After taking their record to 2-0 upon defeating Lake Forest, March 29,the Milford High boys’ and girls’ track and field teams then endured wind, rain, hail and lightning to still claim a few personal records and state qualifiers Saturday, April 2 at the Crimson Tide Classic in Washington, D.C.
Inclement weather conditions actually sent the Bucs home earlier than expected.
“The meet was interesting and unique,” said Milford sophomore Alexis Groce, who posted a career-best 26.76 in the 200 meters.
Senior Kari Elzey successfully defended her meet record to win discus with a career-best toss of 117 feet – good enough to qualify for Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 28-30.
“The meet overall was a successful meet,” said Milford senior Steve Eshelman, who shattered a career-best with a 10:16.69 in the 3200 meters. “Both the girls and guys teams came into the meet with a lot of confidence and competed well, despite the rough weather we had.”
Fellow 3200-meter runners Kelsey Cabrera, Carl Richardson and Henry Phalen scored a solid day as Cabrera ran her way into states, while Richardson (10:13.28) and Phalen added personal bests.
“Kelsey ran extremely well,” said Groce. “She qualified for states and finished her race strong.”
“It felt amazing qualifying in the 3200,” said Cabrera. “I started to get hot because I had all this Under Armour on, but I felt really good and comfortable. The race felt easy.” Other personal records went to Aaliyah Davis, placing 4th in shot put with a toss of 31-feet-10 inches and Shekinah Brown in long jump (15-feet-6.5 inches) and 100-meter hurdles (16.80). Jon Jones and Derrick Strickland placed second and fourth, respectively, in discus.
Dawan Smith (200) added a state qualifier, while Bryson Cartwright (100 & 200) and Lauriel Robertson (high jump) added provisional qualifiers.
In the dual meet against Lake Forest on Tuesday, Isaiah Brown qualified for states in the 110-meter hurdles, while Bryson Cartwright pulled out a big 21-feet-8 inch long jump to qualify for states. Taiwan Savage also added a qualifier in the 400.
“I feel that our team is very promising,” said Groce.
“Our team is amazing,” added Cabrera. “Everybody on the team is supportive.”