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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 131 YMCA 5-Miler honors the memory of former champ Jimmy Lears Sunday, Aug. 3, was Jimmy Lears Day at the 21 st annual YM- CA 5-Miler held from Deauville Beach in Rehoboth as the five- mile run honored a former cham- pion of the event and saw a field of 204 runners and walkers take part. The event also raised money for Sussex Family YMCA chil- dren's programs. Jimmy Leafs, a vacationing run- ner from Baltimore who took part in more than 15 events, passed away last November and the Seashore Striders and YMCA honored his memory by present- ing the Lears family with a plaque for his dedication and commit- ment to the event. Lears, who was an active mem- ber of the Baltimore Roadrunners, won the first two races in the early 1980s and held the record of 26:07 for more than years. This year's event was an excit- ing one for the lead runners as a pack of four remained together at two miles, a pack of three were to- gether at four miles, and it was not until under a half mile to go that 18-year-old James Roat pulled away from 29-year-old Bo Hem- lick to win the race in a time of 28:20. Helmick, winner of multi- ple events this summer, was sec- ond in 28:23, while 21-year-old John Bonnett was third in 28:39. Leslie Wright, 40, finished sixth to win the men's masters champi- onship in 29:48. On the female side, Claire Leafs (no relation to Jimmy) captured the championship in a time of 37:02 to finish 39th overall. Not far behind, 20-year-old Erin Lears (Jimmy's daughter) was second and 52nd overall in a time of 37:24, while 26-year-old Anne Heine was third in 37:24. On the local front, Kim Schell led the way as the fourth female across the line in 38:01 to win the 35-39 age group. Capturing the masters title was Priscila Prunella, 59, who ran a great race to finish 65th in a time of 39:01. YMCA 5-Miler Results Overall champions: Male - James Roat, 1,28:20; Female - Claire Lears, 49, 37:02 Masters champions: Male - Leslie Wright, 6, 29:48; Female - Pdsci,a Prunella, 65, 39:01 RUNNING Tim Bamforth 13 and under 1. Alexander Lee, 69, 39:47 14-19 1. Mike Grafton, 4, 28:44; 2. Adam Smith, 5, 29:09; 3. Michael Yanchuk, 7, 29:52 1. Sarah Vernon, 68, 39:38; 2. Regan Roat, 80, 40:58; 3. Brittany Morris, 84, 41:07 20-24 1. John Bonnett, 3, 28:39; 2. Matt Graig, 8, 30:12; 3. John Thornton, 24, 33:02 1. Edn Leers, 52, 37:24; 2. Jonie Good- man, 74, 40:16; 3. Mary Piper, 98, 42:48 25-29 1. BO Helmick, 2, 28:23; 2. Breok Vander- wende, 16, 31:58; 3. Paul Jones, 30, 34:09 1. Anne Heine, 53, 37:24; 2. Angeta Sow- ers, 94, 42:26; 3. Chds Bonflli, 129, 45:29 30-34 1. John Heller, 9, 30:26; 2. Eric Payne, 12, 31:23; 3. Travis Sowers, 13, 31:25 1. Jean Tayor, 137, 46:50; 2. Suzen Dubre, 140, 47:06; 3. Sarah Greenberg, 145, 47:47 35-39 1. Jay Taylor, 33, 34:44; 2. Bobby Asher, 38, 35:26; 3. Del Wilson, 43, 38:07 1. Kim Schell, 58, 38:01; 2. Carol Oas, 59, 38:31; 3. Sharon Harmon-Robison, 72, 40:05 40-44 1. Jim JuUano, 10, 30:49; 2. Pierce Don- ahue, 17, 32:05; 3. James Landis, 18, 32:08 1. Rita Regan, 90, 41:29; 2. Cindy Do- minik, 111, 43:52; 3. Cynthia McCuen, 171, 51:18 45-49 1. Bill Peeling, 14, 31:51; 2. Charlie Brown, 21, 32:28; 2. Michael Clark, 31, 34:28 1. Joanne Merlo, 70, 39:51; 2. Elizabeth Brown, 100, 42:51; 3. Doris Hicks, 124, 44:41 50-54 1. Rick Poppleton, 22, 32:35; 2. Richard Feinstein, 35, 35:01; 3. Rob Frumkin, 44, 36:10 1. Dana Scheurer, 82, 41:04; 2. Candi Roat, 88, 41:23; 3. Jean Hendrickson, 127, 44:55 55-59 1. John Weiss, 27, 33:49; 2. Jim Halton, 37, 35:10; 3. Roger Hearn, 48, 36:57 1. JoAnn Szczepkowski, 130, 45:44; 2. Gwen Guerke, 182, 52:50 60-64 1. Warren Prunella, 42, 35:56; 2. Paul Kiefer, 107, 43:36; 3. Jim Bastian, 125, 44:41 1. Marge Warshauer, 192, 55:54 65-69 1. Jim Kenney, 81, 41:00; 2. Bob Dieck, 142, 47:16; 3. Dr. Lee