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More than 470 runners come out for Carnegie 5K Run/Walk

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Steve Abate of Pittsburgh crosses the finish line to win the sixth annual Carnegie VFD 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Randy Jarosz | for the Siganl Item
Steve Abate of Pittsburgh crosses the finish line to win the sixth annual Carnegie VFD 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Sarah Piper of Eighty Four crosses the finish line to win the women's category at the sixth annual Carnegie VFD 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item
Sarah Piper of Eighty Four crosses the finish line to win the women's category at the sixth annual Carnegie VFD 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

While the temperature may have been chilly on Saturday, it wasn't enough to cool down Stephen Abate at the sixth annual Carnegie 5K Run/Walk.

“It was a little cold in the beginning, “said Abate, a resident of the Frick Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh. “But it was a real flat course and good for anyone who wanted to run a fast time.”

Abate's time of 15:55 led the pack of 479 runners and was nearly a minute-and-a-half better than that of Matt Popowicz, last year's winner who ran a 17:04.

The Carnegie 5k Run/Walk was not Abate's first or last 5K of the year. He already ran in the Pirates Charities 5K Home Run and plans to run around two a month throughout the summer barring an injury.

“I think once you do a couple at the beginning of the season your confidence starts to build,” Abate said. “Then you start running faster times and hopefully can get a (personal record).”

Sarah Piper of Eighty Four was the women's race winner with a time of 20:16. Her time was a 1:02 better than the 21:18 ran by last year's winner Peggy LaQuatra.

“It was a really flat, nice course,” Piper said. “It is the first time I came out for this event and would really like to come back.”

Piper said she will likely return to Carnegie for the 6K On The Busway which will be held on May 19.

Listed below are the top five finishes for each age group.

Men Under 18

1. Aidan Kalimon, 16, 18:31, sixth overall.

2. Adam Corner, 15, 18:46, seventh overall.

3. Caleb Staker, 15, 20:43, 18th overall.

4. Ben Bonifield, 16, 20:53, 21st overall.

5. Cole Jooste, 9, 21:33, 26th overall.

Men 18-29

1. Stephen Abate, 24, 15:55, first overall.

2. Sean Sickmund, 20, 20:12, 13th overall.

3. Jason Pitassi, 25, 20:40, 22nd overall.

4. Doug Gulasy, 24, 20:56, 35th overall.

5. Mark Meyers, 26, 22:34, 40th overall.

Men 30-39

1. Brent Lopick, 34, 16:40, second overall.

2. David Spell, 34, 17:15, third overall.

3. Heath Piper, 31, 17:28, fourth overall.

4. Lee Stough, 31, 19:15, eighth overall.

5. Shawn Seaman, 36, 20:17, 15th overall.

Men 40-49

1. Gregory Mussitch, 47, 18:21, fifth overall.

2. Robert Sforza, 42, 21:46, 29th overall.

3. Jim Hicken, 49, 22:14, 32nd overall.

4. John Fedorko, 45, 22:38, 36th overall.

5. Scott Kemmler, 40, 23:01, 41st overall.

Men 50 and up

1. Rom Romanoff, 57, 19:45, ninth overall.

2. Mike Romzy, 51, 19:46, 10th overall.

3. Warren Smith, 59, 20:05, 11th overall.

4. Rich Sandala, 51, 20:09, 12th overall.

5. Mike Zizan, 52, 20:43, 19th overall.

Women 18 and under

1. Jacqueline Roussos, 17, 21:24, 24th overall.

2. Sofia Carrasco, 13, 23:53, 47th overall.

3. Marin Exler, 14, 26:12, 86th overall.

4. Katie Kozy ,12 27:29, 111th overall.

5. Victoria Gevaudan, 12, 28:00, 116th overall.

Women 18-29

1. Jaminique Milliren, 28, 21:43, 27th overall.

2. Brittnie Lockhart, 23, 24:17, 50th overall.

3. Nichole Leo, 24, 24:38, 54th overall.

4. Caitlin Green, 29, 25:05, 62th overall.

5. Kelsey Quan, 26. 25:13, 66th overall.

Women 30-39

1. Sarah Piper, 32, 20:16, 14th overall.

2. Jill Bell, 34, 22:46, 38th overall.

3. Erica Blumenschein, 33, 25:08, 63rd overall.

4. Bethany Cummins, 34, 27:13, 106th overall.

5. Lisa Luffe, 33, 28:09, 123rd overall.

Women 40-49

1. Ronna Puskar, 44, 20:52, 20th overall.

2. Peggy LaQuatra, 48, 21:43, 28th overall.

3. Vicki Carrasco, 44, 23:45, 46th overall.

4. Renee Clark, 44, 24:40, 55th overall.

5. Carrie Perrell, 49, 24:48, 57th overall.

Women 50 and up

1. Cynthia Lewis, 53, 21:55, 31st overall.

2. Annie Pitassi, 55, 25:32, 70th overall.

3. Linda Chizmar, 63, 30:21, 169th overall.

4. Patty Sassano, 51, 30:57, 185th overall.

5. Donna Leonard, 56, 32:56, 206th overall.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5813 or at

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