Wilt, Young surge to Shughart victory

August 15, 2013


Inaugural run held in honor of SFC Randall Shughart, Medal of Honor recipient

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NEWVILLE, Pa., Aug. 14, 2013 — Biglerville High School harrier Brady Wilt ended last season as his cross country team’s No. 1 runner.

On Wednesday, the 16-year-old showed that he’s logged the miles this summer to maintain that spot.

Brady Wilt, 16, won the overall title.

Brady Wilt, 16, won the overall title.

Wilt, of York Springs, Pa., held off the closest challenger by nearly four minutes to win the inaugural SFC Randall Shughart Memorial 5-Mile Run in Newville. Shughart, a Medal of Honor recipient for his selfless service and heroics in Mogadishu in 1993, moved to Newville as a boy and attended local schools. Proceeds from Wednesday’s event, coordinated by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club in conjunction with the opening of the Cumberland Ag Expo, will be shared between the expo and Team Red, White and Blue. Team RWB is a veterans service organization which aims to improve the social, physical and mental well being of veterans through exercise. Appalachian_Running_Company

Many of the race participants had a military connection. Wilt, though, showed that he’d be a heck of a recruit. He jumped out to the lead from the sound of the starting horn and never looked back. Only Ben Leitzel, 52, of Carlisle, Pa., put any pressure on Wilt early on but even by the water station at mile 1.7 at the Bullshead Road crossing, it was clear the race was Wilt’s to lose. Black_web_logo

Wilt stopped the clock in 29 minutes and 7.1 seconds on the out-and-back, pancake-flat course on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. Leitzel was a distant second, finishing in 33:04.1 and Craig Leisher, 52, of Chambersburg, Pa., rounded out the top three in 35:22.9.

Karen Young, women's champion.

Karen Young, women’s champion.

Karen Young’s performance was similarly dominant in the women’s standings. The 45-year-old from Boyds, Md., took ninth overall and led the women’s field in 38:35.3, more than four minutes ahead of runner-up Natalie Ryan, 31, of Carlisle. Ryan earned a time of 42:46.4 while Colleen Dickinson, 49, of Harrisburg, Pa., was third in 48:06.4. Shughart3


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