The Milford High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams overcame near-freezing temperatures to sweep both team titles at the A.I. Field and Track relays on March 25. Earlier in the week, they opened their regular season by defeating Seaford.
“We started off the season with a bang,” said sophomore Alexis Groce. “I think we will continue to be strong as a team.”
The boys claimed first place in seven events at Friday’s invitational: shuttle hurdle relay of Kieran Purnell, Isaiah Brown, Chandler Benson-Reid and Darreus McCrea (1:15), the 800-meter relay of Dawan Smith, Bryson Cartwright, Phillip Shorts and Brown (1:32.8) and the sprint medley of Josh Johnson, Shorts, Alex Vantine and Taiwan Savage (3:55.8). Smith and Cartwright won long jump, while Ryan Thomas and Savage won triple jump, Jon Jones and Derrick Strickland won discus and Steve Eshelman started the day by winning the 3200-meter run in 10:30.4.
“I think we have come together as a family, rather than team,” said junior Josh Johnson. “But there are still places that need to be worked on.”
The girls took home seven golds as well: shuttle hurdle relay of Keyanna Winder, Shekinah Brown, Joycelynn Johnson and Kettyde Deravines, (1:13.8), 800-meter relay of Destiny Sivels, Tyesha Bowman, Brown and Alexis Groce (1:49.6), 400-meter relay of Keyanna Winder, Brown, Sivels and Bowman (51.2) and 1600-meter relay of Molly Bliss, Bowman, Alli Henderson and Groce (4:17.7). Brown and Winder won long jump, while Winder and Henderson took triple jump and Kari Elzey and Kesline Beaucejour won discus.
Second place finishers consisted of the 400-meter relay of Vantine, Smith, Shorts and Cartwright, (44.7), pole vaulters Carl Richardson and Derek Munce, high jumpers Johnson and Munce and throwers Jones and Strickland and Elzey and Aaliyah Davis.
Hannah Westwood in pole vault and Davis and Lauriel Robertson in high jump claimed third place finishes.
“The team is really coming together well at practice,” said senior Shekinah Brown. “You see hard work, everybody helping each other and motivating everybody.”
Not only did the track teams have numerous place winners, the team also had many state qualifiers, a total of 26 qualifiers in different events throughout the opening week.
“Hands down, team work, cooperation and a strong bond between teammates are what I believe helps us to do so well,” said Groce.