Valentine’s Chase 5K this Sunday at Cape Henlopen State Park

February 10, 2017

The 12th annual Valentine’s Chase 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk will take place this Sunday morning, Feb. 12, at Cape Henlopen State Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

Online registration will remain open through Saturday evening at 6 p.m. by visiting, with race-day registration Sunday from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. for $25. Custom-printed tech T-shirts will be guaranteed to all preregistered participants, and custom awards will be presented to the overall, masters and top three finishers in age groups from 9 & under to 70 & over.

The course will leave the fishing pier and pick up the bike path to the 1.55-mile turnaround mark in Fort Miles before returning the same way back to the fishing pier.

Kick off 2017 with a loved one and we will see you at the starting line.

State Indoor Championships

The Cape Henlopen track teams took part in the Delaware State Indoor Championships Feb. 4 in Landover, Md., at the Prince George’s Recreation Center. The boys’ team scored two points to finish 23rd in the state, while the girls’ team scored eight points to finish 13th in the state. Padua scored 132 points to win the girls’ title, while Howard scored 83 points to win the boys’ title. The Smyrna girls were the top Henlopen Conference team with 87 points, while Dover led the Henlopen Conference boys’ teams with 50 points.

For the Cape boys, junior Ryan Head finished seventh in the pole vault, jumping 10-feet-6-inches, as the only Vikings scorer on the day. Head had jumped 11-feet earlier this season. Sophomore Greg Boyce finished 14th in the 1,600 meters in a season-best time of 4:46.8. Boyce, who qualified in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 in his first year of competing, had run a 4:47.0 on the 160-meter Snow Hill oval earlier this season.

The Vikings boys ran season-best times in all three of their relays, as the 800 relay team ran 9:26.3 to finish 17th, the 400 relay team ran 3:53.1 for 20th and the 200 relay team ran 1:41.9 to finish 24th. 

For the girls, sophomore Ce’yra Middleton finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 34-feet-6.5-inches for the highest individual place, while the Vikings finished seventh in the 800 relay in a season-best time of 10:29.4 with the team of freshman Meredith Lockwood, sophomore Zoe Callard, freshman Olivia Brozefsky and sophomore anchor Darby Klopp.

Sophomore Marcella Sabbagh finished eighth in the high jump in 4-feet-8-inches before taking a knee to the nose during the landing of her 4-foot-10 attempt. Sabbagh had to disqualify herself from the competition with a broken nose.

Freshman Brozefsky, an all-state cross country runner last fall, finished 10th overall in a time of 5:42.6 in the 1,600 meters, which was a season-best time and five seconds faster than she ran during the season. Brozefsky ran in third place most of the race and moved up on the shoulder of the leader with 300 meters to go. With a lap to go, Brozefsky showed her speed and ran away from the field to win an exciting race easily in front of the cheering crowd.

Sophomore Mackenzie Parker finished 11th in the shot put with a heave of 31-feet-4.5-inches, while sophomore Sam Wyatt finished 12th in a season-best time of 9.81 in the 55-meter hurdles.

The Vikings finished 15th in the 200 relay in 1:58.0 with the team of sophomore Vienna Iacona, freshman Cam Smith, Klopp and freshman Timesha Cannon, while the Vikings finished 17th in the 400 relay in 4:37.9 with the team of Lockwood, Cannon, Brozefsky and Klopp. Iacona also finished 18th in 7.91 in the 55-meter dash.

“We went to the state meet with all freshman and sophomore athletes, which is good news for the future, but we were hoping for more season-best performances,” said coach Gilbert Maull. “The state championship is a time when you need to step it up - some did and, unfortunately, some didn’t.”

Finish line

University of Virginia freshman and former Cape star Sam Young jumped 16-feet-1-inch and 15-feet-3-inches in two back-to-back meets in Boston last weekend in the pole vault event. Sam will jump at Liberty University this Saturday.

Shields Elementary celebrates Heart Month in February by learning about the heart, such as taking heart rate, including resting and max heart rate, eating healthy, and living a healthy lifestyle. The gym at Shields is turned into a fitness center, with stations that students rotate through every few minutes. There is no member fee to the Shields Fitness Center - just a smile to come in and a smile to leave. Over and out!