Smyrna girls lead, boys’ race tight at conferences

The first day of the Henlopen Conference track and field championships was contested throughout a steady drizzle at Polytech High on Thursday afternoon.

But the weather did not appear to slow down the top title contenders.

The two teams who finished their dual meet season undefeated are both the frontrunners after six events were completed on the boys’ side and five in the girls’ competition.

Smyrna High holds a steady lead in the girls’ events while Dover High is battling Caesar Rodney High for top spot with Polytech High and Lake Forest High also in striking distance.

Both the Smyrna girls and Dover boys finished their regular seasons with a 12-0 record in dual meets.

Smyrna’s Britttany Smith finishes first in heat two of the the Girls 100 meter hurdles at the Henlopen Conference Track Meet at Polytech on Thursday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Day two resumes today, also at Polytech. Field events will begin at 4 p.m. with track events starting at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and gates to the stadium will open at 3 p.m.

Smyrna is the defending team champion in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

Dover’s Tayshaun Chisolm finishes first in the second heat of the the Boys 100-meter hurdles at the Henlopen Conference Track Meet at Polytech on Thursday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

The Eagle girls are off to their fast start thanks to a victory in the first race of the meet. The team of Naomi Bowser, Destinee Ekanem, Maddie Keister and Raegan Sebastianelli took home top spot in the girls’ 4×800-meter relay.

Aside from the six final events on Thursday, the day also featured preliminary heats for the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles. Those finals are scheduled for today.

Lake Forest’s Shane Massey leads the first heat of the Boys 4×800 Relay at the Henlopen Conference Track Meet at Polytech on Thursday.

There’s only two field events left on the boys’ slate (discus and triple jump) while the girls have three more (shot put, high jump and triple jump).

The 110-meter hurdles finals will be the first event contested today followed by the 100-meter dash finals. The last event tonight is the 4×400-meter relay.

The meet is expected to end at 8 p.m. with the trophy and medals ceremonies taking place at 8:15 p.m. Awards will also be given for Coach of the Year and the regular season champions.

Today will also featured five events for athletes who participate with their school’s Unified Track and Field teams through the Special Olympics.

The unified athletes’ events are shot put, long jump, 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash and a 4×100-meter relay.

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