Penn State Day 5K runners go the social distance

12 runners break 20 minutes
July 31, 2020

The Penn State Day 5K race in Dewey Beach July 25 saw runners emerge from the Rehoboth Bay area employing a three-wave start for social distancing, then romp down Dagsworthy Avenue before hanging a left at Dewey Beach Liquors and another left just past the Bottle & Cork.

The race was fast up front with 12 runners breaking 20 minutes – four of them not old enough to vote. 

Cole Perry, 16, of York, Pa., was the overall winner in 17:05. Jenna Farmer, a 23-year-old Bucknell Bison on her way to optometry school at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, was the women’s winner in 19:49. 

Mike Sewell, 51, snagged the male masters trophy in 18:56, while Jen Cawthern, 46, mother of two young children and Sussex Central’s track coach, won the female masters title in 21:42. 

Twins and triplets ran the race, as 16-year-olds Tiffany Herrera (19:55) and Stephanie Herrera (21:16) placed second and third, respectively. Alexis Oliphant (22:01) and Kelsey Oliphant of Laurel (22:17) were joined in the race by their triplet sister Taylor Oliphant, who ran 40:08. 

Joey Andrisani, 37, ran 17:07, just two seconds and 21 years from breaking the banner. Alex Scott, 17, of Bethesda, Md., was third in 17:58.

Lance Kauffman, 16, a Cape cross country runner, placed fourth in 18:19.

April Anderson, 75, of Newark ran 38:18. Paul “Skip” Kiefer, 79, of Lancaster, Pa., continues to get after it, running 45:31.  

The 12th annual Harry K Foundation 5K is set for Friday, Aug. 7. Traditionally run at the Greene Turtle in Lewes, this year’s race has been moved to Hudson Fields on Route 1 so COVID-19 protocols can be followed. 

Check for expanded race results and updates on races from virtual to live. 


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