Demko Takes Top Female Honors
at Smith Barney White Rose
BY CLAY SHAW
YORK, PA-- The 22nd running of the Smith Barney/York White Rose Five Mile Run held November 14, had ideal weather (44 degrees, sunny, little wind).
Runners from Kenya once again dominated the men's race, and two-time champ Misti Demko returned after a five year absence to win easily.
Paul Mwangi led a pack of five through mile one, and broke it open soon thereafter. Mwangi went on to win in 23:49. Davis Kamau was 2nd in 24:05, Elijah Kitur was 3rd in 24:18, as runners from Kenya finished 1-2-3 and 6-11. Doug Mock of Germantown, MD was the first U.S.A. finisher and was 4th overall in 24:39. Jonathan Schesinger of Fairfax, VA was 5th in 24:48. Joel Onwonga of Kenya was 6th in 24:56, one week after running the Columbus Marathon. Five-time race champ John Doub was top Masters in 27:01. Herb Townsend of Center Valley, PA set a new 60-69 men's mark of 31:40.
The Smith Barney York White Rose Run is directed by Clay Shaw and Penny Hornock. The race is directed by runners, for runners, and hopes for another increase in participation in 1999. Besides the title sponsor Smith Barney, supporting sponsors are Culligan, PowerBar, and Big Sky Bread.
Photo Credits - Clay Shaw