The Smyrna High School girls cross country team raced to a second-place finish in the Division I state championship today, Nov. 11, at Killens Pond State Park.

The Smyrna High School girls cross country team raced to a second-place finish in the Division I state championship today, Nov. 11, at Killens Pond State Park.

"I'm ecstatic," said Smyrna Head Coach John Haller. "It was what I expected, but it's a fun reality."

Naomi Bowser led the Eagles, crossing the line in third place in 18:41.43 over the 3.1-mile course.

Smyrna's Sarah Larose finished 15th in 20:41.39.

Destinee Ekanem placed 16th in 20:43.39.

Raegan Sebastianelli raced to 23rd in 20:56.41.

Abby Mace crossed the line in 27th in 21:18.53.

Audrey Price finished 40th in 22:05.20, and Cathryn Shahan placed 42nd in 22:10.57 out of 110 runners.

Padua won the championship with 18 team points, with their runners finishing first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and 10th.

Smyrna placed second with 84 points, followed by Charter School of Wilmington in third with 107 points, Caesar Rodney in fourth with 115 points, and Appoquinimink in fifth with 157 points out of 17 teams.

For the Eagles, the runner-up finish in the state race caps a season in which they won the Henlopen Conference regular season title with an 11-0 record, followed by the Kent County Meet Championship and the Henlopen Conference Meet Championship.