With the fall high school sports season winding down to a close, conference championships and state tournaments are right around the corner.

High school cross country hosted the first of many championship events this week, as seven teams competed for the Kent County Championship on Tuesday at Brecknock Park.

Even though the Caesar Rodney Riders took home the overall titles in both the boys and girls meets, Smyrna had their fair share of impressive performance.

On the boys side Smyrna earned the top two spots as David Hall led the way with a time of 15:57.45 followed by teammate Gabriel Mojica at 16:16.59.  

Smyrna had two more runners finish in the top 20 on Tuesday; Adam Bailey finished in sixth for Smyrna posting a time of 16:50.31, and  Ryan Stypinski ran a time of 18:08.25 to finish in 18th.

Tori Vickers matched the girls winner, Caesar Rodney’s Rebekah Mills, nearly the entire race finishing second with a time of 19:17.46.

Erin Cooper (11th, 20:47.82), Aliyah Navarro (13th, 21.02.53), and Alyson Davis (14th, 21:04.53) rounded out Smyrna’s top 20 finishers on Tuesday.

There were a lot of impressive times at Tuesday’s event, and the runners will use the experience to prepare for a short turnaround. This Saturday, the next big cross country event, the Henlopen Conference tournament, will be held at Killens Pond State Park.