Charlie Bell, revered coach of Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Track at Caesar Rodney High School from 1968 - 2006, died Monday, October 2nd. Obituary

Tom Fort, long time Delaware Track Club member, track official, and ambassador to our sport, dies August 10th. Obituary

Cross Country  2017

New Cross Country All State Selection Criteria:
  • Top 5 (Combined Results), Times at DIAA State Meet - Automatic First Team All State
  • Top 6 - 10 Times at DIAA State Meet - 2nd Team All State or Better
  • Top 11 - 18 Times at DIAA State Meet - 3rd Team All State or Better
  • 3 Wild Card Selections

XC Team Rankings thru 10/15                        
DI Boys (prev wk) DI Girls (prev wk) DII Boys (prev wk)    DII Girls (prev wk)
 1 Salesianum (1) 1 Padua (1) 1 St. Andrews (1) 1 Tatnall (1)
 2 Charter of Wilm (2) 2 Charter of Wilm (2) 2 Tatnall (2) 2 Newark Charter (2)
 3 Caesar Rodney (3) 3 Smyrna (3) 3 Newark Charter (3) 3 Ursuline (3)
 4 Appoquinimink (4) 4 Appoquinimink (4) 4 Wm. Friends (4) 4 St. Andrews (4)
 5 Cape Henlopen (5) 5 Cape Henlopen (5) 5 Archmere (5) 5 St. Mark's (5)

October 13 - 14
Manhattan XC Invitational, Van Cortlandt Park, NY (Charter, DMA, Friends, Newark, Padua, Sallies, Tatnall)
Connor Nisbet Runs #3 All Time at Van Cortlandt!
Padua Places 4th in the Eastern States (Championship) Race!

Nisbet, of Wilmington Friends, is tied on the list sharing the position with Sallies alum, Pat Hally (2013), running 12:34! He was the runner up in the Varsity D race by just a second. Nisbet's time was the 7th fastest of the day.
Michael Keehan (Salesianum), made it to #7 All Time, running 12:50 to place 13th in the Championship Eastern States Division.

L-R Lydia Oliver, Lizzie Bader, Amber Owens, Jules Lenoir, Alicia Lenoir, Katie Hally, Anna Cleary
Photo courtesy of Lee Kauffman.

Padua was just 3 points behind 3rd place, once again led by senior, Lydia Olivere/14:24, who placed 4th, (5th fastest time of the day). Teammate Lizzie Bader/15:16in her first cross country season, had a strong finish, moving up to 17th place before crossing the line as the second Panda.

Killens Pond Invitational

October 4 - 7
Salesianum Invitational, Brandywine Creek State Park
The Host Team, Sallies, Wins the Championship Division at the Creek, behind an Individual Win from Junior, Michael Keehan - 16.41. Bryan Delle Donne (Newark Charter), Wins the Small Schools Division in 17:23. 
Michael Keehan (855) in the first mile.

Bryan Delle Donne in the first mile of the small schools race.

Girls Small School Division start.

Photos courtesy of Blue Hen Photography.

Great American Cross Country Festival, Cary, NC (Charter, Dover, Wm. Friends, Tatnall)
Wilmington Friends' Connor Nisbet, Clocks the 4th Fastest 5K in Delaware History, Running 15:17 to Place 8th!

Tidewater Fall Classic, Salisbury, MD

September 29 - 30
Broadwater Academy Invitational, Exmore, VA (CR, Cape Henlopen, Delmar)
Cape Claims Individual While Caesar Rodney Takes Team Titles in Virgina!
Greg Boyce/Cape (far left), Colin Ritchey/CR (2nd), Aidan Stevenosky/CR (4th), 
Chris Crossen/CR (5th), Ben Dawson/CR (6th), Blaise Moyer/CR (9th), Sam Epstein/CR (10th).

Greg Boyce was the winner of the boys' race running 16:48.
Olivia Brozefsky took the girls' championship running 20:07.

Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational, Jackson, NJ (AI, Glasgow, Smyrna, St. Mark's, Wm Penn)
Smyrna's Naomi Bowser Placed 2nd in the Girls Varsity A Division Running 18:48!

Carlisle Invitational, Carlisle, PA (Padua)
Padua's Lydia Olivere Takes 2nd Place in Carlisle, Running 17:02 - the 2nd Fastest 5k on any Course by a Delaware Runner!
Olivere's time eclipses her own personal best by nearly 30 seconds (17:22/2016 Carlisle).

