Beacon girls’ track undefeated; Shadow Series Saturday, May 5

May 4, 2012
Mary Beth Smith of Bel Air, Md., raises her arms as she's anticipates a great race during the beginning of the second annual Quest Fitness Mud Run April 29. BY NICK ROTH

The Beacon Middle School girls’ track and field team moved to 8-0 on the season as they pulled away from Dover Central May 2, winning by a score of 72-37. The Beacon boys lost a close meet 55-54. Eighth grader Mike Williams led the boys' team by scoring 15 points, winning the 100 meters in 12.1 seconds, the shot put in 39 feet 1 inch, and the discus in a new school record of 107 feet. Seventh grade distance runner Ben Bamforth won the 1,600-meter run in 5:32.1, while eighth grader Dylan Alves won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.4 seconds. Seth DePrince and Jack Kyritsis tied for the win in the high jump, each clearing 4 feet 10 inches.

On the girls' side, it was again sixth grade distance runner Logan Shuttleworth leading the scoring with 15 points, winning the 1,600 in 5:47.7, the 800 in 2:41.9, and the triple jump in 26 feet 2 inches. Sixth grader Annie Judge kicked off the meet with a win in the 55-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 9.9 seconds, while seventh grader Jordyn Miller won the 400 in 1:10.7 and the high jump in 4 feet 2 inches for her first double win of the season. Thrower Mozella Matthews won the shot put in 28 feet 9 inches, while Andy Brzoska threw 72 feet 6 inches to win the discus. Eighth grader Miquaine Hollins won the 200 in 28.7. The girls' team competed without their high jumper and undefeated 400-meter runner Allison Palmer, who was ill at home.

On Friday, May 4 both Beacon and Mariner will compete at the Cape Invitational, a quality end-of-the-season competition featuring 8 to 10 middle schools running, jumping and throwing with the best.

Come out and support your local athletes and enjoy some quality young talent on the middle school scene beginning at 4 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School.

Mud, mud, mud
Last weekend, I joined forces with Quest Fitness and Matt Carter and we hosted just under 500 people for the second annual Quest Fitness Mud Run held at The Farm in Milton. The course took runners through 3.49 miles featuring a beginning woods run, a black mud stream crossing, the Russ Palmer climbing wall, tires, log carry, army crawl, ditch running, tunnel crawling, hay jumps, and lastly, pond crossing. Runners were presented with a medal at the finish and individual top three finishers were announced. Not only was the course challenging and difficult, but many runners told me it was their favorite all-time event. Proceeds of the event will go to the Harry Bonk Agricultural Scholarship Fund. Results and thousands of pictures can be found at

Locals getting it done
Local Vinnie McDowell, a Cape Henlopen graduate, grabbed second place for Moravian College in the 400-meter hurdles at the Landmark Conference Championships. The Vin-Man ran a time of 56.79, grabbing the silver medal, and will now advance to the ECAC Championships, which will be held Friday, May 18 in Albany, N.Y.

Local Rick Brokaw won the 50-59 age group at the Ocean City Half-Marathon last weekend, running a tough 1:21:57 and averaging 6:16 a mile. View all results at

Busy race weekend
The Seashore Striders will have three events this weekend, beginning with the second annual Roady 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 5 at Delaware Tech Community College in Georgetown. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The second stop on the Shadow Series will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 5 with the inaugural El Cinco 5 Miler, taking off from the bathhouse parking lot in Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Striders will close out the weekend at the second annual Delaware State Police Camp Barnes 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Walk and Kids' Run beginning at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 6, at Camp Barnes in Bethany. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The Donkey Dash 5K, originally scheduled for Sunday morning, May 6, has been postponed to a later date.

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