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Riggin leads Striders at Seaford; April Fool's run,. walk Saturday Twelve year old seventh grader Matt Riggin ran the best road race of his young career by turning in a personal best time of 19:56 to lead a small group of Seashore Striders at last weekend's First Annual slrIDES of MARCH 5K and one mile walk. The event was the kick-off event for a new Western Sussex Running Club calling themselves the "Slower Sussex Harriers" and it attracted a sur- prisingly good field of 109 run- hers and a handful of walkers. "I'm very pleased with the turn- out and I think we have the club going in the right direction," said one of the organizers Woody Disharoon. Riggin, a three-time national cross country qualifier, ran his opening mile in a personal record of 6:03 and hit the two mile mark- er in a split of 12:38. "I knew I was running faster than normal when I was running beside people who always are ahead of me," said Riggin. "I'm glad I finally got under the twenty minute mark, because now I can stop worrying about it and just concentrate on training." Riggin hit the three mile mark in 19:17 and finished up in eigh- teenth place overall in his new PR of 19:56 which was good enough for top prize in the 10-13 boys age group. The Striders also grabbed the top prize in the 10-13 girls group as Brittany Morris was the third female overall in a time of 21:46. Evan Mock, 9, finished first in the 9 & under boys with a 22:18, while third grader P.J. Melendez was second in 23:19. Eleven year old Tiffany Melendez was close behind in 23:21 and second among the 10-13 girls, while Gina D'Amico also competed to take lOOth place. The event had a five person team competition for high school runners which was won by Seaford. The Striders, made up of mostly elementary/junior high athletes, competed as "Cape H.S." and took second place, while Lau- tel took third place. One of the best aspects of the race, besides the weather, was the unique custom-etched glass awards that were presented cour- tesy of Phillips Signs, along with the three color T-shirt designed by runner Adam Palmer. The Western Club did an out- standing job at their opening event and I know when I put on any one of my 40 events a year I always wonder if participants have a good time. I think the Strides of March gave everyone a good time and I'm sure they will all be back next year to offer their support. Cape track and field The Cape track teams opened their dual meet seasons on Tues- day afternoon at home against Polytech High School with the Cape girls winning easy by a score of 90-47, while Coach Ed Waples and his boys dropped their first meet to the visiting Panthers. Individually for the Vikings, Jes- sica Witherspoon and Alexia Oe k phete Cape's Carol Ann Dulln (1) toes the line for the start of one of the relays run against Polytech Tuesday afternoon at Cap The Cape girls won the meet. Waples led Cape with 16.25 points apiece, while senior Kai Maull was top scorer for the boys. Cape traveled to Milford yester- day (March 27) for an away meet against the Bucs. Cape Girls Fwst Place finishers, courtesy of the News Journal, ate as follows: 4x800m relay- Carol Ann Dulin, Leslie Kroon, Katie Ban- dekow, Danielle Guerin- 11:49.6 100m- Alexia Waples- 12.8 4x200m relay- Jessica Wither- spoon, Tameka Nelson, Rosie Stewart, Tracy Duffy- 1:59.4 4xl00m relay- Tracy Duffy, Micheya Brown, Jen Maull, Alex- ia Waples- 57.1 400m- Jessica Witherspoon- 1:06.1 3001h- Alexia Waples- 52.8 200m- Alexia Waples- 27.8 3200m- Leslie Kroon- 14:07.0 4x400m relay- Tracy Duffy, Danielle Guerin, Katie Ban- dekow, Rosie Stewart- 4:51.0 long jump- Jessica Wither- spoon- 13'7" triple jump- Natasha Jones- 31'4" high jump- Jessica Wither- spoon- 4'8" shot- Jaime Witherspoon- 31'9" discus- Julie Jackson- 83'4.5" SPLITS...The first annual Rob- by Dickson Spring Walks were held last Sunday morning at Cape Henlopen High School with a fine turnout of 104 walkers and jog- gets showing up for a great cause. Cape Dislrict employee Micbelle Dickson lost her husband, Robby, last fall from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 9. Walkers had their choice between a 3K, 5K, or a IOK distance and after some brief introductions, Michelle and the starting gun had good people for agoed cause off on their way. Special thanks to organizer Dave Frederick, head custodian Rouson Burton of Cape, Atlantic Lithe, Lewes Dairy, Wawa Market who donated the refreshments, D.B. Screen Print- ing and Dicky Messick (who I called at 8:50 a.m. and he had three dozen more T-shirts to me by the time the lflK walkers hit the finish line. Now that's good o1' Sussex County service!), and several great volunteers who turned out to make it a successful event. The event raised close to $1000 to help Michelle out, and this annual event will honor his memory and in the future help someone in need who "stands up to the struggle."...This Saturday, March 29 will kick off the spring running season with the third an- nual April Fool's Day Run & Walk which will be held at Cape Henlopen State Park beginning at 9 a.m. The state park will be the place to be this weekend as the an- nual Kite Festival will kick off the weekend on Friday. The course is designed for people who want to CAPE  Friday, Marck28-Apr/! 84997-. 75 have fun and forget about their race time, while those who are concerned with their time should just sleep in. The course is adver- tised to be between two and four miles, which is going to end up closer to four. The course will be- gin on the road and move onto grass, trail, sand, and finally bike path with some turns and the Lewes lonely hill somewhere in between. Last year I pre-regis- tered only 10 people and ended up with a field of 75, while this year's pre-registration is well into the forties with a crowd of 100- 120 expected. Friday fly a kite, and Saturday start your day off Where Rehoboth Ave. & lit. One meet. Open Men. - Sat. 10-5 - Sun. 1,-5 - Wed. 107 (302) 227-1614 --- Jim Davis --- SMALL ENGINE REPAIR Pick Up 8 Delivery Available PARTS & SERVICE FOR ALL MAKES & MODELS LAWNMOWERS- SMALL ENGINES Bfiggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, Kohler, AYP Murray, MTD, Honda and More Servicing the Lewes, Rehoboth, Angola & Milton areas. FACTORY TRAINED TECHNICIANS 299 Highway One (Next to Antique Village) Lewes, Delaware (302) 645-6043