Indian River hosts cross-country trip-meet

Date Published: 
Oct. 6, 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River High School’s cross-country course begins behind their football stadium’s visitor’s side, quickly heading into the woods behind the school along grassy paths, leading to an opening by the soccer field. From there, the 3.1-mile course returns to the woods and eventually to the finish line behind the tennis courts.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 17, IR invited teams from Dover High School and Delmar High School to a varsity tri-meet, including those school’s girls in the competition. That day, winds blew sustained at 10-15 mph, occasionally whipping up to 25 mph.

“Everyone has to deal with the wind,” said IR girls’ head coach Katie Raymond. “The woods will shield them from the wind, but once they get to the soccer field, it’s all open.”

The first male runners across the finish line on Sept. 17 were Tony Velasquez and Patrick Spencer (newly elected junior class president).Tony Velasquez was IR’s first male runner to reach the finish line. Velasquez completed the course in 19:06 minutes.

“It was a pretty good race,” said Velasquez, a 16-year-old junior. “I just ran and did what I mostly do. I pushed myself at the end. When I see that finish line, I just do what I do — run hard.”

IR’s first female to cross the finish line was 16-year-old junior Sarah Roehl.

“It’s pretty hard,” Roehl said of her run. “We kind of had an advantage because it’s our home course, but it’s always a tough run,” she described, adding that the wind encouraged her to run harder and faster.

Delmar Wildcat A. Cabe turned in the meet’s fastest time, with a run of 16:34 minutes. Following Cabe in the top five of 67 entries were Dover runners G. Williams (17:26), N. Guy (18:16), S. Courtney (18:53) and Velasquez.

Team scoring was as follows: IR lost to Dover (the winning team has the low score) 39-19, while IR beat Dover 21-40, and Dover defeated Delmar 20-42.

Looking ahead, IR’s cross-country teams will be competing in two quad meets. The first Caesar Rodney’s home course in Brecknock Park on Oct. 11, and the second at home on Oct. 25.