Five Henlopen track athletes win titles at first day of state meet

Destiny Bailey-Perkins of Caesar Rodney competing in the long jump. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — Finally, Mother Nature let them compete.

And some downstate athletes didn’t waste any time at day one of the DIAA track and field state championship meet, hosted by Dover High on Monday.

Five Henlopen Conference athletes took home individual state championships on the first day of competition. Dover is second in the Division I boys’ standings while Smyrna High is in second in Division I on the girls’ side.

The meet resumes today at 3 p.m. at Dover. The final event is scheduled for 9:05 p.m.

Anthony Otero of Sussex Central, center, hits the finish line to win a preliminary heat of the boys 100-meter dash during the first day of the state track championships Monday at Dover. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

All of downstate’s gold medals on Monday came in field events.

Bradley Anyanwu of Dover won the boys’ shot put in Division with a toss of 47-feet-10-inches. The Henlopen Conference swept the podium with Elijah Taylor (46-10) and Braden Young (46-9), both of Smyrna, in second and third.

Destiny Bailey-Perkins of Caesar Rodney took home top honors in the Division I girls’ long jump with a leap of 18-feet-4-inches. Abrianna Asante of Dover (17-6.75) and Shaneese LaMons of Smyrna (17-5.5) were second and third in another downstate podium sweep.

Polytech’s Olivia Maday clears 9 feet in the girls pole vault during the first day of the DIAA Track and Field Championships Monday afternoon at Dover High.

Rianna Miller was the lone Henlopen Conference winner in the girls’ Division II meet on Monday. The Lake Forest senior threw 112-feet-8-inches to win the discus competition by 13 feet over second place.

The two other winners came from the boys’ Division II meet.

Ritchy Corvil of Milford won gold in the shot put with a mark of 46-feet-1-inch. Brandon Faulk of Laurel was first in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet-6-inches.

The two-day meet was originally scheduled for last Friday and would resume on Saturday. But rain washed out day one, shifting the schedule to a one-day competition on Saturday before that was rained out as well.

Naomi Bowser of Smyrna clearing 9 feet in the girls pole vault Monday at Dover.

While the Dover boys took home just the one medal on Monday, the Senators put themselves in good position to win a few more on the second day,

Dover posted the fastest qualifying time in both the Division I boys 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles preliminary races. Jakari Long paced the field in the 100 in 11.10 and Tayshaun Chisholm ran a 14.51 in the hurdles.

Both of those final fields will have five of the eight athletes from the Henlopen Conference.

Sussex Central’s Anthony Otero and Mahki Herring also made the 100 final along with Sussex Tech’s Julian Roach and Deshawn Sample. Leon Jett and Jared Keaton of Caesar Rodney made the 110 hurdles finals as did Derrick Brinney of Smyrna and Travon McVicker of Sussex Central.

Lake Forest moved a combined four boys into the finals on Monday. Tyare Miller and Ja-Juan Reid reached the 100 final while Christopher Freeman and Dejour Carey qualified through the 110 hurdles prelims.

Jakari Long of Dover High takes the lead to win a preliminary heat of the boys 100-meter dash Monday

Woodbridge’s Darius Houchens also made the boys’ hurdles final in the Division II meet.

Bailey-Perkins continued her big day on Monday with the top time in the girls’ Division I 100-meter qualifying race. She ran a 12.31 and will be joined in the final by two Smyrna girls — Lauren Summers and Saani Edwards — plus Lakendra Harpe of Sussex Tech.

Smyrna put two more girls’ in the hurdle finals, Madison Keister and Jasmine Ousley. Dover’s Abrianna Asante also reached the finals.

Lake Forest’s Jada Gourdine qualified for the final in both the 100 and 110 hurdles. She is joined by Indian River’s Yonya Wise in the 100 and Lake Forest teammate Cierra Deprisco in the 110 hurdles.

Gourdine qualified in the hurdles with the fastest time in Division II positing a 16.08 mark.

Due to the schedule changes, the Meet of Champions will now take place on Friday at Caravel Academy (5:30 p.m.).

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