Holy Cross Cross Country Runner Kevin Jumper is Performer of Year

By Steve Svetovich

All Region Holy Cross cross country runner Kevin Jumper came into this season with plenty of challenges and expectations. 

And the Holy Cross senior scholar-athlete rose to the head of the table far ahead of the pack.

After winning all seven meets in the Lackawanna League Division III regular season, he was named Times-Tribune performer of the year.

Son of Colleen and Joe Jumper, he won the District 2 Class 1A title in 16:53 helping Holy Cross repeat as team champions. He placed second in the state in Class 1A PIAA Championships at 16:54. 

With the graduation of Andrew Healey, last year’s boys Runner of the Year, Jumper was expected to become the top runner for the Crusaders. 

As a junior at Holy Cross, he finished second to Healey in districts and earned a state medal by placing seventh in Class 1A. He was an All Regional selection last year.

“I knew I had a shot at repeating as All Regional,” said Jumper. “I knew it would be a challenge, but I focused on my own training and things went as planned.”

Alex Higley is the cross country coach at Holy Cross. “He teaches us a lot about the mental side of things,” said Jumper. “He teaches us to not take things too seriously and to stay relaxed and have fun.”

The talented senior said he has learned a lot from his parents too.

“My parents tell me not to stress out and enjoy what I am doing. They tell me to appreciate the love that comes my way.”

Jumper shook off the pressure and won all seven of Lackawanna League Division III meets by an average margin of 33 seconds. He set the school record of 16 minutes, 34 seconds against Dunmore at McDade Park this past September 24. 

The four-year cross country runner will also be starting his fourth season on the Holy Cross track and field team this year. He runs the 3,200 and 1,600 and the 4 by 800 relay. 

A member of the National Honor Society at Holy Cross, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and the History Club. His best subject is Math and he has an impressive 3.9 grade point average. He is also a two-year member of the Holy Cross swimming team. 

The stalwart runner said he is not sure where he will attend college, but wants to major in business administration and finance and continue his cross country and track and field career. 

He talked about his future goals. “I want to go to a good college, continue running, do well in school and graduate. Then I may want to become a financial advisor.”

The All Regional Performer of the Year talked about what is takes to excel in cross country on the high school level. 

“You need discipline and need to love the grind of getting out there everyday. You need to focus on preparation and repetition.” 

At the District 2 Championships at Wyoming County Fairgrounds, he captured the District 1A individual title in 16:53 as Holy Cross repeated as Class 1A team champions. 

At the PIAA Championships in Hershey, he placed second in the state in Class 1A in 16:54 which was 12 seconds behind two-time state champion and University of North Carolina commit Colton Sands of Penns Valley. 

Jumper said he would like to see Khalid, a rhythm and blues pop artist, in concert. 

He has enjoyed his experience at Holy Cross immensely. “All of the teachers and kids are always willing to help out in any way,” he said. “There is the perfect mix of athletics and academics here at Holy Cross. It is all I could ask for.” 

Vince Fedor Celebrates 50 Years Coaching Cross Country 

Vince FedorBy Steve Svetovich

He is 74 and showing no signs of slowing down. He doesn’t have time to celebrate, but the Dunmore community will celebrate him. 

The Dunmore Cross Country Reunion will celebrate Dunmore High School cross country coach Vince Fedor’s 50th year of coaching Friday, November 29, at La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore. There will be a buffet dinner and cash bar at $25 per person. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Fedor’s Dunmore Junior High cross country team has gone 22-0 to remain undefeated for the fall season. Additionally, the boys were the overall winners  at the Vince Fedor Junior High League Championship meet held Oct. 19 at Mountain View High School.

“He has been there a very long time and is very dedicated to what he does,” said Gary Duncan who served for several years as a volunteer coach under Fedor.

“He instills a love of running to his students. He is very deserving of this honor. 

“As a parent of two daughters and uncle of two nieces and a nephew who were part of his program, I was able to be in his presence. 

“Coach Fedor was and is an inspiration to all those runners who were a part of his teams. He taught one and all about the importance of teamwork, as well as the benefits of being in top physical condition. My daughters, nieces, nephews and many runners in his program continue running to this day.”

sportsFedor was inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2014.

The veteran Dunmore cross country coach has been active as a participant, organizer and coach in the local running community for the past 50 years.

He retired after 35 years as a Dunmore Elementary School teacher in 2004, but continued as the Dunmore High School cross country coach. He has no plans of retiring soon from that position. 

