Track Defeats Smyrna and Caesar Rodney


Kari Elzey

The Milford High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams overcame the odds, despite the inclement weather lately, to defeat Smyrna and Caesar Rodney April 13, as well as Dover and Polytech on April 15 to improve their record to 6-0.

“The last few meets had horrible weather,” said sophomore Alexis Groce. “But there were good races by most people.”

On Tuesday’s meet, Ryan Thomas pulled out a career-best to win triple jump, while Shane Letthand and Dawan Smith went 1-2 in the 200. Carl Richardson, Steve Eshelman and Henry Phalen swept the 3200 meters and the 1600-meter relay team of Isaiah Brown, Josh Johnson, Bryson Cartwright and Taiwan Savage claimed the relay win to close out a 78-68 win over CR. The boys also topped Smyrna, 115-30.

“The teamwork lately has been outstanding and we have really become a family,” said junior Michael Doughty.  “Everyone on the team has done their part to keep this miraculous season going.”

On the girls’ side, Molly Bliss took wins in the 1600 and 800 meters, while Alexis Groce, Keyanna Winder, Shekinah Brown, Destiny Sivels, Tyesha Bowman, Aaliyah Davis Kesline Beaucejour and Kelsey Cabrera claimed necessary wins in their events knocking off Caesar Rodney and Smyrna. The girls topped CR, 91-54, and Smyrna, 115-26.

In Friday’s meet against Dover and Polytech, Thomas again won triple jump then vaulted new heights to qualify for states and take the win, while Keyanna Winder won long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles to lead the girls. The boys beat Dover, 87-59, and Polytech, 105-41, while the girls won, 90-52, and 95-50, respectively.

Isaiah Brown and Bryson Cartwright each scored individual wins and two relay wins, while Phil Shorts and Shane Letthand won the 400 and 200. For the girls, Shekinah Brown, Tyesha Bowman, Destiny Sivels, Alexis Groce, Molly Bliss, Kelsey Cabrera and Kesline Beaucejour all scored wins in their events.

“In the last two meets, I feel that Milford has come together as a team and overcome many obstacles,” said Doughty. “The best part was coming away from both meets still undefeated.”

The Bucs claimed six more state qualifications and two provisional qualifications within the last two meets. Both teams take on Laurel and Sussex Central at home April 19.