By Chuck Durante
In a season of flu, photo finishes and flat courses, the most important event in the 2009 Delaware cross country season was an afternoon when the best team lost.
There was some merit to Jere Longman’s contention on New Year’s Day in The New York Times, that “contrary to popular belief, it is the top dog, not the underdog, that makes sports so engaging and relevant,” but his focus was on televised sports. At the local level, where different values prevail, a sport loses its relevance if a team’s dominance involves no suspense.
Nike Cross Nationals, Portland OR
Tatnall girls at the start of NXN (Pics courtesy of Mr. Parsons)
Archmere's Ryan Lee at NXN
December 5, 2009- Wimington XC (Tatnall School) finished 14th in the nation at the Nike Cross Nationals Meet in Portland, OR on Saturday. Sophomore Haley Pierce had a very impressive performance, finishing 7th overall and 4th in scoring with a time of 17:59. Freshman Reagan Anderson was Wilmington XC’s 2nd finisher, coming in 77th (39th in scoring) with a time of 19:05.
Archmere Senior Ryan Lee competed in the boys championship race and finished 112th overall in 16:23. Tatnall Junior Tyler Tate also competed in the open race and finished in 5th in 16:32.
Wimington XC Finishes 14th Overall!!
Nike Cross National Southeast Championships, Cary, NC-
Delaware runners represented the state very well in post-season action at both the Nike Cross National Southeast Championships and the Footlocker Northeast Regional Championships on November 28th. The Tatnall girls team (Wilmington XC) finished 1st overall behind Haley Pierce’s 3rd place finish, and Archmere’s Ryan Lee finished 6th individually, earning them bids to the Nike Cross National Championships in Portland, OR on December 5th. At Footlocker Northeast Regionals Senior Stephanie Taylor and Junior Emily Frydych both became regional class champions with victories at Sunken Meadows Park in Long Island, NY.
Wilmington XC Girls at SE Regional 2009
Ryan Lee finished 6th overall, earning him Delaware’s first ever individual bid to Nike Cross Nationals, and Wilmington XC (Tatnall School) repeated as the Southeast Regional Champions, finishing with 74 points. Tatnall was led by Haley Pierce’s impressive 3rd place finish overall (17:42). Reagan Anderson (14th), Rebecca Salter (18th), Molly Parson (20th), and Allison Calvarese (41st) rounded out the top five for their team victory. Charter, Salesianum, and Archmere also brought boys and girls to compete both as teams and individually. Archmere’s Lindsey Olivere finished 13th overall. Charter’s Kaleigh Skinner and Merideth Steenkamer finished 28th and 30th respectively to help them finish 9th as a team. On the boys’ side, Tatnall’s Tyler Tate narrowly missed earning a bid to the National meet by finishing 8th overall with a career best 15:40. Salesianum’s Sophomore Matthew McKenna finished 17th, running 15:54. Tatnall and Charter boys teams finished 17th and 25th overall respectively.
Footlocker East Regionals, Sunken Meadows State Park, Long Island NY-
Junior Champion Emily Frydrych
Senior Stephanie Taylor and Junior Emily Frydrych both became Northeast Class Champions at Footlockers on Saturday at the challenging and prestigious Sunken Meadows Park. Stephanie Taylor (Middletown) won the Senior race, finishing in 20:18.9. Emily Frydrych, (St. Mark’s) won the Junior race, finishing in 20:15.9. Frydrych and Taylor had the 45 and 48th fastest times in the Northeast Region. Other Delaware runners earning regional medals were Danielle Wegrzyn (St. Mark’s) finishing 17th in Sophomore race and Izzy King (St. Mark’s) finishing 23rd in the Junior race. Newark High School also competed.
- Freshman Girls
- Soph Girls | Soph Boys
- Junior Girls | Junior Boys
- Senior Girls | Senior Boys
- Seeded Girls | Seeded Boys
Archmere runners warming up in Cary, NC
Congratulations to all 42 runners selected to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team all state. It was a great season!!