The Mansfield University graduate did not run cross country at Dunmore High School where he graduated in 1963. There was no team. The Dunmore High School cross country program started two years after his graduation. 

Fedor returned to Dunmore as the cross country coach in 1970. He has held the position ever since and takes the position very seriously. 

Fedor began running marathons in the early 1970’s. He is a founding member of the Scranton Organization of Area Runners. He organized the Father’s Day Race in Dunmore and became a founding committee member of the Steamtown Marathon. 

DHS Cross Country

Vince Fedor is pictured, top row, with members of the boys junior varsity cross country team. Shown middle row, from left to right: Nathan McMynne, Lucas Urban, Cory Domiano, Anthony Bonavoglia, Christopher Padula and Connor Mullaney. Bottom row: AJ Santarsiero, Max Hunt, Conor Toole, Tommy Clark, Cullen Smith, Gabe Franek and Joseph Lucas. Team members absent from photo: Jack Maloney, Kieran Hinton and Giulian Morrel.

The 50-year coach has been very successful at the helm of the Dunmore cross country program. Many members of his very first teams and beyond are still runners. 

His Dunmore cross country teams have won several Lackawanna League and District titles and individual District 2 boys’ titles. He has coached numerous individual state medal winners. Fedor is a well respected coach at Dunmore and continues to help local race directors in organizing events. 

Mike Deignan, a 1979 Dunmore High School graduate, was a cross country runner for Fedor and competed in the sport at Villanova University. He praised his former coach.

“Vince has coached teams and individuals, young men and women, to league and district championships and qualifying for state championships while being a role model beyond reproach.

“He has inspired many of his runners to continue competing post high school for NCAA teams. His positive influence on runners and the regional community in general cannot be overstated.”

Fedor himself, who shuns publicity, did recently tell reporters at Newswatch 16, that he doesn’t see an end in sight.

“I love what I’m doing. I can still do it. I have a great relationship with the kids I think. We all get along. We have fun the whole season… I am truly enjoying it, and that’s why I am hanging in here,” Fedor said.

Holy Cross Runner Takes Second in Foundation Race 

Athlete Andrew HealeyBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross senior Andrew Healey has spent the past four years excelling in cross country, track and in the class room. 

Most recently, the cross country standout won a league meet and then finished in second place in the PIAA Foundation Class 1A race Saturday, September 21, at Hershey’s Parkview Course. He was only three seconds behind the winner.

Son of Chris and Maura Healey, Andrew said he knew the Foundation race would be fast and competitive. “There were a lot of good kids in the field,” he said. “I just tried to stay up front and towards the end it was me and the two kids from Penns Valley near the front.

“Going up the last hill I just tried my hardest to push out ahead but ended up getting caught. It was a good effort. The race gave me a lot of confidence.”

Andrew said he has been running cross country for six years, counting two seasons in junior high school. He won medals in state competition for cross country as a sophomore and junior. 

He is also a four-year member of the Holy Cross track and field team where he runs the 3200 and 1600. He was a district champion as a freshman and sophomore in the 3200 and as a sophomore and junior in the 1600. He earned medals in state competition in the 3200 as a sophomore and junior. 

Andrew more than excels in the class room. He has a highly impressive 4.2 academic average. His best and favorite subject is history. 

He is a member of Student Council, the History Club and the Foreign Languages Club at Holy Cross. 

The scholar-athlete said he is undecided about a college or major, but knows he wants to be a cross country and track runner at a higher level beyond high school.

His cross country and track coach at Holy Cross is Alex Hugley.

“He pushes us very hard in both sports,” said Andrew. “He knows we have to work very hard and do our best to be good.”

Humble and polite in nature, Andrew said his parents taught him a lot. “My parents teach me how important it is to be a part of a team. They encourage me to be a team player. They tell me to do it for the team.”

Andrew talked about what it takes to excel in cross country and track on the high school level. “It’s all about working hard, being consistent and having the dedication to succeed. It works that way in both sports.”

The talented runner compared that type of dedication to what it takes to excel in the class room. “What it takes in school is very similar to what you need to succeed as a runner,” he said. “You have to put the time and effort in.”

Well versed, Andrew said he enjoys music and would like to see the rapper Drake in concert.

He is thoroughly enjoying his experience at Holy Cross as his senior year progresses.

“I love it here. Holy Cross is a small school, but that gives it a closer atmosphere. You know all the students and teachers. It is a very supportive environment. It’s great.”