The Smyrna High cross country runners tested themselves against Caesar Rodney, Polytech and Sussex Tech in a quad-meet on October 22 at the Ron Powell Memorial Course in Clayton. The Smyrna High boys’ squad beat Polytech, 26-31, but lost to Caesar Rodney, 16-42, and fell to Sussex Tech, 24-31. The Smyrna girls beat Polytech, 17-44, and outran Sussex Tech, 25-30. They were also very competitive against CR, but lost 24-33.


The Smyrna High cross country squad played host to three other Henlopen Conference teams in their final regular season meet on October 22 at the Ron Powell Memorial Course in Clayton.

The Eagles tested themselves against runners from Caesar Rodney, Polytech and Sussex Tech in the quad-meet.

The Smyrna High boys’ squad beat Polytech, 26-31, but lost to Caesar Rodney, 16-42, and fell to Sussex Tech, 24-31.

The Smyrna girls beat Polytech, 17-44, and outran Sussex Tech, 25-30. They were also very competitive against CR, but lost 24-33.

The Smyrna girls’ team finished with a 6-4 record in meets, while the boys ended up at 5-5.
The top Smyrna runners at last week’s meet were Katie Deinert on the girls’ side and Paul Tonkon for the boys’ squad.

For the girls, Deinert was second overall with a time of 19:26.

Two freshmen were the next to cross the finish line for the Smyrna girls. Sarah Lenhart finished fifth with a time of 22:03, while Shae Ford came in ninth place at 23:30.

On the boys’ side, Tonkon finished at 17:55, which was good enough for eighth place overall in the meet. Cody Sawyer-Barwick placed 10th with a time of 18:14, and Andy Duncan was 14th at 18:42.

Smyrna coach Maura Schafer said her runners have been clocking lower times as the season goes on.

“They’ve been coming along great,” she said. “I think almost everyone improved today.”

The younger team members are playing a big role for the Eagles this year. Smyrna’s number two and number three female runners are freshman. The Smyrna boys’ team also has a lot of youth.

The Eagles were set to compete in the Kent County meet on Tuesday, October 28 at Dover.

Next up are the conference and state meets, and several Smyrna runners will be racing for individual recognition. The Henlopen Conference meet will be held on November 1 at Lake Forest.

Schafer said Katie Deinert is aiming for first team all-conference, and possibly to earn some state recognition.

Paul Tonkon, Cody Sawyer-Barwick and Sarah Lenhart will all be in the running for all-conference spots as well, Schafer said.