The Indian River High School boys’ and girls’ teams both participated in the event. IR’s top boys’ finisher was senior Patrick Spencer with his 20th-place finish, with a time of 18:40.15. Senior Sarah Roehl crossed the finish stripe as the top Indian female with her 56th-place finish, at 24:29.80.
The Division II boys’ team state champion was Tatnall, while the individual championship went to Wilmington Friends’ Connor Nisbet. He completed the course in 16:12.57.
The Division II girls’ team state champion was Ursuline Academy, while the individual champion was Keelin Hayes of Tatnell. She ran the course in 19:12.60.
For the boys, Indian River, as a team, finished 10th out of the 30 schools that were in the event.
Following Spencer for the Indians was junior Christian Galindo Lopez, with his 56th place and a time of 19:59.15. Five IR sophomores all came across within the top 100 out of close to 200 runners.
Declan Burke was 58th (20:00.51) and Robert Senseny crossed in 71st place (20:21.33). Jackson Donnelly (92nd), Colin Hudson (94th) and Ben Spencer (98th) rounded out the Indians’ team performance.
As a team, the IR boys’ average run time was 20:02.78.
The IR girls finished 16th overall out of 29 teams that competed.
Sophomore Lauren Meehan finished in 72nd place with her time of 25:17.11, while junior Talia Curcio crossed inside the top 100 at 98th, with a time of 26:48.22. Senior Hannah Dunlap concluded her scholastic career for the Green-and-Gold with a 133rd-place finish. Angelina Arnold (119th), Lexi Hall (132nd) and Cassie McCabe (147th) rounded out the Indians who participated.
The Indians’ girls’ team’s average time for the meet was 26:59.10.
But with lots of youth on both squads, the future is bright for both of the Indians’ cross-country teams.
By Jason Feather