CHARLES NJERU, WINNER OF THE
BON-TON/YORK NEWSPAPER CO. 5-MILE
RUN IN 23:52.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Njeru, Fonshell Win Bon-Ton/York
Newspaper Company 5-Mile Race

BY CLAY SHAW

YORK, PA--Kate Fonshell, of Ardmore, PA, won the women's division of the Bon-Ton/York Newspaper Co. 5-Mile Race, held Sunday, July 30, in 27:37. Fonshell became the first USA winner since Laura Mykytok won in 1995. Fonshell, who ran in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, held off Alice Muriithi, of Kenya, by six seconds. Fonshell and Muriithi battled for the lead throughout the race. Kim Saddic, of West Chester, took third in 27:55. In the 60-69 women's age group, Heide Moebius set a new race age-group record of 40:10.

Charles Njeru, of Kenya, broke away from training partner Daniel Kihara, to win the race in 23:52. Njeru, age 18, was the youngest overall winner in the 22-year history of the event. He set a new 16-19 mark in the process. Kihara, the three-time winner of the Mt. Washington road race in New Hampshire, was second in 24:12. The two Kenyans had a significant lead on the rest of the field. The battle for third was furious. Kevin Taylor, of Independence, KY, took third in 25:02 with a strong kick. Tim Kitching, of Australia, was fourth in 25:05. Additional age-group marks were set by Terry Permar in the 45-49 group, with a 26:30, while York's Ed LeCates set a new 55-59 mark of 31:21. The heat and humidity made race conditions less than ideal. The race total increased for the first time since 1996, a good sign.

Scot Seiss, of Myersville, MD, won the Wheelchair division in 22:39. The one-mile fun run was won by Rachel Kyrianou in 6:34, with Kate Shelley (6:36) a close second.

 

WOMEN'S WINNER OF THE
BON-TON/YORK NEWSPAPER
CO. RUN, KATE FONSHELL
(27:37).
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MALE

Overall

1. Charles Njeru 23:52
2. Daniel Kihara 24:12
3. Kevin Taylor 25:02
4. Tim Kitching 25:03
5. Jason Gish 25:13
6. Francis Kamau 25:25
7. Dave Granger 25:26
8. John Carson 25:29
9. David Bronfenbrenner 25:31
10. Justin Krebs 25:33

Masters

1. Greg Cauller 26:19
2. Terry Permar 26:30

11 and Under

1. Eric Caldwell 59:10
2. Ervin Lopez 59:21

12-15

1. Ron Kirchner, Jr. 29:30
2. Stephen LoBianco 30:55
3. Erik Bowersox 32:57

16-19

1. Michael Baird 26:05
2. Marc Davis 29:22
3. Paul Gardiner 29:43

20-24

1. Nate Boice 26:59
2. Darren Silvis 27:28
3. Nick Grover 28:21

25-29

1. Lowell Ladd 27:33
2. Corey Craver 30:27
3. Thomas McManuels 30:41

30-34

1. Mike Craighead 25:43
2. Jim Lebo 26:27
3. Kerry Linton 28:25

35-39

1. Jeff Hines 27:33
2. Geoffrey Hauck 29:38
3. Barry Dippner 29:57

40-44

1. Phil Garland 28:22
2. Joseph Reighard 29:13
3. Doug Arndt 30:11

45-49

1. Bill Moore 28:48
2. Scott McCloskey 29:46
3. Joe Zern 31:09

50-54

1. Tom Schaffstall 28:02
2. Mick Slonaker 29:37
3. Ronnie Wong 31:02

55-59

1. Edward LeCates 31:21
2. John Pitarra 32:25
3. Bill Doherty 33:17

60-69

1. Jack Whitcomb 34:30
2. Jake Myers 36:32
3. Ed Zirkle 43:14

70 and Over

1. Oscar Fox 49:29
2. Robert Horst 49:58

FEMALE

Overall

1. Kate Fonshell 27:37
2. Alice Muriithi 27:43
3. Kim Saddic 27:55
4. Vicki Boyer 29:15
5. Julie Sweitzer 30:39
6. Heather Kitching 30:44
7. Jenae Strader 30:53
8. Betty Mohler 31:47
9. Tina Vosper 31:53
10. Amy Pyles 33:00

Masters

1. Dianna Golden 33:16
2. Rose Snyder 33:58

14 and Under

1. Laura Barshinger 38:02
2. Megan Barshinger 38:44

15-19

1. Ruth Loyer 33:21
2. Jennifer Stein 35:26
3. Deidre Kelly 35:51

20-24

1. Rebecca Page 34:10
2. Shannon Mink 35:33
3. Holly Schnerring 35:42

25-29

1. Jo Rupp 33:29
2. Victoria Pfisterer 36:02
3. Tami Fire 36:33

30-34

1. Missi Rosenkilde 33:22
2. Kristin Mears 34:35
3. Elizabeth Kingsbury 37:24

35-39

1. Beth Esterbrook 34:48
2. Lynn Van Houwe 37:00
3. Lynn Royer 37:02

40-44

1. Heather Parsons 34:15
2. Ellen O'Conner 34:55
3. Bonnie Stoeckl 35:09

45-49

1. Karen Mitchell 37:50
2. Sarah Garton 40:29
3. Martha LoBianco 41:33

50-54

1. Dannette Strader 47:05
2. Sandy Falenski 47:52
3. Elizabeth Owen 48:30

55-59

1. Sylvia Hallman 40:48
2. Ruth Wloczewski 41:55

60-69

1. Heide Moebius 40:10