Fast couple breaks the tape at Fox Creek





BERNE — A beautiful day in Berne turned into a beautiful day for a young couple.

The 9th Annual Fox Creek 5K Roadrace was held on Saturday morning under sunny skies. Taking advantage of the weather were runners Ryan Pezzulo and Megan Reynolds.

The couple of 18-year-olds took home first-place awards and will get to share them with each other. They are boyfriend and girlfriend.

Pezzulo of Ballston Spa won the race in a time of 16:09. Reynolds of Burnt Hills was the top female finisher with a time of 20:49. She finished 19th overall.

Reynolds is the granddaughter of Berne Town Clerk Pat Favreau, according to race director Jim Hamilton.

Kris Geist, 20, of East Berne finished second in a time of 16:34. Anthony Giuliano, 28, of Albany was third in 16:39.

Nancy Briskie, 50, of Schenectady, was the second woman finisher. She came in 22nd overall with a time of 21:04.

Sarah Furman, 19, of West Berne finished 24th overall in 21:18 to be the third female finisher.

Runners from all over the area competed and 109 finished the race. There was a change to the course this year that was well liked, Hamilton said.

Age-group winners

Courtney Tedeschi, 12, of Westerlo was the top runner in the 1-to-12-age group. Abby Swint, 12, of Berne was second and Alex Luciano, 11, of Berne was third.

Ryan Albright, 10, of Berne was the top male runner in the age group. Justin Burdick, 7, of Castleton was next.

Kate Reynolds, 15, of Voorheesville was the winner of the 13-to-15 age group. Kara Patrick, 14, of East Greenbush was next and Tori Villeneuve, 13, of East Berne was third.

Sean Pezzulo, 15, of Ballston Spa was the top male in that age group. Connor Devine, 13, of Knox was second and Robbie Briskie, 15, of Schenectady, was third.

Ryan Pezzulo won the 16-to-19 age group. Geist was second, Macky Lloyd, 17, of Voorheesville was third, and Jared Finke, 17, of Knox was fourth.

Reynolds won the female category, with Furman coming in second.

Carrie Kniskern, 26, of Cobleskill was first in the 20-to-29 age group. Lori Roy, 20, of Schoharie was second and Staci Ebel, 22, of Berne was third.

Giuliano won the male age category. Dan Lacitignola, 22, of Leeds was second.

Julianne Scanlon, 30, of Schoharie was first in the 30-to-39 age group. Karen McCarthy was second and Michele Zirilli was third.

Ben Greenberg, 38, of Voorheesville won the men’s 30-to-39 age group. Sean Madden, 33, of Albany was second and Bill Tindale, 34, of Altamont was third.

Josie Bates, 48, of Delanson, won the 40-to-49 age group. Janinie, 45, of Gilboa was second and Donna Charlebois, 49, of East Berne was third.

Ed Drebitko, 45, of Schenectady won the male 40-to-49 age group. Robert Smith, 40, of Round Top was second and James O’Shea, 48, of East Berne was third.

Patti Dietrich, 50, of Greenville was first in the 50-to-59 age group. Maggie Pangman, 50, of Berne was second and Vicky Bastian, 51, of Voorheesville was third.

Rick Munson, 50, of Prattsville won the men’s 50-to-59 age group. James Jacobs, 50, of Berne was second and David Roy, 52, of Schoharie was third.

Joanne Ives, 61, of Troy won the 60-to-69 age group. Wilma Warner, 68, of East Berne was second.

Tom Adams, 62, of Rotterdam was first in the men’s 60-to-69 age group. Frank Klose, 64, of Castleton, was second and Kenneth Connolly, 68, of Voorheesville was third.

Regina Tumidajewicz, 80, of Amsterdam finished first in the 70-and-over category.

George Freeman, 75, of Cobleskill was the top male in the 70-and-over age group. Richard Eckhardt, 73, of Albany was next and Ken Orner, 77, of Albany was third.

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