2019 DELAWARE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Saturday, November 9 @ Killens Pond State Park, Felton DE
On Saturday, November 9, Tatnall Cross Country concluded their seasons by competing in the 2019 Delaware Division II State Championships. In these races, the Hornets ran against more than 28 other teams in the DII/Small Schools classification. Killens Pond State Park hosted this year's meet, with cool temperatures but light winds and sunny skies combining to create excellent racing conditions.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Tatnall Girls Cross Country fought from start to finish to take seventh place among 28 Division II schools. Lydia Colasante '23 ran a brilliant tactical race to win the Division II individual title, taking the win in 18.48, which was also the fastest girls time of the day in either division. Grace McKelvey '20 (24th/20.45) ended her cross country career at Tatnall with her finest race of the season, with fellow senior co-captain Lainey Teklits '20 (34th/21.11) not far behind. Josephine Catalano '24 (23.01), Sarah Carroll '20 (23.16), Delaney Campanelli '22 (23.57), and Charlotte Davey '22 (24,41) all bettered or equaled their lifetime or season-best times for the 5-kilometer race distance.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
In the Division II Boys Varsity race, the back-and-forth competition between Tatnall and Wilmington Friends ended in with the Hornets taking the runner-up team spot in 2019. Tatnall had bested the Quakers at the O'Neill XC Invitational in October, with WFS responding the next week to win the DISC Championship. At the NCCo Meet, the Hornets finished well clear of the Quakers. On Saturday, it was Friends' turn again as Tatnall came up ten points shy in a 66-76 thriller. In the first 600 meters of the race, Declan McDonnell '21 established a lead that he never relinquished, claiming his first Division II individual state title in 16.03, twenty seconds clear of the next finisher. Nicolas Pizarro '22 ran a lifetime-best 17.06 to secure 15th place, just ahead of Andre Latina '22 (17th/17.10) and Brett Balthis '21 (18th/17.14). Alex Janusz '20 closed out his cross country career with a lifetime-best performance of 17.39, good for 25th place. Sebastian Pizarro '22 (18.01) and freshman Will Kain '23 (18.36) added their names to the list of runners scoring lifetime PRs on this day. Scheduled to return six of the top seven runners next year, the young Hornets are already looking forward to the 2020 XC campaign.
While the official cross country season ended on Saturday, several Tatnall runners will take advantage of opportunities to test their limits by competing in a variety of individual races, including a two-mile track time trial this Thursday in West Chester, PA, and the Nike Cross Southeast Regional meet in Cary, NC, or the Footlocker Northeast Regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City on Saturday 11/30.