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orts & Outcloors Cape FRIDAY, APRIL 11 - MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 91 Cape boys' track racing toward reality after win over Polytech Vikings, Dover, CR bring undefeated records into April 15 showdown By Dave Frederick The Cape Henlopen boys' track team is running toward reality after another easy win, 99-42 over visiting Polytech. The Vikings have another "run over" against Sussex Central before heading into the Keith Burgess Invitational Saturday, April 12, followed by a Tuesday, April 15 tri-meet at Dover versus the Sen- ators and Caesar Rodney. That will be a meet where all three boys' teams go in undefeated. Pole vaulter Sam Young has emerged as a pretty good hurdler, winning the n0-meter highs in 16.9 and 300m intermediates in 43.3. Tyreik Burton won the 100m in 11.2 and 200m in 23.4 and ran on both winning relays, the 400 and 800. Austin MacElrevey won the 1,600 in 4:56.0 and 3,200 in 11:16.0. Continued on page 97 DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS SOLOMON COX, left, with a host of relatives cheering him on, can't get any home cooking as the 800-meter race goes to Keith Obiero of Polytech in 2:13. Tyra Weatherly hands off 400-meter relay. to Anshe Boyer on anchor as Cape wins the Stephen Anderson wins the 400 me- ters, leading post to paddock. Meghan Hart clears 5 feet to win the high jump. Power grid starting to light up in scholastic spring sports onfused by comparisons - I'm talking all e spring sports - it is hard to separate the good from the bad and the ugly. There are teams with fat records; all they do is beat up the team in front of them. The problem is, the teams in their crosshairs are not very good. Most legitimate top-tier teams ignore all this fire down below and just wait for the state tournament where it will all be sorted out. What's the expres- :sion ? "Put the women and chil- l dren to bed and let's go looking for dinner; let the paramedics sort it out" (from the movie "The Program"). Tighten up- Websites4sports is the online clearinghouse for reported scores and roster numbers and archival informa- tion so guys like me have a clue how a team has been doing and can actually identify players in photos by their numbers. Schools with athletic programs below the waterline generally don't do a good job hyping their own athletes. I mean seriously, what good is a roster without numbers, Sussex Central? There are other schools you never hear from if they lose, but after a home win they are all about the hype. Yes, I could bust out on quite a few schools for their lazy approach to to support- ing their own athletes, so how about climbing out of the golf cart and doing some work? UConn connections- Cape jump coach Ellis Gaulden played wideout for the Huskies and was Big East high jump cham- pion, clearing 7 feet. Paul McDowell, the older brother of Cape's Dave McDowell and a high school teammate of mine, was the comptroller there, the money guy. Tony Zigman, for- mer four-sport athlete at Cape, played football for the Wildcats in the mid-1980s. Double down - When I inher- ited the boys' track program at Cape, I looked at all the com- peting sports and said, "OK, so in other words, I get all the black athletes." That was a good nucleus and place to start. Got to make plays- Cape baseball is pretty good; it's a team that should sail above the waterline, but like all teams opening the season with one foot in a bucket of wet cement, they are blowing routine plays, which is easy to say for those of us who don't have to make them. You can play 100 travel games a summer, but when the ball comes offthe bat, can you pick it or go get it, then throw it on the long hope to the right base? New uniforms- Men's Wear- house insertion for me Monday DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS ANDRE FLOWERS shows his track teammate Pete Lescovac his financial aid package offered by the University of Delaware. got some new uniforms for up- coming banquets and even got some brown shoes from New Balance with a capital N on the side because I'm a white-sock- wearing athlete to the night I die, which most likely will be at a microphone in front of an audience with vibrating pock- ets. But no matter, my name was on a poster at Lloyd's IGA, and for a local live guy there is no higher honor. Andre Flowers- I saw Cape athlete Andre Flowers at a track meet Tuesday, and at first I Continued on page 96 "Who is this?" Bubba from State Farm and his owner Mark Penuel at Cape soccer game. Bubba is a Ducks Unlimited auction puppy, and Mark runs a State Farm office.