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62 - CAPE GAZET'rE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 Cape indoor track coach runs 9:14 for Alumni 3000 Meters Last Friday evening, Feb. 14, Cape Henlopen High School In- door Track Coach Eric Albright entered a 3000 meter race at the University of Delaware with sev- eral area colleges and past Blue Hen alumni taking part. Albright is back on the roads again after a year lay-off with a combination of injuries, physical therapy, and lack of time from adjusting to a full-time teaching position for this year. "I took some time off, but now I'm feeling pretty good," said AI- bright. "I'm trying to get in some long runs and cut out the small miles. Every time I get on the roads, I try to go for at least an hour." Albright decided to find out what kind of shape he was in last weekend at an indoor track he's well accustomed to as he toed the line with several Delaware and Del State runners and past alumni. "I was hoping to first run around ten minutes, but as the race got closer I thought maybe I could go about nine-forty or fifty. Albright tucked into a pack and cruised through the mile in 5:01 feeling real good and with 1000 meters to go went full ALBRIGHT throttle to the finish to place second in the field in a time of 9:14. The time converts to a 9:53 two mile which makes his second mile split in the 4:53 range. "I was happy with the race and I guess I'm in better shape than I thought I was in. rmjust going to make time to train and hope to get back in racing shape by the sum- mer season." Albright, a Cape biology teacher and first year coach of the Viking Indoor track & Field team, doesn't know it yet, but he set the Cape Indoor Track "coaches record" by bettering my 9:58 high school sophomore time. A record is a record, but his competition at Cape was not too fierce as it con- sisted of the following: Coach Tom Hickman (70's), not a 2-mil- er, but a former sub 50 Penn Relay 400m lead off man; Coach Dave Frederick ('78-'85), not a 2-miler, but a former 22 minute 5K man, 3:30 marathoner, and could shoot with ease from behind the arc; Coach George Pepper ('85-'87), not a true 2-miler, but a former tough intermediate hurdler from Delaware, many time sub 20 minute 5K man, and field event technician; the late Coach Bill Degnan ('86-'90), not a 2-miler either, but a great field event (shot, discus, hammer, javelin) specialist; Bill Geppert ('95), not a 2-mile racer, but a multi-sport player at Caesar Rodney and Vil- lanova; and myself ('90-'94), a one-time 2-miler who went back- wards and became slower in high school (So-9:58, Jr-10:08, Sr- 10:20) and hung around the ten minute barrier in college. Congratulations to the former All-State runner from Brandywine High as he has informed me he is shooting to win the popular Sec- ond Annual Bill Degnan 5K in June. Eric is a hard worker who ran into some hard luck in his fn'st head coaching experience with in- juries, lack of numbers, non-moti- vated athletes, and excuses. The unfortunate thing is that some ath- letes didn't work half as hard as the coach did, but the ones who did benefited from Coach A1- bright's work ethic. Eric and I spoke several nights this season and I tried to offer support and welcome him as best I could to some of today's young athletes. High school athletes are some- times hard to figure. Take this statistic for example: in 1983 and 1984, George Pepper's boys cros:s country teams continued a streak of duel meet victories into the for- ties with a top five each year that all continued into the indoor track season and hung two banners for Coach Dave Frederick. This year, Henlopen Confer- ence Cross Country Coach of the Year Pat Pollock brought his lady Vikings to the victory stand in November, however not one of the top five continued to the in- door track season. Hard to figure, but I guess the answer is that years ago we were "runners", but now there are just plain "athletes." "Good luck" goes out to the four young Cape girls at this weekend's State Championship meet that will start with the high jump, and then tackle the Chris- tiana Mall, the Mile Relay, and the St. Mark's-Cape girtls basket- ball game. For the in'st time ever, Cape, the '84, '85, and '93 indoor state champions, do not have any boys entered in the meet. Upcoming spring events Saturday, March 22 -.Ides of March 5K Run to be held at West Seaford Elementary School begin- ning at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 23 -.Spring Walks (3K, 5K, 10K) for Rob Dickson to be held at Cape Hen- lopen High School beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 -.April Fools Run & Walk to be held at Cape Henlopen State Park begin- ning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12 - Lewes Physical Therapy 5K Run & 1 mile walk to be held at the Lewes Physical Therapy Headquarters beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 - Old Timers Day 5K Run & 1 mile walk to be held at the Selbyville Town Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Members of the Rehoboth Beach Grove Club received awards recently for participating in five Tuesday night runs. Shown with their Grove Park T-shirts (l-r) are Laura Olen- derski, Sarah Neff and John Neff. In back is Bob Porter, pres- ident of the Grove Club. 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