The Milford High School girls’ track and field team made school history Saturday Feb. 12, scoring the program’s first indoor state trophy by tying Christiana for second place with 41 points. Tatnall won the DIAA indoor championship with 88 points.
Meanwhile, the Milford boys placed eighth with 25.25 points. Tatnall also won the boys’ crown with 63 points.
For the Milford girls, Keyanna Winder placed second in both the 55-meter hurdles and long jump, while Alexis Groce took second in the 400 meters with a career-best time of 60.29 seconds which ranks her No. 33 on the state’s all-time indoor fastest list. Molly Bliss placed fourth in 800, also reaching the fastest list.
“Going into the meet, I planned on giving it my everything,” said Bliss. “It feels amazing to get runner up in the state, and it feels like all our hard work has paid off.”
Bliss also helped the 3200-meter relay team of Groce, Kelsey Cabrera and Alli Henderson and the 1600-meter relay team of Tyesha Bowman, Henderson and Groce each place fifth.
“I wanted to win and help out the team going into the meet.” said Bowman. “But it feels good to know that Milford is the second best team in the whole state.”
Other place winners included the 800-meter relay of Destiny Sivels, Shekinah Brown, Henderson and Bowman, who placed fourth with a 1:53.16, Shekinah Brown, fourth in long jump with 15-feet-2.5 inches and Tyesha Bowman, sixth in the 400, 1:02.58.
Josh Johnson led the boys with a runner up in the high jump, and he also anchored the third-place 3200-meter relay team with Taiwan Savage, Michael Doughty and Carl Richardson.
“I was a little nervous about how we would perform before the meet,” said Doughty. “I am happy about the outcome; I know we did our best.”
Dawan Smith scored a third place in long jump with a 21 feet, 4.25 inches, ranking No. 41 on the state all-time list. He also took sixth in the 400 with a time of 51.72.
Other place winners included Savage, fifth in triple jump, 41-feet-5.5; 1600-meter relay of Smith, Savage, Bryson Cartwright and Johnson, sixth, 3:39.83, and Ryan Thomas, sixth in high jump, 5-feet-4, and triple jump, 40-feet-11.75.
Looking to the outdoor season, many Milford track athletes anticipate even better achievements can happen.
“I think we have a legitimate shot at winning states,” said Doughty. “I am hoping to do my best.”
“I believe that this spring we can bring our best and win states,” said Bowmann.
A home meet on March 22 versus Seaford kicks off the 2011 outdoor season for the Bucs.