eagleville, PA, fifth place Alexander Hampel,
Hummelstown, PA and sixth place Jonathan Condly, Jim Thorpe,