On Wednesday afternoon, the Milford cross country team has their final regular season meet of the year.
While both teams have struggled in the wins and losses department, some young talent has burst onto the scene with what seems to be a bright future.
However, Milford has to focus on now. After their season finale this afternoon against Dover and Sussex Academy, the Buccaneers turn toward the playoff season.
The 2018 Kent County Championships are less than a week away, Tuesday at Killens PondState Park. The Kent County meet will be followed by the Henlopen Conference Championships, also at Killens Pond, the following Saturday. After conference meets are wrapped up, the season culminates with the DIAA state championships Saturday, Nov. 11.
All season, Milford’s talented underclassmen have continued to improve. The boys have struggled to post wins, but among the 18 runners, underclassmen have emerged as the team’s time leaders.
Junior Moses Martinez has been a frontrunner all season, finishing sixth with a time of 18:54 in Milford’s most recent meet against Cape Henlopen, Polytech and Sussex Tech. Sophomores Gregory Auguste, Matthew Stangl and Dale Ostermann, along with freshman Angelo Costantino, also improved upon their numbers. All four placed in the top 15 in their last meet, with Auguste and Stangle both finding the top 10.
Like the boys, the Lady Bucs have been led by underclassmen. The girls team has had better luck overall, entering their final meet this week with a winning 5-4 mark.
Since opening the season being swept by Caesar Rodney and Smyrna, the Lady Bucs swept a tri-meet with Delmar and Sussex Central, earned a win over Polytech in a quad-meet and swept Indian River and Lake Forest in another tri-meet.
At the beginning of the year, head coach Robert Spath praised a certain group and his words have rung true.
“The top runners on the girls side are all freshmen,” Spath said. “They’re led by Alex Herber, Kassidy Willey and Haley Thompson.”
The exciting freshman group, along with fellow first-year players Paige Thompson, Sophia Sobota, Anneliese Hatfield and Reina Fogel, all finished within the top 15 in their sweep of IR and Lake last week.
Herber led the way with a time of 20:38 to place second overall. Herber was followed closely by teammate Paige Thompson, who finished third. Hailey Thompson, Willey and Sobota all broke the top 10, finishing sixth, eighth and ninth.
The Buccaneers will close out their season this afternoon at Dover at 4 p.m.