Local cross-country squads square up at Henlopen Conference Championships


Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, IR runners Josephine Grimes, Lindsey Grow, Sydney Messick, Jewel Yanek, Sarah Roehl, and Olivia Garvey at the Henlopen Conference Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 5.Coastal Point • Submitted: From left, IR runners Josephine Grimes, Lindsey Grow, Sydney Messick, Jewel Yanek, Sarah Roehl, and Olivia Garvey at the Henlopen Conference Championships held on Saturday, Nov. 5.The course at Killens Pond State Park was again the site of the Henlopen Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, where 13 teams and more than 160 runners showed up to go toe to toe.

Among the competition were local schools including Indian River High School, Sussex Central, Sussex Academy and Sussex Tech, with Tech being edged by Caesar Rodney for the conference crown and Milford taking the title convincingly for the girls.

Top individual finishers from local programs included Tech senior Ben Bamforth who finished first overall for the boys’ with a time of 16:29.7. The Ravens saw one other top ten finisher on the day when Jairus Hinds clocked in at 17:24.1 for fourth place, and Tech Connor Morrow and Sussex Central’s Albert Norman each cracked the top twenty with times of 17:30.2 and 17:32.7, respectively.

Sophomore Tony Velasquez was the top boys’ finisher for the Indians, taking 42nd with a time of 18:55.6, and Mason Hayes led the way for the Seahawks in 52nd overall at 19:23.6.

For the girls’, Sussex Academy freshman phenom Helen Helou took third place overall with a time of 19:55.5. Alex Singh led the way for the Ravens, rounding out the top ten at 21:45.5, with IR senior Sydney Messick capping her Killens Pond career and medaling with a 14th overall finish and time of 22:06.3.

Other top performances for the Indians included junior Olivia Garvey leading a pack of IR finishers for 28th (23:03.3), junior Jewel Yanek taking 33rd (23:13.4), sophomore Sarah Roehl in tow at 35th (23:15.8), and senior Lindsey Grow at 37th (23:19.5).

Central’s top girls’ finisher was Logan Pepper for 60th with a time of 24:59.9.

Up next, the teams will head up to the DIAA Cross Country State Championship meet at Brandywine State Park on Saturday, Nov. 12.