The Lake Forest Invitational Cross Country Meet at Killens Pond Sept. 7 qualified as a festival of youth with a few old dogs leaving footprints in the 9 a.m open division race.
All the usual Delaware suspects were there except the Tatnall Hornets machine, which elected to use the Bottle & Cork 10 Miler as a training run.
Steven Garrett, 16, of Tatnall won The Cork in a time of 54:18, beating Enos Benbow, who placed fourth, two minutes and 30 seconds off the lead. Benbow then drove to Lake to help coach the Seashore Striders youth team.
Logan Shuttleworth led the Striders girls' team over the 3K as she placed third in 14:16.
The high school girls' varsity A race for larger schools was won by Emily Paolucci of Padua in a time of 19:37 followed by Tori Vickers of Smyrna in 19:45 and Rebekah Mills of CR in 19:55.
Cape’s Keren Rams was the Vikings' top runner in 22:18 followed by Madison MavElrevey in 22:30, Rachel Best in 23:18, Sarah Rambo in 23:25 and Grace Brokaw in 23:30.
Briana Hall was Sussex Tech’s first runner in 23:18 followed by Meghan Davidson in 24:12, Laura Zwiebel in 25:43, Tara Cannon in 25:48 and Athena Nedham in 26:23.
The boys' 3K race was won by Andrew Avila of the Delaware Running Company in 12:07. Blake Hundley was the top Seashore Striders finisher in 12:42.
The varsity boys' A race was won by Pat Hally in the sizzling time of 15:57. A hundred runners broke 20 minutes in the race.
The top five for Cape were Austin MacElrevey in 17:27, Ryan Thornburg 17:44, Sidney Miller 18:54, Seth DePrince 19:45 and Stephen Anderson 20:35.
The top five from Sussex Tech were Victor Rueda in 17:00, Jake Bamforth 17:20, Sam Hete 18:15, David Landis 18:33 and Ian Carlis 18:39. Ben Bamforth, a freshman for Tech, ran 18:44.
There were a total of 10 races on the day. The Seashore Striders won the girls' 3K race with 23 points over Newark Charter. The Striders boys won 20-35 over Newark Charter. The Cape girls placed 10th in the varsity A race with Sussex Tech in 12th.
Sussex Tech placed sixth in the varsity boys' race while Cape placed 12th. Complete results from the Lake Forest Invitational can be found at www.n5cta.com.