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86 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 25 - October 1, 1998 Guerin leads Cape to third at Lake Forest Invitational meet The Cape Henlopen boys and girls cross-country teams compet- ed last weekend at the popular Lake Forest Invitational at Killens Pond as the girls highlighted the local action with a third-place per- formance behind conference rival Lake Forest and upstate power Ursuline Academy. The meet is a showcase of state talent and an early season preview of the Delaware state meet, which will be the grand finale of the sea- son. The Vikings took third in the 20-team field, with 82 points, while the conference story of the day was coach Jim Blades' Lake Forest team upsetting the No. 1- ranked Red Raiders (63) with 61 points. The interesting item about the Lake Forest win was that they were missed by the state top 10 rankings just last week; however, this week they were sitting at the top of the state. I guess that just shows that the same homework is not given to cross country as giv- en to other more popular sports as one team suddenly goes .from "not ranked" to No. 1 in one week. Leading e Viking charge was junior Danielle Guerin, who is en- joying her finest season in her high school career, in a time of 20 minutes 57 seconds, for seventh place, while teammate Jen Hicks ran GUERIN 21:17, for ninth place. Cole Pavlik finished 13th in 21:53, while freshman Brittany Morris was 19th in 22:31. Arshar Smith, Tessa Shoup and Sarah Popovich rounded out the top five girls. The Cape boys finished 13th in the 20-team field with 313 points as Brian Kniepp was the top Viking to cross the finish line, in a time of 18:44, while freshman Matt Riggin was next in 18:50. Chris Jackson and Justin Bragg were in the 19-minute range, while Robert Walsh also was nearing the 20-minute barrier. In the JV race, Dean Popovich finished fifth in 20:21. The Viking girls jumped from being ranked 10th in the state to the No. 4 position, behind Lake Forest, Ursuline and Caesar Rod- ney. The Riders of Caesar Rodney grabbed the top three positions in the varsity A race and looked as good as anyone in the state. With CR, Lake Forest and Cape all producing tough teams, and equally tough individual front *unner', tmow m Me new tfJFns Pond course record-holder, Kristin Irwin of Seaford (19:14), and the November post-season should be very interesting with county, conference and state meets possibly being the best or RUNNING Tim Bamforth closest-ever in Henlopen Confer- ence girls action. Cape boys top Smyrna The Cape boys grabbed a big win on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 23, at home against the Ea- gles of Smyrna High School by a close score of 27-29. Most all of the boys and girls turned in per- sonal best performances on the Prime Hook course, led by Brian Kniepp's third-place finish in 18:24. Matt Riggin finished fourth in 18:40, while Justin Bragg- crossed close behind for fifth in 18:43. Chris Jackson finished in 19:05, while Robert Walsh turned in his first sub-20-minute performance for ninth place in 18:54. Tenth place went to Dean Popovich in 20:03, while Brandon Streett fin- ished 12th in 20:13. The Viking girls had little trou- ble with the lady Eagles as Cape scored 16 points to their 47 points. Once again it was No. 1 runner Danielle Guerin leading the way in 20:59, while freshman Brittany Morris ran 21:43 for second. Jen Hicks finished third in a time of 21:49, while Cole Pavlik was fourth in 21:55. Tessa Shoup fin- ished in sixth place in 22:27, while Arshar Smith finished sev- enth. Sarah Popovich turned in a personal record for eighth place in a time of 22:53. "Both teams ran well today which I hope carries them through the season," said Coach Pollock. "Several team members gained a lot of confidence and we continue to improve every meet". Melendez, Donohue take firsts at.Lake Invitational Eighth-graders Tiffany Melen- dez and Taylor Donohue captured individual titles in the youth open races at the Lake Forest Invita- tional last weekend as both run- ners just missed the 1.3-mile course records. "My first goal this season was to win the Lake Forest Invitation- al, but I was surprised when I came so close to Holly's record," said Tiffany. "Our team did really great against all the other teams in the state .and most of our runners are a lot younger than they are." Melendez led nine Seashore Strider girls to the finish line, with a time of 8:28, just missing the J course record of 8:23 set last year by Lake Forest High School's No. 1 freshman, Holly Wilson. Fifth- grade sprinter and an All-Ameri- can finisher last cross-country sea- son, Chelsea Palmer finished sec- ond in 8:56, while seventh-grader Clare Nowakowski finished sev- enth in 9:16. Gina D'Amico was 12th in 9:24, while first-year run- ner Mary Beth Betts was 13th in 9:26. Betsy Hicks was 14th in 9:28 and Laura Olenderski was 15th in 9:31. Sarah Neff, who had the largest improvement on the team of 44 seconds, was 16th in 9:35, while Bethany Pavlik fin- ished 23rd in 10:27. A bright spot for the Striders was the fact that the Midget girls team of 11- and 12-year-olds had a top-five span from Nowakowski to Neff of only 19 seconds, which is almost un- heard of in cross country. A field of 54 girls took part in the event. Donohue led six Seashore Strid- er boys with his first invitational title in a time of 7:57, missing the course record by just 10 seconds. Evan Mock, who ran to an eighth- place All-American finish last De- cember, took third in 8:16, while Russell Ayers was fifth in 8:18. P.J. Melendez finished 18th in 9:04, while John Neff was 33rd in 10:16. First-year runner Chris Wade was 44th in 13:43. A field of 50 boys took part in the event. 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