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+ CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 105 Greg Swift, Amy Mallamo lead Vikings at conference meet The Cape Henlopen Viking boys and girls teams mirrored each other at last Saturday's Hen- lopen Conference Championships when each finished third in the team standings and each team placing two runners in the top I0 overall. 'q'he Kids ran well today and we are looking forward to good performances next week against the top Division II teams," said coach George Pepper. Cape scored 79 points in the boys meet, while Dover won the championship by holding off a charging Caesar Rodney 46-58. Cape scored 67 points in the gifts meet, while Caesar Rodney con- tinued its domination by scoring 26 points to Seaford's 63 points in second. The V'fldngs and the Blue Jays have had very close meets this season with Seaford grabbing the big ones and Cape stealing the dual meet. Greg Swift remained with front- running Chad Carpenter of Milford and Charles Gib- son of Dover for the opening half of the race, before Gibson made his move and held off Car- SWIFt penter in the final half-mile. Gib- son was timed in 16:53, while Carpenter was timed in 17:02. Swift was fourth and finished just seconds behind Dover's Pat Boyle (17:11) in a tne of 17:16. First year runner Andrew Rogan ran an impressive race by finishing ninth in a time of 17:50, while Evan Tim Bamforth Reflections Continued from page 102 10 fight next season. However, this has become a IAA conference with top-notch universities that have no trouble recruiting talented players. Wesley College, a team with "beaters and bangers" on its de- fense, gave a game to undefeated Salisbury University last Satur- day, allowing a touchdown on a Dustin Johnson 68-yard keeper along with a safety, a fumble re- turn and a kickoff return. "If we play for 60 minutes we can play with anybody on the country," said a disappointed Wesley coach Mike Drass after the game. "But we haven't played 60 minutes all season." Montana is 9-0 in Division IAA while Georgia Southern leads their conference with a 7-2 record. Miami, Oklahoma and Ohio State are the lone undefeated teams in Division IA football. Miami will have-all it wants this Saturday playing in Knoxville against the Volunteers of Tennessee. Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker has sought help for a sub- stance abuse problem. Smoker, the third-leading passer in school RUNNING Mock finished llth in a time of 17:59. Other finishers included Vince Lewis (18:37), Russell Ayers (18:53), Steve Peet (19:13) and Rob Campbell (19:53). Onthe girls side, Cape was led by Amy Mallamo who transferred in this year from Milford High School. Mallamo fin- ished fifth in a time of 20:49 and ran a solid race against the Caesar Rodney top threesome and Blue Jay MALLAMO leader Caltlyn McGroerty. Rider leader Elizabeth Paul won the title in 20:03, followed by teammate Kashante Codner in 20:22. Mc- Groerty was third in 20:24, fol- lowed by Rider Jenay Friend in 20:38. Tenth place went to V'ddng run- ner Becky Riedel in 21:35, her best time on the Lake Forest history, was suspended indefinite- ly Oct. 24 for violating team rules. Smoker is in fact his real name. Miami coach Larry Coker: "You can't live on the edge, week in and week out, quarter by quar- ter, because if you get a key mis- take you have no chance to win." Congratuiations to Delaware State for a homecoming day upset victory over South Carolina State. HIGH SCHOOL - Two teams 12 miles apart going in opposite directions. Sussex Central takes an undefeated record to Caesar Rodney this Friday night while 1- 6 Cape heads to Dover. The Hen- lopen Conference is overdue for a major Northern Division upset which could happen somewhere in Dover Friday night. The amazing story of the Laurel Bulldogs continues as they defeat- ed previously unbeaten Smyrna 13-0 to improve to 7-1 on the sea- son. Both Delmar and Laurel should be in this year's Division II state tournament along with Hodgson and St. Elizabeth. The Division I tournament should be St. Mark's, Sussex Cen- tral, William Penn and most likely Middletown, although Salesianum and Caesar Rodney are still in the picture. course. Vlldng Elizabeth Decas- tro was 15th in a time of 2?:00 to sneak onto the second team All- Conference team. Other finishers included Betsy Hicks (22:07), Marybeth Betts (22:19), Maggie Pedersen (22:51), Erin Williams (22:57) and JV runner Jen Kerin (24:45). The Cape runners now head to the state championship on Satur- day, Nov. 9, at Killens Pond State Park, hoping to challenge the top teams in the Division II race. BRITTANY MORRIS, JON MOORE LEADS STRIDERS AT STATES - Sixth grader Brit- tany Morris ran the 2.1-mile Kit- lens Pond State Park course in a time of 15:12 to finish second overall and lead the Seashore Strider team at the downstate ver- sion of the Delaware State Cham- pionships. The Striders grabbed six of the top 10 spots in the girls race and three of the top ten spots in the boys race. Runners were treated to T-shirts and awards of trophies, medals and ribbons that were donated by the Seashore Striders. Morris ran her best race