IR track looks toward South meet after facing Dover, Milford
Having battled frigid spring temperatures in a near-four-hour meet against Dover, Milford and Laurel on Tuesday, April 29, the Indian River High School track team were set to put their focus on Henlopen South rivals Woodbridge and Laurel this Thursday, May 1.
Despite not garnering a first-place finish against the larger schools on April 29, the Indians still performed well and, according to head coach Bob Hahn, bettered some of their times.
“Milford and Dover are two really good teams,” Hahn stated after the meet. “Our kids pushed themselves. Some of the kids probably got some of their better scores, better times. On the girls’ side, Paiton Murray did well with the throwing stuff.”
The team was without their best jumper for the meet, as they were to be for Thursday’s meet against Woodbridge and Laurel, with senior Tim Roberts only allowed to compete in three sports matches per week. Roberts had already played in Monday’s lacrosse game against Worcester Prep and was set to take part in Wednesday’s matchup against Milford (after Coastal Point press time), which had Henlopen South title implications.
“Probably about a 15-point swing,” Hahn said of Roberts’ absence. “It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s all in the athlete’s best interest to make sure we don’t get any overuse injuries with anybody. I would like to see Tim compete. I would like to see him maybe compete more in track.”
For the distance events, senior Will McCabe was impressed with what he saw from his teammates.
“Blayne Gates — he’s a good 2-mile runner. Logan Montuori, Ian Walls — they’re good at 800. Edgar, he’s running well,” McCabe said highlighting some of the underclassmen distance runners. “They’re still young. Most of them are sophomores and juniors, so they have some more years. The future’s bright for distance.”
After the tough meet, Hahn discussed the team’s goals for the rest of the season, citing Thursday’s meet at Indian River as an important event.
“A lot’s gonna come down to what happens with Woodbridge and Laurel,” he said of his team’s chances at a Henlopen South title. “Try to get as many kids to states — that’s always one goal — better their scores throughout the year. We’re only graduating three seniors. We’ll miss them, but that means we’ll have a lot of kids coming back.”
Thursday’s meet was set to start at 3 p.m. After that, the team will head to Sussex Central on Monday, May 5, in the last regular-season meet of the season.