Some of Delaware’s best high school track and field athletes are about to see how they stack up on the world stage.
And it won’t be a long trip. The annual Penn Relays are coming to Philadelphia’s Franklin Field from April 28-30, and six athletes from the First State have qualified for individual events.
Two Delawareans are among 27 runners in the boys 3,000 meters – Charter of Wilmington’s Kevin Murray and Salesianum’s Andrew Hally. The girls 3,000 meters will also have two local runners – Padua’s Lydia Olivere and Newark’s Rachel Beston.
A.I. du Pont’s Noah Agwu will compete in the boys discus, and Padua’s Taliah Cintron will compete in the girls 400-meter intermediate hurdles.
Salesianum is one of only 15 schools selected to run the boys distance medley relay. Tatnall is in the small schools boys 4×800 relay, and Appoquinimink will go in the large school boys 4×800.
Of course, dozens of Delaware teams ranging from elementary to high schools will be part of the seemingly endless 4×100 and 4×400 relays that make Penn an event for every level.
Faster and farther
Running times are lowering and field event distances are increasing as the high school track and field season kicked into overdrive with the Twilight Relays on Friday night at A.I. du Pont and the Keith S. Burgess Invitational on Saturday at Lake Forest.
Dover outpointed Caesar Rodney 172-123 for the boys title at the Burgess, led by double winner Tayshaun Chisolm in the 110 and 300 hurdles. The Senators also got individual victories from John Rodel Castro (100), Kyron Robert (800), DeVontae Wilson (triple jump) and William Scott (shot put).
Diante Cannon swept the 200 and 400 for Lake Forest, and Isaiah Morris took the high jump for the Spartans. Other individual boys winners were CR’s Johathan Epstein (1,600), Sussex Tech’s Ben Bamforth (3,200), Matt Schrock (pole vault) and Isiah Brown (long jump) and Middletown’s Xavia Green (discus).
Sussex Central’s Naiya Smith highlighted the girls action with a sprint sweep in the 100, 200 and 400.
Caesar Rodney won three of the four relays and outpaced Dover by an identical 172-123 score for the girls team title. The Riders got individual wins from Jaleesa Mackey (100 hurdles), Ciera Florio (pole vault), Yeila Correa (long jump) and Kierra Razor (triple jump).
The Dover girls took three titles – Hayleigh Jimenez (3,200), Christina Garcia (high jump), Q’Nijah Hudson (shot put). Other individual winners were Sussex Tech’s Hannah Venables (800) and Roxanne Ramirez (1,600), Sussex Central’s Tatyana Jenkins (300 hurdles) and Cape Henlopen’s Andy Brokaw (discus).
The A.I. du Pont boys defended their home turf at the Twilight Relays, scoring 83½ points to edge Salesianum (68) and Mount Pleasant (63) for the team title. Noah Agwu swept the shot put and discus, and the Tigers won the Swedish medley relay.
William Penn’s Mike Mills swept the 100 and 200, and Charter of Wilmington’s Kevin Murray was fastest in the 800 and 3,200. Mount Pleasant’s Malachi Davis was a double winner in the long jump and triple jump.
Other boys individual winners were Newark’s Chidera Egeonu (400), Smyrna’s Derrick Brinney (110 hurdles), McKean’s Ryan Thompson (300 hurdles), Salesianum’s Mason Steltz (high jump) and Milford’s Adam Funkhouser (pole vault).
Padua took the Twilight girls title with 102 points, including individual wins from Taliah Cintron (100 hurdles), Cameron Lucey (300 hurdles) and Darby Deutsch (pole vault).
Ursuline’s Najiya Cornish swept the 100 and 200, and Smyrna’s Myrissa McFolling-Young won the shot put and discus. Other individual winners were Wilmington Christian’s Kamani Conteh (400), Tatnall’s Keelin Hays (800), Concord’s Katie Macturk (3,200), Charter of Wilmington’s Asaana Shamlin (high jump), Mount Pleasant’s Lekeshia Myrick-Brown (long jump) and St. Georges’ Micaiah Dendy (triple jump).
Rounding it up
— The Cape Henlopen girls lacrosse team doesn’t win them all. The Vikings have lost 12 times to out-of-state opponents over the last seven years, including Saturday’s 12-5 setback against St. Mary’s (Md.). But top-ranked Cape (7-1) has won the last seven state titles, and will take an 88-game in-state winning streak into Wednesday’s 6:15 p.m. contest at No. 2 Polytech.
— Cape Henlopen sophomore Austin Elliott uncorked perhaps the most dominant pitching performance of the young baseball season on Friday. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out 16 in 5 2/3 innings as the Vikings blanked Delmar 4-0.
— Juwan Gray, who helped Polytech reach the 2015 DIAA boys basketball championship game, has signed with the University of San Diego. The 6-foot-8 Gray is spending this school year at Scotland Performance Institute in Chambersburg, Pa., and will be a freshman at San Diego next season.
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