The Milford boys track and field team made school history May 21, winning the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II state championship to cap a perfect season. The boys scored in 14 of the 18 events, outperforming runner-up Tatnall 82-61.
Meanwhile, the girls placed third, two points shy of a runner-up trophy.
“It feels good to be a champion because it shows that the team worked so hard this season,” said MHS senior distance runner Steve Eshelman. “It was a major accomplishment for this group to win a title.”
Senior Dawan Smith helped lead the boys to victory, totaling 16.5 points with a runner-up finish in long jump and a third in the 400 meters, and he assisted Phil Shorts, Bryson Cartwright and Isaiah Brown to place third in the 1600-meter relay.
“My favorite event was probably the 1600-meter relay. You never know what could happen or what other teams are going to bring to the table,” said senior Phil Shorts. “The 4×400 was basically a war that anyone could win.”
Freshman Ryan Thomas jumped his way to a career-best of 43-feet-10 inches, placing second in triple. Meanwhile, the 3200-meter relay of Taiwan Savage, Mike Doughty, Josh Johnson and Brown, the 800-meter relay of Shorts, Brown, Cartwright and Shane Letthand and the 400-meter relay of Alex Vantine, Chas Holden, Cartwright and Letthand each finished with runner-up medals.
“Becoming a state champ is the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Shorts. “It’s an amazing accomplishment.”
For the girls, the 400-meter relay team of Keyanna Winder, Shekinah Brown, Alli Henderson and Destiny Sivels claimed the lone individual or relay state title for the Bucs. The boys won the team championship, despite scoring a gold medal in any event.
Brown led the girls with 16.5 points, finishing runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles and also helping the 1600-meter relay with Molly Bliss, Tyesha Bowman and Alexis Groce set a new school record of 4:02.05 for a silver. Bliss also set a new school record in the 800 meters, placing fourth with a 2:21.34, and Kari Elzey placed second in discus.
The bronze medalists included Carl Richardson (pole vault), Cartwright (long jump) and the 3200-meter relay of Bliss, Kelsey Cabera, Henderson and Groce.
“While the meet was going on, I just kept thinking, ‘We gotta keep fighting. We gotta keep doing our thing,’” said Shorts. “I was going around encouraging our team because I knew that’s what we needed at the time. And when everyone came through with great performances, I knew we were ready to be state champs. Our dreams came true.”