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Cape Region runners abound at Irish Eyes 5K

Familiar faces flow through finish line in Milton
By Nick Roth | Jun 16, 2014
Photo by: Nick Roth Timothy Auman of Milton, left, sneaks past William Oliver of Williamsport, Md., in the final stretch of the 4th annual Irish Eyes 5K Run in Milton.

Milton — A steady stream of local runners crossed the Broadkill River onto the brick river walk to complete the fourth annual Irish Eyes 5K in Milton June 14. The race was the second in the Seashore Striders' Triple Crown weekend series of races.

Seven of the top 10 runners Saturday morning were from the Cape Region, including winner Steven Eshelman, 20, of Lincoln, who ran the hilly course in 17:57 for a dominant win. Runner-up Christopher Stanley of Fruitland, Md., 25 years Eshelman's senior, crossed the line in 19:22.

A trio of Milton runners, John Blackford, Matt Greig and Timothy Auman, finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, all finishing under 21:30.

The women's race was won by Striders regular Mardiny Ung of Elizabethtown, Pa., in 22:18, with Cape alum Ali Coning on her tail in 22:46.

Other notables were 8-year-olds Lainey Shockro and Katie Kuhlman with races of 24:42 and 26:19, respectively.

Just over 120 runners took part in the Irish Eyes 5K, with just about half the field breaking the 30-minute mark.

To view the full race results, go to www.seashorestriders.com.

Steven Eshelman, 20, of Lincoln cruises to the win in 17:57, nearly a minute and a half faster than the second-place runner. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Christopher Stanley of Fruitland, Md., runs across the Broadkill River footbridge toward a runner-up finish in 19:22. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Matt Keller of Millsboro eyes the finish line. He finished the race in third place with a 19:46 time. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Benjamin Loehrke of Silver Spring, Md., leads John Blackford of Milton down the final tenth of a mile. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Michael Fraundorfer of Lewes exits the pedestrian bridge ahead of Rehoboth Beach Patrol Capt. Kent Buckson. Both runners finished in just under 22 minutes. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Andy Gorlich of Milton is all smiles as he nears the finish line. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mardiny Ung of Elizabethtown, Pa., was the first woman to finish the 3.1-mile course, in a time of 22:18. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Former Cape distance runner Ali Coning, 20, of Lewes finished in 22:46. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Adam May of Lewes rounds the final turn to complete the course in 23:01. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Karen Dawson of Rehoboth Beach runs the brick path to the finish line in 23:07. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
A pair of Milton residents, Jeff Evans and Tim Pepper, cross the line just under 24 minutes. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kimberly Geyer of Millersville, Pa., runs a 23:53 race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joey Kwit and Linda Schwartz-Chi, both of Rehoboth Beach, finish together at 24:38. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Lainey Shockro, 8, of Lewes gives it everything she's got to run the course in 24:42. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Greg Martini of Harrisburg, Pa., makes it back in just under 25 minutes. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Seember Ityokumbul of Philadelphia bears down on the finish line. She finished in 25:44. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Katie Kuhlman, 8, of Milton shows no signs of fatigue as she completes the course in 26:19. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Julleanna Seely of Bridgeville finished third in the 30-39 age group. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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