By Jalyn Powell, MHS Student Reporter
The Milford High School track and field teams left their mark at the 2013 Meet of Champs competition held at Dover High on Wednesday, May 22. Ryan Thomas, a junior, swept away wins in the long and triple jump pit, while seniors Henry Phalen and Alexis Groce ended their careers with two broken school records. Phalen came in fifth in the 3200 meters, establishing a school record 9:53.23, breaking the record that Chad Carpenter had heldsince 2003. Groce came in second place in the girls 800 meters. Her time of 2 minutes, 15.99 seconds moved her past 2012 graduate Molly Bliss who previously held the school record of 2:17.26.
Thomas, who had an outstanding season, ended Wednesday’s meet with two All-state titles, following up on his event championships in the Division I State Meet held on May 17-18. At the Meet of Champs competition, he jumped 23 feet, 2 inches in long jump and 48-3.5 in triple jump to bring home the gold.
“Thomas reaped the rewards of tremendous hard work,” said Milford High Head Coach Czar Bloom. “He stayed committed to his goals the entire season and peaked at just the right time.” Thomas jumped a school record and Division I meet record 49-3 in the state triple jump competition. He also landed a school record 23-3 in the pit to earn him the 2013 long jump title.
“I went in knowing I would do well, but I was more proud of beating my personal record. I just want to improve,” said Thomas.
He previously broke the Henlopen Conference meet record for triple jump with a 49-0 at Dover High on Thursday, May 9. With 20 jumpers present, Thomas placed first and also broke the school record he had set earlier in the year at the Caravel meet.
“Ryan is only a junior, and he has accomplished a lot. He`s so humble and dedicated,” added senior veteran teammate Destiny Sivels.
Thomas ended his season undefeated in all major meets in both long and triple jump. Many top-flight colleges have contacted Thomas in hopes to see him grow and potentially be a part of their track and field program. With so many options present, who is to say where the phenomenal athlete will attend. With his final season still ahead next year, his hard work and dedication this season may only be the beginning.