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T he Cape indoor track team traveled to the Worcester County Rec Center in Snow Hill, Md., Dec. 13 for the second indoor meet of the year. The boys’ meet was won by Parkside High School with 67 points, while the Vi- kings were third with 62 points. Lake Forest was fourth with 44 points, Sussex Tech was seventh with 28 points, Smyrna was 10th with 25 points and Caesar Rod- ney was 15th with 10 points. The Vikings continued to dominate the relays, winning the mile relay with the team of Nathan Loucks, Demetris Park- er, Christian Partlow and David Smith in a time of 3:57.3, while Cape’s 3,200-meter relay team was second in 9:00.7. Cape also placed high in the 800-meter relays, but a DQ in the race took four points away. Individually, Greg Boyce was second in the 1,600 meters in 4:43.3 for a per- sonal indoor best, while Ryan Head was also second in the pole vault at 10-feet-6-inches. Curtis Purnell was third in the 55-meter dash in a season-best time of 6.81. Isaiah Fillyau was third in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.35.  John DiStefano was third in the 3,200 meters in 11:01.7. Owen Allen ran a season-best in the 800 meters in 2:11.6. Curtis Purnell was third in the long jump at 19-feet-4-inches. Garrett Elgin was fourth in the long jump in 18-feet-10-inches and second in the triple at 39-feet- 3-inches. Carson Jeney was fourth in the triple jump in 34-feet- 6-inches. Jordan Jefferson was sixth in the 55-meter dash in 6.90. Both Jordan Keener and Kenny Witherspoon were eighth in the high jump at 5-feet-4-inches, while Cesar Campos was eighth in the vault at 8-feet-6-inches. The girls’ meet was won by Kent Island with 80 points. In the Henlopen Conference, the Eagles from Smyrna led the way in third with 73 points. The Vi- kings were next with 28 points for sixth, while Lake was 10th with 17 points, Sussex Tech was 12th with 13 points, Seaford was 14th with 6 points and Caesar Rodney rounded out the scoring with a 16th-place finish with 2 points. Ce’yra Middleton led the Vi- kings with a win in the shot put with a throw of 36-feet-3-inches, while Amaya Daisey won the long jump with a season best of 15-feet-7-inches. Timesha Cannon was third  in the long jump at 14-feet-11-inches. Can- non returned to run a 7.87 in the 55-meter dash. Mackenzie Parker was fourth in the shot put at 30-feet-9-inches. Aya Daisey tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 4-feet- 6-inches, while Martha Billups was fifth in the triple jump at 23-feet-9-inches. The 800-me- ter relay team of Aya Daisey, Amaya Daisey, Hannah Evans and Bre Kusen was seventh in 2:02.9. The Vikings will travel to the Pat Russo Invitational again in Snow Hill Wednesday, Dec. 20, when each team can enter two athletes in each event and med- als will be presented to the top three finishers in each event. Run with Santa 5K A name change from the Snowball Run to the Run with Santa 5K last weekend brought 70 runners out to Cape Henlo- poen State Park in Lewes for some holiday fun and a run. There was hot cider, two kinds of chili, homemade cookies, Santa hats, Rudolph noses, Christmas music, Mr. & Mrs. Claus photo cutouts and jingle bells to bring the runners into the spirit. There were Santa suits and costumes everywhere, from big-bearded Santas to clean shaven Santas, from plump Santa’s to skinny Santas, from sexy Santas to sexy Santas helpers. We even had a “Bad Santa,” who had a bit too much bourbon during his overnight travels. The course took runners through the youth camp and onto the bike path for a trek to the overlook at Fort Miles and back – always a runner’s favorite. Martin Rodriguez of Sel- byville captured the overall male title in 18:55, while 16-year- old Mikayla Cannon won the fe- male title in 23:31. Chris Stanley of Fruitland, Md., won the male masters in 20:13, while Jackie Quigley won the female masters in 23:59. Striders Food Drive The Seashore Striders do- nated all the canned food items collected at the Run for Santa 5K to the Casa San Francisco Center. Casa San Francisco in Milton provides a wide range of services aimed at helping low-income residents of Sussex County. They provide housing and three daily meals for up to 12 adults for a maximum of 30 days. A case manager works with each resident to obtain income and locate affordable housing opportunities. They also help with medications, laundry, clothing and transpor- tation. The staff at the center does a great job in the commu- nity, and anytime the Seashore Striders can help the cause, we try to lend a hand. Martin and Enos I have worked