Panthers’ Magee wins 3 golds at state track

DOVER — As Dudley Magee tried to catch his breath, he put this meet in perspective.

“This is the best I’ve ever performed this season,” said the sophomore from Polytech High.

And it was a good time to have that type of performance.

Magee won three Division I gold medals on the second day of the DIAA state championship track meet on Monday night at Dover High. He earned two individual first-place finishes, sweeping the hurdle events, and one as a member of Polytech’s 4×200 meter relay.

“It was just a really good day,” Magee said. “I did what I had to do in practice to make sure I got here. I felt really good when I came out here and I made sure I prayed all day throughout the meet. It was all by the will of God.”

The meet lasted until after 10:30 p.m., thanks to a late start due to a lightning delay. Mother Nature had already wreaked havoc on the event; the second day was originally scheduled for Saturday before being rained out.

Magee recorded his first state title in the opening boys’ race of the day with a time of 15.21 in the 110-meter hurdles.

He didn’t have much time to rest, competing in the second event with the Panther relay team of Anwar Dyer, Demaundra Walker and Douglas Reed to capture the crown in the 4×100 (1:31.18). The team of Magee, Dyer, Reed and Azel Foster also finished second in the 4×200.

But it was the 300-meter hurdles which were the highlight of Magee’s day. He won in 39.66, crediting an improved start out of the blocks.

“Before my start was iffy but getting out strong helps you finish strong,” Magee said.  “If you get out slow, you’ll finish slow. The good start really helped me run the curve well then get into my straightaway to finish.”

Lake Forest’s Isaiah Morris capped a stellar two-day performance with a victory in the Division II boys’ triple jump, leaping 44-feet-7.75-inches.

Morris took home three medals over the course of the meet, winning the long jump and high jump on Friday evening.

He wasn’t the only Spartan to win a gold medal Monday. Teammate Jamar Brown tossed the discus 119-feet-10-inches for a first place finish.

Two Smyrna girls won the only other two golds for downstate competitors on Monday. Myrissa McFolling-Young was first in the Division I girls’ shot put (39-3.5) and Shantell Kargbeh won the triple jump (39-7.5).

The Eagles finished second in the team standings in Division I to Padua. The Dover High boys also recorded a second place finish in Division I, coming up short to meet champion Salesianum.

On the Division II side, Tatnall and St. Georges tied for the boys’ title with 96 points apiece while Tatnall won the girls’ championship.

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