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. c G, .?; tO- kat ;  &apos; Petitt searches :for sponsors Runner to compete in world biathlon By Steve Hoenigmann Steve Petitt's name always makes the headlines in resort newspapers during the summer time. No, it isn't for breaking any of the thousands of laws in Dewey Beach or lacking a parking permit on the second blocks of Maryland and Olive Avenues in Rehoboth Beach. The 33-year-old Salisbury, Md. native is better known for his ath- letic ability - mainly running - be- cause you'll find him out in front of the pack in most 5K road races sponsored by the Seashore Strid- ers each summer. On top of that, Petitt, a rookie member of the Re- hoboth Beach Patrol this year, al- so won the rookie competition several weeks ago - topping a number of other rookie guards quite a few years younger than he. In a couple of months - Nov. 20 to be exact  Petitt hope s to be in Tasmania, a small island southeast of the Australian mainland where he will be competing against ath- letes from all over the world in the World Biathlon championships. While training for the biathlon in-Australia, Petitt also hopes to qualify for the World Short Course Triathlon to be held around the same time in New Zealand. He can do that if he can some international notoriety. "A lot of the athletes competing in the world competitions have big-name sponsors," said Petitt. "I don't, but I'm hoping I will find some before I have to leave here to go back to college." Petitt is no stranger when it comes to biathions (swim-run) or triathlons (swim-bike-run). He first started competing back in 1987 and by 1989 had earned himself a top 10 rating in world biathlons. He's participated in the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii for three years in 1989, 1990 and 1992 and finished in the top 100 each time. Locally, Petitt compet- ed in the annual Rehoboth Beach Independence Biathlon held July 4 and topped the field in a time of 26:27. And more recently, he was third overall (he won his age group 30-34) in the July 17 Homeless Biathlon in Wilmington where he was outdistanced by Troy Jacobson and George Alteri - two biathletes also heading for Australia in November. His athletic roots go all the way back to high school. A graduate of Parkside High in Salisbury, Md., Petitt attended junior college in Virginia before landing a full baseball scholarship to Florida In- ternational University in Miami. He then transferred to Flagler Col- lege in St. Augustine, Fla. and in 1984 was drafted by the Major League Cardinals and played for three minor league teams in Sa- vannah, Ga:, Little Rock, Ark. and CORN! CORN! CORN! |VEET WHITE CORN PICKEI) FRESH DMLr ~ SILVER QUEEN ~ qualify in a short course triathlon St. Petersburg, Fla. In 1987 he (one mile swim, 25-mile bike ride fractured his pitching arm and "it and 10K run) scheduled Aug. 14 never got right after that," said Pe- in Columbia, Md., titt of the injury which ended his That said, there s just one road- pro baseball career. block to Petitt's goal. He needs to He turned his attention back to raise about $3,000 and is search- college and back to Flagler where ing for some local sponsors to he's now working on a master's help defray his costs, as well as let degree in exercise physiology, as him provide those sponsors with well as serving pitching coach and The Inn That Was In Before Inns Were In THE CORNER CUPBOARD INN Serving Breakfast and Dinner on Tree Shaded Porches and Patios Featuring Scotty on Piano Saturday Evening and Scotty and Phil for Sunday Brunch Celebrating 50 Park Avenue Sunday Brunch Rehobolh Beach, DE 9 a.m. our 302-227-8553 to 60th Season ! p.m. strength and conditioning advisor for the baseball team. Flagler re- cently named him head coach of the cross country team. a job he begins this fall. In addition to all those activities, he presented a baseball camp this summer in Millsboro. "I've always been into running and swimming, and I can thank my dad, genetically, for that," said Petitt. "Athletics has always been a big part of my life." In preparing for the November biathlon, Petitt can be seen pedal- ing a bike around Rehoboth Beach. He logs about 100 to 125 miles a week on the bike, and runs three to four miles on the beach each day - sometimes with an old tire dragging behind him to give him the effect of running hills. It's a good thing, because Tasma- nia is considered the smallest, wettest and most mountainous state of Australia. Petitt will be headingback to Florida in about two weeks, so he's out hustling for sponsors from the Cape region before he leaves. "It's hard trying to get sponsors at the last minute, but I hope there's a bike shop or fitness club out their willing to lend a name and get a little notoriety." If there are some prospective sponsors out there, call Petitt at the lifeguard shack at 227-2280. Rehoboth lifeguard Steve Petitt will head to Austrailia this November to compete in a world biathlon. BOZIE'S PRODUCE '-' Premium Picks '-" Sweet local peaches fresh from the orchardl Best of the season - ripe red tomatoesl Produce" Fine Produce For Fine People 9 to 6 Daily. 227- 6370" Highway One, Dewey Beach Sussex -.ti, j 302-645-2040 .[.o=,, __O_, t .- <" !r' '->"w'ffi 't",'! I ', __! "'7! ,  ".'**',!l'b!l Ill Over 1,700 sq. ft. of!iving area in this new home. Features: deluxe appliances, Thermopane windows, steel exterior doors, deluxe carpet, drywall interior, cathedral ceilings, skylights, Roman tub, oak cabinetry, super insulated READY TO MOVE IN FOR s63,500