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Tim Bamforth 82, CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 Firecracker 5K breaksrecord with 285 runners Former Cape Runner Sonja Friend,Uhl sets new course record The annual Firecracker 5k has turned into a record breaking af- fair for the Seashore Strider Rac- ing Series as a crowd of 285 run- ners and I0 walkers took offdown Henlopen Avenue last Saturday morning. Last year's Firecracker attracted a then record turno.ut of 240 runners, while this year's record was a surprise after a low pre-registration of only 65 people. "The total turnout is usually triple the pre-registered number so we were thinking in the area of 195 runners," said Rich Tikiob at the registration table. "But we ended up registering a record 220 people in less than an hour which is pretty amazing if you think about the duties of exchanging money, filling out race numbers, and taking care of the T-shirts. Peggy and Leo Strine of Mellon Bank, as well as Joe LoBiondo, really made the registration of that many people possible." Oncethe gun was fired, the elite runners went quickly to the front as the race turned into a two maff affair with three-time series win- ner Alex Taylor and Jay Johns of Virginia Tech cruising through the opening mile in five minutes flat. Johns picked it up the second as Taylor stayed on his heels through two miles in 9:51, before pulling away back down Henlopen to just miss the course record in 15:27.7. Taylor took second in 15:57, while 20-24 champ Aryh Davis was third in 16:42. Fourth place went to Dante Ciolfi of the Wash- ington D.C. area in 16:593 which captured the Male Master Cham- pionship. "I race all over the Washington area and have been to a lot of places and this is the finest 5K that I've been to in quite a while," said Ciolfi, who was surprised that re- sults werecompleted and the award ceremony was done by 10 a.m., only an hour-and-a-half after the start of the event. The records were not over yet, as former local runner and Cape Henlopen State 800m Champion Sonja Friend-Uhl, now co.rig for Team Asics, finished seventh overall to win the Women's Championship in a new Grove Park course record and Seashore Strider Series Record of 17:03.0. "It's great to come back home and see everyone,' said Sonja. "I always try to run in a few races while I'm here and everyone is al- ways so nice to me." Kelly Le Bare finished 26th in another good time of 18:41 to take second, while Deborah Barnett was 30th overall in third in 19:18. Johanna Stumpf rounded out the top four in 38th place in a time of 19:52. The fastest time of the summer was also turned in in the Female RUNNING Master Division as Margaret Bryant finished 58th overall in a good time of 20:36. Special thanks go out to Brent Ayer, Joe D'Amico, Jeremy Boyd for their early morning help. Results Firecracker 5k Run Rehoboth Beach, De 285 runners 10 walkers Overall Champions: Male: Jay Johns, 1, 15:27.7 Female: Sonja Friend-UM, 7, 17:03.0 Master Champions: Male: Dante Ciolfi, 4, 16:59.3 Female: Margaret Bryant, 58, 20:36.2 9 & Under: 1. P.J. Melendez, 113, 23:05; 2. Curtis Constant, 246, 29:55; 3. Steven War- shatter, 251, 30:17 I. Bethany