The Run for Santa’s Cause raised funds to benefit the United Way and the Misericordia cross country teams.Courtesy of Justin Sandy/College Misericordia
DALLAS — Jeff Skwierz of Tresckow finished with a time of 16:31 to take home first-place honors in the inaugural 5K Run for Santa’s Cause at Misericordia.
The 40-runner field also saw Debra Paciotti finish as the top female, with a time of 21:14.
Nick Wadas (16:52) and Nancy Werthmuller (23:10) were the runners up, while Kevin Bandru (17:56) and Gloria Rawls (26:42) won the masters (age 40+) titles. Bandru finished third overall.
Skwierz has multiple top-three finishes in local races.
Ryan Roa and Vinny Baumunk paced the Cougars with 11 points each while Matt Hornak and Marcus Little both added 10.
The Cougars (3-3, 1-1) led by as many as 16 points, 31-15, in the first half and led 66-63 with 1:34 to play.
Baumunk made one of two free throws with 1:34 to go and the Griffins countered with a 7-0 run to close the game.
The Cougars shot just 10-of-21 from the free-throw line.
The women’s team suffered its first Pennsylvania Athletic Conference loss with a road loss to the Griffins.
The Cougars led 30-28 at halftime, but the Griffins opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.
Lacey DeGraw led Misericordia with 19 points and five rebounds and Amy Hughes added 11 points.
The Misericordia women won every event to win their fifth straight meet, 127-65, while the men won, 111-73.
Alaina Trent won two events, including a school record (2:18.35) in the 200 individual medley.
Abby Kocon won the 200 and 500 freestyles and was part of the 200 medley relay while Sarah Monell (50, 100 free) and Rachael Blass (100 fly, 200 free relay) both won twice.
Will Gagliardi, Pete Yelacic and Ryan Epler all won three times to lead the men.
Gagliardi won the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 breast while Yelacic won the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. Epler won the 100 back, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.
The women improved to 5-1 while the men are 3-3.