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84 - CAPE GAZETYE, Fr/day, November6- Novemimr 12,1998 They cried; they talked; they ran; .they won Cape girls win emotional county championships By Tim Bamforth The saying goes "all good teams come back strong from any type of adversity." The Cape girls' cross-country team was dealt a tough deck of cards last week as they held together with their coaches, friends and family as best they could while mourning the death of teammate and friend, Danielle Guerin, The team lost Danielle to a trag- ic accident last Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, and suddenly a special piece of their cross- country puzzle was missing. Danielle burst onto the run- ning scene by winning her age group in the 1996 Re- hoboth Mile in 6 minutes 29 seconds and onto the Cape cross-country, and track and GUERIN field scene two years ago as a freshman, establishing herself as a top runner in the Henlopen Con- ference and state of Delaware. A first-team, all-conference selec- tion in cross country, and a Hen- lopen Conference champion at 800 meters, Danielle was enjoy- ing her finest season in her cross- country career. Family, friends, coaches and teammates said goodbye to Danielle on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, and her team took her spirit to the starting line Monday, Nov. 2, in Seaford, at the Sussex County championships. They did what they do best and what Danielle would have wanted them to do: they ran and ran well. The Cape girls team, ranked second in the state, won the emo- tional championship with 25 points, while Seaford was second With 39 points. A much improved Laurel team was third with 87 points, while Sussex Central fin- ished fourth with 92 points. Sus- sex Tech finished fifth with 140 points. Cape's Cole Pavlik ran one of her best races this season to finish second in 2h30,.while Jen Hicks took third in 21:39. Tessa Shoup was fifth in 21:56, while freshman Brittany Morris finished sixth in 22:09. Cape's No. 5 Arshar Smith was ninth, in a time of 23:18. Cape's Sara Popovich finished 13th in 24:03, while Lauren Kleb was 14th in 24:13. Jen Joseph fin- ished 27th in 25:46, while Carrie Litke finished 28th in 25:59. Maureen McFee was 30th in 26:36, while sister Kara McFee was 31st in 26:46. The Cape boys team finished third in the team standings, with 68 points, while champion Seaford tallied 19 points to win the title. SussexCentral edged out the Vikings in second with 63 points, while fourth place went to Sussex Tech, with 73 points. Lau- rel finished fifth with 132 points on the day. Freshman Matt Rig- gin ran a good race, to take away a Blue Jay sweep with a fifth-place finish in 18:39. Fourth-ranked Sea.ford took the top-four spots, as well as No. 9, to easily claim the championship with 19 points. Cape's Chris Jackson finished l lth in 19:06, while Dean Popovich was 14th in 19:25. Brandon Streett finished 17th in 19:46, while Robert Walsh was 21st in 20:04. David Redard was 28th in 21:51, while John Lynch finished 29th in 22:15. Bill Bren- nan was 32nd in a time of 22:41, while Justin Streett finished 33rd in 23:14. Ryan Dey finished 34th in 23:48, while Robert Reed rounded out the Vikings in 39th with 25:05. The Cape Vikings will run in the Henlopen Conference champi- onships Saturday, Nov. 7, at Kil- lens Pond, where it should be a three-team race to "the finish with No. 1-ranked Lake Forest, No. 2- ranked Cape, and third-ranked Caesar Rodney. I do not ever re- member the states top-three ranked teams ever being all from the downstate Henlopen Confer- ence. Win or lose conference or state championships, teammate Danielle will be cheering from above, and of course, blowing bubbles on her teamnates. Tim Bamforth DPN YOUTH XC INV. The Seashore Striders competed in the first DPN Youth Cross Country .Invitational Saturday, Oct. 31, at Brecknock Park in Camden, with the Striders win- ning three of the four individua, l championships on the day. Fifth-grader Bethany Pavlik got things going for the purple and gold, as she won the 12-and-under girls race in a time of 11:05 for the 1.6-mile course. Pavlik led her teammates across the line, where the Strider girls packed up to grab the first five places in the race and eight of the first I0 finishers. RUNNING First-year runner Mary Beth Betts was second in 1 I: 14, while Clare Nowakowski was third in 11:15. Fifth-grader Laura Olenderski was fourth, also in 11:15, while Betsy Hicks was fifth in 11:19. Gina D'Amico was seventh in 11:30, while Sara Neff was ninth in 11:49. First-year runner Janes- sa Brooks was 10th in 11:50, while Helena Melendez was 13th in 12:18. Allison Young was 17th in 12:48, while Elizabeth DeCas- tro was 18th in 12:53. Lorraine Ladzinski was 20th in 12:59, while Bethany Wade was 22nd in 13:23. The top-five Strider girls were only 14 seconds apart, and the top-six midget girls were only 36 seconds apart - an unbeatable gap in the sport of cross country. Sixth-grader Evan Mock ran his best race all season, as he won his showdown match with DPN standout Nick Stubbalo with the second-best time of the day in 9:49. P.J. Melendez was third in a time of 10:46, while Joseph D'Amico was 12th in 11:16. Chris Wade finished 22nd in 12:37. Eighth-grade Strider Tay- lor Donohue finished second in the boys 13-14 race in 10:00, while Russell Ayers was third in 10:07. Eighth-grader Tiffany Me- lendez set a new girls course record of 10:35 to win tl girls 13-14 race. The Strider team spent Thurs- day, Oct. 29, together at school with the Lewes Middle crisis team dealing with the death of their SAAY, NOV. 7 CROSS COUNTRY - C0nfrence meet high school friend Danielle; they decided themselves to wear a "D" on their uniform, for the remain- der of the season, to honor her ac- complishments and friendship. Longtime Strider Melendez re- fleeted on the past few days and the future: "A lot of my team- mates said that when they got tired in the Dover race, they just thought of Danielle and picked it up the pace. Danielle always cheered us on, and we miss her; she was a senior, we were going to win states. If Cape doesn't win states this year, then I hope that next. year I can help them win states for her." The Striders will run at the Delaware Junior High Open Championships Saturday morn- ing, Nov. 7, at White Clay State Park in Newark. 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