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82- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 : btrch 3-0,-2-000 Sussex County runners tackle CR Half Marathon The largest road race event in Delaware, the 37th annual Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, took place March 19, in Wilmington on a new course considered to be much easier than the traditional hilly hike that gave the event a reputation of being one of the toughest half marathons in the country. This year&apos;s course took in more of the city and became more of a spectator event, however, you can say what you want - a half marathon is 13.1 miles any way you look at it, and an incredible achievement for all finishers. This years event, with a total of 1038 finishers, was won by popu- lar Washington D.C. runner Dar- rell General, 34, of Mitcbellville, Md., in a time of 1:08:37, averag- ing 5:14 a mile. General overtook three-time champion Julilan Critchlow, 39, of Waterford, Eng- land, at ten miles and finished up strong, running several sub-five minute miles over the last third of the course. Critchlow finished second in 1:09:17. Twenty-eight-year-old Nadine Marks of Wilmington finished 38th in 1:21:02 to average an im- pressive 6:11 per mile and win the overall female title. Delaware's own, 53-year-old Governor Tom Carper of Wilm- ington finished in 1:45:07 to fin- ish 410th overall and average 8:01 per mile. Carper wore the hon- orary No. 1 bib in the process and traditionally remained at the end of the finish chute to greet all run- ners behind him. Several locals made the trip RUNNING Tim Bamforth from Sussex County and here is a look at the downstate finishers and their times. Rusty LaPorte of Lewes finished ll5th in 1:29:30 to lead the way with a tough race in preparation for next month's Boston Marathon. Ken Savage of Frankford finished 136th in 1:31:37, while Larry Windsor of Laurel finished 182rid in ! :34:20. Another Boston vet, Dick Hipp of Lewes finished 195th in !:34:41 to win his age group over ten 60- 64 racers, while John Turssline of Dagsboro finished 268th in 1:39:!6. Albert Burk of Milford finished 277th in 1:39:39, while Randall Lee of Laurel finished 346th in 1:42:32. Gwen Guerke of Milford finished 370th in !:43:24, while Amanda Clark of Frankford finished 390th in i:44:21. Scott Workman of Millsboro finished 433rd in 1:46:07, while Seashore Strider summer racer Arleen LaPorte of Lewes finished 575th in a super Atlantic Coast Police Biathlon set April 22 "The Atlantic Coast Police Biathlon provides a challenging, yet enjoyable competition for its participants," said race director Gary Weber. "This event draws an enthusiastic group of local and national law enforcement and public safety officers. "This is our third year of the Po- lice Biathlon and we have sched- ule it for April 22, the Saturday of Easter weekend." Proceeds from the bike-run- bike-run competition will benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the Helmets for Kids Program. The first leg starts in Berlin, Md. and travels to Snow Hill on the lightly traveled county roads with a run through scenic park ar- eas in the Snow Hill area. The fi- nal bike ride travels back to Berlin with a sprint to the finish. At the finish line, there will be a bike toss, an awards ceremony, re- freshments and a block party for participants and family members. Only law enforcement and pub- lic safety officers, including mili- tary police, corrections and proba- tion officers, EMS, fire police and fire department members and ju- dicial personnel are eligible to en- ter the race. The racing fee is $30 per person, which includes T- shirt, race essentials, and a post race celebration in Berlin. The fi- nal registration deadline is April 15. Race start time is 10 a.m. at the Atlantic Hotel in downtown Berlin. Riders will start from the intersection of Main and Broad sts. All minor intersections throughout the race course are manned by a volunteer identified with a yellow shirt. A marked po- lice vehicle will be at major inter- sections to assist in the control of vehicular traffic. "However, extreme caution should be used since there are many driveways along the course race of 1:52:13. Rodney Layfield of Millsboro finished 724th in 1:57:56, while Strider Doris Hicks of Re- hoboth Beach finished 746th in 1:58:57. Randy Fisher of Milford was 778th in 2:00:20, while Michael Tyler of Lewes HICKS made another of his many trips north to finish 859th in 2:05:30. Jessica Peters of Rehoboth Beach finished 861st in 2:05:36, while Miehelle John of Lewes fin- ished 862nd and a step be- hind in 2:05:37. Fran TYLER Donaway of Milton. was 867th in 2:05:52, while Mark Meade of Bridgeville finished 897th in 2:07:50. Lidia Smith of Georgetown finished 904th in 2:08:31, while Holly Chiasson of Selbyville finished 974th in 2:16:54. Mannde Dugan of Frankford finished 975th in 2:16:55, while Carol Hansen of Georgetown finished 1006th in 2:26:03 to wrap up a fine conti- nent of Sussex Cdunty runners that made the trip. OFF AND RUNNING - The Cape High track and field teams opened up March 23, by traveling to Felton to take on the Spartans that are not controlled. Do not as- sume an intersection is totally clear to cross," said committee member Mark Paddaek, who will host a safety briefing for partici- pants. "All turns will have a volunteer to direct the participants in the right direction through the course," said Paddack. 