Smyrna’s Bowser 3rd, Delmar’s Cave 6th at state cross country championships

From left, Cape’s Olivia Brozefsky, Smyrna’s Naomi Bowser, and Padua’s Elizabeth Bader run in the Division 2 Girls during the Cross Country Championships at Killens Pond on Saturday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

FELTON — The two Henlopen Conference individual champions each paced their teams to historic results at the DIAA state cross country championship meet held at Killens Pond on Saturday afternoon.

Naomi Bowser finished third overall to lead Smyrna High to its best ever finish in the Division I girls’ meet. The Eagles finished runner-ups for the first time, trailing only Padua Academy in the team standings.

CR’s Ritchey Colin runs in the pack at the start of the Division 2 Boys Cross Country Championships at Killens Pond on Saturday.

Austen Cave of Delmar continued to raise the profile of his school’s running program. A week after becoming the first Wildcat to win a conference championship, Cave ended up sixth in the Division II boys’ race — the best all-time finish for a runner from Delmar.

Salesianum won the boys’ Division I team title while Tatnall swept the boys’ and girls’ championships in Division II.

Padua’s Lydia Olivere was first in Division I on the girls’ side and Michael Keehan of Salesianum took home the Division I boys’ championship. Tatnall’s Keelin Hays (girls) and Wilmington Friends’ Connor Nisbet (boys) were the individual champions in Division II.

Smyrna, Polyech and Dover during the start of the Division 2 Boys Cross Country Championships at Killens Pond on Saturday.

The Smyrna girls celebrated with three runners in the top-20 on their way to 84 points. Bowser finished in 18:41 for third, Sarah Larose was 15th (20:41) and Destinee Ekanem was right behind her in 16th (20:43).

Olivia Brozefsky of Cape Henlopen was the other downstater in the top-10 of the Division I girls’ race. She ran a 19:56 for seventh, one of only seven girls to break the 20-minute barrier.

Caesar Rodney finished in fourth in the team standings. The Riders were paced by Maleah Chumley who ran a time of 20:36, coming in 14th. Keely Arndt (18th) and Samantha Stetzer (19th) also earned top-20 finishes for the Riders.

Caesar Rodney topped downstate teams on the boys’ side, finishing third overall in Division I. Colin Ritchey was the Riders top runner with a 10th-place finish in 16:32. Aidan Stevenosky was 16th (16:52) and Chris Crossenn came in 19th (17:02).

Albert Norman of Sussex Central was the top finisher out of the Henlopen Conference. Norman came in seventh with a time of 16:26.

Cave ran a 16:16 for his sixth-place finish in Division II’s boys’ race. He was the only downstate runner to finish in the top-25. Shane Massey of Lake Forest was in 26th (17:22).

Emily Trout of Sussex Academy was the best finishing downstater in the girls’ Division II race. She was 34th overall with a time of 21:40.

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