On This Date: Aug. 17, 1980
August 17, 1980 — Palmerton’s Clark Wentz runs a 53:17 to capture first place at the 3rd Annual 10-mile Panther Valley Heritage Run. Wentz earns a 54-second victory over runner-up and defending champion Joe Muldowney of Pottsville in the race through the streets of Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale and Nesquehoning. Palmerton’s Dave Horvath turns in a time of 56:08 to earn fourth, while Dave Robinson of Lehighton crosses the finish line at the PV Elementary School in Nesquehoning in eighth place with a time of 58:26. Tamaqua’s Dianne Schimpf ends in fourth place among the female runners.