After flawless regular season records this season, both the Caesar Rodney boys and girls track & field teams entered the Henlopen Conference Championships looking to make some noise before the DIAA State Championships this weekend.
Neither disappointed on Saturday. The Caesar Rodney boys took first-place, while the girls finished in second-place behind an impressive Smyrna Eagles squad.
The Rider boys fended off rival Dover to repeat as champions; finishing 49 points ahead of the second-place Senators.
There were a number of standouts for the Rider boys as has been the case over the last few seasons. Their outstanding depth that was showcased all season long allowed for high finishes in nearly every event.
The Riders had a top 4 finisher in 13 of the 19 events on Saturday to easily run away with the crown.
The Lady Riders finished just 33 points behind the first-place Smyrna Eagles to finish second in the conference on Friday.
Tyra Reid led the way for CR finishing second in both the 100m and 200m Dash while also being a part of the 4x200 Rider relay team that finished first.
Michaella Estrada finished first in the girls Long Jump and second in the Triple Jump for the Riders.
After struggling early on in the Track & Field season, the Dover Senators boys squad bounced back in a big way. They came into the Henlopen Conference Championships looking to stay hot after winning 9 events in a row dating back to mid-April.
On Saturday, the Senators put up another solid performance but weren’t able to catch up with the versatile Rider squad finishing in second.
Mykele Sander led the way for the Senators finishing in first in the 200m Dash, 110m and 300m Hurdles on Friday.
John Flamer of Lake Forest finished in first place in two events, the Shot Put and Discus Throw to pace the Spartans who finished fourth overall.
Polytech standout Sarah Hillman claimed the title in the Discus Throw while finishing in second in the Shot Put.
Standouts from CR, Dover, Lake Forest and Polytech must now refocus their attention toward this weekend as the DIAA State Track & Field Championships are only days away.