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  • Newark Boys, Charter Girls Outrun Cross Country Field

  • The Newark boys Cross Country appears to be peaking at just the right time before the upcoming State Championship Meet. The Yellowjackets won the Blue Hen Conference title Thursday afternoon, outracing 15 other conference rivals. Newark runners finished with a score of 33 points, narrowly edging defending champs Charter Sch...
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  • Wilmington – The Newark boys Cross Country appears to be peaking at just the right time before the upcoming State Championship Meet. The Yellowjackets won the Blue Hen Conference title Thursday afternoon, outracing 15 other conference rivals. Newark runners finished with a score of 33 points, narrowly edging defending champs Charter School of Wilmington, who's members finished with 34 points. These two teams dominated the field, as the number three school Concord, had 134 point, number four Brandywine had 170, and number five Appoquinimink had 175. Middletown was sixth with 181 points.
    Charter girls also turned in a winning performance with 28 points defeating second-place Appoquinimink by 50, and third-place Middletown by 59 points. Brandywine and Newark rounded out the top five finishers. The Force has triumphed in the girls division for six straight years.
    Charter's amazing sophomore Kieran Tuntivate was the overall winner with a time of 16:05:83.The drama came about for second place, as Newark's Ken Fontal (16:19:09) outpaced Charter senior Nolan O'Connor(16:22:82). O'Connor ran a personal career best, but the Force barely missed repeating as the boys champs.
    Charter runners raced ahead at the outset, in a strategic plan to wear down the opponents. "They really pushed during the first mile and then relaxed during the second mile, but their start was fast enough to get us fatigued," said Fontal.
    Newark was able to produce its finest team race in nearly a decade by virtue of the team's strength. Kyle Gerhart finished sixth, Andrew Milham was seventh, Christopher Kitson was eighth and Brandon Holveck was tenth overall. Fontal said he was very happy to be part of a "great team effort." Appoquinimink's Joseph Tressler was the Jaguars top finished in twelfth place in a time of 16:59:36.
    Charter senior Amanda Rickert was the girl's overall winner in a time of 19:04:07 to narrowly defeat Middletown's Ashton Dunkley (19:09:88). Rickert's teammate Erin Ford finished third in 19:33:58. Charter finished with six of the top 11 finishers to win the title.
    Celia Pascoe was Appoquinimink's fastest runner and finished in fourth place with a time of 19:50:94, while Piper Freed was fifth in the time of 20:02:57 to lead the Jags to second place, just ahead of the third place Middletown squad.
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