IR cross-country gearing up for championship after last home meet


Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.Coastal Point photos • Tripp Colonell: From left, senior Sydney Messick, sophomore Tony Velasquez, senior Lindsey Grow, junior Olivia Garvey and senior David Clark gather during Wednesday’s meet against Milford and Lake Forest.The Indian River High School cross-country team is getting ready for the Sussex County championships after recognizing their seniors during their final home meet of the season, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The Indians hosted Henlopen South rivals Lake Forest and Milford in a tri-meet on what was their Senior Night, with the boys’ team falling to Lake 45-17 and Milford 44-17, and the girls’ getting the win over Lake 23-32, but going down to South champion Milford 38-17.

Despite their teams being edged by the Bucs for the title for the second straight year, both boys’ head coach Maj. Frank Ryman and girls’ head coach Katie Ryman said they were encouraged by their teams’ performances headed into the Sussex County championships.

“I hate to lose them,” said Frank Ryman of the senior class. “There’s some real talent on the girls’ side.

“I hate to see Sydney [Messick] and Maddie [Hogsten] and Lindsey [Grow] go, because our girls’ team is really shining. That’s OK — they need to move on so the others can rise up and follow in their footsteps.”

After Milford secured the top four spots for the girls, and Lake senior Hannah Fox claimed fifth at 22:10, Messick finished first for the Indians and sixth overall, at 22:20.

Hogsten made her way across the line for seventh, at 22:50, and junior Olivia Garvey and sophomore Sarah Roehl rounded out the top 10 with times of 23:29 and 23:34, respectively.

“I think they did really well,” said Katie Ryman of her team’s performance on the day. “The good news is they came in as a tight pack.”

Sophomore Tony Velasquez was the only IR runner to crack the top 10 for the boys at the meet, finishing seventh overall, with a time of 19:18.

The losses dropped the boys to 4-6 on the season, with the girls sitting at 7-3 overall, headed into their final regular-season meet, against Cape Henlopen, Smyrna and Sussex Central, at Smyrna High School on Wednesday, Oct. 26, (after Coastal Point press time).

After that, they’ll compete in the Sussex County championships, to be held at Sussex Central High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m., and the Henlopen Conference championships at Killens Pond State Park on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.