Indian River track can’t catch Cape in season opener
The Indian River High School track-and-field team started off the season in a tough dual meet at Cape Henlopen last Tuesday, April 1, with the boys falling to the Henlopen North squad by the final score of 109-37 and the girls 135-10.
Senior Tim Roberts was excused from lacrosse practice to establish himself as high-scorer in the meet, winning the long jump at 19 feet, 4 inches; the triple jump at 40 feet, 4 inches; and high jump at 6 feet even.
On the track, sophomore KiAnté Sturgis ran competitively for the first time this season without shoulder pads and a helmet, notching a win in the 200 with a time of 24.2 seconds.
The boys’ only other top finish on the day was junior Shaquille Hall’s 17.1-second finish in the 110 hurdles.
For the girls, senior Shanice Waley locked in the only first-place finish, with a time of 1:11 in the 400-meter dash.
“It’s a good learning experience for us,” said head coach Bob Hahn after the meet. “Cape’s always been one of the more powerhouses in track-and-field, so we’re getting good experience. There’s only two teams here, so we can see where we stack up against Cape. They’re a top team.”
Despite the tough start, Hahn highlighted some of the strengths of this year’s squad and expressed high hopes for the rest of the season.
“For guys, it’s looking like hurdles will be a strong one — our jumping events,” he predicted.
“Girls, we’re going to have to be strong with some of the throwing stuff and, again, hurdles.”
“We lost a lot of good, strong seniors last year, and we’re young, so just trying to have everyone build up their confidence and step forward, and we can try and find out who our new leaders are going to be.”
The team was looking to rebound on Thursday, April 3, (after Coastal Point press time), at a tri-meet at Caesar Rodney, and will make their home debut on Tuesday, April 8, when Holly Grove Christian School, Smyrna and St. Thomas More come visit for a quad-meet beginning at 3:30 p.m.