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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003. 127 Dewey Beach guards place second in women's competition By Amy Reardon The women of the Dewey Beach Patrol traveled to Sandy- hook, N.J., July 30, for the fun of competing in an all-women's competition, and they came home with second place. "We were definitely surprised," said Sara Stephens a second-sea- son lifeguard. "We had no clue. We didn't know the events they had or how many until we got there. This is a new thing and we went with an open mind. I think that's why we did so well." Dewey entered the All Women's NationalChampionship for the first time this summer and sent seven of its nine female life- guards. The competition pro- motes women lifeguards and di- vides teams by the number of women their patrols have. Dewey's patrol technically should have been in Division II, but com- peted in Division III. Not only did the women compete in the biggest and most competitive division, they placed second without partic- ipating in two of the events: the dori and the surf ski. "Two teams tied for third place; we thought we had a chance at getting third," said Stephens. "We almost left early because we were sure we were at the bottom of the heap. We just stayed so we could ask what we placed afterwards. Then they called us up for sec- ond." Although the women were not sure which events they would find at the competition, their normal summer training proved to be enough to make them competi- tive. Ocean swimmers rely on the physical fitness of lifeguards for their safety and Dewey's patrol trains for one to two hours a day. The lifeguards, who compete in several competitions throughout the summer, practice specific events like beach flags on their own. "Our captain Todd Frichtman doesn't push us to compete in life- guard competitions," said Stephens. "He hires us because we're good lifeguards. If we can have fun and compete as a team that's an extra bonus. He's proud if we do well, but not upset if we don't." The women competed in indi- vidual events like the run-swim- run, a 200 yard run, a 400 yard swim and 200 yard run; iron woman, a 150 yard swim, 200 yard run and half mile paddle; and beach flags, a 25 yard sprint where participants must grab flags. Submitted photo The women of Dewey Beach Patrol won second place in the All Women's National Champi- onship, July 31. Shown are team members (l-r) Amber Bailey, Laura Bull, Sara Stephens, Megan Gorman, Lisa McCreary, Kelly Shinton and Tracy Pendleton. Megan Gorman won fifth place in beach flags; Amber Bailey earned eighth in iron woman and fourth in the run-swim-run; and Stephens won second in the run- swim-run. Team events included a swim relay, the 4X100 and a Swim Res- cue Relay. Bailey and Stephens won first place in the swim relay. Stephens, Gorman, Tracy Pendle- ton, and Lisa McCreary earned fifth place in the 4XI00, and Lau- ra Bull and Kelly Shinton won third in the Swim Rescue Relay. Waterfront 5K, 10K Continued from page 126 won last year's Waterfront 10K race in a time of 35:20. The first Delaware finisher was Tom Jeruym of Newark in a time of 35:45. Aimee Shebest from Williamsport, Pa. was the first woman in a time of 41:48. The race attracted 103 runners. Last year's Waterfront 5K fielded 145 runners and was won by Emily Kruger of Quarryville, Pa. in a time of 18:17. It was one of the few times over the last 25 years that a women has been the overall win- ner in a road race. Results from all the Seven Sisters races can be found at races2run.com. The final event of the Seven Sisters Series is the 27th annual Gary P. Lister Bottle Run forJ.J. 5K Continued from page 126 Aug. 16, that will start and finish in Cupola Park. Who would have thought in the early 80s that we would be celebrating a 20th year race in Millsboro? For the past five years the Seashore Strider Racing Series has invited an elite field to one of their final events of the summer. At the 2001 Labor Day 5K Classic at Grove Park, Rehoboth's Kevin Danahy captured the race in a quick 15:20, while last year the event was the Run For J.J. 5K where Kenyan David Njguna broke the Delaware state 5K record with a time of 14:23, while countryman Henry Kipchirchir was second in 14:38. Grace Njoki won the J.J. fe- male championship in a new course record of 17:05, while Kim Saddic was second and Sonja Friend-Uhl was third. The Striders got confirmation this week from team manager Kim Saddic that she will bring three men and one female to this year's event that will again feature returning racers Kipchirchir and Friend-Uhl. The rest of the elite field will be new and led by 26-year-old Sammy Ng'eno with personal bests of 13:28 for the 5K and 27:54 for the 10K, while Han- nah Njeri will lead the female field with her 5K per- sonal record of 16:03. Friend-Uhl, a veteran beach & Cork 10-Miler and 5K run/walk will be held Satur- day, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Beebe Med- ical Center Vision 2005. "There are already 180 registered for the Bottle & Cork, most in the 10-miler. I am hoping we break the 900-participant level this year," said Kursh. "There is a great post race party with DJ afterwards. Those who finish all series races, including Cork 10-miler under two hours, will be recognized at awards cere- mony." After four events 146 are still eligible for prizes. The Bottle & Cork event is in honor of Gary P. Lis- ter who passed away a couple years ago at age 45. He was a fixture at the Cork - working as bartender in the summertime and teaching children with special needs in the fall, winter and spring. racing and a Cape Henlopen graduate, is training for the women's 20K national championship race in Sep- tember and is looking to run in the mid-16s for the 5K course. "Henry ran 13:49 on the 4th of July in Arkansas. He is in good shape," said manager Kim Saddic. In addition to the elite field, the event will also be the 2003 USACFRF Delaware 5K State Champi- onship. The weight divisions start at 190 pounds on the men's side and 140 pounds on the women's side and there is not a separate entry fee. Runners wish- ing to be included in the clydesdale or filly divisions must complete normal registration and then report to the clydesdale/filly table for weigh-in between 7- 7:30 a.m. As an added bonus to the event and a way of giving back to the Seashore Striders, professional runner Friend-Uhl has agreed to conduct a short question and answer clinic following the event which will be held from approximately 9-9:15 a.m. The race will begin at 8 a.m. from Stuart Kingston and Grenoble St. with a runners' breakfast to follow catered by Tutto Bene. Race day registration is $15 and will take place on the Boardwalk from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. It should be the most thrilling, fastest race ever held in Rehoboth Beach and there's a good chance the state record might fall. From young coach to young administrator By Dave Frederick Seaside Sussex County has al- ways been a place that attracts di- versity of talent. It starts with the ocean and moves inland through the estuaries and tidal rivers into great marshes and ponds. But it is the people and the pace, along with the sand between the toes, that makes Sussex County a ven- ue of arrivals with few departures. "My family always vacationed here, and last year when I re- signed as the head coach for field hockey and lacrosse at LaSalle College, I knew this is where I wanted to live. I don't plan on leaving," Jenn Harpel said. Harpel, who is athletic and on- ly 33 years old, was recently ap- pointed the executive director of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. She began the lacrosse program at LaSalle, a member of the Atlantic 10, and served as head coach of field hockey team as well before resigning and moving to Lewes. "I think there should be a rule about coaches running two major programs," Harpel said. "I was also teaching some classes. It was rewarding and we developed an All-American, several All-Con- ference kids and one athlete that went to the U.S. national team. But it was time for me to move on." Harpel currently works as a JENN ItARPEL home consultant for Baywood Greens, a planned golfing com- munity off of Route 24. The hous- es out there are moving almost as fast as her career. "I never picked up a lacrosse stick until my freshman year at Ursinus," Harpel said. "I made the varsity team that year and we went to the final four. By the time my career was over I was named All-American then made the na- tional team from 1992 through 1995. I picked lacrosse over law school," said Harpel, who has a bachelor's in history and second- ary education. "I guess I'm a sports person first. I've traveled the world and even met the older President Bush Continued on page 132