Last Wednesday, Oct. 10, Indian River High School’s cross-country teams hosted Polytech, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Academy in a quad-meet that saw 155 runners compete on the 3.1-mile course.
The Indians went 1-2 in the combined meet, with the win coming at 16-46 over Sussex Academy. CR and Polytech were victorious by scores of 18-40 and 26-29, respectively.
As has become his custom, IR senior Patrick Spencer was again the first Indian crossing the finish line. He toured the course in 18:06 minutes.
Ahead of Spencer were Rider runners Chris Crossen and Blaise Moyer. Crossen was the meet’s fastest runner, covering the course in 17:28. Moyer followed his teammate, running the course in 18:05.
“It was a really good run today,” Spencer said. “The course was a lot better today, a lot faster, because there was no rain from the night before to make it all damp. So it was a very quick course, and the competition today, with four teams competing, it makes everybody 10 times faster.”
Senior Sarah Roehl was IR’s first female to reach the finish line, with a time of 22:57. CR’s Maleah Chumley took top honors in the girls’ race.
“The course was awesome, actually,” described Roehl, who hopes to attend Clemson University next fall. “I don’t remember most of it. I was full of adrenaline this time. That’s all that went through me this time. I knew today was going to be a challenge, so I pushed myself harder.”
According to IR coach Steve O’Boyle, “The girls are flowing, and they have a different path then the boys do right now. The boys are definitely a young team. If you saw Senior Night tonight, except for one senior, the front pack of eight runners are very young, so I’m excited about that. If there’s a loss, it’s because we played a better team, and if we win, it’s because we had a really good day. We have no excuses at this point.”
Lauren Meehan and Jamie Fishinger each finished in the top 20 for the meet. The Indians’ girls came up on the short end of their three contests with CR (17-44), Polytech (25-30) and Sussex Academy (22-34).
“The rest of the season looks excellent,” O’Boyle continued. “We have not backed off, and we have not rested. My top five boys are back out on the course now doing another 4 miles. We’re not looking for meet-individual wins as much as we’re looking at the whole season. A couple of guys are looking at running scholarships next year. We’re looking after their health and making sure they mature as runners.”
The Indians’ squads were set to race against Milford and Lake Forest in a tri-meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17 (results will be available on the Coastal Point sports Facebook page, since the meet is after Coastal Point press time) before closing out the regular season with another quad-meet at Cape Henlopen against the Vikings, Smyrna and Sussex Central on Oct. 24.
By Bruce C. Walls
Special to the Coastal Point