Track and Field Add New State Qualifiers

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Kari Elzey

The Milford High track and field girls ran their way to victory, edging last year’s defending Division II state champion Tatnall by three points, 102-99, on April 9 at the Caravel Invitational at Caravel Academy.

Meanwhile, the boys finished runner up, a mere two points behind Brandywine.

“The meet was a big accomplishment,” said junior Keyanna Winder, who started the winning 400-meter relay. “We went there and represented the south.”

“I did expect to place high in the meet,” said senior Steven Eshelman, who ran a career-best 4:38.92 in the 1600 meters. “We have a lot of great athletes, depth and energy.”

Shekinah Brown led the team winning the 300 hurdles in a new school record time of 47.9 seconds, while Kari Elzey won discus and snapped off a career best in shot put to claim third.

On the boys’ side, Dawan Smith led the way claiming first in long jump and adding 19.5 points to the team score, while Bryson Cartwright and Ryan Thomas took medals in the jumps.

“I feel extremely great about the team effort,” said Eshelman. “We are doing a great job of working together and helping each other do our best and go 100 percent when we race.”

Other medal winners included Destiny Sivels (100), Tyesha Bowman (400) Kesline Beaucejour (discus) and Hannah Westwood (pole vault) who scored silver, while Khila Hughes anchored medal-winning relays.

“My goals were to get faster times and get points for my team,” said Bowman, a sophomore who ran a career-best 60.03 in the 400. The 400-meter relay of Alex Vantine, Shane Letthand, Phil Shorts and Cartwright and the 1600-meter relay of Shorts, Cartwright, Smith and Isaiah Brown each claimed third place in season-best times.

“We are in the mix to win states,” said Eshelman. “But we will have to keep raising our game and competitiveness to reach our goal of winning the state title.”

“The standout performance of the day was when they announced that Milford got first by three points,” said Bowman. “I believe that we have a chance at states.”

 The meet added new state qualifiers, which included  Eshelman, Carl Richardson and Kelsey Cabrera in the 1600, Michael Doughty and Taiwan Savage in the 800, Derek Munce in the high jump and pole vault, and Thomas (high jump), Shorts (200), Letthand (100), Bowman (400) and Kieran Purnell (300 hurdles).

“This meet is great for states,” said Winder. “It really says a lot, and I believe we can win it all.”