Six members of the Milford High School Cross Country team were named to the All-Conference Team at Killen’s Pond. In addition, Coach Lance Skinner was named Henlopen Conference Girl’s Coach of the Year.
Faith Mitchell and Nate Waydelis earned first team honors while Aviana Shaw and Joria Willey earned second team honors. Austin Neal-Dickerson and Kayla Ashton received an honorable mention. The Milford Girl’s Cross Country team finished third overall while the boys were fourth out of 15 schools.
Receiving the honor after a vote of fellow Henlopen Conference coaches, Skinner received his certificate at the race as well.
“This man works tirelessly and spends countless hours helping Milford XC runners achieve their very best,” the team posted on social media. “We watch him go above and beyond again and again in his devotion to the runners, team and community to make this recognition well deserved.”
This is Skinner’s tenth year as a coach and his fourth as head coach of the both the boys and girls Cross Country team. In 2022, the Girl’s Cross Country finished with a record of 7-3 under his direction. As a coach, Skinner has led the team to five division titles and one conference title.
A Milford native, Skinner graduated from Milford in 1996 and is listed as 13th on the top 20 all-time fastest 5k time. He was also named MVP for indoor track while running Cross Country and Outdoor track all four years of high school. Skinner continues to run and has completed several half and full distance marathons, including Boston twice, in 2015 and 2018.
Skinner lives in Milford with his wife and two sons. He serves as a lieutenant with the Delaware State Police in Dover. Skinner also enjoys fishing and watching his boys play baseball. He serves on the Special Olympics Torch Run and is a member of the Milford Little League Board of Directors.
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