Morris’ Win Makes Him Kessler King

BY JOHN HARGREAVES

HARRISBURG, PA--The 15th Annual Kessler’s Nittany Lion Franks 5K Run was held along the banks of the Susquehanna River on a splendid Saturday, April 17. Due to recent high water, the lower level was deemed too slippery to be safe--a misstep would send one into the 50-degree river--so the course was changed to an out-and-back contest along the upper bank.

Tadd Morris, who won decisively in 17:09, led 110 runners throughout the race. He was followed by three Masters runners; the first of whom was Barry Dippner of Lancaster County who posted a 17:47. Morris has dominated the Central PA scene of late, winning October’s Sachs 5K by a similar margin.

Anne Nash, en route from Exton to Duncansville, stopped in Harrisburg to easily capture the women’s victory. Recovering from an injury, she finished in 19:29, three minutes ahead of 18-and-under winner Caity Fisher.

The YMCA, led by Chad Krebs, did its usual fine job of presenting a well-organized race that featured a postrace party complete with the sponsor’s hot dogs in great quantity. Age-division winners, three deep in nine groups, were given plaques and a pack of Kessler Franks.

MALE

Overall

1. Tadd Morris 17:09

18 and Under

1. Sean Morgan 23:46

25-29

1. Jim Smiley 18:26
2. Rob Schwartz 21:49

30-34

1. Andrew Woodruff 19:23
2. Tom Wess 20:32
3. Jacob Smith 24:30

35-39

1. Brad Heigel 18:53
2. Scott Morgan 19:44
3. Luke Jacobs 20:28

40-44

1. Barry Dippner 17:47
2. Lynn Danner 18:21
3. Reuben King 18:57

45-49

1. Elam Riehl 18:08
2. Jeff Stouch 19:10
3. Carl Spangler 19:17

50-54

1. John Hargreaves 18:36
2. Randy Mladenoff 19:28
3. Butch Wabby 20:07

55-59

1. William Hoffman 18:31
2. Brad Colwell 20:23
3. Don Witmer 20:53

60 and Over

1. Lee Rhodes 23:54
2. Fred Desio 24:21
3. Bill Frick 24:38

FEMALE

Overall

1. Anne Nash 19:29

18 and Under

1. Caity Fisher 22:40
2. Robin Alexander 26:13
3. Claire Loht 31:43

25-29

1. Erika Wise 26:04
2. Elizabeth Ammon 28:03

30-34

1. Jean Vargas 27:43
2. Leigh Hurst 28:16
3. Kirsten Jones 28:25

35-39

1. Yvette Lynch 26:23
2. Beth Garrison 26:40
3. Theresa Wilt 27:12

40-44

1. Sherri DelBiondo 23:50
2. Marjorie Lebo 24:57
3. Tina Curley 26:09

45-49

1. Diane Showers 27:07

50-54

1. Aggie Kelly 26:35
2. Lloyal Hain 26:56
3. Ruth Ann Hoffman 29:07

55-59

1. Mary Lou Harris 27:21
2. Jan Mateer 27:42
3. Nancy Gippert 29:22

60 and Over

1. Marrilynn Kessler 28:08
2. Ruth Holp 28:27