Charter School of Wilmington opened up the 2012 cross country season with a strong team performance en route to winning the varsity A race at the 55th annual Lake Forest Invitational Saturday at Killens Pond State Park.
The Force placed five runners in the top 21 to finish with 59 points, besting second-place Caesar Rodney and third-place Milford.
“That’s really exciting for our team to do well,” Charter senior Amanda Rickert said of the performance. “We’re a really young team, and it is really exciting to see such good times from our girls this early in the season.”
Rickert led the way for Charter, finishing in first place, with Erin Ford finishing in ninth, Emma Barnes placing 12th, Caroline Subramoney crossing the line in 18th and Silvana Alfiere finishing in 21st.
“We only had three players return. We had four young girls, two freshmen and two eighth-graders,” coach Lavel Walker said. “They all performed well today. It was a great start to the season.”
Rickert finished the 5-kilometer course in a time of 20:00.67, beating second-place Alexis Groce of Milford by 38 seconds. Middletown’s Ashton Dunkley finished another eight seconds back.
“It was definitely exciting. I just wanted to have a good opening race of the season,” Rickert said. “I will use this race as a motivation and a good starting point to move forward throughout the year.”
In the varsity B race, Padua had three runners finish in the top 13 to finish with 56 points, besting second-place Archmere by 21 points. Emily Paolucci (second, 19:53.42) was the top finishing Panda. Other top finishers for Padua were Karlee Panella in 10th and Erin Spadaccini in 13th.
Paolucci’s time was four seconds slower than varsity B winner Polly Terzian of National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), who turned in the fastest time at 19:49.40.