Shuttleworth wins three events to lead Beacon to 2-0 record

April 6, 2012

The Beacon Middle School track teams rolled south to Selbyville to take on an always tough program led by Sally Craig, and when the dust had settled just outside the chicken plant, the Beacon team left 1-1, heading back to Lewes. The Beacon girls broke a four-year losing streak to Selbyville by winning eight events and both relays with a final score of 73-36. Selbyville topped the Beacon boys 79-30.

Sixth-grader Logan Shuttleworth led the way with a three-win performance of 15 points, taking the 1,600 meters in 5:56, the 800 in 2:45, and the triple jump in 25-feet-5-inches. Sprinter Miquaine Hollins had a big day, winning the 100m  in 13.3, the 200m in 28.7 and anchoring the winning 400m relay in 57.9 with the team of Annie Judge, Lerah Boyer and Marnae Duffy. Allison Palmer won the 400m in 1:09.4 and the high jump in 4-6, while Duffy anchored the winning 800m relay with the team of Judge, Katie Frederick and Jodi Boyer in 2:08. The Beacon girls won every race on the track except the 55m hurdles, where Dae Dae “Pocket Rocket” Mackey banged the third hurdle and went down hard after leading the race over the second hurdle.

The Beacon boys fell to Selbyville; however, several athletes set personal bests led by hurdler Dylan Alves running 15.6 seconds, just short of the 15.2 school record, and winning the 110-meter low hurdles. Ben Bamforth returned from breaking his shoulder in January by running 5:50 in the mile for third place. Mike Williams scored nine points with three second-place finishes in the 100m, 200m and shot put. Selbyville won both sprint relays, while Beacon grabbed second and third in the 400m, 800m and 1,600m events.

Mariner Middle traveled to Chipman, but results from that meet were not available as of Gazette deadline.  Beacon and Mariner will host Selbyville and Millsboro on the Cape track starting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in a quad meet.

Hey foolers! Last Saturday morning marked the 18th annual April Fools Day Run at Cape Henlopen State Park, which is a bit of an all surface and anything goes event that runners who look for a challenge with a mystery distance come out and enjoy. This year the runners lined up at the start in A-Z order, which put defending champion Breck Vanderwende in the back, but it did not last long. Following a fishing pier out-and-back, the course took them to the beach for some soft-sand battle and then onto the roads through the youth camp. An added twist this year was a trip through the fitness stations where they had to cross some monkey bars and do some climbing halfway through the course. As they crossed through the chip-timing split, they started another loop since they enjoyed the first loop so much. Total distance was 3.32 miles with Vanderwende taking the male race in 23:09 and Susan Dunn winning the female race in 25:52. Christopher Stanley won the masters and finished in the No. 2 spot in 23:33, while John Thorton wrapped up the top three in 23:51, winning the 30-39 age group. Mardiny Ung finished second in the female race winning the masters in 28:07 for second, while Monique Bamforth wrapped up the top three, winning the 40-49 age group in 28:22. Visit for race results.

Community Rocks 5K -  The inaugural Community Rocks 5K and 1M walk took to the streets March 31 with 74 runners supporting local friend Mike Jennings, who was injured in a car accident earlier this year. Mike was pushed in a wheelchair through the one-mile course and was introduced at the start to a cheering crowd. A local band played; local restaurant Big Fish played host, local people donated and local runners showed up to show their support as the community rocked through this event. The goal of the event is to support someone in the community in need every year. Read Community Rocks 5K benefits local accident victim story for more information and photos.

Chris Racine of Dagsboro won the male race in 18:45, while Mark Rosasco won the male masters in 19:43, finishing second. Amanda Meade won the female race in 21:54, while Carole Rosasco won the female masters in 22:38. Visit for race results.

Upcoming April Races
• 8 a.m., Saturday, April 7 - BunnyPalooza 5K/10K Run, Bethany Beach.
• 8 a.m., Sunday, April 15 - Third Seashore Classic, Half Marathon Classic 5K and Relay, Irish Eyes, Lewes.
• 8 a.m., Saturday, April 28 - 12th Oxford Day 10K Run, Oxford, Md.
• 9 a.m., Sunday, April 29 - Second Quest Fitness Mud Run, The Farm, Milton.