Last summer, Bradley Brooks celebrated his high school graduation with a win at the Dave Reynolds Biathlon in Rehoboth Beach. The swimmer and lifeguard had graduated from Charter School of Wilmington shortly before, and he was in town celebrating with this family.
This year, the 19-year-old followed up that performance with his second straight win in the half-mile swim and 5K run event, crossing the finish line in 30:20 to reclaim his title for another year. The time was 1:04 slower than his previous win, but it was still five seconds fast enough for the win.
Brooks recently completed his freshman year at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., where he is a member of the Green Terror swim team. In his first season in the pool, Brooks has made quite a splash, recording the fastest times of the season in several events.
Finishing just behind Brooks in second place was Dan Feeney, 22, of Wilmington, in 30:25. Rounding out the top five were Alexander Hampel, Steve O'Boyle and Matthew Bahama.
The course record was set in 1993 by Steve Petitt, who ran the race in a blistering 26:04.
The top women's finisher was Joanna Baird, 20, of Lutherville-Timonium, Md., in 33:54. Baird is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol in the summer and a sophomore swimmer at the University of Delaware. Baird finished 6:03 ahead of the next female competitor, Paula Pels, who finished in 39:57.
Following the race, a special award was given to Harry Nothacker for competing in every Dave Reynolds biathlon over the last 23 years. Nothracker, 65, of Devon, Pa., finished the race in 43:46.
Check out Tim Bamforth's running column in the Friday, July 5 edition of the Cape Gazette for more information about the race. To see the full results, go to www.seashorestriders.com.