The Milford cross country teams will open their home schedule at Milford Millponds Nature Preserve this afternoon, hosting Delmar and Sussex Central.
When they take the course, they’ll do so with a young team filled with underclassmen. It’s a group that hopes to grow as the season progresses, with each looking to follow the lead of the standouts that emerge from the pack.
Several underclassmen have shown flashes of ability. Despite both the boys and girls teams losing in the opening tri-meet to conference foes Smyrna and defending conference champion Caesar Rodney, the teams saw younger runners stand out.
On the boys side, 18 runners on the boys roster, 15 are underclassmen. Sophomores Dale Ostermann and Gregory Auguste both finished in the top 15 against the Eagles and Riders.
However, the seniors are still being leaned upon.
“We have two seniors, Brian Saxson and Cam Hallman, they seem to be leading best at this point,” said head coach Bob Spath. “Cam is very dedicated, does extra running on his own and leads some warmup and cool down activities.”
With only one senior among 13 members, the girls team is even younger, but it doesn’t end there.
“The top runners on the girls side are all freshman,” Spath said.
In their opening meet against Smyrna and CR, the top finishers were all freshmen, including Alexandria Herber, Paige Thompson and Kassidy Willey. All finished in the top 15. Thompson and Willey finished 13th and 14th respectively, while Herber broke the top 10 in placing seventh overall.
Milford has plenty of meets to go and a lot of time to grow. Spath is happy with the direction.
“The team as a whole possesses a strong work ethic and a genuine care for one another,”
Spath said. “The team is really coming together.”