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,_ Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - MONDAY OCTOBER 24, 2011 10~" II or the second year in a row, the Seashore Strid- ers Cross Country team won both titles at the an- nual Landon Invitational in Bethesda, Md. The boys' team scored 45 points, while the Lan- don School was second with 52 points followed by St. Albans in third with 57. The Striders were led by seventh-grader Ben Bam- forth, who covered the hilly two- mile course in 12:40, while fifth- grader Blake Hundley earned third in 13:10. Seventh-grader Seth DePrince was fourth in 13:52, while seventh-grader Loghan Kline was 18th in 15:02. Seventh-grader Jake Caldwell placed 19th in 15:06, Sixth-grader Logan Shuttle- worth, ll years old, won her sec- ond straight title as she dam1- nated the field after racing through the mile in just over six minutes. Seventh-grade team- mate Sarah Rumba ran her best race of the season with a third- place finish in 15:41, while sev- enth-grader Elizabeth DePrince finished fifth in 16:34. Zoe Kelly ran 16:51 for sixth, while seventh- grader Cailey Thornburg was eighth in 17:07. Third-grader Lindsay Rambo ran a great race, placing ninth in 17:12. The Strid- ers girls scored 22 points, well ahead of Washington Latin's second-place finish. Hundley second in Onley, Md, Fifth-grader Strider Blake Hundley, a student at Lord Balti- more Elementary, competed in the Oct. 16 Lighting Invite in Frederick, Md., on a hilly 3,000- meter course. Blake raced in the 9-10 age group and turned in a time of 11:53 to finish second overall among 70 rnnners. Vassalotti runs for the knife Jack Vassalotti, better known in the area as Nike Jack, sent me a photo of himself at the Oct. 15 Run for the Knives 5K in Hyde Park, N.Y. It was alumni weekend at The Culinary Institute, from which Vassalotti graduated in 1973. The institute originally organized this event to raise some scholar- ship money for students. Jack, who is never afraid to stand out, informed me that he was the on- Jack Vassalotti has a costume for every running occasion. ly costumed runner at the event. On a side note, Jack has attended several of my Seashore Striders events over the past few years and has shown up painted green at the Shamrock Shuffle, dressed like a pumpkin at Sea Witch, and dressed as a female runner at the Sundance 5IG just to name a few. LOGAN SHUTTLEWGRTH, left, and pion awards at the Landon Invitational. Bamforth wins Bayfront 5K Monique Bamforth, 40, cap- tured the overall female title in the Oct. 15 Bayfront at Rehoboth 5K in a time of 24:04. The per- formance was her personal best to date and just over a minute ahead of the next female, master champ Melissa Mulligan, in 25:18. Justin Bragg of Lewes won the male title in 20:20, while Paul Bousel won the male mas- ters in 20:47. SUBMITTED PHOTOS Ben Bamforth show their individual cham- RaverlrClassic 5K The Second Annual Raven Classic 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown. The race will be run on the 5,000- meter cross country course. The open division goes off at 8 a.m., and the middle school two: mile open goes off at 10 a.m. All teachers, cross country alumni, and coaches are also encouraged to compete in the 5K. If you're willing to embarrass yourself, you can go far in golf took a few practice swings with the lob wedge, trying to feel how to hit the ball first and make it land on the front of the (Note to readers: my schedule this week didn't give me time to write a new column, so I thought you might enjoy one that some folks still fondly remember from six years ago. The reason why they feel that way should be pret- ty obvious.) he trouble started when ! was thinking I could hit a big sweep- ing hook around a few trees with a fairway wood from 180 yards out, and actually have the ball land on the 17th green at Shawnee Country Club. The golf ball took off nicely, and even started turning left a bit. Then it dove into a fairway bunker about 65 yards from the green. The ball looked imiocent enough, sitting on top of the sand, and with plenty of space to clear the lid of the bunker. I green. I remember taking a half- swing. The ball shot across the green at a low angle, and disappeared down the slope toward the near- by creek, on the left side of the small bridge crossing it. I walked down by the creek and searched a patch about 30 yards wide and deep in all direc- tions. There was no sign of the golf ball anywhere, not even in the clear running water of the stream. I stood on a small rise on the 18th hole side of the creek, look- ing at what appeared to be a perfectly fine landing area for a short hop across the water. The grass was longish but not wet, and the creek itself was only a few feet wide at ttfat point. Surely I could just take a few steps back and then jump over the creek to make the shortcut back to my golf bag. Surely not. My left foot landed first, about a foot or so past the far- side creek edge. It immediately sank down a foot and a half Continued on page 108 Enjoy indoor, ou.tdoor Or pa#o Seating OVerlooking the COurse.