The Milford High School boys' cross country team fell short of winning the 22-team Middletown Invitational Tournament on Friday by the barest margin - a sixth-man tiebreaker against Concord.


The Milford High School boys' cross country team fell short of winning the 22-team Middletown Invitational Tournament on Friday by the barest margin - a sixth-man tiebreaker against Concord.

Patrick Helmick came in first out of more than 100 runners with a 17:08 finish, and Erik Gibbs and Carl Richardson were the Bucs' second and third finishers, with times under 18 minutes. Taiwan Savage had an 18:37 to finish fourth and Mike Doughty came in right behind him at 18:58. The team scored 78 points, exactly tying Concord, but lost on a tiebreaker determined by the team's fastest time outside their top five runners.

The girls' varsity did not place, but freshman Alexis Groce continued her march up the team record book, recording the eighth-fastest 5K time in team history at 21:23 in her fourth high-school race. Molly Bliss had a 21:40, and Kacie Jackson topped her career best, recording a 23:18 run.