Rebekah Box had plenty she could have dwelled on during Friday’s 300-meter hurdle race in the Delaware County track meet.
She could have thought about her third-place finish in the 100 hurdles, which she described as disappointing. She could have thought about the fact that she re-aggravated the tendonitis in her knee during the 100 hurdles. Instead, she blocked both of those concerns out of her mind.
The result was a win the 300 hurdles, turning in a meet-record time of 47.95 seconds. Box said she hadn’t paid attention to where the Delaware County meet record stood in that event (former Eagle Ashley DeNeal had run a 48.0), but now it will be her name listed in the program.
“It’s awesome, it really is,” Box said. “It’s such a cool feeling. I didn’t even know that I had gotten it. And then they told me, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Woah, no way.’ Total surprise.”
Box was the only athlete to break a meet record. For the second consecutive year, Yorktown won both the boys and girls team titles, both in dominant fashion. On the girls side, Yorktown finished with 191 points and second-place Wes-Del had 84 points. The Tiger boys finished with 159 points. Delta and Wes-Del each had 93 points to tie for second in the boys team standings.
Delta coach Casandra Cork said she stressed to Box the need to be single-minded during the 300 race. The past finish and the knee had to be put to the side, the only thought being on running the best race of which Box was capable. And Cork was visibly excited as she talked about Box turning in the record-breaking time.
“With Bekah, I feel like this year is the 300,” Cork said. “This is the year for Bekah with the 300.”
Yorktown quickly pulled away to win the girls team crown. The Tigers had three athletes win multiple individual events. A’Dreana Howard-Anderson won the 800 and the long jump. Brandi Claxton won the 100 and the 200. And Sarah Hazen won the 1,600 and 3,200.
The Tigers had the first and second-place finishers in four girls events. Along with their double winners, Kendall Murr won the 400 and Carson Malapit won the high jump.
Yorktown won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Delta’s Kaitlyn Rawls highlighted the winners from other schools, taking both throwing events. Wes-Del’s Madison Prather won the 100 hurdles, and Prather and three of her teammates combined to win the 400 relay.
While the Tiger boys didn’t pull away as quickly, that team result was also not in doubt as the meet neared its end. The Yorktown boys did not have a double individual winner. Dawson Allen won the 200, Cale Melham won the 400, Chris Lowry won the 3,200 and Riley Miller won the high jump.
Yorktown won all three relays on the boys side, with Melham and Hunter McKeighen each running on both the 400 and 1,600 relays.
“We knew we had the ability to score a lot of points just by some high finishes,” Yorktown coach Jared Turner said. “And our kids just stepped up to the plate. All we can do is put them in a position to be successful, and they took it and ran with it today.”
Delta’s Mason Bechdolt and Wapahani’s Drew Barber highlighted the meet’s other winners. Bechdolt took the 100 and 110 hurdles, and Barber won the 800 and 1,600. Other individual winners included Wes-Del’s Samson Waters (300 hurdles), Wes-Del’s Zach Rooker (long jump), Daleville’s Andrew Ingenito (shot put) and Wes-Del’s Brendon Thornburg (discus).