Smyrna’s McFolling-Young wins 3rd straight discus title at states

DOVER — Myrissa McFolling-Young threw the discus 39 feet farther than anyone else in the Division I competition on Friday.

But that doesn’t mean the Smyrna High senior was particularly thrilled about it.

After all, McFolling-Young has some pretty high standards after breaking the state record last month.

“I don’t know, I think my biggest competitor is me,” she said. “I’m really hard on myself.”

On the other hand, while McFolling-Young’s throw of 139-feet, 11-inches well short of her state mark, it was more than good enough to give her a third-straight Division I girls’ discus title as the DIAA track & field state championships got underway at Dover High.

Only eight event finals were completed before lightning cut the meet short. Action will resume earlier today than originally slated, with the first event scheduled for 9:15 a.m.

Smyrna’s Myrissa McFolling-Young during discus event at the State Track & Field Championships at Dover High School on Friday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Henlopen Conference athletes won half of those eight events on Friday with McFolling-Young, Lake Forest teammates Isaiah Morris (high jump) and Cameron Lewis (shot put) along with Dover’s boys’ 3,200-meter relay all winning state championships.

McFolling-Young only took up throwing as a freshman. She broke her own state record with a throw of 159-6 at the Penn Relays in April.

CR’s Nick Campagnini, center, competes in the 4x800meter relay at the State Track & Field Championships at Dover High School on Friday.

“When I look at what I’ve done, it’s really encouraging,” said McFolling-Young. “But, at the same time, when I’m at one of these big meets and I just don’t do as well, I kind of feel like I could have done better.”

What made McFolling-Young’s victory even better was that Smyrna teammate Melena Credle placed second in the discus with a throw of 100-09, That gives the Eagles 18 team points to start off the meet.

“I know my coach is going to be really proud,” said McFolling-Young.

Dover’s Kyron Roberts wins in the Division 1 4×800 meter relay at the State Track & Field Championships at Dover High School on Friday.

Morris’ state title in the Division II high jump was his second straight. The junior won with a jump of 6-foot-2.

But Morris’ championship was even more remarkable considering he didn’t have any place to practice this spring. With Lake Forest’s stadium being renovated, all Morris could do was run and keep in shape.

He said the only actual jumping he’s done has been at competitions.

“The meet is my practice,” said Morris. “It’s different, that’s for sure. It’s challenging but I can handle it. I’m definitely at a disadvantage but I’m not one to complain.”

Lewis won the shot put crown with a throw of 46-8, nine inches farther than the second-place finisher.

Lake Forest’s Isaiah Morris competes in the high jump at the State Track & Field Championships at Dover High School on Friday.

The Dover relay team of Nyjal Drayton, Gavin Williams, Nathanael Guy and Kyron Roberts won the 3,200 in a season-best time of 7:59.74. Coach Jim Solomon expected big things from the Senators given that they’re unbeaten in the event this season.

But he also said Dover needed the win. This is a meet where the Senators are going to have to squeeze out every point to contend for their second Division I team title since 2015.

“They’ve worked really hard,” said Solomon. “They deserve their medals. At the Meet of Champions, with Tatnall and Sallies, if they run their strong squad, and Charter, it’s going to be a good one.

“But we’re going to need more than that. We’ll see what happens. We’ll need some points from the field events.”

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