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Sports & Outdoors » LACROSSE: Cape boys crank the rock in 18-4 win over Polytech P109 Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 107 A in’t that tough enough? - Runner Holly Wilson Smith is gracious and loquacious, smiles at the beginning of a marathon, and three hours later, Holly girl is still smiling. On April 23, she conquered the Coastal Dela- ware Running Festival marathon in 3:10:24, which is a 7:17 per mile pace for 26 miles. I remem- ber Holly when she ran for Lake Forest and coach Jim Blades. Her marathon finish came on her 32nd birthday. A smart, low- mileage runner, Holly is part of the local running community, but she doesn’t go out and run 50 races a year. In fact, I rarely see her racing or out on training runs. But you don’t just get up from the breakfast table and run a 3:10 marathon, or maybe she doesn’t eat breakfast? The rarity of clarity - I am a tribal elder and longtime sports columnist inside a tight commu- nity where, like the bar Cheers, “everybody knows your name.” The words you read have been filtered through my own editing process as I ask myself, “Is this a good idea? I don’t want to of- fend anyone unless it’s inten- tional.” And trust me, there have been some paragraphs I wished I could pull back because they just landed awkwardly and of- fended a segment of sensitive society. People have called radio personalities - Dan Gaffney - calling for my Fred Head. In those few instances, Dan called me on the phone, usually 6 a.m. as I was on my way to teach, and asked me to go on the air. I always did because, like a Philly Boy doing the Watusi, I am good on my feet. My position is always, I stand behind nothing I wrote but rather I stand in front and own it. If you turn tail and run, the little yappy dogs give chase and nip at your ankles.  You got to get inside - Sports is competitive, and sportsmanship is often at times elusive. I went from coach to sports journalist because I didn’t like the feeling of be- ing competitive all the time. I wanted to crawl inside the belly of the beast to see other teams from the inside out. When the mission is always to beat your opponent or inflict a beat-down, the reflective postgame - appre- ciate the journey communion of souls in a hand-joining prayer circle - is replaced by the hand- slapping “good game, good game.” Caesar Rodney brought some Unified Athletes to the tri-meet at Cape April 26 and I thought, “Great idea. Get the uniform, ride the bus and run the race,” and hopefully have a ride home when you get back to school. Joy is easily read on the faces of all the kids we just help along. Jump Street - I walked the Cape track April 26, 42 years af- ter I first did the coach Fredman walk. I have been honored with a Legends Stadium plaque and Delaware Track Hall of Fame induction, all of which counts as a story, but we all have a story. I watched Ellis Gaulden rake the long jump pit and said, “Hey, Ellis, let me write your Holly Wilson Smith runs a 3:10 marathon gliding and smiling all the way Dave Frederick » PEOPLE IN SPORTS DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS HOLLY WILSON SMITH one mile from a 3:10 marathon. Ellis Gaulden is a former Big East champion in high jump, logging 7-feet while competing for UConn. Continued on page 109 By Dave Frederick The Coastal Delaware Running Festival offered a 5K, 9K, and half and full marathons. The two-day event clocked in 2,834 finishers April 22-23, all with a common finish at Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach. It was a high-tech, every- body-gets-a-medal, positive reinforcement digital endeavor. Runners’ official time pinged on their cellphone before they got back to the cars. There was also a Challenge Run category for anyone who ran the 5K Saturday then one of the three Sunday races. Challenge runners got a heavier medal, which they paid for in cash and calories. The 5K was won by Kameron Hatfield, 25, of Milford in 17:25. Stacy Pond, 29, of Milan, Pa., was the first female in 20:49. The 9K overall winner was Evan Fuller, 25, from Caldwell, N.J., who ran 32:33. Michelle Pop- piti, 32, of Wilmington was the first female in 40:21. The half marathon winner was Chris Brennan, 26, of Reading, Pa., in 1:19:10. Jenny Swiderski, 30, was the first woman to cross in the half marathon, running 1:31:09. The signature event was the full marathon. It left from Tower Road Bayside and went all the way to Lewes using the Junction and Breakwater Trail system. It was won by Jossi Fritz-Mauer, 32, from Westport, Conn., in 2:52:53. CoDel Running Festival is a happening of happy feet Four races over two days attract 2,834 finishers DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS MARATHON WINNER JOSSI FRITZ-MAUER (2:52:53) is smooth at two miles as he crosses the Silver Lake bridge. Melissa Platt finishes the half marathon in 2:22:38. Marathon women’s winner Mary Schneider (2:59:31) runs with Tyler Gehrs (2:57). Continued on page 114