Inclement weather over winter break certainly did not stop the Milford High girls’ indoor track and field team.
Finishing second overall with 70 points in Wednesday’s 20-team invitational at Snow Hill, Md., the girls definitely did not “sit around eating bonbons” over break as coach Czar Bloom would say. Henlopen rival Cape Henlopen placed first with 90 points.
Molly Bliss, Alexis Groce, Kelsey Cabrera and Alli Henderson started the day, winning the 3200-meter relay with a time of 10 minutes and 30.2 seconds, a mere eight seconds off of a new school record.
“I’m kind of upset that we did not get the record,” said Bliss, who also ran the 500 meters and helped the 1600-meter relay team. “But it gives us a goal to work for in the future.”
“The squad has so much determination this year,” said Henderson, the lone senior of the 3200 relay. “We ended last year seven seconds off of the record; this year I want our squad to have our names on it.”
Henderson dedicated a tremendous amount of time to workouts this indoor track season, on and off the track.
“I feel like I have to catch up because I didn’t do cross country in the fall, and everyone on the 3200-meter relay squad did,” said Henderson. “I have been doing double workouts on my own in order to catch up; I feel like they are waiting on me.”
Henderson also teamed with Destiny Sivels, Tyesha Bowman and Shekinah Brown to win the 800-meter relay with a 1:54.2. While Bliss, Groce, Henderson and Brown placed second in the 1600-meter relay.
“All four relays are really strong this year,” said Coach Bloom. “It just shows the depth of our girls’ experience; hopefully we will have enough.”
Meanwhile, Sivels ran her way to states with a time of 7.4 seconds in the 55 meters, while Groce won the 500. Kari Elzey qualified for states in shot put with a runner-up throw, while Tashea Jackson, Bliss and Bowman also added top 3 finishes in their individual races.