Heading for athletics to compete in state championships without spectators

Saturday will be the first state track championship held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., and the first state championship where spectators will not be allowed. Due to the size of the facility, only athletes and coaches will be permitted in the track area.

Cape Henlopen, with a rich track and field tradition in Delaware, is coming off a double Henlopen Conference Tag Team Championship this past weekend at UMES.

Both Cape Town sides fell back, spreading out for team points instead of going after individual events for season and personal best performances. Cape Town girls and boys will be in the championship section in all three relay events.

On the girls’ side, Padua, Tatnall, Saint-Marc and Cape are the only teams to have participated in all three relay championships, while on the boys’ side, Salesianum, Polytech and Cape are the only teams to have participated in all three events. Sophomore Hannah Maney and senior Tia Jarvis will run in all three relay teams. Katie Kuhlman will run the 1600 meters, Lainey Shockro will pole vault and Grace Wiggins will jump long. Cape will send three high jumpers, Elizabeth Melson, Ari Dabney and Allison Head, to the event. Alexa Dougherty and Cadence McMahon will do a triple jump.

On the boys side of the action, school record holder Ryan Baker will run the 1600, 3200 and 3200 relays. In the high jump event, the Vikings have Barritt Ross, Konner Knarr and Billy Cerf all set for records personal, while three pole vaulters – Bailey Fletcher, Jakob Hayes and Henlopen Conference champion Eddie Houck – will face off. Malaki Lewis will throw the shot put, while Daniel Saez, Knarr and John Small will compete in the long jump. Small will also perform a triple jump and run the 55-metre hurdles, while Ben Clifton and Brian Sponaugle will run the 800-metres. Andrew Wolak will run the 400 meters and Joey DeGregory will run the 3,200 meters.

Streaks

A lot of people have streaks in the world of running and running, and I think it’s worth reporting on that. Here are a few that come to mind.

For more than 20 years, local businessman and former Cape wrestling dad Ray Tartal Sr. has been to Rehoboth Beach, parked at Funland and walked two miles on the boardwalk at the same base time and on the same base course. “You would think that after 20 years I would be fed up, but I still love starting my day on the boardwalk and watching the sun rise over the ocean, Tartal said.

How about the late Doug White and his streak of his two favorite races – the Boston Marathon and the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. Doug has logged nearly 90,000 competitive miles and raced 43 consecutive Bostons and 44 Caesar Rodneys.

John Wolff, my runner friend from Virginia, had a long running streak that ranks among the longest in the country. Since September 1, 1990, John has run at least three miles a day. It will reach 11,500 consecutive days on February 24. The United States Running Streak Association requires a minimum of one mile per day. John currently sits at No. 62 in the United States for consecutive days.

Fredman clocked 100 miles per month for five consecutive years for a total of 60 consecutive months, which to me is impressive. This equates to seven to eight hours of walking per week.

Joe “Chico” Barranco, teacher and lifeguard, spent just under 15 years running every day of the week. During a past winter blizzard, Chico had to run around his basement water heater to keep his streak alive. “I almost hit 15 and then I got double pneumonia,” Barranco said. “I missed three weeks and then started another one that lasted about four years.” The streak finally caught up with Barranco about three years ago when he had to undergo hip replacement surgery. “These days I run 10 minutes and walk 50 minutes.”

The late Cape Town coach Bill Degnan was involved in a streak while a student-athlete at Frostburg, but it was a quick race across campus from dorms to cafe and back to dorms.

I’ve only been involved in a few sequences in my life. I’m getting closer to my 1500and consecutive column for the Cape Gazette. I’ve been in the same room as a teacher for 31 years, which I don’t believe anyone in the district can beat. Finally, in 1988, as a junior as a DSU, I set myself five months of 100 miles a week to hit 500 miles, an average of over 14 miles a day.

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