The Cape Henlopen cross country teams started the season with big numbers and have produced big results highlighted by double victories from the boys’ and girls’ teams at the Sussex County Cross Country Championships Oct. 31 at Sussex Tech High School.
Cape won the boys’ team championship with 45 points followed by Sussex Tech with 51, Sussex Central with 57, Indian River with 89, Delmar with 146, Sussex Academy with 164 and Delmarva Christian with 186. The top 10 finishers in the race were Austen Cave of Delmar in 16:15, Albert Norman of Sussex Central in 16:23, Greg Boyce of Cape in 16:29, Ben Campagnone of Sussex Central in 17:13, Kurt Rushing of Sussex Tech in 17:20, Ryan Marrow of Sussex Tech in 17:28, John DiStefano of Cape in 17:35, Pat Spencer of Indian River in 17:45, Kolbe O’Donnell of Cape in 17:53 and Tony Velasquez of Indian River in 18:02.
At total of 44 boys broke 20 minutes in the race, translating to a 6:25 or faster pace.
The Cape girls were the surprise team champions highlighted by several personal-record performances.
“We lost to Indian River and Sussex Tech during the season. To finish ahead of them today says something about our training and focus,” said assistant coach Rob Percival.
Cape won with 38 points followed closely by Indian River with 43, Sussex Tech with 52, Sussex Academy with 102, Sussex Central with 140, Delmarva Christian with 165 and Delmar with only four finishers.
Olivia Brozefsky of Cape was the overall winner running in 20:01. She was followed by Micayla Meehan of Indian River in 21:19, Hannah Murphy of Sussex Tech in 21:25, Sarah Roehl of Indian River in 21:28, Yesenia Ramirez Montano of Cape in 21:29, Lauren Meehan of Indian River in 21:32, Taylor Johnson of Cape in 21:44, Kylie Millner of Sussex Tech and Jewel Yanel of Indian River in 22:13, and Amaya Daisey of Cape in 22:20.
The Cape boys completed the dual-meet season with a record of 11-1, losing only to Caesar Rodney, while the girls’ record was 8-4.
Cape will compete at the Henlopen Conference Championship Saturday, Nov. 4, at Killens Pond State Park. The JV races start at 2 p.m., varsity boys run at 3, and varsity girls go out at 3:30.