DIAA STATE MEET, Killens Pond, DE
Individual Champions Haley Pierce, Julie Macedo, Ryan Lee, and Zach Kaminski- Picture courtesy of George Parsons
TEAM CHAMPION PHOTOS PAGE- Click here for all pictures courtesy of www.budkeeganimages.com
Heavy storms and flooding earlier in the week didn’t slow down the runners at the DIAA State meet at Killen’s Pond on Saturday. Tatnall swept the Division II titles, while Charter won Division I girls and Salesianum won Division I boys. The top times of the day belonged to Tatnall’s Haley Pierce (17:49) and Archmere’s Ryan Lee (16:21). Pierce broke the course record by over 10 seconds and sent the message early that the course was in fine shape for fast times. The division I champions were Charter’s Julie Macedo (18:56) and St. Marks’ Zach Kaminski (16:26).
In team competition it came down to two very close races and two clear victories. Charter School and Tatnall both cruised to victory in both of the girls races. Tatnall finished with 17 points in Division II and Charter finished with 25 points in Division I. They were both followed by runner-ups Archmere in Division II and St. Mark’s in Division I.
The very close races of the day came on the boys’ side. The division I race came down to 1 point as Salesianum nipped St. Mark’s (47-48) in very close race. In the Division II race Tatnall put 4 runners in the top 7 to upset defending champion Archmere by 7 points (31-38).
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Milford’s Patrick Helmick and Sussex Tech’s Isabel Wharton took first place at the Henlopen Conference Championships at Killen’s Pond. The Milford boys upset defending champion Caesar Rodney in the boys race and Cape Henlopen took first place in the girls race.
Click HERE for a link to the Henlopen Conference Results
Varsity Girls Start- Photo By Steve Tabinowski
Archmere Boys, County Champions. Pic courtesy of budkeeganimages.comCharter
Charter Girls, County Champions. Pic courtesy of Budkeeganimages.com
Tatnalls' Haley Pierce and Archmere's Ryan Lee; County Champions
County Championships at Winterthur. Charter School of Wilmington’s girls’ team upset 4-time defending County Champion Tatnall School 47-50 on Saturday. They were led by Junior Meredith Steenkamer’s 4th place finish. Tatnall’s Haley Pierce was the overall winner, completing the course in 18:25, and Tatnall’s Reagan Anderson was runner-up. The boys race was also very close, with Archmere coming out on top (58) while both Tatnall (65) Salesianum (66) remained just 8 points back. Ryan Lee continued his dominant undefeated season by winning the race in 16:15. St. Mark’s Zach Kaminski finished 2nd overall.
Kent County Championships, Killens Pond, DE Caesar Rodney’s James Simons and Milford’s Molly Bliss took first place at the Kent County Championships. Team results coming shortly..
DIAMOND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bellevue State Park
Archmere Sweeps Both Races. Archmere’s boys and girls teams swept the Diamond State Championships on Saturday at Bellevue State Park. Archmere’s Ryan Lee continues his 2009 campaign with another win, finishing in 16:52. Archmere’s Lindsay Olivere took first place overall for the females, finishing in 19:24.
BLUE HEN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Lums Pond
Charter Sweeps Blue Hen Conference.Charter boys and girls both won the conference championship in convincing fashion on Friday at Lums Pond. For the girls, Sophomore Julie Macedo came across the line 1st with a time of 18:49, 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Stephanie Taylor of Middletown. In the boys race, Concord Senior Andrew Doherty finished first overall with a time of 17:15. He was followed by a trio of Charter runners (Jaymin Modi, Nolan Weaver, and Tyler Slouf) who all finished within 4 seconds of Doherty.
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bellevue State Park
Overall Winner Emily Frydrych; Pic Courtesy of budkeeganimages.com
Padua Captures CC Championships The Padua Pandas won the Catholic Conference Championships on Friday, scoring 31 points. St. Mark’s Junior Emily Frydrych was the overall winner, finishing the race in 19:37.
The Eastern Regional Championships will be held Sunday, November 15th at Killen’s Pond in Felton, DE. Click on the link below for information on the meet.
Contact Tim Bamforth at email@example.com for more information.