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Meehan siblings win YMCA 5 Miler with impressive times

Mike a triathlete, Ally going into eighth grade
By Dave Frederick | Jul 24, 2014
Photo by: Dave Frederick Martin Rodriguez from Selbyville takes out the field at the YMCA 5 Miler.

The 32nd annual Sussex Family YMCA 5 Miler July 20 was won by a brother-and-sister act from Allison Park, Pa.

Mike Meehan, 19, a Penn State sophomore and self-declared triathlete, was gone at two miles and kicked his way home in 26:05.  He was followed by Mike Wardian, 40, a world-renowned endurance athlete, in 26:31.

"I looked ahead at him at two miles and he looked really good. I knew he wasn’t coming back,” Wardian said of Meehan's performance.

Ally Meehan, just 13 years old, won the women’s race in 33:29, followed by Joell Chall in 34:37.

Wardian was the masters male champion while Mardiny Ung was women’s masters champion in 37:05.

Local Sussex County runners who turned in outstanding age-group performances include, in the female division, Katie Kuhlman, 9, 1:10:47; Liz Melson, 10, 1:10.47; Kathy Kay, 44, 49:17; Liz Guida, 47, 41:14; Linda Schwartz-Chi, 49,  41:41; Cindy Redefer, 51, 45:41; and Georgette O’ Cone, 66, 55:59.

Male locals and some top finishers include Luke Burton, 9, 39:55; D.J. Farren, 12, 34:58; Chad Melson, 13, 45:05; Sonny Landis, 18, 28:44;  Martin Rodriguez,  32, 31:00; Breck Vanderwende, 41, 33:23; Brett Kuhlman, 42, 51:13; Mike Firch, 45, 40:14; David Landis, 54, 36:27; Jack Vassalotti, 62, 44:47;  Kevin Smith, 65, 51:03; Gene King, 71, 43:56; and Bill McArthur, 74, 47:00.

There were 25 male runners but only four women age 60 and over in the race.

July 27 is the 17th annual Run for JJ 5K.

Kathy Kay, teacher at Sussex Academy, is  getting her running freak on. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Mike Meehan wins the YMCA 5 Miler. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Mike Wardian heads to the finish chute. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Ally Meehan wins the YMCA 5 Miler. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Joell Chall, 32, is the second woman to finish. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Josh Beeman, 43, from Philly runs 39:50. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Chad Melson, a local athlete, wrestled for Beacon. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Heather Brooks Manier, 43, runs 45:33. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lauren Johnson and Kirk Knestes from Syracuse, N.Y., finish together at 47:25. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lee Masser and Jerri Fleetwood end the run in tandem. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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