Jeff Young, 23, from Wayne, Pa., has won four races at the beach this summer, maybe five. He really doesn’t know, and ironically he is pursuing his master's degree in applied statistics at West Chester University.
Young runs in a black-and-white sleeveless track shirt that says Wolf Pack but not North Carolina State.
“It's what the cross country runners at my high school Devon Prep call themselves,” Young said. "Legendary coach Paul Sanborn came up with the concept.”
Another Young irony is Young didn’t run cross country at Devon Prep; he was a soccer and baseball guy.
"When I got to Cabrini College I joined the cross country team," Young said. "By my senior year I was the No. 1 runner.”
Young trains about 50 miles a week, mostly on trails, and doesn’t do track workouts.
He won Saturday’s Last Blast Prediction Run in 17:44 but had to hand back his award for a smaller one as he didn’t win the prediction portion of the program.
Cindy Conant, 53, another racer who has won multiple races and never had a coach, won the women’s race in 19:58.
The Labor Day race concludes the Summer Racing Series. To qualify, a runner must do five 5Ks and one five-miler. Age-group awards are presented based on total time.
Those results can be found at www.seashorestriders.com.