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  • Middletown girls cross country team races into history

  • The Middletown girls' Cross Country team has boldly raced where no other Cavalier team has run before: to a second place finish in the DIAA Championship meet held recently at Brandywine Creek State Park in north Wilmington. Ashton Dunkley finished in third place overall with a time of 20:23.07 and junior Gabby Brown, placed fifth with a time of 20:31.94.
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    The Middletown girls' Cross Country team has boldly raced where no other Cavalier team has run before: to a second place finish in the DIAA Championship meet held recently at Brandywine Creek State Park in north Wilmington. Ashton Dunkley finished in third place overall with a time of 20:23.07 and junior Gabby Brown, placed fifth with a time of 20:31.94.
    Charter girls were the overall winners with a time of 1:44:36.74, which was good for 44 scoring points. The Cavaliers second place finish (113/1:49:36.34) was a split second over the third place team Appoquinimink (114/1:50:57.94. This was, indeed, a very exciting finish for the two backyard rivals.
    "We had a lot of young athletes on the team this year and they all worked together. They helped each other nd pushed each other every practice. If someone were injured, another runner would step up," said head coach Bill DuBois.
    Other top finishers who helped Middletown to their best finish were Kathleen Carey in 21st place in a time of 21:52.37, Chanel Coleman in 38th with a 23:11.19, Alexandra Davis in 46th with a 23:37.77, and Erin Rinaldi in 52nd place with a time of 23:51.73. All of the girls' times combined to bring the second place trophy to Middletown for the first time ever!
    "At the end of the 2011 season, we knew we would have something special this year because we had a lot of young girls with tremendous potential, and I don't think they have realized their potential yet," he said.
    And while the 2012 season has come to a successful end, DuBois said the future also looks very, very bright.
    "The 2012 season was definitely special, we had a great group of student-athletes who did what we asked of them, and they were good students in the classroom. For next year, we're hoping for more great things, as we have potentially 21 girls returning to the team, and as I sid before, they have tons of potential," said DuBois.
    The coach added many of the girls will participate in summer activities to keep in shape. For example, freshman will be asked to run about 200 miles over the summer, while upperclassmen will run from 300-to-350 miles.
    "We've also talked to the girls about nutrition and hydration, but they are teenagers, but whatever they eat, they'll burn off all those extra calories in a hurry," he said with a smile.
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