3.1-mile Salisbury course challenges shorthanded Kent
SALISBURY — Kent County High School finished near the back of the line last week at the highly competitive Tidewater Fall Classic. That’s not unexpected given that KCHS traveled without two of its top five runners.
Daniel Rickman, the team’s reigning MVP, stayed home due to illness and Andrew Smith missed his second race in a row due to injury, according to coach Henry Sabetti.
Kent County placed 20th among the 21 schools that brought enough runners to score as a team.
Winter Place Park was the venue for the 3.1-mile race on a warm and sunny after- noon Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Without Rickman in the lineup, senior co-captain Dan Mitzel was the Trojans’ pace-setter. He stopped the timer in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, finishing 77th overall.
No other Kent County runner finished in the top 150.
Also scoring for Kent were senior co-captain Noah Vargas, 20:36; sophomore Thomas Martinez, 22:47; junior Tim Wintermyer, 23:27; and sophomore Jon Conner, 27:49.
Freshman Sam Buckel (29:57) and senior Brandon Mitzel (40:10) completed the Trojans’ contingent.
Sabetti said “all the guys are steadily improving.”
Delmar senior Austin Cave led the way in 15:50; he was the only runner in the field of 250 boys to break 16 minutes.
Cambridge senior Connor McCroy was third in a personal best of 16:50 for the best finish among Bayside Conference runners.
Snow Hill senior Keegan Gould (17:01, 5th), Kent Island sophomore Isaiah Schulties (17:03, 6th) and Kent Island sopjomore Finn Walsh (17:06, 9th) also finished in the top 10.
Eight-time defending conference champion Kent Island finished third as a team, trailing Northwest of Germantown and Delaware’s Cape Henlopen.