Brynn Crandell walks all the dogs at Lake Forest Invitational

Caesar Rodney shows depth and quality
September 15, 2023

Caesar Rodney won both the girls’ and boys’ varsity A titles at the Lake Forest Invitational Sept. 9, while Maryvale Prep won the girls’ varsity B competition, with St. Andrew’s winning the varsity B boys’ division. 

Cape Henlopen placed second in the girls’ and boys’ varsity A races, while Sussex Academy placed second in the varsity B races. 

Combining the average 5K times of the top seven runners across both divisions for girls, the results were: Maryvale Prep 22:05, Sussex Academy 22:10, Caesar Rodney 22:22, St. Andrew’s 22:59 and Cape Henlopen 23:13. The boys combined results were: Caesar Rodney 17:24, St. Andrew’s 18:22, Cape Henlopen 18:31, Sussex Academy 18:45 and Georgetown Day 18:55.

Brynn Crandell of Indian River won the girls’ varsity race in 18:20. Isabelle Walsh of Middletown finished runner-up in 18:45, while Sussex Academy eighth-grader Paige Ballinger took third in 19:33. Arina Varrato of Sussex Tech claimed seventh in 20:54, Faith Mitchell of Milford just behind in eighth with a time of 21:45.

Lily Bowe rounded out the top 10 with a 21:45 clocking. Hailey Hassell was Cape’s top runner, finishing 17th with a time of 22:27. Rounding out Cape’s top five scoring points were Ava Dolan (23:05), Allaire Burton (23:15), Maya Yngve (23:30) and Emma Thompson (23:47). Finishing behind Ballinger and Bowe for Sussex Academy were Makenna Blades (22:59), Riley Moriarty (23:08) and Peyton Stanislav (23:18). A total of 74 runners finished the race. 

Peter Bird of St. Andrew’s won boys’ varsity race in 16:50. Jason Baker of Cape finished just five seconds behind for second place. Ian Cain of Caesar Rodney earned third place with a 17:07 time, while Nate Waydelis of Milford took fourth in 17:11. Ryan Moody was Sussex Academy’s top runner, claiming 12th overall in 17:50. His teammate Duncan Winger finished two spots behind in 17:51, while Justin Friscia took 18th in 18:19.

Brayden Redd was Cape’s second finisher in 18:29 for 21st place, while Max Gillen’s time of 18:39 was good for 23rd place. Rounding out Cape’s top runners were Joey DeGregory (18:58) and Kieran Morrissey (19:36). Owen Mattioni finished outside the scoring for Cape, but still broke 20 minutes with a time of 19:52. Scoring points for Sussex Academy after Moody, Winger and Friscia were Josue Laurore (19:28) and Will Parker (20:17). A total of 123 runners finished the race. 

Zach Mills of Caesar Rodney won the JV boys’ race in 19:04. Andrew Radka was the first of six Cape runners to finish in the top 20, crossing the finish in 19:36 for fifth place. Other Cape finishers include Carter Gibbbons (20:12), Mattox Rineer (20:25), Josh Cohen (20:43), Alex Ernakovich (21:05) and Clay Wakefield (21:06). 

Kaleigh Vodvarka of Woodbridge wont he JV girls’ race in 23:08. Leah Sullivan was Cape’s top finisher in ninth place with a time of 25:35. Other Cape finishers include Anna Kucharik (26:09), Lillian Fisher (26:30), Ally Miller (27:00) and Lucy Mongeluzo (27:17), Mia Bender (28:41) and Leah Sheehan (30:01).


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