Smyrna and Sussex Tech split a cross country meet Monday afternoon

The Smyrna girls cross country team overpowered visiting Sussex Tech Monday afternoon 15-47 at the Delaware State University Research & Outreach Center near Smyrna. The weather was sunny and warm, and the course was relatively flat and fast.

The Lady Eagles had the top five finishers and were led by senior Tori Vickers who ran the course in 19:43.

Vickers was followed by Kelsey Cabrera (21:02), Aliyah Navarro (21:30), Erin Cooper (21:32) and Alyson Davis (21:42). The lady Ravens top finisher was Natasha Taylor, who finished sixth in the time of 22:01.

Vickers said she enjoyed the race. "I felt really good today. It was a little warm. But I pushed myself to finish strong," she said. After completing the course, she stayed near the finish line to cheer on her teammates.

Smyrna Coach Jennifer Suarez said she was pleased with the girls' results. "Yes, we ran very well today, our times were where I felt they should be at this point of the season, and we had some personal bests today," she said.

The Smyrna boys ran well but came up just short in losing to Sussex Tech 27-30 despite having the first two finishers. Gabe Mojica was the overall winner in the time of 16:18, on a day when he broke his own personal course record."I was very happy with my run today, I was able to run six seconds faster than I have all season," he said. Mojica's teammate David Hall was second overall, finishing in the time of 16:22. "I was also very pleased with my race today, we ran hard and I also ran my best time today," he added.

The Ravens were able to win the meet because they had Victor Rueda finish third in 16:34, Jake Bamforth fourth in 16:42, and Sam Hete in fifth in 16:50 place as well as the seventh, eighth and tenth place runners.

The Raven boys are now 4-1 and the girls are 2-2 on the season.

"I was very pleased with the boys, they ran well and they ran as a team. Cross Country isn't always about running the fastest race, but running the smartest, and our guys definitely ran smart today," said Raven assistant coach Shaila Gillis. "I was also pleased with the girls a lot of them ran their PR's personal records today."

Smyrna next meet for both teams will be this Saturday at the Salesianum Invitational at Brandywine Creek State Park.