Hopwood’s Jeff Palya, a Laurel Highlands graduate, cruised past the field on a chilly, damp Saturday morning to finish first in the YRTC Half-Marathon in 1:17:11.

Dunbar’s Nick Miller, a Connellsville graduate who was the defending champion, finished second to Palya in 1:22:42, while Dan Holland was third in 1:23:38.

Emily Fedor was the first woman to complete the 13.1-mile course up and back on the Yough River Trail with her time of 1:44:53. Karen Bauer was the second female to finish in 1:46:29, with Smithfield’s Amanda Huey 20 seconds behind in third place.

The race docket also included a 10-mile run, 10K run, and a 5K run and walk.

Earnest Shockey needed just over an hour (1:00:49) to win the 10-mile run. Kyle Hritz was second in 1:06:06, with Uniontown track coach Matt Girod in third with a time of 1:10:05.

Heather Parks made her way up from Bruceton Mills, W.Va., to be the first woman to finish the 10-mile run in 1:10:59. Kelly Collier was the second female in 1:13:06, with Central City’s Jackie Horvath just 16 seconds behind in third.

Connellsville’s Francis Molinaro was the first runner to complete the 6.2-mile course in a winning time of 42:01. Uniontown’s Luke Carroll was the second male in 45:06, while Timothy McFadden placed as the third male in 48:57.

Uniontown’s Ashley Carroll was the first female and second finisher overall in the 10K with a time of 44:27. Keli DeCarlo was third overall and the second female to finish in 44:55, while Mount Pleasant’s Dana Newlin, Yough’s cross country coach, was close behind in 45:10.

Steven Remaley breezed to the finish line to win the 5K run with a time of 17:34. Connellsville’s Brad Herrington was second in 18:41, with Brian Brown four seconds behind in third place.

Charleroi’s Taylor Smith, 12 years old, was the first female 5K run finisher in 24:15. Lori Mackey was next in 26:23, with Rita Cooper crossing a minute later.

Connellsville’s Matthew Ptacek won the men’s 5K walk and was the first overall finisher with his winning time of 32:11. Derry’s Rich Santella was second in 33:22 and Bob Lauffer was the third male finisher in 35:09.

Debbie McGee was the first female to cross the finish line in the 5K walk, finishing third overall with a time of 34:37. Hopwood’s Gloria Antoon was the second female and fourth overall in 35:55, with Donna Bigham finishing third in 38:18.

Around 300 runners and walkers completed in the races that benefit the YRTC.

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