After a modest start, the Milford High School boys’ track and field squad pulled through with 25 points in the final two events to finish runner-up in the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Indoor State Championship at the University of Delaware on Saturday, Feb. 11.
“I thought we were down by a lot at first,” said senior Miles Russell, who helped the boys 1600-meter relay to victory in three minutes, 30.22 seconds.
Sophomore Ryan Thomas and senior Taiwan Savage then finished first and fourth, respectively, in triple jump to close out the team’s scoring at 80 – just 6.5 points behind state champion Salesianum. The team of Savage, Isaiah Brown, Mike Doughty and Josh Johnson had won the 3200-meter relay earlier in the day to start the scoring.
“I was scared; this was my first year receiving a state title,” said Thomas, who tied the sophomore state record with a 42-foot, 2.5-inch triple jump. He also placed third in the high jump and seventh in long jump.
Meanwhile, Savage and Russell also teamed with Brown and Johnson to win the 1600-meter relay.
“I looked at the competition and thought we were going to lose at first,” said Russell.
Russell, Brown, Johnson and Bryson Cartwright nearly pulled off a win in the 800-meter relay as well, finishing just behind Henlopen rival Caesar Rodney. In a battle from start to finish, Russell’s third leg gave the Bucs a shot with Johnson anchoring.
“The 4-by-2 [800-meter relay] was messy,” said Johnson. “We were in last place. When Miles got the baton, he brought us back to the lead. I froze up at the end, but we got second.”
“We did well,” said MHS assistant coach Dorant Bartlett. “Some things didn’t go in our favor.”
The girls’ team, led by a third-place finish by the 3200-meter relay of Molly Bliss, Hannah Uebele, Savannah Becker and Alexis Groce, finished eighth overall.
With the indoor season complete, the Bucs look forward to their spring season which starts March 1.