Less than a week removed from taking the Kent Country cross country championships, both the Caesar Rodney boys and girls teams captured the Henlopen Conference titles Saturday at Killens Pond State Park.
CR’s Rebekah Mills followed up her first place finish at Tuesday’s Kent County championship by claiming first place in Saturday’s Henlopen Conference championship with a time of 19:25.56. As was the case in Tuesday’s race, Mills was head-to-head with Smyrna’s Tori Vickers, once again holding her off to take first place.
Four more Riders on the girls side, Christine Marks (3rd, 20:23.74), Gina Campagnini (4th, 20:40.37), Jeanette Bendolph (8th, 21:31.21), and Katherine Bole (10th, 21:37.42), rounded out CR’s top finishers on the day.
On the boys side of things, Sam Phillips was the leader for the Riders on Saturday finishing second overall with a time of 16:36.99, just 16 seconds behind the pace of winner David Hall of Smyrna.
Patrick Gallucci (5th, 17:10.51), and Brandon Brooks (6th, 17:14.08) also finished in the top 10 for the Riders on Saturday.
For Mills, it’s her second straight first-place finish at the Henlopen Conference championships, and she and her teammates on both the boys and girls side of things are enjoying the ride.
“We were able to win this last year too,” said Mills. “So, to win it again this year and continue the tradition is awesome.”
For the girls team, this is Caesar Rodney’s second straight Henlopen Conference title. As for the boys, Saturday’s victory makes the Riders the now 8-time defending conference champions.
While the Riders took the crown in both the boys and girls events, other area schools had some standouts Saturday as well.
For Dover, Sean Saxton was the high finisher for the boys, posting a time of 18:00.49 which was good enough for 20th place. Alice Miller of the girls team followed up a nice performance at the county meet by posting a time of 21:40.85 on Saturday to place 11th for the Senators.
Bryan Perry of Polytech was the high finisher for the Panthers, placing 23rd with a time of 18:09.99. Emma Cote led the way for the girls, clocking in at 23:42.04 to place 34th.
Henry Miller helped pace the Lake Forest efforts on Saturday, finishing 37th with a time of 19:58. For the Spartan girls, Jessalyn Kenton placed 21st posting a time of 22:35.04.
Caesar Rodney and the rest of the Henlopen Conference field now turn their attention to the last important meet of the season, the DIAA state championship this Saturday at Killens Pond State Park.