There was a lot of joy at the start of the kids' 50-yard dash at the Liberty Run. Photo by Jeff Vorva
Area Sports Roundup: Orland Park’s Krysta Stanko wins Liberty Run
By Jeff Vorva
Out-of-state runners have been doing well recently in the men’s division of the Orland Park Veterans Liberty Run.
In 2021, Minnesota Resident Owen Ford was a close second in the running of that race.
This year, another out-of-state athlete did one better.
Brett Hulliberger, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, won the 2-mile race at Centennial Park in 10:50.8 seconds.
Hulliberger has some Illinois connections, as he is on the cross country and track teams at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. He was on his way from Wisconsin to a family vacation in Michigan when he stopped to see his girlfriend in Orland Park and signed up for the race.
“I just wanted to have fun,” he said. “It’s a cool event.”
The woman’s champ was Orland Park resident and Andrew student Krysta Stanko, who placed eighth overall with a time of 13:02.7.
Her father, Dave, ran cross country while he was a student at Oak Lawn High School and placed 18th in the state in 1986.
There were 160 runners who finished the race and several that walked on a one-mile course. There was a 50-yard kids dash.
A list of the age group medalists in the Liberty Run:
Male 9-under: Connor Gregorson, Colin Young and Dylan Ahmer.
Female 9-younger: Taylor Bogdan, Elena Wilkins and Addison Bogdan.
Male 10-14: Dylan Straka, Colin Stack and Pounds Rylan.
Female 10-14: Samantha Barry, Kaylee Woods and Katie Ahmer.
Male 15-19: Saulo Mateo Ramiro, Peter Mulligan and Brayden Block.
Female 15-19: Krysta Stanko, Daniela Iraci and Charlotte Gallian.
Male 20-24: Brett Hulliberger, Patrick Gannon and Andrew Szmanski.
Female 20-24: Julia Dalmann and Stephanie Gaspardo.
Male 25-29: Tyler Guzinski and Zack Lundquist.
Female 25-29: Elyse Janosz, Michaela Trail and Cassandra Noonan.
Male 30-34: Trevor Noonan.
Female 30-34: Michelle Lally, Sarah Janosz, Stephanie Nolan.
Male 35-39: Colin Nolan, Scott Gerretse, Nick Gregorson.
Female 35-39: Kaitlyn Yoder and Katie Smith.
Male 40-44: Dariusz Lisowski, Nicholas Janet and Jakob Luckhard.
Female 40-44: Courtney Luckhard, Mary Beth Casarez and Erica Bogdan.
Male 45-49: Michael Young, Benedyct Szymanski and Michael Turk.
Female 45-49: Bridget Young, Bridget Quinn and Elizabeth Aguinaga.
Male 50-54: Krzysztof Wasik, Sean McNamee and David Bruce.
Female 50-54: Paula Gaspardo, Erika Garcia and Sonya Levoy.
Male 55-59: Patrick O’Connell, Richard Rugett and Jim Downey.
Female 55-59: Vilma Elizondo.
Male 60-64: Doran Phillips and John Janosz.
Female 60-64: Laura Mniszewski-Krull, Kathy Jurcenko and Susan Janosz.
Male 65-69: Richard Schopper.
Female 65-69: Beverlee Dallmann.
Male 70-older: Alan White, Geoffrey Tryon and John Jurcenko.
Female 70-older: Paula Scheiwe, Kathy Kleczkowski and Judy Hetzel.
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