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Cape girls run to second place at Lake Invitational Strider Chelsea Palmer tops in youth race The Vikings traveled to the prestigious Lake Forest Invita- tional last Saturday, Sept. 18, at Killens Pond where the girls came away with a second place finish in the small school race, while the boys were equally im- pressive with a fourth place finish in the same division. Chris Jackson led the boys with a time of 18:04, while Brian Kniepp ran 19:07. Matt Riggin was the number three man in 19:14, while Brandon Streett sur- prised himself in the fourth spot in 19:16. Robbie Walsh was the number five man in 19:21, while Matt Jackson ran 19:26. Dean Popovich ran as the number sev- en runner in a time of 21 :l I. Justin Bragg led the JV Vikings with a seventh place finish in 19:30. Leading the lady Vikings was Cole Pavlik in 12th place with a time of 21:16, while freshman Tiffany Melendez ran well to place 15th in 21:42. Brittany Morris was next in 22:01, while Tessa Shoup also ran 22:01. Eliz- abeth Redden came through with a great race of 22:02, while Jen Hicks ran 22:12. Arshar Smith ran as the number seven runner in a time of 22:35. National Wrestling Champ and runner-up World Freestyle Cham- pion, Jenna Pavlik, led the JV Vikings with a third place finish in 24:45. ;'This is the fourth team I've been on and this year we have a lot less girls, so we have to rely on each other more when we're racing," said Cole Pavlik, who put together a much better race than last year when she was 23rd place. "We say our goals before each race and we try to push each other and stay together as a team. I thought we did a good job staying close with our top five runners only forty-six seconds apartl Ur- suline is running tough, but if we keep improving our times thoughout the season anything can happen." CAPE AT SMYRNA - The Cape boys and girls dominated the Smyrna Eagles on Wednes- day, Sept. 22, at Blackbird State Forest by double scores of 15-50 led by number one runners Chris Jackson and Cole Pavlik. Jackson chalked his name up as the third fastest time on the new Smyrna course by winning in a .time of 17:48, wbiJe Dean Popovich was second in 18:39. Freshman Matt Jackson pulled out a great race in the number three position with a personal record of 18:41, while Brian RUNNING Tim Bamforth Kniepp was fourth in 18:44. Rob- bie Walsh was fifth in 18:47, as Matt Riggin was sixth in 19:15. Brandon Streett wrapped up the top seven runners in 19:16. Cole Pavlik continued her fine season by winning the girls race in a new course record of 21:01, breaking the record set last year by Seaford's Kristin Irwin of 21:36. Freshman Tiffany Melendez, who led the first half of the race, finished second in her season best time of 21:18, while Tessa Shoup was third in 21:52. Brittany Mor- ris was fourth in 21:53, while Beth Redden was fifth in 22:09. Jen Hicks ran in the number six spot in 22:12, while Arshar Smith wrapped up the top seven runners in 22:27. The impressive thing about the Vikings was the fact that their top five gap was just under a minute for the boys and just over a minute for the girls, while the per- formances were fast and competi- five. The boys continue to be ranked fourth with a 2-0 record, while conference rivals Caesar Rodney (6th), Sussex Central (9th) and Seaford (10th) are all it the top ten teams. The girls moved up a notch, as they are ranked fifth with a 2-0 record, while Conference rivals Caesar Rodney (3rd) and Lake Forest (6th) are all in the top ten. PALMER WINS LAKE RACE - Seashore Strider sixth grader Chelsea Palmer chased a tough Dover DPN's Eliza- beth Paul for the opening half mile of the Lake For- est Cross Country Youth Open Race as the two sepa- rated them- PALMER selves from the field of 65 girisl With just under a quarter-mile to go, Palmer moved into the lead on the hills and raced to the finish for her first win of the season in 8:41 for the 1.3-mile course. "I wasn't sure who she was, but I knew she was a good runner and the one to beat," said Palmer. "I don't really have a strategy, ,Tim Bamforth photos Cape's Cole PavHk, far left, was the first Viking