races with many people, from paid workers and volunteers to just someone lending a hand for a few min- utes. Race events do not happen without great volunteers, and to me, it’s the volunteers who make a great event. In most cases, the volunteers who come forward to help and also run are not worried much about their performance and are happy just to take part in the event. Once in a while, a great while, I get a great volunteer who is also a great runner who not only cares about lending a hand, but also cares about training and racing hard. Martin Rodriguez is a lot like our local truck driving runner, Enos Benbow. Both Martin and Enos would do anything to make a Seashore Striders race better, and both show up hours before the event to get the behind-the-scenes jobs done. Then, they disappear for 20 minutes before the start of the race to get in a quick warm-up, then show up  on the line for the start. In most cases, it is Martin or Enos who is also the first one back – last weekend it was Mar- tin. Martin is coming off a sub- three-hour Rehoboth Seashore Marathon, where he qualified to toe the line in his favorite race, the Boston Marathon. 94 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette RACE SCHEDULE Sunday, Dec. 31 Run into the New Year 5K, 12 p.m., Rehoboth Bandstand, Rehoboth Beach, www.sea- Monday, Jan. 1 Seventh annual Hair of the Dog 10K/5K, 10K begins at 8:45 a.m., 5K begins at 10 a.m., Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue, Bethany Beach, Cape Region Athletes Of The Week » SKYLAR JOHNSON Just four games into his var- sity career, Cape's sophomore combo guard has already shown coaches and fans that he has the makings of a prime-time performer. In Cape's runaway win over Polytech Dec. 12, Johnson scored the first bucket of the night and never looked back, finishing with career highs of 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Johnson is a blur on both sides of the ball, but he really shines on the defensive end, where he uses his freakish quickness to make life miserable for oppos- ing backcourts. After losing four key guards to graduation, the Vikings needed their young perimeter players to step up, and so far, Johnson has done just that. MORGAN MAHONEY A transfer from New York last August, this Beacon Middle School honor roll student is quite the find for the Vikings' athletic program. She scored 13 points to lead her squad over Mariner Middle Dec. 13. A for- ward on the Beacon team, she has played basketball since first grade on Staten Island, where she excelled on numerous travel ball squads. She is also a regular in the weight room with her mom. "Morgan is a great kid," said Beacon coach Sam Purple. "She has a really good basketball IQ, knows what she's doing, knows how to move the ball. She sees the open pass and can take a nice jumper, which is pretty cool for a big girl." When not playing basketball, Morgan loves singing in the choir and hanging out with friends. MADDIE MCGREEVY A 16-year-old junior swimmer, Maddie is a 5-foot-9 honors student who also takes an AP class. Maddie swims two open events and two relays at each Cape meet, usually the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Versus Caesar Rodney Dec. 12, she switched up and won the 200 freestyle relay, but lost her first race of the season in the 100 back by a half of a second. “I was a Dewey guard last summer, which got me in great shape,” Maddie said. “I did the open water swim leg in the Rehoboth biathlon as part of a relay. I swim year round for the Barracudas swim team out of Seaford for coach Scott McIntyre. My mom takes care of my nutrition. My diet is designed toward to me being a swimmer.” SYDNEY PEDERSON Each fall, Sydney gets her license renewed from the down- town store giving her permis- sion to launch three-point shots from any area code without pay- ing extra postage. At Polytech Dec. 12, Sydney was the only non-reluctant shooter on the court. Like the song lyric “hit me with your best shot, fire away,” she drilled five three-point baskets for 15 points on top of another nine for a total of 24 in Cape’s shorthanded 55-32 vic- tory over the Panthers. “We ask Sydney to do a lot, from han- dling the ball to scoring,” said coach Lauren Carra. “And so it goes with shooters, sometimes they’re hot and sometimes not, but they have to keep shooting.” Cape hosts Caesar Rodney this Friday night. A member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates, LLC Proud to Sponsor Cape Region Athletes of the Week Community-Minded, Customer-Focused Cape indoor track teams compete hard in Snow Hill Tim » Bamforth RUNNING