Appoquinimink's Piper Freed said she felt pretty good going into the Blue Hen Conference Championship race Friday afternoon, and she expected to do well. "I knew people would be on my tail the whole race, but I was able to pull away with about a half mile to go," said Freed after winning the girls' division with a time of 19:31.88. "This was pretty fast, but it wasn't my personal best this year," she said.
Freed edged out Concord's Katie Macturk (19:42.26) and Grace Slate (19:51.56), who finished second and third respectively. She also beat Gabby Brown (19:59.41) and Ashton Dunkley (20:06.25), both from Middletown High School. Freed's Jaguar teammate Drew Sanclemente was sixth with a time of 20:07.91.
St. Georges top finished was Amanda Butkis, who completed the 5K course in the time of21:29.30, which was good for 18th place overall.
Charter School of Wilmington won the girls' division with 57 points, and a total time of 1:44:16.53 and an average time of 20:51.31. Concord runners had 65 points and came in second place with a total time of 1:45:02.08, and the Appoquinimink girls were third with 79 points and a total time of 1:46:14.51 and an average time of 21:14.91. Newark High had the fourth place position with 89 points.
Middletown finished in fifth place, with a total score of 96 points. The St. Georges team was a distant sixth place with 207 points.
"I am very proud of my teammates," said Freed. "We've worked very hard all season to build for the state championships," she said.
In the boys' division, Newark High School took home the crown with a total of 30 points. The Yellowjackets had an average time of 16:54.51. Charter finished in second with 42 points and the Appoquinimink boys edged Concord by a slim margin to finish in third. Middletown was fifth and the St. Georges team finished in twelfth place overall.
Charter's Kieran Tuntivate and Kevin Murray finished one-two for the Raiders. Tuntivate won the race with a time of 16:21.20. Matt Lloyd was the top runner for Appoquinimink, finishing the 5K in 17:06.56, which was good for tenth place. Appo's Jonathan Ramos came in 14th place in 17:34.75. Jeremy Rapposelli was the highest finisher for St. Georges. He came in 17th place with a time of 17:36.75. Middletown's top finisher was Andre Cunningham, who was the 21st place finisher with a time of 17:44.27.