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Cape Region runners abound at Irish Eyes 5K

Familiar faces flow through finish line in Milton
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. BY NICK ROTH
June 16, 2014

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.