On Saturday, 26 schools from all over the first state will participate in the 2013 DIAA Indoor Track State Championships which will be held at University of Delaware.
Locally, the Dover Senators and Caesar Rodney Riders will take to the track looking to make some state-wide noise.
Both the boys and girls indoor track squads are coming off improved seasons from last year.
On the boys side there is no shortage of athletes to watch this Saturday, as many now find themselves in the state’s all-time rankings.
Raekwon Bouges is now ranked 3rd in the 500 meter, 9th in the 60 meter dash and 35th in the 300 meter. While Mykele Sanders now claims the 10th ranking in the 55 meter hurdles, 4th in the 60 meter hurdles and 2nd in the 500 meter.
Also, Keron Brown now ranks 10th all-time in the triple jump and Deon Wright ranks 35th in the 300 meter.
“The boys improved from last year’s performance in the Conference meet,” said Dover Head Coach James Solomon. “We look to do the same at the State meet on Saturday.”
Zach Dawson and Jordan Robinson could make some waves in the jumps, while Nick Glover should compete in the shot put. The Dover relay team made up of Maleek Bradford, Kevin Smith, Khalen Hudson, Austin Williams and Ken Dixon also look to contend on Saturday.
The Girls squad also improved tremendously from last year according to Solomon.
“The girls team improved tremendously from last year,” said Solomon. “They place 7th moving up one place from last year.”
Some names to look for Saturday on the Lady Senators side are Tiazia Anderton in the sprints and Amanda Cann in the jumps.
Caesar Rodney Riders
Like the Senators, both the Riders boys and girls squads improved from last season. The boys are coming off a Henlopen Conference Championship win last week, while the girls place second.
The Boys qualified 22 athletes for the State meet, while 9 Lady Riders will compete on Saturday.
On the boys side, Brandon Brooks, Bryce Stevenosky and Mac Garduno finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the open 800 meter to qualify for states. While Daylakahshawn McDonald starred in the 55 meter, 200 meter and 4x200 meter relay.
On the girls side, Tyra Reid qualified for states with a 7.1 time in the open 55 meter. Adrian Trammell ran a 6.3 in the open 55 meter, while Kayla Popham threw her personal best in the shot put at 30’10”.
“We had some great performances during the Henlopen Conference Meet,” said Riders Head Coach Charles Poplos. “Our girls team will surprise some folks at states and our boys team should be in the mix as well.”
“The state has some real strong teams,” said Poplos. “I’m sure whatever happens it will be fun for all of our athletes.”