Masser, 164, 49:39 1. Jamie Wollard, 185, 53:51 70 and over 1. Rex Enos, 152, 48:35 1-Mile Walk 1. Jim Lyons; 2. Jennifer Padgett; 3. B.J. Caldwell; 4. Leo Mugmon; 5. Sara Mugmon SPLITS - Two track milestones with local connections will hap- pen this Saturday morning at just about the same time as Alec Perry will compete in the 400 meters at the Hershey National Track and Field Championships Aug. 9th in Hershey, PA. Alyssa Rife from Beaverton, Oregon won last years 11-12 year old title in 1:01.7. Per- ry is looking to improve on her 1:12.4 qualifier. Also on Saturday morning, Cape graduate Kai Maull will now become a Clemson graduate as Maull will take "the walk" begin- ning at 9 a.m. Dan Cook photos Above left, Claire Lears, overall female champion, and James Roat, right, head to the finish line in the YMCA 5-Miler. Dan Cook photo Cape High athletes attend Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp Just finishing up a grueling week of play at the Mid Atlantic Field Hockey Camp at Cape Henlopen State Park are these local Cape Henlopen district players. Standing (l-r) are Megan Tylecki, Elizabeth Hinkle, Amanda Hopkins, Trisha Himes, Sloane Zarif, Melissa Martin, Sam- mi Bateman and Paige Townsend. Kneeling are Brooke Hastings, Leigh Ann Redefer, Alexa Cloegrove, Jillian Smart, Christine MacDonald, Caitlin Miller and Allison Young. Seated are Chrissy Beckman, Hilary Merlo, Corey Galbreath, Becca Bernheimer, Diana Mumford and Halley Fleming. Missing from photo is Tori Bunting. Race for the Cure shows how far the culture has traveled By Dave Frederick I began a short story for the "Delmarva Quarterly" last year with the sentence, "Men love each other. Just ask their wives." My brain is washed over by the words my brother said to me seven years ago af- ter our sister died of ovarian cancer. "We have to take care of our women," Big Tom said. "We have to take care of our girls." Ovarian cancer took the life of my ma- ternal grandmother, Marie, who I never got to meet; my mother Dorothy died at age 53 of the same disease and my younger sister Rosemarie was felled at the age of 48 in spite of yearly checkups. There will be two giant quilts unveiled in New York City this October honoring women who fought and lost the battle with ovarian cancer. Through the Mayo Clinic my mother and sister have earned a square on the quilts. My brother and I wrote biographies of them two years ago that will soon be is- sued as press releases. The Race for the Cure and Relay for Life and other fundraising and awareness activities indicates how far the culture has traveled in discussing these issues. Back in the day when I was of high school age, no one spoke of breasts and ovaries. When one of "our girls" got sick, it was succinctly summed up by the men in the family as, "women or female problems." Other vague expressions were "down there," or "something's wrong with the plumbing." Women with mastectomies wore baggy sweaters and kept it a secret because they were embarrassed. Thank God we have come out of the heart of darkness and into the heart of compassion. Young people want to help but we must show them how. I used to joke that I'd like to see young people do community service who weren't sentenced by a court of law or otherwise trying to :pad their profile to enhance their own advancement. But the concept didn't even exist when I was their age, and teenagers need to be taught by those of us who have run our own race. Gail Kersey of Coldwell Banker in Re- hoboth (226-4160) called me to ask for help in recruiting Cape kids for the Run for the Cure this Oct. 4 beginning at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore. The best way for me to help is to get on that bus and go with them. And that goes for all of us - the men, too. "We have to take care of our women. We have to take care of our girls." And I look pretty in pink! Not really!