The tradition and hyped atmosphere of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia often spur Delaware high school athletes to record performances, and the magic of Franklin Field brought the best out of Kieran Tuntivate on Friday night.
The Charter of Wilmington senior finished fifth in the high school boys mile run. More importantly, Tuntivate’s time of 4:12.58 was the fastest ever by a Delaware high school runner. And he believes he can do even better.
“I was reasonably happy. I think I had a little more to give, but it was still a good race for me,” Tuntivate said. “In the excitement it was hard to tell how fast I was moving, so I chose to be a little more conservative in the first half mile.
“I think I paid the price in my final time. I wasn’t able to make up for all that time that I was coasting. But it was still pretty fast.”
Andrew Hunter of Loudoun Valley in Purcellville, Virginia, won the boys mile in 4:07.15. Three other runners from New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania also broke 4:10, followed closely by Tuntivate. Newark’s Jarod Wilson finished 12th in the 15-man field in 4:20.45.
“He actually ran a little conservative early, and he thinks he can run a little faster,” Charter of Wilmington coach Rick Schuder said of Tuntivate. “I agree. I think he can still run a little bit faster under the right circumstances. But this was a very nice race.”
Charter also had an entrant in the boys 3,000 meters. The Force’s Kevin Murray finished 10th out of 22 in 8:41.08, a time that rates sixth on Delaware’s all-time list. Alex Ostberg of Darien, Connecticut, took the title in 8:23.95.
“He ran a nice race. He was up to fourth place at one point during the race,” Schuder said of Murray. “I’m happy with his performance. He’s a junior, so it’s a learning experience for him.”
Other Delaware finishes at the Penn Relays on Friday:
• A.I. du Pont’s Elijah Agwu finished 10th in the boys discus with a best throw of 164 feet, 6 inches. Tatnall’s Nick Robinson (159-1) finished 14th. Trevor Detillion of Unioto in Chillicothe, Ohio, won with a toss of 203-6.
• William Penn finished 14th among 257 entries in the large-schools boys 4×100 relay heats, enough to earn the first alternate spot in Saturday’s large-schools final if one of the top-eight finishers is unable to compete. The Colonials’ Kyler Murray, Chiason Tenkeang, Kamau Floyd and Michael Mills finished in 43.17 seconds.
• St. Georges (21st), Glasgow (24th) and Mount Pleasant (25th) were all very competitive in a field of 316 teams in the small-schools boys 4×100 relay, but came up just short of advancing to a championship race on Saturday.
Zack Bowe, Austyn Warren, Keyjuan Selby and Taronn Selby finished in 43.71 seconds for St. Georges. Martise Younger, Jay C. Whalen, Simeon Dailey and Jasaan Cunningham came home in 43.88 for Glasgow. Shawn Davis, JaShawn Johnson, Jahleel Thomas and Rob Myrick stopped the clock in 43.89 for Mount Pleasant.
• All Saints Catholic won the Wilmington Diocese boys 4×100 relay. Gabriel Poad, Jaden Elliot, A.J. Hughes and Kevin Faries combined for a winning time of 51.86 seconds.
• St. Elizabeth took the Wilmington Diocese girls 4×100 relay title. Molly Erdman, Saani Edwards, Quinaja Holder and Sophia Gulotti finished in 55.69 seconds.
• The University of Delaware finished third behind Harvard and Albany in the college women’s ECAC 4×100 relay. Latazah Coleman, Tyler Jackson, Paige Thomson-Charles and Amira Idris finished in 46.65 seconds for the Hens.
• Wesley College finished 12th among 44 colleges from all divisions in the men’s 4×200 heats. Matt Bundy, DaJahn Lowery, Dominic McAnulty and Vicco Bedell finished in 1:26.69. The Delaware State foursome of Juan Jones, Sharad Mackey, Alpha Mansaray and Johnny Crenshaw finished 16th in 1:27.16 to qualify for Saturday’s IC4A final.
• DSU’s Sabrina Burrell, Omealla Gordon, Ke’Shaun Davis and Rayanna Releford finished 28th among 61 schools in the college women’s 4×200 heats to earn a spot in Saturday’s IC4A final.
• DSU’s Jonathan Jones, Alpha Mansaray, Charles Wulff-Cochrane and Sharad Mackey (3:17.39) finished 18th among 67 schools in the college men’s 4×400 heats to earn a spot in Saturday’s IC4A final.
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