By Kevin Eickman
Buccaneers conclude season
with solid State meet showing
By Kevin Eickman
One week removed from the Henlopen Conference Championships, the Milford boys and girls cross country teams ended their season the same place it began. Participating in the Division II DIAA State Cross Country Championships held at Killens Pond State Park, the Buccaneers turned in their best performances of the season.
On the boys side senior Brandon Munce paced the Bucs with a time of 17:40, good enough for 25th overall. The next two highest place Bucs would be seniors as well, with Andrew Eshelman posting a 17:52 for a 29th place spot. While Jeremy Morgan would log a 31st place finish, with a time of 17:53.
The combined times of the first five Milford runners to cross the line, was good enough to place the boys team in 9th place overall, in the 25 team field. While on the surface an ninth place finish might seem like nothing special, it was good enough to make Milford the top “traditional” public school at the meet.
With the meet being the final competition for the seniors, Milford LIVE caught up with them to get their thoughts on this meet and their careers. Talking with Munce, he thought this year ended on a solid note. “I felt pretty good, I ran very smooth and it was great racing weather,” Munce stated “This was a great team to be a part of, it will always have a special place in my heart.”
The three seniors on this year’s squad where captains, it was a role that Eshelman grew into as the season progressed. “Transitioning into something I had never done before was a bit difficult at first, but having seen how it had been done in the past by other captains, I grew into it,” Eshelman stated. When asked what he liked the most about this team, Eshelman didn’t hesitate “This is just a great team, everyone worked so hard, it was incredible.”
Running on the Killens Pond course is never easy, and Morgan was quick to the point when asked about the day “I’m glad it’s over, this was tough.”
The girls team had an equally impressive outing as well, posting an 8th place finish in the 25 team field. The result may have been even more impressive when you take into consideration the show that had unfolded the week before. In the Henlopen Championships, all of the girls struggled on the afternoon and were looking to make amends “The girls may have had a chip on their shoulders after last week,” coach Czar Bloom continued “They really came out with a purpose today, and it was the best work as a team all season.”
Pacing the way for the Bucs was sophomore Janin Rodriquez, who turned in a 40th place performance with a time of 21:28 “We had a real bad week last week, and for us to come back like this says a lot about this team.”
The next finisher for Milford was senior Amy Wilson in 44th position with a time of 21:58. Looking back at her career at Milford, Wilson was proud of how far she has come in her four years on the Buccaneers. “Looking back to my freshman year, and to be able to run five minutes faster as a senior is something to be proud of,” she stated.
The other senior captain for Milford was Lydia Cole, who placed 46th with a time of 22:06. Cole was particularly proud of how the team responded after last weeks poor showing. “Nothing seemed to go right for any of us last week, but we really focused at practice this week,” commented Cole. “Today was just a reflection of how tough this team is.”
Bloom was proud with how his seniors where able to bring the team together “This was a rather green group, and it was a huge task to help bring the team together,” Bloom stated “The work all the seniors did was outstanding, and it will pay off for us in the future.”