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,_ Cape Gazette b SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30- MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 89 RUNNING Tim )) Bamforth eventeen members of the Seashore Striders -38 in the extended family - boarded a plane on the evening of Nov. 29 for a nonstop flight to Indianapolis, Ind., where I spent my junior high days miming for Ben Davis Ju- nior High School from 1980-82. The top two teams in the confer- ence in 1982 were both feeding into Ben Davis High School - a track & feld and cross country powerhouse in the city. I fin- ished second in the ninth-grade championships in cross country and in the 1,600 meters in the spring to the same runner, Scott Williams, who is now the assis- tant principal of Ben Davis Uni- versity High School. Scott and I were heading on a path to be teammates; he went on to run 15:02 to win the Indiana state championship in 1984, and I moved to Georgetown, a place I could not even fred on a map. I connected this week with for- mer teammate Tony Courtney, who ran 16:02 in 1984, letting him know that the Striders were racing in Terre Haute. "Nation- als - not surprised at all if you're involved. Those kids are lucky to have you," commented Court- ney. Researching the NCAAs, I found Scott on the Indiana Uni- versity 1987 topl0 list at 3,000 meters, running 7:59 between two guys named Bob Kennedy (7:55) and Jim Spivey (8:00), who were both Olympians. In the outdoor 5,000m Scott ran 13:49 in 1987 for IU. It is amazing how you can connect with people you have not seen in 30 years and remember things like they happened yesterday. Maybe I will get to introduce my talented runners to an Indiana running legend like Scott Williams or teammate Tony Courtney. Good luck to the following Striders at the national championships: Pri- mary 8 & U - Lainey Shockro, Devin Hundley, Ethan Shuttle- worth; Bantam age 9-10 - Lind- say Rambo, Emma Barthelmess, Sky Dunmyer, Blake Hundley;. Midget age 11-12 - Brock Diaz, Daniel Brown, Logan Shuttle- worth; Youth 13-14 - Ben Bam- planting with more than 500 forth, Seth DePrince, Loghan runners stepping on, over and Kline, Hunter Steelman, Eliza- around the talented fifth-grader. beth DePrince; Intermediate 15- Emma, who is definitely smarter 16 - lake Bamforth, Tasha Taylor, than a fifth-grader, got up and Megan Davidson. brushed herself off and blazed the course to set a new personal Huffin' for Pumpkin Pie 5K best of 22:23 to take third in her The annualHuffin' for Pump- age group. kin Pie 5K was held Nov. 24 at Striders assistant co ch Dan Grove Park in Rehoboth and set MacElrevey won the masters a new event and Grove record and may have been the person with 540 registered runners and who knocked down his runner walkers from 12 different states Emma at the start, the gun, for the 3.1-mile course. The some guy who thought it was a Seashore Striders changed the rugby match came plowing into course at the final hour to make me and I got knocked into Em- it an easier course to follow and ma," said coach Mac. "Most kids use fewer personnel for traffic would have been done for the control, day, but she is pretty tough men- Huffin' bits & pieces: The tally and physically and was able event will benefit the Toys for to shake it off." The largest Tots program that is actively or- group of finishers, 87 of them, ganized by Apple Electric of Re- were in the eight-minute-per= hoboth Beach. The Giant of Re- mile pace, running between 8:01 hoboth Beach supplied the event and 8:59. For race results, visit with nearly $500 worth of the Seashore Striders webpage, pumpkin pies so each age-group winner received his or her own pie as well as plenty of pie at the Marathon countdown post-race ceremony. First-year lust one week away on the Seashore Strider Emma morning of Saturday, Dec. 8, Barthelmess, 10, lined up near Cape Region residents are en- the front of the field at the start couraged to come out and cheer of the race, and at the firing of on more than 2,000 runners in the gun, she found herself face the largest downstate event to DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS DEVIN HUNDLEY, 7, part of the Seashore Striders crew, headed to the nationals this week. date as 1,007 runners will race 13.1 miles in the half-marathon and 1,002 runners will tackle 26.2 miles in the marathon. Ten water groups are being finalized and 18 stations are being set up throughout the night to hydrate the 2,000 participants from 48 states. Hotels are full, restau- rants are preparing to be full, and the event is generating thou- sands of dollars for the Cape Re- gion on an offweekend in De- cember. h The best viewing spots are as Continued on page 94 ion Athletes Of The Week )) Fredman ELI 6ALIANO DARIN BECKETT A 14-year-old freshman from James Madison tqigh School in Vienna, Va., won last Sunday's Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5K in 17:48. Eli is the No. 3 runner on his school's cross country team. He owns a personal best 16:57. When asked if he plans to run spring track, Eli smiled and said, "Only if I get cut from the baseball team." Eli is an infielder, and it's hard to imagine him not making baseball unless coaches do some insider trading. After scoring the only two touchdowns in the 43rd annual tackle football Coolspring Turkey Bow!, Darin was presented with the paradox: The good news is the bad news; you are the player of the game in the Coolspring Turkey Bowl. Darin's dad Chico was lead official in the game, and his brother Gary Lee also played. Darin, who ran for Sussex Tech. was the 2012 Division I state champion in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.9 seconds. He comes from the Coo/spring Connection Clan of hurdlersthat goes back 35 years. Darin is a freshman at Delaware State University. ! TOMMY NOHILLY The 46-Year-old 1989 NCAA Steeplechase champion for the University of Florida surged to the front of 500 runners at last Saturday's Pumpkin Pie 5K in Rehoboth and appeared to cruise on home in a time of 16:41. Tommy admitted that he hasn't been training hard lately, but his base of painful workouts and races makes a 16:40 run a walk in the park for an athlete who also owns an indoor best in the mile of 4:01, Tom's wife Kim is a former 5-feet-lO-inch high jumper for the Gators. Tom missed making the 1992 Olympic team by .04 seconds. BOB PAULEN Bob, of Dewey Beach, who trains on the track atCape, was recently named the United States of America Track and Field age group athlete of the year for his achievements as a multi-event athlete and in individual events. Bob competes in the 75-79 age-group and won seven individual national titles in addition to a silver and two bronze medals over the indoor and outdoor seasons. Bob does long and short hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pentathlon. Watch Bob work out and it's no surprise he is in Ecuador recovering from hernia surgery. Bob's a great guy and an inspiration. Continued from page 88 guy calls and catches two per- fect games? And the early book on MBD teens is that they got to be 20 and just got better. I'm not saying that some school-aged kids don't benefit from taking Ritalin or Adderall, but a 34- year-old roly-poly Panamanian- with an unflattering Italian nick- name, no way. I love the player, but Carlos is a Chooch. Snippets - In basketball, the phrase "We will concentrate on defense" is code for "We can't shoot." I first went to Temple on a basketball scholarship in 1964. I was a shooter. Last week, after watching a high school basket- ball scrimmage packed with non-shooters who threw up enough bricks to construct a small house, I picked up a ball and with perfect form shot six straight air balls. I had lost all touch. I was either too strong or too weak, or perhaps I have ADD and need to look at the basket. I like the proverbial "fish out of water" like this photo of a smoking dad waiting for his 10- year-old son to finish a 5K. Dad was a blue-collar authentic American male who made no excuses - iust talked up his kid - who ran, like, 21 minutes. Jason Babin, Eagles' defensive end, was released; insiders say' not only was he nonproductive, he also has a really annoying personality. Go on now, girl