On Saturday afternoon, Killens Pond State Park will host this year’s Henlopen Conference Cross Country Championship.

Top runners throughout the conference will compete for the Henlopen crown as well as trying to secure their individual spots in the upcoming DIAA Cross Country State Championship.

This season, a young group of Milford runners improved as the season progressed, gaining valuable experience along the way. On Saturday, they hope the work they’ve put in this season translates on the postseason course among the top runners in the conference.

“The bottom line and the goal of the coaches and team members is to improve upon individual finishing times - we have done that,” said Milford Head Coach Bob Spath. “ 90 percent of our runners have set all-time best times during the season. So, both teams have performed well this season.”

The boys finished the season 4-7 as a team, led by a young core of runners who’ve made positive strides heading into the conference championship.

Junior Ben Sobota has paced the effort for the boys along with fellow juniors Shannon Wilt, Albert Casabella, juniors Moses Martinez, Jacob Crenshaw, Julien Stevenson, Casey Maull, and Bryce Thompson. A budding group of sophomores have also turned heads, including Moses Martinez, Jacob Crenshaw, Julien Stevenson, Casey Maull and Bryce Thompson. Meanwhile, senior Robbie Webb and freshman Dale Ostermann have also contributed for the Bucs.

While a small Lady Bucs’ team, having only 10 members, struggled to put together wins as a team this season, they also made promising steps forward.

Senior Emily Holstein and junior Slivara Santiago are just two names to keep an eye on Saturday after posting impressive regular season campaigns.

The rest of the Lady Bucs, senior Victoria Little, juniors Tabitha Wojeichowski and Stephanie Ruiz, sophomores Olivia Comer, Avery Harrison, Georgina Valdez, Brooke VanWeele and freshman Emma Sekscinski, also look to continue their growth Saturday.

Milford may not have the numbers to compete with some of the larger Henlopen Conference teams, but that hasn’t swayed the Bucs’ mission Saturday.

“Due to our youth, we are looking to take away more team awards next season,” said Spath. “There are a number of good runners from other schools at the county and conference levels; we hope to continue to improve individually and let the chips fall where they may in regards to team race results.”

19th annual Reindeer Stampede set for Nov. 25

The Milford High School Cross Country Boosters will hold the 19th annual Reindeer Stampede 5k/Mile Walk on Saturday, November 25 at Milford Millponds Nature Preserve.

Registration for individuals is $20 before Saturday, Nov. 18 and $25 after or on the day of the race. Teams of five members can register for $80 before Nov. 18 and for $100 after or on on the day of the race.

For more information or to register online, go to trisportsevents.com