Hengst Wins Shoe House in 24:54; Leah, Lyla Dominate Women’s Race

By Clay Shaw

YORK, PA, JULY 3, 2021—Dalton Hengst, who is a collegiate runner at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), won by over three minutes in the Shoe House Five-Mile race in a course record time of 24:54.  Jake Menchey of York was second in 28:27.  Tim McConville of Brooklyn, NY was third and top masters runner in 29:30.  Elijah Eisenberger of York was fourth in 29:33.  Marathon runner Benjamin Abeles of Felton was fifth and second master in 29:40.  Thaddeus Cwiklinski from Cleveland, OH ran an even 30:00 to place sixth overall.  

Youngsters Leah Navarro (age 11) of Seven Valleys who won in 31:58, and Lyla Eltz (age 10) of Hanover who was second in 33:07, had been dominating the York Winter Series mile races for years.  Colleen Deignan of Harrisburg, the 2020 women’s champ was third in 34:41.  Haley Green of York and Central York HS, was fourth in 35:23.  Susan Lewis of York Haven was fifth in 35:49.  Kelly McKinley of York was sixth overall and top master in 36:33.

135 runners finished the 2021 event  which is normally held on July 4.  Likely the holiday dynamic vs a busy Saturday hurt the attendance in 2021, with the Ephrata 5 Miler also opting to move off the July 4 to the Saturday date.  Weather wasn’t a factor, as it was actually perfect for running.

Top Women

  1. 31:53 Leah Navarro, 11, Seven Valleys
  2. 33:07 Lyla Eltz, 10, Hanover
  3. 34:41 Colleen Deignan, 28, Harrisburg
  4. 35:23 Hayley Green, 15, York
  5. 35:49 Susan Lewis, 39, York Haven
  6. 36:33 Kelly McKinley, 43, York
  7. 36:42 Nicole Register, 17, Jacobus
  8. 36:44 Sarah Wenger, 39, Dallastown
  9. 38:04 Isabella Navarro, 15, Seven Valleys
  10. 38:24 Emily Pringle, 17, York

Top Men

  1. 24:54 Dalton Hengst, 17, York
  2. 28:27 Jake Menchey, 23, York
  3. 29:30 Tim McConville, 45, Brooklyn, NY
  4. 29:33 Elijah Eisenberger, 17, York
  5. 29:40 Benjamin Abeles, 41, Felton
  6. 30:00 Thaddeus Cwiklinski, 24, Cleveland, OH
  7. 30:19 Owen Strickler, 17, York
  8. 31:12 Peter Wagner, 22, York
  9. 31:36 Jacob Buffington, 19, Middletown
  10. 31:51 Zachary Sowers, 17, York
Dalton Hengst of York easily wins the Shoe House 5 Miler. Hengst, who runs for the University of Mississippi, won in 24:54.
Leah Navarro of Seven Valleys shows winning form rounding the Shoe House. Leah won the women’s division in 31:53.
Lyla Eltz of Hanover placed second overall in 33:07.
Thaddeus Cwiklinski of Cleveland, OH strides by the famous Shoe House on his way to sixth place overall in an even 30 minutes.
Colleen Deignan of Harrisburg placed third overall in 34:41. Colleen won the 2020 Shoe House 5 Miler.
Nicole Register of Jacobus holds a small lead on Sarah Wegner of Dallastown at the halfway point in the race. Register would finish seventh in 36:42, Wegner eighth in 36:44.
Kelly McKinley of York gives a good smile on way to sixth overall in 36:33. Sorry about the Big Red Jeep photobombing the pix.
Chrystal Young of York finished in 42:37, wearing her now famous USA compression socks.
April Kirkpatrick of York places 15th among women in 41:35.
The fun bunch at the Shoe House 5 Miler. Cindy McCoy #81, Cyndy Glosenger #42, Tim Sterritt #122 on his phone, Nora Haefele #48 with a big smile, and Jennifer Young #215. The sweep in blue shirt, also checking phone.


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