The Sussex Tech Ravens flocked around the Indian River cross country course, the top 5 runners separated by a New York minute, 16:37 to 17:37, to win the Henlopen Conference Cross Country Championship meet with a low 40 points over favored Caesar Rodney, which placed second with 78.
The basic rule for scoring a cross country meet is to add up the top 5 places of each team and the low score wins. Runners 6 and 7 don’t count other than to displace or knock back other runners into earning a higher number.
The significance of this information is that organizers of the meet moved it from Killens Pond for the first time in 47 years, and scored the meet incorrectly by adding all seven runners into a final score, producing borderline confusing results days after the completion of the meet.
Sussex Tech knew what time it was when their top 5 got home before CR’s top 5 to win the Henlopen meet for the first time in school history for coach Lou Nicoletti.
Sam Hete led Tech, running 16:37 for a second-place finish followed by Ben Bamforth 16:57 in fifth, Ian Carlisle 17:15 in seventh, Jake Bamforth 17:19 in eighth and Jay Hinds 17:37 in 18th place.
Jake Bamforth was key for the Ravens, coming off a season of nagging injuries to run his personal best time by 40 seconds.
Nate Twining of CR was individual champion while Adam Bailey of Smyrna placed third and Bryan Perry of Polytech was fourth.
Cape’s top runners were Ryan Wilson in 10th and Sam Nye in 15th.
The team order of finish was Sussex Tech followed by Caesar Rodney, Cape, Smyrna, Lake Forest and Polytech.
The DIAA state championship meet for Division I and II boys and girls is Saturday, Nov. 8, at White Clay Creek State Park on Route 896 just north of Newark.
The meet times are Division II girls at 1 p.m., Division I girls at 1:40, Division II boys at 2:20 and Division I boys at 3.