of the season as she ran 17:34 on the same course in September and 15:41 on the course in October. "I just tried to stay with Allison [Young] today and pushed the last half-mile on the hills," said Mor- ris, daughter of assistant coach Maryellen Morris. Young finished in third place with a time of 15:30, while nine- year-old third grader Ali Coning improved over a minute to finish seventh in her best race of 15:51. Helena Melendez finished eighth in a time of 16:04, while first year runner Abbey Hilligoss finished ninth in 16:09, Kaci Coveleski was 10th in 16:11, while Chelsea Jackson improved by 1:46 to run her best race of 16:29 for llth. Third-grader Erin Ricker was 15th in 16:40, while Veronica D'Amico was 17th in 16:50 to round out the Strider girls in the top 20. Other Strider girls results are as follows: Marybeth Gooding, 17:53; Alexis Heuring, 18:31; Jac- ki Coveleski, 18:51; Morgan Lal- ly, 19:00; and Emily Farrell, 19:33. On the boys side, fLrst-year run- ner Jon Moore finished seventh in a time of 14:34, while Brett Mor- ris improved over a minute to fin- ish close behind in eighth in 14:36. Wyatt Spellman was the third Strider in as he finished ninth in 14:38, while Rich Coning was 12th in 14:54. Max Coveles- ki finished 18th in a time of 15:35, followed by a great race by An- drew Ricker in 15:38 for 19th place and over a minute improve- ment. John Young rounded out the Strider top 20 finishers in 15:43. Other Strider boys results are as follows: Chris Young, 15:44; and Trevor Picker, 16:02. The next meet for the Seashore Strider youth cross country team will be Saturday, Nov. 16, with the AAU Regional Champi- onships to be held at Old Landing Golf Course in Rehoboth Beach. SPLITS - Bob Crowther of Dagsboro, a regular at Seashore Strider races, completed the Balti- Sea Gulls Continued from page 102 That 96,yard touchdown return gave Salisbury a stunning 22-19 victory - a win that keeps the Gulls undefeated so far this sea- son. Wesley scored first as quarter- back Mike Lemon hit Ryan Chio- di with a pass underneath deep coverage as the wide receiver rambled 28 yards untouched into the end zone. The Sea Gulls blocked a Josh Kline punt in the second quarter as the ball rolled out the back of the end zone as Salisbury clawed back to trail 6-2. Salisbury's Dustin Johnson, on- ly a freshman who led nearby Del- mar to a state championship two years ago, kept the ball on an op- tion and broke three arm tackles in route to a 68-yard touchdown gal- lop. "They have beaten us six straight times so we definitely didn't take them lightly," Johnson said. "I know they'll be after us next year." Salisbury returned a 29-yard punt 42 yards as blockers sent de- fenders airborne down the Wesley sideline. Facing a first and goal more Marathon in 3:52:07. Crowther is the head golf profes- sional at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club near Millville. The Cape Henlopen High School Cross Country/Track and Field Booster Club is having a fundraiser for all the teams (cross country, winter and spring track) on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Roadhouse Steak Joint in the Midway Shopping Center. Ten percent of all proceeds from lunch and dinner meals served will be donated to the Booster Club. Joyce Chepchumba of Kenya ran a 5:18 mile for her 23rd mile at the New York Marathon, the fastest of the day, to pull away and win the female championship in 2:25:56. It was her ninth sub-2:26 marathon, the most by any woman. The New York City Marathon men go through the opening mile with 25 to go in an amazing split of 4:53. Rogers Rop has stated that "running a marathon is just like racing a IOK or half- marathon - only farther." Mile 17 was 4:34 as the pack has narrowed to a handful. Rop, of Kenya, whose smoothness of stride gives the appearance that he is merely jogging, cruised the fi- nal few miles for the men's win in 2:08:07 for the third fastest time at New York Sixty-five-year-old Len Leshem of Lewes will compete, Nov. 9, in the Ironman Florida which con- sists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Heidi Wagner of Lewes recently finished 1,433rd in 16:24:43 in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, the king of all triathlons. I i 9 Salisbury quarterback Dustin Johnson scrambles away from Wesley linebacker Freddie Couch. from the one against the most pro- lific offense in Division III, Wes- ley called time out. "What can you say in that situa- tion other than play hard," said Drass. Wesley-held on two plays and then Johnson fumbled into the end zone as Salisbury led 9-6 at the half. Wesley switched quarterbacks as it does in all games and Curtis Long hit Joe Abel with a 22-yard touchdown pass. Punter and tightend John Klien mishandled a snap from center on fourth down and ran the ball to the 25 yard line where he was cor- ralled and held up by five defend- ers who wrestled the ball free and then ran in into the end zone to a 16-13 Salisbury lead. The victory vaulted Salisbury to a No. 17 ranking in the nation and an almost certain Atlantic Central Football Conference champi- onship. The Sea Gulls have games remaining against Ferrum and Frostburg State.