Milford cross country has hit the ground running as both the boys and girls teams look to have solid seasons. Both are prime candidates for the Henlopen South championship.

Last season, the girls team won both division and conference championships but must navigate their schedule without several of last year’s standouts. Head coach Bob Spath is looking for this year’s runners to find their game and fill the spots left by graduating seniors.

“After losing key seniors in Deja, Rajene, Holly and Summer, the remaining girls seem to be searching for a new identity,” Spath said. “There are a lot of roles to fill and I’m looking for some girls to step things up and run like champions.”

The Lady Bucs have just 10 runners, but five are returnees including sophomores Georgina Valdez and Olivia Cromer along with junior Silvara Santiago and seniors Victoria Little and Emily Holstein.

On the boy’s side, a deep and talented group returns looking to take their best shot at winning the division. Despite having just two seniors, they return a number of runners from last season.

“Our goals, as always, are to improve throughout the season so that we are producing our best results in November,” Spath said. “A Henlopen South championship is our main tangible goal.”

The boys will lean heavily on their returnees like sophomores Casey Maule and Moses Martinez, juniors Shannon Wilt and Ben Sobata along with senior Robbie Webb.

“The experience of our veterans is very important,” said Spath. “Those veterans established a competitive atmosphere from the first day of workouts in mid-August. That competitive spirit is the driving force in our daily work.”

Milford opened their season last week in a tri-meet against conference foes Caesar Rodney and Smyrna.

The boys split the tri-meet, falling to CR while knocking off Smyrna to start 1-1. Meanwhile, the Lady Bucs look to bounce back after being swept by in their opening meet. Spath said, “The girls, I hope, got a wakeup call that will move them towards more success and hard work as we progress towards November’s championship season.

“Our boys came away with a solid win against a Division I opponent in Smyrna, that is a big deal and highly motivating
this early in the season,”

The Bucs will return to the course this afternoon when they travel to take on Sussex Central and Delmar in another tri-meet.