Pavlik, 122, 23:31; 2. Katie Sheehan, 283, 44:02 10-13: 1. Matt Riggin, 54, 20:31; 2. John Hearn, 62, 20:46; 3. Daniel Caywood, 81, 21:50 1. Tiffany Melendez, 99, 22:23; 2. Kel- ly Wolff, 179, 25:24 14-19: 1. Alex Taylor, 2, 15:57; 2. Brian Mur- phy, 13:, 17:41J; 3. Mark Jones, 29, 19:16 |. Johanna Stumpf, 38, 19:52; 2. Ellen Watts, 60, 20:43; 3. Korin Miller; 65, 20:56 20-24: 1. Aryn Davis, 3, 16:42; 2. Byron 12 Bare, 5, 17:01; 3. Ray Rodriguez, 16, 17:51 l..Chasity Ralney, 154, 24:31; 2. Mag- gie Bintz, 172, 25:11; 3. Paula Gambacor- ja, 187, 25:50 25-29: 1. Eric Payne, 10, 17:27; 2. Jerry Jellig, 14, 17:43; 3. Brad Uhl, 31, 19:21 1. Kelly Le Bare, 26, 18:41; 2. Jennifer Gmeiner, 67, 21:21; 3. Wendy Ramsey, 140, 23:54 30-34: I. Mark Spontak, 6, !7:02; 2. Matt Mee- han, 8, 17:18; 3. Trey Jammes, 11, 17:3 8 I. Debbie Vanerlxl, 46, 20:03; 2. Kim Weinberg, 51, 20:20 3. Lynn Kovich, 114, 23:10 35-39: 1. Jim Griffith, 9, 17:21; 2. Reuben King, 19, 18:07; 3. Chris Mobbs, 20, 18:12 1. Deborah Barnett, 30, 19:18; 2. Joanne Merlo, 78, 21:44; 3. Jacklyn Kee- ley, 90, 21:59 40-44: 1. Paul Dawson, 12, 17:40; 2. Kevin Loveland, 21, 18:22; 3. Michael Clarke, 22, 18:27 1. Arleen LaPorte, 117, 23:13; 2. Doris Hicks, 135, 23:47 3.Joanne Conaty, 158, 24:40 45-49: 1. Eric Gyaki, 24, 18:30; 2.'Jeel Zipp, 56, 20:33; 3. Dave Evans, 59, 20:40 1. Patrice Wolff, 88, 21:57; 2. Nancy I2 Bare, 180, 25:26; 3. Mary Moltz, 189, 26:04 50-54: 1. Reuben Beauchamp, 18, 17:54; 2. Richard Broad, 45, 20:02; 3. Sonny Lear),, '50,20:16 " 1. Sharyn Slick, 93, 22:05; 2. Phyllis Martin, 284, 49:20 55 - 59: 1. Lou David, 94, 22:06; 2.-Paul Kiefer, 107, 22:45; 3. Tom Brown, 127, 23:42 1. Mary Anne Bullock, 157, 24:38; 2. Sally Lambert, 230, 28:17; 3. Pat David, 236, 28:44 60.64: 1. Ron Baunchalk, 91, 22:00; 2. Jim Lyons, 139, 23:51; 3. Charles McKown, 143, 24:06 1. Jane Jammes, 126, 23:41; 2. Zoe Yannakakis, 261, 31:36 65 - 69: 1. George Yannakakis, 57, 20:34; 2. Rex Enos, 123, 23:32 70 & over: 1. Gene Schneider, 254, 30:24 Top Five Walkers: 1. Alice Glaser; 2. Jared Dulin; 3. Erica Dulin; 4. Suzanne Pappas; 5. Pat Jones RECREATION BIATHLON ATTRACTS 76 PARTICI- PANTS- The Rehoboth Recre- ation Department held its tradi- tional swim/run hiathlon on the boards at the RBP Headquarters last Sunday morning under calm ocean conditions and well before the traffic flow arrived. Keith Boettiger easily won the Men's Overall Title by more than two minutes on the field in a time of 28:00 for third place. The first two positions belonged to team competitors as Bill Hick- man came out of the water in 9:16 to record the fastest male swim and give teammate Sonja Friend- Uhl a ten second cushion in the Male/Female Category. Ten sec- onds proved to be too small of a lead as swimmer Jason McKay emerged quickly and sent Florida State/Dover High runner Troy Bockius on the chase of his friend Friend-Uhl. The two remained side by Side most of the way, before Bockius pulled away to win in a total time of 26:52. The Hickman/Friend- Ulh team finished second in 27:14. RBP guard Sandy Kaupang de- fended her title in 33:27 for 15th place overall, while one of the highlights of the morning was watching several youngsters in the