Delaware Sports Zone

By- Sean Greene

Dover and A.I. duPont reigned supreme in the rain as they took the 2018 DIAA Boys Track and Field Championships Tuesday night.

During Day 2 of a meet that was postponed three days by rain, athletes had to withstand three lightning strike delays during the long day and night of competition that ended at 10:48pm.

There were some lightning-quick performance on the track, including Salesianum’s Michael Keehan, who won the 1600m race in a Division 1 meet record 4:15.86, just ahead of his teammate Sean Banko, who would have also set the mark that had stood since Newark’s Jim Bray’s 4:16 back in 1972.

Friends’ Connor Nisbet earned the Division 2 title in the 1600m.

In the speed events, Dickinson’s Lenford Kirlew could not be caught, as he pulled the 100/200/400m triple. Dover’s Jakari Long won the 100m and 200m, while Newark’s DeMario Morgan earned the 400m honors.

In the 800m, Tatnall’s Napoleon Hernandez held off Nisbet for victory, while Saint Georges’ Khalil Lau-dickinson rallied past Chris Brown of Charter in the final strides to win in Division 1.

Dover’s Tayshaun Chisolm and A.I. duPont’s Jalen Bailey pulled the hurdle double, with both winning their respective races at 110m and 300m over the jumps.

Howard and Sussex Tech won the 4×100 relays, Lake Forest and Dover the 4x200s, while Newark Charter and Newark claimed the 4x400s.

In the field events, St. Georges Jordan Cheaton and Caravel’s Nathan Phillips won the Discus Throws, while St. Mark’s Matt Tynes and Dover’s Forrest Booker won the Triple Jumps.

Dover (122) used their balance to claim the D1 state title over Salesianum (97.5), St. Georges (64.5), Caesar Rodney (53), and Smyrna (48.5).

A.I. duPont’s victory (110) came over Saint Mark’s (75), with Lake Forest (65), Tatnall (53), and Friends (46) rounding out the top 5.


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