A VERY HAPPY MATT
GILLETTE MAKES IT TWO FOR TWO AT THE
107TH RUN FOR THE DIAMONDS.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
Gillette, Gianotti Dazzle at Diamonds
BY BILL BULL
The Mens Race
BERWICK, PA--Matt Gillette, Orefield, PA, pulled off a rare
feat at the 107th Run For The Diamonds, held Thanksgiving Day,
November 24. Gillette was able to successfully defend his mens
title. It had only been done twice in the last fifty years. Not
since Jason Bodnar won in 1994 had it been achieved. Before that,
Olympian Pete Pfitzinger accomplished the back-to-back win in
1981. Frank Pflaging, Baltimore Olympic Club, did it in 1964
Gillette had paid his dues in trying for the rare accomplishment.
Gillette was second in 2013 and 2014 before winning the last
two years. The first couple of years when I got second,
I had people in front of me. That was my mindset, to catch them.
This year and last year, it is just push hard and hope nobody
catches me, said Gillette.
Trevor VanAckeren, Bethlehem, PA, hopes his Diamonds race progression
will also lead him to the title. VanAckeren placed fourth in
2014, third in 2015, and second this year. He hopes the place
progression continues one more year! I think Matt (Gillette)
will have something to say next year about me continuing the
trend, said VanAckeren.
Kieran Sutton, Shavertown, PA, moved up one spot to claim
third this year. He was followed by Alexander Hampel, Middletown
DE. Chris Mullin, Eagleville, PA, improved upon his seventh place
finish a year ago to claim fifth. 2013 winner, Paul Thistle,
Washington, DC, earned another diamond finishing sixth. Former
two-time winner, C Fred Joslyn, Mt Holly Springs, PA, rounded
out the diamond-ring winners.