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October 30, 2013

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UPJ men picked 5th, IUP 1st

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division coaches picked Pitt-Johnstown to finish fifth, according to the preseason poll.

Coach Bob Rukavina’s Mountain Cats will begin their first season in the PSAC and compete in the Western Division.

Defending PSAC champion IUP was picked to win the Western Division, while West Chester was selected to win the Eastern Division.

AUTO RACING

Gleasons win enduro race


ALTON, Va. – Johnstown’s Chris Gleason and his two sons, Chris Gleason Jr. of Wayne and Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, drove a Mazda MX-5 to victory in the “Charge of the Headlight Brigade,” a 13-hour endurance race hosted by the North Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America.

The event was held at Virginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile road course.

The race began at 9:15 a.m. and concluded at

10:15 p.m. Saturday.

“We had to change the transmission around halfway, and at that point I thought it was over for us,” Chris Gleason said.

“Our car was fielded by the Atlanta Motorsports Group, and they have a lot of experience in this kind of racing.

“They won at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last year. Anyway, they changed the transmission in 12 minutes.

“Kevin did the last three hours of the race and he was able to close the deal.

“Winning a race with your sons is really special,” added Gleason, who was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

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