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Records fall at Bottle & Cork 10-Miler

Upstate runners dominate Dewey Beach race
By Nick Roth | Sep 09, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Wilmington Cross Country runners make the turn from Bellevue Street onto Route 1 to take an early lead in the 37th annual Bottle & Cork 10-Miler Sept. 7 in Dewey Beach.

Dewey Beach — The 37th annual Bottle & Cork 10-Miler and 5K was dominated by a host of upstate runners who made the trek down to Dewey Beach. Wilmington Cross Country - a club with a mix of high school and recreational runners - showed up and cooked the competition, winning both races. Many Tatnall cross country runners opted to use the 10-mile course as a training session over the Lake Forest Invitational, held farther north in Felton.

One of those Tatnall runners, Stephen Garrett, won the 10-miler in a course record time of 54:19, eclipsing last year's winning time by more than six minutes. Chris Slate, a former Clemson runner and member of the Wilmington Cross Country club, followed shortly behind Garrett in 55:51. Tatnall senior captain Jack Hagood logged a time of 56:16. Last year's winner Enos Benbow, 31, of Georgetown, broke up the Wilmington parade in fourth at 56:44, topping his 2012 time by 3:45.

Tatnall runners then rounded out the top eight spots with Henry Paul (56:50), Ben Boswell (56:59), Patrick Lynch (57:11) and Michael Flanagan (58:11).

Winning the women's 10-mile race was Denise Knickman, 45, of Baltimore, who crossed the finish line in 1:06:24, good enough for 22nd overall. This is the sixth time Knickman has won the Bottle and Cork 10-Miler, previously winning in 2002 (1:03:03), 2003 (1:02:55), 2005 (1:02:44), 2008 (1:06:06) and 2011 (1:06:20). Her 2013 time was fast enough to set a new course record for the female 45-49 division.

Dan Simmons, 66, of Newark also set a course record in the 65-69 age group with his final time of 1:13:19.

Rounding out the top five female finishers were Cory Boyd, 23, of Dover in 1:07:07; Jen Cawthern, 29, of Dewey Beach, in 1:09:05; Kristen Stump, 24, of Wilmington, in 1:09:12; and Kieran Hanrahan, 16, of Wilmington, in 1:09:36. Hanrahan is a junior on the Tatnall girls cross country team. Rehoboth Beach's Mary Beth Evans completed the course in 1:15:54.

Tatnall's dominance continued in the 5K race, with the Hornets girls placing second through fourth in the women's race. Rachel Lee, 21, of South Hadley, Mass., was the women's winner in 19:41. She was followed in by Kate Hastings, 16 (19:59); Quinn Teklits, 14 (20:12) and Kenra Riley, 16 (20:17). Liz Clinton, 19, of Havertown, Pa., rounded out the top five with a time of 20:20.

The overall 5K winner was Wilmington Cross Country runner Chris Warren. The 22-year-old Newark resident kept a frenetic 5:05-per-mile pace to log a winning time of 15:46. Upstate runners followed Warren in with 19-year-old Vince Kahler of Newark in 16:28, Patrick Boettcher, 32, of Newark, in 16:41 and Collin Lenoir, 18, of Wilmington, in 17:00.

Bryan Mack, 23, of Lewes, was the first downstate runner to cross the finish line at 21st overall in 19:34.

Sixteen-year-old Stephen Garrett, a junior at Tatnall School, cruises toward the finish line to win the Bottle & Cork 10-Miler in 54:18, a 5:26 per mile pace. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Chris Slate, 22, of Wilmington, rounds the final turn. He finished second overall in 55:51. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jack Hagood, senior captain of the Tatnall cross country team, was the third finisher in 56:16. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ben Boswell, 16, of Wilmington, pushes down the final stretch to finish sixth in 56:59. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Last year's winner Enos Benbow of Georgetown finished with a faster time, 56:44, but it was only good enough for fourth place. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Matthew Cutrona, 43, of Wilmington, finished in 1:01:18, which placed him in 10th for the race. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Anthony Swierzbinski, 27, of Wilmington passes Jimmy's Grille in the final mile of the race. He finished 11th in 1:02:41. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joey Andrisani, 30, of Hockessin, a familiar face in the Dewey Beach running scene, completed the course in 1:04:40 to finish 15th overall. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Denise Knickman, 45, of Baltimore, was the women's overall winner and 20th overall finisher with a time of 1:06:23. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Cory Boyd, 23, of Dover, was the second woman to complete the course, in 1:07:09. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Duane Christy, 50, of Havre De Grace, Md., runs down Bellevue Street. He finished in 1:07:27. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jen Cawthern, 39, of Dewey Beach, was the third woman to finish, in 1:09:05. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kristen Stump, 24, of Wilmington, leaves her competitors in the distance as she nears the finish line. Her final time was 1:09:12. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jack Vassalotti, 61, of Lewes, was not wearing his familiar headgear, but finished the 10-miler in 1:41:12. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Truman Perry, 48, of Hockessin, falls into the middle of the pack at the start of the 10-miler. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Melanie Murray, 28, of Selbyville, finds a good pace early in the 10-mile race. She finished in 1:12:58. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Chris Warren, 22, of Newark, won the Bottle & Cork 5K in 15:46. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Vince Kahler, 19, of Newark, trailed a little behind to finish second in 16:28. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Collin Lenoir, 18, of Wilmington, leads Geoff Heath, 21, of Bear, past the Bottle and Cork. They finished fourth and fifth with times of 17:00 and 17:08, respectively. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Logan Bradley, 21, of Wilmington, puts all his energy into the final few tenths of a mile. He finished in 17:39 to earn eighth place. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Kayla Boswell, 15, of Wilmington, leads Leslie Wright, 50, of Delmar, Md., down the final stretch. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Elizabeth Schlappal, 27, of Washington, D.C., puts in her ear buds for the final tenth of a mile. She won the female 25-29 division in 24:29. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Quinn Teklits, 14, of Wilmington, stays a few strides ahead of her Tatnall teammate Kendra Riley, 16, of Wilmington. They finished in 20:12 and 20:17, respectively. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ron Sage, 45, of Olney, Md., waves to friends and family as he nears the finish line. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Rachel Heisler, 16, of Wilmington, is all smiles as she rounds the final turn. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Ron Niblett, 65, of Newark, won the 65-69 division in 22:05. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Beth Reinhart, 33, of Allison Park, Pa., salutes the cheering crowd as she nears the finish line. She won the 30-34 division in 20:40. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
RJ Fox, 48, of Hyattsville, Md., pushes himself in the last few strides of the race. He finished in 18:24 to win the 45-49 division. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
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