Kiptoo & Berry Champs of 28th
YORK, PA--In Yorks real race--the 5-mile York White Rose Run for Diversity, Equality, and Non-Violence, held November 13--Julius Kiptoo became the sixth different runner from Kenya to win the mens race. Kiptoo had lots of company, as he was in the midst of the four-man breakaway pack that included Auerlio Miti Handanga of Angola (2nd, 24:27), USAs Mark Stallings (3rd, 24:29), and Ethiopias Tesfaye Etitcha (4th, 24:30). The foursome broke away from a much larger group on the Farquhar Park hills midway through the race. Stallings took the lead on the downhill and said afterward that he felt that he could win it. Stallings did finish a solid third, and went on to win the prestigious Berwick Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving Day.
Jed Christiansen, 17, was in the hunt with the international runners for the first half of the race and finished an outstanding fifth overall with a time of 25:18. The young man was 17 seconds up on 1997 USA 10,000-meter champ Mike Mykytok of Ramsey, NJ (6th, 25:36). Kevin Stover of York took seventh, and the top York County prize, in 26:27.
Long-time friends and running buddies Mark Amway (26:45), Greg Cauller (27:27), and Rick Blood (27:27) were the top Master runners. Cauller took the York County Masters honors as well.
Upcoming Becki McClintock of Harrisburg took second in 28:49. Kim Saddic of West Chester was third in 30:01. Lee DiPietro of Ruxton, MD was fourth, and first Masters, in 30:16.
Jacy Christiansen, 11, of Greenville was fifth in 30:32. Jacy broke her White Rose age-group record by 1:24 over her 2003 performance, and she has three more years in the 14 & under age group!
Vicki Cauller of York took seventh, and first York County award, in 30:55; Dianna Golden was the top York County Masters, second only to DiPietro. In the 60-plus womens group, Judy Gilbert had a share of the White Rose age-group record (with Heidi Moebius) coming into this race. Now she has the record alone in 38:52, running 40 seconds faster than 2003, despite harsher conditions. Those conditions, 37 degrees and noticeable winds, did affect the 2004 turnout, slipping 47 finishers from 2003.
Special thanks go out to all the volunteers from the city of York, and the York Road Runners. A very special thanks to course volunteer coordinator Tom Shepp, who had a very challenging job with the nature of a city-wide course needing over 70 staffing assignments to keep the event participants safe during the race.