The Milford boys cross country team raced well ahead of the pack to win the 2012 Kent County Cross Country Championship meet held Monday afternoon at the Millponds Nature Preserve.
Smyrna High School won the Girls Division easily outpacing second-place Milford and five other area schools.
Milford senior Henry Phalen was the overall winner in the time of 17:06. His teammates James Hagen and Trevor Maloney finished second and third respectively. In fact, the Buccaneer runners total 23 points, and had five of the top 11 runners on the cool and crisp autumn afternoon, a perfect weather day for a cross country meet.
After the race, a tired, but happy Phalen said that his time was a personal best on the Buccaneers home cross country course. “It definitely felt good to win my last race on this course, and it was also great that my team was also able to win the championship today,” he said. Phalen is planning to go to college next September to study Engineering. As far as running in college, Phalen added he will probably run to stay in shape, but doubts whether he will run competitively after high school.
Following Milford, Caesar Rodney's team came in second with 56 points, Dover finished with 81, Smyrna was fourth with 94, while Lake Forest, St. Thomas More and Polytech were the bottom three finishers. The closest race was between St. Thomas More, who's team had 165 points, while Polytech had 168.
In the Girls Division, there were some close races, as Smyrna edged Milford 47-54 to finish one-two.
Caesar Rodney finished third with 76 points, just ahead of Lake Forest with 84 and Dover with 99.
Polytech easily finished ahead of St. Thomas More 154-192.
Milford's Alexis Groce (19:47) finished 19 seconds ahead of Smyrna's top runners Tori Vickers (20:06) and Erin Cooper (20:21). Groce said she enjoyed the race and that the weather conditions helped her stay on pace throughout the race.