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CAPE , ]Prlday, July 11 -July 17, 1997- 79 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Boettiger, Kaupang win Rehoboth Beach Biathlon By Dave Frederick A Miami Hurricane nicknamed "Eel" that "swims like a fish" was the first (fish) out of the water at last Sunday's Rehoboth Beach Biathlon. Bill Hickrnan slapped the hand of relay partner and elite runner Sonja Friend,Uhl of team Asics as Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Jate Walsh, who was playing human shower head by spraying swimmers with a hose, laughed and said,. "Nobody's going to beat them." But Jason McKay, who goes by the nickname "Bread Truck" because he always delivers, was quickly on theboards behind RBP comrade Hickman, handing off to former Dover High State Champ and Florida State runner Troy Bockius of RBP, who avenged a sneak attack kick by Friend in last year's race to bring home the vic- tory. "She was bumping and beating on me out there," Bockius joked to Sonja. "It was fun," Sonja said. "I won the Firecracker 5K Saturday morning and decided to run the Biathlon the next day. "It's always great to come home and see so many friends." From homes to homeless emerges Bionic Keith Boettiger who was the Overall Men's win- ner cruising the hot blacktop roads in his black Speedo and placing third overall in 28:00. "I'm a nurse for Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore," Boettiger said. The 27 year old former 1:49 Baylor half-miler also spent two years with the Peace Corps in the west African country of Senegal. 'Tve had a bad knee," Boettiger said. "I only run about 10 miles a week. I mostly bike and swim and cross train for triathlons." Gina D'Amico (1) and Christina Lindemer won the 11 year old age group in the Rehoboth Biathlon. Competitors in the Rehoboth RBP's Sandy Kaupang defend- ed her title with another .win among women kith a 15th place finish in 33:27. K'aupang, who won last year's race in 33:40, also plays summer soccer for Arena's and spent the last year in North Carolina studying to become an EMT. The new Youth Team Division Was won by 11 year old athletes swimmer Christina Lindemer and runner Gina D'Amico who topped three other young teams in the race. "I was kicked all over and pulled on," said Lindemer who Dave Frederick photo Beach Biathlon enter the surf at the start of the July 6 race. swims for the Lewes Yacht Club and YMCA swim teams. "I just kept trying to get around people I knew." Age group winners Ann Howard 30-39 and Todd Phillips 40-49 were "fixed up" at Biathlon two years ago as Phillips was compet- ing in the Biathlon for the seventh straight year "I'm more of a swimmer," Howard said. "Every year I do the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay swim." Nick Pomponio, a 45 ,ear old triathlete whose daughter Bridgett is a rookie on the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, was the Male Masters Champion in 30:25, vhile Leslie Bartosheski won the Women's Master's Division in 37:15. "My little guys did a great job," said Seashore Strider coach Tim Bamforth. "I was a little nervous having nine year olds competing with all those big, strong athletes in the ocean. Combined with the race on Saturday I think we handled close to 400 athletes in two days. Tonight I think I'll just relax and watch the fireworks." Now that's another story! Vietnam vet uses Cape trails to sooth mortar wound WALKING WATTS- house shower? A Sdapwith "Cheap motel?'Cheap motel?" sent me a news item about the you've spent any time at Cape Henlopen State Park over the last five years you,ve-seen tall and lean Ernie Watts, 66 years old, walking the trails and the roads. Ernie has that Apocalypse Now hard core military look which was earned from three tours of duty in Vietnam as a first class sergeant assigned to a WATTS Vietnamese Battalion. "I was the only Ameri- can in the whole battalion," Emie said "I was the only person antho- Tized to call in air strikes. I was injured by a mortar concussion that exploded ten feet from me and sent me flying. The doctor said walking would be good for my lower back which was injured in the blast." Ernie has been walking If Dave Frederick six to eight miles a day over the last five years. "I volunteer three days a week at Beebe Hospital which also involves a lot of walk- ing," he said. Ernie retired from the military after 27 years, spend- ing his last five in Saudi Arabia. "I was with Bendix Air Traffic Con- trol and just passed the age limit for the job," he said. Somewhere in there is a flying camel joke. What do you cl a camel in a jail Camel. HOT TIME IN THE CITY- Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest's Saturday Night Live skit I0 years ago playing two aging baseball players from the Old Negro League recalled the promo- tional Smelt Night held in the mid- dle of the summer. "When it's hot and you hear someone speaking in a foreign accent, somehow it just seems hotter," Crystal said. Last Monday at high noon I was walk- ing under the green pari-ot perches adjacent to Silver Lake and it was so hot one of the parrots said, "Skip the cracker, I'll take a mar- garita." An old American car with a faded paint job and tailpipe held up by a coat hanger stopped next to me. I could tell the couple were poor because they had no air con- ditioning and there were three bas- kets of dirty laundry in the back seat. I wasn't sure of the language but I'm. Jure Oliver North would have been able to translate. "Hey, you ain't so svelte yourself, " I wanted to respond. "Cheap motel?" "Hey Pepsi, Pepsi, cheap cheap cheap," I said, recalling another SNL skit. "Try inland away from the sea. Preferably a place ending in boro and begin- ning in gum." Boro de Gum. DRUG RUNNER- Sonja Friend doesn't know where she'll be living this fall because her hus- band, Brad, a 6' 4" 220 pound for- mer middle linebacker for William & Mary is leaviaag his job as a Pittsburgh policeman having been accepted into the Drug Enforce- ment Agency (DEA). "I may be running through the jungles of a foreign country," Sonja said. What's the most dangerous job in the country of Columbia? Full- back on the World Cup soccer team. Being frequently chased is still the best reason to take up the sport of running. " CARRY-ME BAD- Former Sallies lineman Mike Gallager World Wife Carrying Champi- onship held in Helsinki, Finland, the country that invented blood doping. "Your cholesterol's fine but you're a real dope.Lossie." Jouni carried wife Tina, a 99 pounder, over a 278 yard obstacle course in 65 seconds. Big deal? My wife's been carrying a 250 pounder over an obstacle course with more hazards than Martin Swamp Road for 28 years. Speak- ing of heavy breathing. Ring! Ring "Hello." Heavy breathing. "Hahh. whooo hahh whooo." "Just a minute please. Susan! Phone's for you." SNEAK ATTACK- The National Lifeguard Association Championships will be held next week in San Diego, the city whose chicken is more famous than Del- marva's Frank Perdue. (Haven't seen Frank's beak much lately) Los Angeles County has had a vir- tual strangle-hold, headlock and Chinese wizzer (use the inside Continued on page 80