Youth Division take part in the ac- tion. Results" Rehoboth Recreation Biathlon Rehoboth Beach, De 76 finishers Overall Champions: Male: Keith Boettiger, 3, 28:00 Female: Sandy Kaupang, 15, 33:27 Master Champions: Dave Frederick photo Members of the Seashore Striders who competed in the Re- hoboth Biathlon are shown here. Standing are Jen Hicks, Coach Bamforth, Gina D'Amico and Taylor Donohue. Seated (l-r) are Danielle Renken, Lauren Burtch, Kelsey Spence, Brennen Killeen, Clare.Nowakoski, and Betsy Hicks. Male: Nick Pomponio, 6, 3"0:25 Female: Leslie Bartnshesky, 41, 37:15 19 & under: 1. Mark Jones, 56, 41:53; 2. Rohbie Jimenez, 57, 42:18; 3. Brad Pierce, 64, 45:15 1. Jen Hicks, 31, 35:23 20-29: 1. John Fedena, 10, 32:09; 2. Garret Glennan, 17, 33:36; 3. Chris Zimmer, 19, 34:13 1. Erika Schroeder, 24, 34:36; 2. Mag- gie Bintz, 40, 37:10; 3. Julie Lau- denslager, 45, 38:38 30-39: 1. Craig Jones, 5, 30:24; 2. Randy Stone, 7, 31:21; 3. Patrick Martinez, 8, 31:27 1. Ann Howard, 22, 34:32; 2. Sue We- ber, 50, 40:05; 3. Sharon Hestvik, 61, 43:52 40-49: 1. Todd Phillips, 14, 33:25; 2. Michael Clark, 18, 33:53; 3. Dick Hiedenberger, 20, 34:19 1. Linda Znckerman, 54, 41:24; 2. Mar- garet Bryafit, 59, 42:56; 3. Patti Holden, 66, 45:25 50-59: 1. John Hanrahan, 62, 44:25 Male-Male Division: 1. Troy Bockius/Jason McKay, 1, 26:52; 2. Shimko/Williams, 4, 29:59; 3. Rubin/Peter Tracey, 12, 33:t6 Female-Female Division: 1. Schroeder/McHenry, 21, 34:24; 2. Burtch/Hynes, 42, 37:18; 3. Stephanie Doyle/Jodi Moore, 47, 39:17 Male-Female Division: 1. Bill Hickman/Sonja'Eriend-Uhl, 2, 27:14; 2. Paul Turner/Nancy Turner, 28, 35:05; 3. Danielle Renken/Taylor Dono- hue, 30, 35:07 Youth Division: 1. Christine Lindemer/Gina D'Amico, 48, 39:25; 2. Betsy Hicks/Clare Nowakowski, 53, 40:43; 3. Burtch/Bren- nen Killeen, 60, 43:56; 4. Kelsey Spence/Iura Olenderski, 72, 47:05 Fastest Male Swim: Bill Hickmn- 9:16 Fastest Female Swim: Erika Schroed- er-10:08 Mellon Bank 5K run & 1 mile walk- The second annual Mellon Bank 5K Run and 1 mile walk will take off from Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes beginning at 8:30 a.m. The proceeds will go to the Rehoboth Beach Little League. Awards will be presented to the first male and female finish- ers, the first master male and fe- male finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each of the five year age groups. Several of my race partners joked that they would like to run in the opposite direction this weekend and finish at the hospital so I could take part in the event as I await "the new addition." I told them if mother nature calls, I'll be there in spirit, but make it happen without me and I'll catch up to them on the next race! Over & still waiting.,. Michael Short photo RBCC holds member-member tourney The Rehoboth Beach County Club held its annual member-member tournament on Wednes- day, June 25. The golfers played well and tie scores forced a double playoff to determine the final winners. Shown from (l-r) are third low net winners doanne Thompson and Anne Lynam, low net wimaers Marge Steiner and Linda Welch, low gross winners Shirley Conley and Gayle Truitt and second low net winners Ellen Lawther and Corinne Sommer.