Sidame and Fonshell Win the
BY CLAY SHAW
YORK, PA--With five Kenyan men in the field, one might guess that a Kenyan man would be the overall winner. Wrong! Eliya Sidame, 18, of Tanzania, took top honors in 23:40. Sidame and Mike Korir, of Kenya, broke away from the seven-man pack between mile 1 and 2. Korir, an Ohio-based Kenyan, ran a solid second, just three seconds back from the winner in 23:43. Sammy Ngeno, of Kenya, was 3rd in 24:16 and Henry Kipchirchir, of Kenya, was 4th in 24:32. Elvid Kesio, of Kenya, was 5th in 25:20. Ross Martinson, of Conshohocken (Bryn Mawr Running Club), was 6th and first USA finisher in 25:25. Former USA Olympian John Tuttle was 7th overall and first Masters in 25:34. Jed Christiansen, 15, of Greenville, PA, was 8th overall in 25:40, perhaps tying a national age-group record for 15-year-olds.
Other notable performances of the November 9 event came from 11-year-old Job Christiansen who broke his own race age-group record with a 28:44. Richard Stotlar, 61, of New Freedom, PA, also broke his own White Rose age-group record with a 30:35. Oscar Fox established a new 80-plus mark of 1:00:57.
USA Olympian (1996) Kate Fonshell, of Ardmore, PA, signed up race day, along with several Bryn Mawr teammates who were on their way to the Penn State/Virginia football game. Fonshell, who had won Bon Ton/YNC twice and finished second at White Rose in 2000, won in 27:57, nearly a minute ahead of Bryn Mawr teammate and German citizen Andrea Niggemeier, who finished in 28:46. Kim Saddic, of West Chester, was 3rd in 28:59. Misti Demko, of Hershey, was 4th in 29:03. Kim Harrity, of Haverford, was 5th in 29:16 and 16-year-old Jesi Christiansen was 6th in 29:21. Masters star Lee DiPietro was 7th overall and 1st Masters in 29:45.
The 27th Annual White Rose Run will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2003. In promoting youth running, the future of our sport, participants 18 and under will run the race at no cost. They must complete and sign a race application and pay for a shirt if they'd like to have one.