More than one dozen Milford runners will participate in the DIAA State Cross Country meet this Saturday at the White Clay Creek State Park in Newark.

A young, and apparently hungry, Milford cross country team has one meet left in the 2014 season.

That one race is definitely a huge stage for the Buccaneers. It’s the DIAA State Championship meet to be held this Saturday, Nov. 8 at the White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. The races begin at 1 p.m.

Milford Head Coach Robert Spath said he has witnessed his young group improve nicely from September until now.

“The team has progressed well with all but three runners setting career bests this season. A young team returns next year and looks to build upon the improvements of this season,” said Spath.

In Monday’s rain-delayed Henlopen Conference Championship Meet, Janin Rodriguez earned fifth place overall.

“She ran a career best 20:30, and that was good enough for all-conference honors,” Spath said.

This Saturday, members of both the boys’ and girls’ squads have been selected to run in the state championship, commonly known by the runners as “States.”

Spath, the first-year head coach, plans on taking a total of more than one dozen runners, boys and girls, to States to represent Milford.

“That list includes William Apollon, who was selected All Kent County, Jansen Pacarro, Shane Feightner, Sean Hinton, Carson Rios, Andrew Sollie and senior Joe Hinton on the boys’ side,” said Spath.

The girls’ list will include seniors Rodriguez, Hannah Uebele, and Natalia Hernandez. The rest of the Lady Bucs group will also include Emily Holstein, Holly Tesoro, Molly Fulton, Esther Lee, and Magaly Tijerino-Chaj.

With the exception of the graduating seniors, all of the runners mentioned on the list will be Milford’s key returners in 2015, and with the incoming freshman, will help the Bucs have another successful season in 2015.

“A young team returns next year, and looks to build upon the improvements of the 2014 season,” said Spath.