Paul Short XC Invitational, Bethlehem, PA (Charter, Newark, Sallies)
Salesianum Boys Finish Just 3 Points Shy of a Victory in the Boys' Brown Division! 
Led by junior, Michael Keehan, who finished 8th overall with a time of 15:34, Salesianum's strong finish was not enough to outrun the team from Spring Ford. Keehan battled Charter sophomore, Andrew Avila, through most of the race to finish one place and one second ahead of him.

Newark junior, Naomi Dawkins, placed 5th overall in the Girls' White Division, passing 4 in the last mile, to run 19:12.

September 22 - 23
Pacers Running DCXC Invite, Washington DC (Archmere, St. Mark's)

Oberod Invitational, Centerville, DE
The Team from Tatnall Ends the Day With Both the Boys' and Girls' Individual Titles! 
Brendan Bathis/16:29 was the overall winner for the boys. The team from Unionville took the boys' team title. Keelin Hays/20:05 was the girls champ, leading her team to the title.

Middletown Invitational, St. Andrews, DE
Ursuline and St. Andrew's are Champs at Middletown Invitational!
Smyrna's Naomi Bowser and Wilmington Friends' Connor Nisbet Take Individual Titles.
****  Varsity races 202m shorter than 5k; course re-routed due to bees. ****

 Naomi Bowser of Smyrna.

          Connor Nisbet of Wilmington Friends.

September 15 - 16
Ben Bloser Bulldog Cross Country Invite, Newville, PA. (Caesar Rodney)
Caesar Rodney Finishes 4th out of 33 teams on the hilly, PA course.

Oatlands Invitational, Oatlands Plantation Leesburg, Va. (Salesianum)
Salesianum Finishes 3rd in a Field of 74 Teams Led by Junior, Michael Keehan's/16:20 10th Place Finish! 
Michael Keehan & Sean Banko.
Photo courtesy of Lee Kauffman.

White Clay Creek Classic, White Clay Creek
Padua Girls/Severna Park (Md) Boys Take Team Titles!
Charter Sophomore Andrew Avila Ties the Course Record for his Class!
Junior Class Start.

With Nearly 1000 finishers, and a warm temperature, local runners faired well in the co-ed, by class, format of this popular meet.
Ursuline Freshmen Alaina McGonigle and Emily Rzucidlo go 1-2.

Ezekiel Dawkins nears the finish line.

Alaina McGonigle/20:55, of Ursuline, and Ezekiel Dawkins/17:55, of Newark, were the Freshmen Class champions.
Charter's Maya Bordrick (far right), navigates the field early on.

Charter's Andrew Avila with the early lead.

Charter swept the Sophomore Class race - Maya Bordrick/20:22 and Andrew Avila/16:19. Avila ran the fastest time of the day for the boys.
Padua's Elizabeth Bader nears the finish.

Padua's Elizabeth Bader/19:54 and Bohemia Manor's Alex Longeway/16:53 were the Junior winners.
Padua's Lydia Olivere works her way up.

Newark Charter's Bryan Delle Donne in the home stretch.

Seniors Lydia Olivere/18:29, of Padua, and Bryan Delle Donne/16:40, of Newark Charter won their class. Olivere ran the fastest time of the day for the girls.

Photos courtesy of Blue Hen Photography.

September 9
Lake Forest Invitational, Killens Pond
Wilmington Friends' Junior, Connor Nisbet, Clocks #11 All Time to Win the Varsity B Race in 16:01!
Smyrna's Naomi Bowser Runs the Fastest Time of the Day for the Girls to Win the Varsity A Race in 19:18!

Cherokee Classic (BHS, Concord, Sallies, St. Mark's, Tatnall, Ursuline)
Salesianum Wins the Boys' Championship in the New Jersey, Early Season 2 Mile Event by Class.
Delaware swept the Junior Class races. Salesianum's Michael Keehan crossed the line in 9:47. Tatnall's Keelin Hays was the winner in the girls race running 11:09.

Quad XC, Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, PA (Padua)
Padua Girls (Elizabeth Bader, Anna Cleary, Katie Hally, & Alicia Lenoir), Finish First in the Relay Format Meet!

Maryland Track & Trail, Fair Hill, MD (Polytech)