By Kevin Eickman
The Milford girls and boys cross country teams competed in the Henlopen Conference Championships, held this past Saturday at Killens Pond State Park. With the boys having posted a 5-6 record during the regular season, expectations for the meet where not that high. Despite wining the Henlopen South title, Milford knew that they would have a tough time competing against the stronger teams from the Henlopen North.
The team put together a solid showing, placing sixth in the ten team event. The Buccaneers were paced by senior Andrew Eshelmen who turned in a time of 17:33 to finish 13th on the afternoon. “Andrew has had a solid year for us this season,” Coach Czar Bloom commented. “He has been a leader for us all year and continued that today.”
Also posting top 25 finishes for the Buccaneers where seniors Brandon Muncie (18:03) and Jeremy Morgan (18:21) “It was good to see the seniors lead the way today, they all recorded their best Killens Pond times,” said Bloom.
Like the boys, the Milford girls team also won the Henlopen South regular season title and were hoping to have a big day. Unfortunately for Milford, this was far from their best outing of the season. On a rather warm day for November, all the of the top five girls struggled with what appeared to be various physical challenges during the run. “Our calls were not at their best today, whether it was the weather or dehydration, they just didn’t have it,” Bloom said.
Despite there struggles, the girls still managed to post a sixth place finish. Junior Janin Rodriguez was the top Buccaneers finisher on the day, posting a time of 22:27, good enough for 20th place. Senior Lydia Cole finished 26th, with a time of 22:54. The third Lady Buc to cross the finish line was senior Amy Wilson, with a time of 23:14, good enough to place her in 30th position.
While the afternoon was a tough one for Milford, looking at the numbers it is easy to see that Milford was the best Division-II team at the meet. This is important as the Buccaneers will travel back to Killens next weekend for the DIAA State Championships. This is an event that the Buccaneers could put quite a showing in if they bring their best. “I hope the seniors stay motivated to put in one, final, extra special run out here,” stated Bloom. “They have run a lot of races over this course, it’s kind of like a second home for this team.”
Bloom also thinks it is an opportunity for the girls to put behind them, what was a bad race for all of them on Saturday. “I hope that the girls won’t be too happy with how things went today, and that they will take one last shot at redemption.” The DIAA Championships will be held this Saturday, races start at 1 pm.