JULIUS NDERITU, WINNER OF THE
BON-TON/YNC 5-MILE RUN IN A TIME
OF 22:59.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Nderitu Wins in 22:59;
Fonshell Repeats as Champ
at Bon-Ton/YNC Five-Mile Run

BY CLAY SHAW

YORK, PA--Julius Nderitu, of Kenya, powered away from Amos Gitagama with a half-mile to go, to win in 22:59, the second fastest time ever at the Bon-Ton/York Newspaper Company 5-Mile Run. Eight of the top eleven spots went to athletes from Kenya. U.S.A. runners took two spots, and Russia the other. The race was held July 29.

Keith Dowling, the 1992 champion, finished 5th in 23:35. Dowling said that the cloudy skies and cool temperatures contributed to the fast pace. Dowling also said that the participation of the international runners, especially the Kenyans, helped him run stronger than expected.

Steve Spence, at age 39, ran 23:41 to finish 7th, three seconds faster than his winning time in 1985. Spence, looking to be a force on the Masters circuit in 2002, ran faster than John Tuttle's (23:51) U.S.A. record for 8K/5-miles.

Kate Fonshell (U.S.A.) was running in second, and Irina Suvorova (Russia) was running 5th at the turnaround, just short of the 3-mile mark. With 200 yards to go, Fonshell passed Lucy Njeri, of Kenya, to take her second straight Bon-Ton/YNC title in 27:40.

Njeri was second in 27:43. Suvorova finished strong, taking third in 27:49. Alison Holinka, of Virginia, took 4th in 28:11; she would make the U.S.A. half-marathon team with a top 5 performance in Parkersburg.

The Bon-Ton/YNC 5-Mile Run had a very strong field as usual, but rather weak turnout in total numbers compared to other years. Hopefully that will not be a trend, and the numbers will go back up in 2002.

The Bon-Ton, and the York Newspaper Company were the title sponsors. Contributions from Big Sky Bread, Culligan, Sheetz, McDonald's, Bel Paese, the York Road Runners, the Springettsbury Police and Fire Police, and all the volunteers were greatly appreciated by all.

 

THE TOP WOMEN FROM LEFT: ALISON HOLINKA, 4TH IN 28:11;
LUCY NJERI, 2ND IN 27:43; WINNER KATE FONSHELL IN 27:40;
AND IRINA SUVOROVA, 3RD IN 27:49.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MALE

Overall

1. Julius Nderitu 22:59
2. Amos Gitagama 23:04
3. Johnson Muiruri 23:18
4. David Njuguna 23:18
5. Keith Dowling 23:35
6. Steven Nyamu 23:40
7. Steve Spence 23:41
8. Jacob Kirwa 24:06
9. Daniel Kihara 24:24
10. Gennady Temnikov 24:25

Masters

1. Francis Kamau 24:57
2. Gerry Clapper 25:47

11 and Under

1. Eric Caldwell 40:39

12-15

1. Perry Patton 31:56
2. Dan Javitt 32:55
3. Darren Van Houwe 35:08

16-19

1. Matt Cornwell 27:11
2. Ron Kirchner 27:50
3. Eric Wolfgang 27:52

20-24

1. Matthew Wagoner 24:59
2. Eric Demerice 25:22
3. Pete LoBianco, Jr. 26:27

25-29

1. Jason Gish 25:06
2. Justin Krebs 25:11
3. Dave Howe 25:36

30-34

1. Mike Craighead 25:10
2. Jim Lebo 25:42
3. Gary Dennis 26:46

35-39

1. Rich Byrne 25:34
2. Jeff Shirey 27:11
3. Drew Davis 27:32

40-44

1. Greg Cauller 26:05
2. Bill Celline 27:28
3. Jeff Hines 27:34

45-49

1. Fin Mears 28:52
2. Dave Anderson 29:10
3. Eugene Gignac 30:27

50-54

1. Tim Fulton 30:48
2. Les Bell 31:34
3. Chip Bixler 31:37

55-59

1. Bill Doherty 31:15
2. Ed LeCates 31:27
3. Larry Anderson 31:37

60-69

1. John Pitarra, Sr. 31:50
2. Jake Myers 34:45
3. Stan Newman 35:31

70 and Over

1. Bob Horst 45:55
2. Oscar Fox 1:09:00

Wheelchair

1. Tom Gorman 21:39
2. Scot Seiss 21:39

FEMALE

Overall

1. Kate Fonshell 27:40
2. Lucy Njeri 27:43
3. Irina Suvorova 27:49
4. Alison Holinka 28:11
5. Grace Njoki 28:13
6. Connie Buckwalter 28:25
7. Amy Pyles 28:54
8. Alicia Muriithi 29:24
9. Rebecca Hillary 31:24
10. Betty Mohler 31:28

Masters

1. Dianna Golden 32:58
2. Penny Hornock 33:51

15-19

1. Emily Kruger 31:44
2. Kristi Schumacher 34:21
3. Shannon Reese 35:37

20-24

1. Kelly Cook 35:15
2. Stephanie Stroud 36:03
3. Sarah Ballard 36:44

25-29

1. Dawn Lobosco 33:59
2. Victoria Pfisterer 34:53
3. Tami Fire 35:31

30-34

1. Karen Lehman 32:52
2. Jil Hawk 36:16
3. Rose Kline 38:09

35-39

1. Lynn Royer 34:32
2. Lynn Van Houwe 36:57
3. Charlene Staats 38:35

40-44

1. Diane Gutshall 35:38
2. Rosa Pahl 36:50
3. Linda Mastaler 39:08

45-49

1. Rose Weber 35:12
2. Darla Berkowitz 37:11
3. Terry Neyhart 39:25

50-54

1. Doris Bixler 48:54
2. Michelle Biben 50:07
3. Gail Eisenhart 1:10:05

55-59

1. Dee Nelson 38:50
2. Jennifer Sears 48:31

60-69

1. Heide Moebius 39:45

Wheelchair

1. Courtney Santiago 35:39