'q'be first leg of the Biathlon is a shotgun start from Main Street in front of the Atlantic Hotel." Bike racks, water and fruit will be available at the transition area for the racers. The transition area is in the rear parking lot of the District Court building. The dis- tance traveled in the first leg of the race is 18.9 miles. The second leg of the Biathlon is a run through Byrd Park. The third leg of the Biathlon is a return trip to Berlin. The race will last approximate- ly three hours and will be clocked by L&M Computer Sports Inc. The official 2000 Atlantic Coast Police Biathion brochure and reg- istration form is available for those who want to register now or need more information about the biathlon. Interested parties can have the brochure mailed to them by calling Worcester County Tourism at 800-852-0335. of Lake Forest High School and longtime coach Jim Blades. Blades should field a tough girls team led by distance runners Holly Wilson and Nicole Faries, while he always seems to put to- gether a fine group of sprinters and hurdler on the boys side. The Vikings have some very talented athletes on both teams that are looking forward to getting into the racing season. Pat Pol- lock's boy's squad is high in num- bers, which is a great sign for the dual meets, and several of his ath- letes have track experience dating back from junior high and club running with the Seashore Strid- ers. The Viking boys have a shot to equal an accomplishment set by the 1993 Viking jumpers when the threesome of Willie Savage (22- 9), Bruce Pitts (22-1), and Art Hugger (21-6) all jumped over 21 feet in the long jump during that state championship season. Young jumpers Donnell Eaddy, Larry Miller and Mike Blanken- ship all have potential to equal the "over 21" feat and hopefully they will have the blue and gold flying through the air in the long jump. TWO-MILE RELAY FLASHBACK - Middle distance runner Chris Jackson will be tough in the 800 meters, which should make the Cape two-mile relay interesting with the team of Jackson, brother Matt Jackson, Chris Kniepp, and Robert Walsh. Cape should be tough to beat this season in this event, which is al- ways a favorite among distance runners and has held a fine tradition at Cape Hen- lopen. In 1985, I teamed with Tony Horsey, James Boyer and Swedish JACKSON exchange stu- dent Axel Swablad as we made the Penn Relay two-mile relay. The good news was that we turned in a season best of 8:12, while the bad news was that we finished dead last in the race. This was the last Cape team to break 8:20 and this year there should be another. A tough Cape two-mile record is held by James Johnson, Hank Stack, IGA's Dar- ren Purcell and Danny Harmon from 1982 in 7:57.5. Good Luck in the two-mile relay, Vikings! UPCOMING EVENTS - Sun- day, April 2, will be the April Fools' Day Run & Walk begin- ning at 10 a.m. from Cape Hen- lopen State Park in Lewes. Sun- day, April 9, will be the ALA Clean Air Challenge 5K and Re- lays beginning at 10 a.m. at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. Saturday, April 22, will be the Lewes Physical Therapy 5K and 1 mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. from the Lewes Physical Therapy Office on Savannah Road in Lewes. Contact the Striders for more race information at 947- 1772 or visit < seashorestriders>. Jenna Pavlik hopes to repeat at national wrestling championship By Dave Frederick Jenna Pavlik is the style of ath- lete everyone wants for a team- mate. She's tough as nails, offers no excuses, needs no praise and will do whatever "dirty work" it takes to bring home the victory. She is quiet but extremely aware with a great sense of humor. Jen- na has life's big picture in clear perspective, which can be scary for girls who meet her on the wrestling mat. Last Saturday, March 18, Jenna caught the first couple of innings for the Cape softball team against Caesar Rodney until Julie Parseghian arrived from all-star basketball festivities. Then Jenna moved to the hot corner at third base. Jenna banged out a couple of hits during the nine-inning scrimmage and then jumped in the family Suburban with her parents along with younger siblings Rye- lan, 8, Logan, 6, and Bre, 5, for the eight-hour drive to Baten, Pa. for the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championships. Sunday afternoon both of Jcn- na's opponents in the heavyweight division slept on the floor as the defending tournament champion recorded two second period pins. "I caught the second girl in a merkle, meaning I put my inside leg around hers and just rolled her through to her back," Jenna said. The Pavlik clan returned to Lewes by 10:30 p.m. and Jenna was back in school early the next morning, carrying herself with the usual quiet class. "This weekend it's off to Michi- gan for the National Scholastic Championships," Jenna said. "Last year 500 girls competed. They create the weight classes when you get there. I hope to wrestle in the 149-pound divi- sion." Jenna is a defending na- tional champion but you have to pull that information out of her. She will leave for Michigan Fri- day morning with her parents. The little beaners will stay home this trip. Older sister Cole will get help babysit with help from her aunts. Jenna may have the easier weekend.