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Meehan siblings win YMCA 5 Miler with impressive times

Mike a triathlete, Ally going into eighth grade
Martin Rodriguez from Selbyville takes out the field at the YMCA 5 Miler. BY DAVE FREDERICK
July 24, 2014

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.