runner to cross the finish line last Saturday, coming in 12th overall in the Lake Forest Invitational. but when the gun goes off, I hate to lose." Milton's Mary Beth Betts fin- ished 10th to medal, while Betsy Hicks, Laura Olenderski, Sarah Neff and Bethany Wade followed close. Helena Melendez, Bethany Pavlik, and Lorrainne Ladzinski wrapped up the Strider girls. On the boys side, Andrew Long was the club's top finisher in fifth place, while Evan Mock out- leaned teammate Russell Ayers to finish ninth and tenth, respective- ly, in the field of 55 runners. P.J. Melendez and Chris Wade wrapped up the Strider boys. PHILLY HALF MARATHON - The 22nd Annu- al Philadelphia Half Marathon was held last Sunday morning, Sept. 19, in cool 78 degree condi- tions, a windy city, and a field of over 9,000 runners. Several local runners made the trip north led by Rusty LaPorte of Lewes in a time of 1:32:00 for the 13.1 mile hike, while longtime runner Ken Shouldis of Dover ran 1:58:00. Rusty LaPorte's better half, Ar- leen, teamed up with Rehoboth Beach's Doris Hicks as the train- ing partners crossed the line in a time of 2:03:28, Joe LoBiondo of Lewes ran 2:10:20, while Roxanne Parker ran 2:10:51. Tom Keegan of Milton ran a 2:12:00, while James Keegan, al- so of Milton, ran 2:!2:01. Con- gratulations to all the local finish- ers. MAKE-A-WISH TRI - The annual Make, A-Wish Sea Colony Triathlon was held in Bethany Beach last Saturday morning, Sept. 18, as it attracted a field of 493 finishers and 82 teams for a total of 739 competitors. The large event, raising thou- sands of dollars for the Make-A- Wish Foundation, greeted athletes with Olympic distances of a .9 Of a mile ocean swim, a 21.7 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. Local Rehoboth Beach life- Dover DPN runner Kate Thomas, center, is chased by four Seashore Striders (l-r) Laura Olenderski, Betsy Hicks, Sarah Neff and Bethany Wade in last Saturday's youth race which was won by Strider Chelsea Palmer. guard Kevin Danahy, winner of several5K events this summer, made his debut on the triathlon scene with an excellent perform- ance taking third overall with a swim of 16:21, a bike of 59:17, and a run of 35:11. Danahy ranked 25th in the swim, 43rd in the bike, and first in the run to end the myth that a runner can't place high in a full triathlon. Danahy will compete in the Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon this Saturday, Sept. 25th, and it's my prediction that he'll steal the victory. The shorter distances will be to his advantage and if he can get off the bike within a minute of the lead - watch out for Danahy on the run. Tom Tipton of Bethany Beach finished 45th in 2:06:45, while George Jacobs of Laurel finished 54th in 2:09:05. Summer supporter Harry Elli- son finished 71st in 2:11:31, while longtime Rehoboth biath- lete Tom Heidenberger was 80th in 2:13:12. Kristin Tipton, also of Bethany Beach, finished 151st in 2:21:41, while James Weber of Lewes fin- ished 153rd in 2:22:06. Jeffrey Heckert of Lewes fin- ished 163rd in 2:22:43, while Robert Grimes of Rehoboth Beach was 182nd in 2:24:42. Dave Gillan of Lewes finished 247th in 2:31:57, while Sedar LaBarre of the summer racing se- ries finished 278th in 2:34:56. Sue Weber of Lewes finished 317th in 2:38:49, while Melissa Merson was 323rd in 2:39:47. Sarah Dykstra of Seaford was 379th in 2:47:25, while Russ Mel- rath finished 411th in 2:53:08. Milt Warren of Selbyville fin- ished 426th in 2:56:35, while summer supporter Ray Stevens of Oxford finished 454th in 3:05:56. DEWEY TRIATHLON - This Saturday morning, Sept. 25, in Dewey Beach, more than 500 triathletes will take to the ocean, bikes and streets, as the largest turnout ever is expected. As I mentioned, my money is on Kevin Danahy of the Re- hoboth Beach Patrol as he tries to grab the overall title a week after taking third at Sea Colony. Danahy's strength is the run where he hopes to be in striking distance getting off the bike. I Will team with former Dover state champ Troy Bockius (swim) and former CR and Delaware State athlete Gary Stulir (run) as I will attempt the 15-mile bike on gym teacher Mike Morris's time trial bike.