Dover boys, Lake Forest girls shine at state track championships

Dover’s Nate Guy reaches for the baton in the last leg of the the Division I 4 x 800 relay. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Thanks to a strong performance in field events, the Dover High boys track and field team sits in first place in Division I after the first day of the DIAA state track championships.

The champions will be crowned today when the meet resumes at 11 a.m.

Dover leads the Division I boys’ standings with 47 points ahead of second-place Salesianum’s 33.

Another downstate team is in first in the Division II girls’ meet after the first day. Lake Forest has 25 points to hold first place over Ursuline’s 20.

Padua leads the Division I girls’ standings with 60 points. Tatnall is in first in the Division II boys competition with 38 points through five events.

Sussex Central’s Travon McVicker clears 6 feet in the high jump during Friday’s state track and field championship meet at Dover.

Five downstaters were crowned individual state champions Friday, all in field events.

Bradley Anyanwu of Dover won the Division shot put with a toss of 50-feet and three-quarter inches. His teammate Jordan McGee was second and also finished in second in the high jump. Smyrna’s Braden Young was third in the shot put while Dover’s Hugo Harp earned the Senators more points with a fifth-place finish.

Milford’s Ritchy Corvil made it a Henlopen Conference sweep in boys shot put when he won the Division II title with a throw of 48-feet and six and three-quarter inches.

Downstaters also swept the girls long jump events.

Destiny Bailey-Perkins of Caesar Rodney took first in Division I with a jump of 17-feet-5-inches. Milford’s Jeannellie Robles Ortiz (16-feet-4-inches) won the Division II competition.

Caesar Rodney’s Destiny Bailey-Perkins, center, leads the girls 100-meter dash against Sussex Central’s Bre Reid, left, and Smyrna’s Lauren Summers.

Bailey-Perkins was one of four Henlopen Conference athletes who swept the top four of Division I long jump. Smyrna’s Sierra Romaine was second, Polytech’s Talasia Brickhouse finished third and Smyrna’s Shaneese LaMons was fourth. Makayla Cross of Lake Forest was second in the Division II event.

Bailey-Perkins also had the second fastest time in the 100-meter prelims to qualify for today’s championship round. Lake Forest’s Jada Gourdine was also second fastest in the Division 110 hurdle prelims.

Caesar Rodney’s Leon Jett posted the quickest time for the Division I hurdles with a 14.72 in prelims.

Keely Arndt has the best finish of any Henlopen Conference participant in the 3200-meter run as she was third in the Division I race. Smyrna’s Sarah Larose was fifth in the same race and the Eagles also finished second in Friday’s 4×800.

The Smyrna girls are in second in the Division I standings with 40 points followed by Caesar Rodney (31) in third and Polytech (16) in fourth.

Caesar Rodney’s Leon Jett wins his heat in the Division I 110-meter hurdles.

Milford is in fourth with 17 points in the Division II girls meet while the boys are sixth with 14. Lake Forest has 17.5 points for third in the Division II boys standings.

Sussex Central has 15 points for fifth in the Division I boys meet while Smyrna is in sixth with 11 points.

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