The 2014 high school track & field season came to a close on Saturday at Caesar Rodney High School in the DIAA State Championships.
Both Milford teams put forth respectable performances during Saturday’s Division II championships; the girls took sixth place scoring a total of 41 points while the boys took seventh with 36.50.
“The kids that were able to compete did a fine job of closing out their season,” said Milford head coach Czar Bloom. “We had a few untimely injuries that left a couple of holes in the lineup, but that’s just part of how the chips fall.”
Tatnall won both the boys’ and girls’ titles in Division II; the girls outscored second-place Hodgson Vo-Tech Tech by just eight points, while the boys nearest competitor, Caravel Academy, finished 34 1/2 points off of Tatnall’s pace.
The Lady Bucs had one medal winner on Saturday, Brianna Lofland who took first in the girls’ 100m hurdles, setting a school record with a time of 15.60. Other top finishers for the girls on Saturday were, Davida Johnson, Layanna Bryant, and Shadiya Lowery. Johnson placed second in the girls’ long jump, and fourth in the girl’s triple jump. Meanwhile, Bryant took third in the girls’ pole vault and Lowery earned a third-place finish in the girls’ shot put.
“Brianna Lofland stepped up and did a wonderful job to jumpstart the squad,” said Bloom. “She had an amazing race to set the school record and win the state title in the 100-meter hurdles.”
Kaelan Curry had several top finishes for the Milford boys, placing tied with Woodbridge’s Will Davis for third in the boys’ pole vault, and fifth in the boys’ triple jump.
The Milford relay teams had three fifth place finishes Saturday in the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x800.
Regardless of how the team competed as a whole, Bloom stressed the importance of just being a part of the events themselves.
“It’s extremely important. They get a chance to see what they need to do to begin preparing for next season,” Bloom said. “They get something to work for very early in the season next year. It feeds their motivation for success and wakes them up to the level of competition they need to seek.”
CR takes boys’ Division I title; Padua breaks girls’ tournament scoring record
In the Division I girls’ championship Padua ran away with the title breaking a state title scoring record with 192 points in their first season competing at the Division I level. The Pandas had four first-place finishers on Saturday, Ashley Muschiatti (shot put), Maiya Dendy (100m dash), Taliah Cintron (300m hurdles), and Erin Spadaccini (1600m run).
Just a week ago, the Dover Senators closed out a Henlopen Conference boys’ track & field championship on their home track, besting rival Caesar Rodney. Now, a week later the Riders returned the favor, this time with the DIAA State Track & Field Championship on the line.
The Rider boys scored 92 points topping CR by 10 points to take the boys’ championship for the second consecutive season.
The Riders were led by two individual winners on Saturday, Austinio Brown and Oluwaseun Osunkoya. Brown took first in the 100m dash while placing third in the 200m dash. Osunkoya placed first in the state in the boys’ triple jump.
While Dover came up 10 points short of a championships, many contributed to their second place effort. The Senators were led by Mykele Young-Sanders who took first in the boys’ 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles while placing second in the 200m dash. Deon Wright took second in the boys’ 300m hurdles, and Raekwon Bouges placed fourth in the 200m dash for Dover.