ALICE MURIITHI (LEFT), 2ND FEMALE IN 28:56, AND GRACE NJOKI
(RIGHT), FEMALE CHAMP IN 28:16.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

Njuguna and Njoki Win 24th Annual
Bon-Ton/YNC 5-Mile Race

BY CLAY SHAW

YORK, PA--Heat and humidity added seconds, and sometimes minutes, to last year's times. Hjuguna and training mates/countrymen Thomas Omwenga and Daniel Kihara broke away from the field early, which included a loose dog owned by Heather Parsons. The trio had distanced themselves from top USA runner Mike Mykytok and Russian Masters star Andrey Kuznetsov, who had a sizable lead over the rest of the field. Njuguna broke free of Kihara at 1½ miles and dropped Omwenga at mile 2. Njuguna cruised to an easy 23:52 victory.

On the women's side, Grace Njoki improved dramatically from the 2001 race, in which she finished fifth, with a 40 second victory over Alice Muriithi. Irina Suvorova was third for the second straight year. Newlywed Vicki Cauller was fourth and the first American.

Richard Stotlar, of the Flying Feet Racing Team, established his second straight major York race age group record by winning the 60-64 group in 31:28. In November 2001, Stotlar set an age group record at the York White Rose Run. New age groups were added to the race. The 65-69 group was won by Jack Whitcomb in 37:19. The 80-plus group was won by Oscar Fox in 1:00:11, establishing marks to be broken in future years.

In this hot summer of drought, an ill-timed, major thunderstorm hit the race venue an hour before the race, obviously changing the minds of would-be race-day registrants. However, the race was held in dry, although somewhat sticky, warm conditions. The course was also certified, which added a few yards.

The title sponsors were The Bon-Ton and the York Newspaper Co. Turkey Hill Dairy, Big Sky Bread, Culligan, and Kinard Trucking provided supporting sponsorship. The race was directed by Clay Shaw, Dave Pflaum, and Jan Workinger, with great volunteers.

The 25th annual event will take place July 27, 2003.

 

IRINA SUVOROVA (3RD FEMALE IN 29:15)
AND ANDREY KUZNETSOV (5TH IN 25:56),
FRIENDS FROM RUSSIA.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
BON TON/YORK NEWSPAPER CO FIVE MILE RACE
YORK, PENNSYLVANIA
JULY 28, 2002

MALE

OVERALL

1 23:52 David Njuguna
2 24:14 Thomas Omwenga
3 24:33 Daniel Kihara
4 25:25 Mike Mykytok
5 25:56 Andrey Kuznetsov
6 26:29 Mike Craighead
7 26:37 Justin Krebs
8 27:02 Richard Cornwell
9 27:31 Paul Cornelison
10 27:40 Pete LoBianco, Jr.

* Earned overall and master cash awards.
** Unable to accept money due to NCAA eligibility

MASTERS

1 29:38 Mark Casteel
2 30:03 Elam Riehl

 

JIM LEBO (LEFT) AND RICHARD STOTLAR, NEW 60-64 RECORD
HOLDER WITH 31:28.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
AGE GROUPS

11 & UNDER

1 43:56 Sean Obermeier

12 - 15

1 30:17 Brandon Bear
2 33:10 Darren VanHouwe
3 33:25 Shane Snyder

16 - 19

1 29:00 Paul Gardiner
2 29:24 Stephen LoBianco
3 30:13 Danny Javitt

20 - 24

1 28:58 Mike Monaghan
2 29:32 Andy Styer
3 32:07 Michael Conley

25 - 29

1 31:45 Corey Craver
2 31:55 Julio Vazquez
3 36:21 David Maus

30 - 34

1 28:14 Jim Lebo
2 31:04 Christopher Fenn
3 32:09 Ian Fleming

35 - 39

1 31:17 Jeff Urbanski
2 32:28 Rich Leaton
3 33:05 Michael Burns

40 - 44

1 30:55 Scott Ott
2 31:23 Ray Ricke, Jr
3 31:31 Doug Arndt

45 - 49

1 30:17 Mike Flaherty
2 32:49 John Bortner
3 32:59 Joe Zern

50 - 54

1 31:39 Steve Miller
2 32:34 Earl Swartzendruber
3 34:03 Tom Schaffstall

55 - 59

1 32:10 Ronnie Wong
2 32:34 Les Bell
3 36:01 Stan Mertzman

60 - 69

1 31:28 Richard Stotler***
2 36:11 Sid Wray
3 36:31 Jake Myers

*** New age group record!!

70 - 79

1 43:39 Lee McMindes
2 46:24 Bob Horst

80 and Over

1 60:11 Oscar Fox

BON TON/YORK NEWSPAPER CO FIVE MILE RACE
YORK, PENNSYLVANIA
JULY 28, 2002

FEMALE

OVERALL

1 28:16 Grace Njoki
2 28:56 Alice Muriithi
3 29:15 Irina Suvorova
4 29:43 Vicki Cauller
5 29:52 Colleen Allen
6 30:17 Lee DiPietro
7 30:30 Amy Pyles
8 31:32 Moira Petit
9 33:08 Jo Rupp
10 33:27 Kate Papenberg

* Earned overall and master cash awards.
** Unable to accept money due to PIAA eligibility

MASTERS

1 34:01 Rosa Pahl
2 34:52 Dianna Golden

14 & UNDER

1 35:41 Brittney Emenheiser
2 48:13 Hillary Trovinger

15 - 19

1 35:44 Erin Zellers
2 35:46 Shannon Reese
3 36:07 Kristie Schumacher

20 - 24

1 35:27 Lisa Ogryzek
2 40:15 Jennifer Hall
3 41:48 Crystal Helton

25 - 29

1 35:05 Suzanne Kraynack
2 37:34 Heather Young
3 43:46 Kimberly Glimski

30 - 34

1 33:35 Janet Urbanski
2 35:59 Kristin Sponaugle
3 39:41 Tammy Helt

35 - 39

1 36:01 Lynn Royer
2 38:09 Lynn VanHouwe
3 38:50 Rose Kline

40 - 44

1 36:59 Robin Goodwin
2 39:17 Jeanette Fitzgerald
3 39:28 Linda Mastaler

45 - 49

1 38:29 Darla Berkowitz
2 40:20 Gretchen Walter
3 41:58 Marty LoBianco

50 - 54

1 39:23 Margaret Moore
2 40:52 Karen Mitchell
3 43:25 Janet Beyerleyn

55 - 59

1 50:54 Cheryl Migliarini
2 54:08 Michelle Bieber

60 - 69

1 41:12 Heide Moebius
2 50:50 Caroline Noble