Aya’s father Blaine hung over the fence watching his twin daughters, now seniors, compete in a track meet. Blaine was a Cape school record holder in the long jump with a distance of 22-feet-10-inches, ran a sub-11-second 100 meters and was the winner of the Kevin Kennedy Award in 1983. Aya is a cross-fit sprinter in the pool and on the track. Like most sprinters, she can jump far when she is motivated. In the April 27 meet, Aya won the long jump in 15-feet-5-inches, edging out her sister Amaya, who jumped 15-2. Aya was first in the 200 meters with a time of 27.4 seconds, then won the high jump in 4-feet-6-inches, where she owns a personal best of 5-feet. And in the 4-by-100, Aya took the baton on the anchor leg to lead the team of Mehkia Applewhite, Kiki Johnson and Amaya Daisey to a come-from-behind win in 55.8.
This fifth-grader at Love Creek Elementary recently won all eight events he entered at the 2021 Boys & Girls Club Nationals in Tampa, Fla., held April 9-11. His 160 total points earned him the high-point trophy for the boys’ 10 and under age group. His time of 35.04 in the 50-yard breaststroke broke the meet record by 0.03 seconds. He also won the 200 individual medley, 500 free, 200 free, 50 free, 100 breast, 100 IM and 100 free. Now 10 years old, Jaxen started swimming competitively at 6 with the Lewes Yacht Club. He’s now a member of the Mako Swim Club, which swims out of Sussex Academy, and the Milford Boys & Girls Club. At the Tampa event, Jaxen swam with Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, which is a collective of swimmers from Mako, Ocean Pines and Barracudas.
This senior lefty pitcher for the Vikings baseball team moved to 4-0 on the season after getting the win over Smyrna April 27. Striking out eight batters, Husbands also went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and two RBIs. "Tyler has really stepped up as a leader for us this year," said Cape head coach Ben Evick. "He has a 0.977 ERA while opponents are only hitting .125 against him. Offensively, he has come through in some big situations for us. He is a tough competitor that has a real feel for his pitches and the flow of the game." He has a three-pitch attack from the mound, throwing a 82 mph fastball, a change-up and a curve that is unpredictable and hard to hit. He also has a .325 batting average. An honors student at Cape, Tyler will attend University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the fall to play for the Hawks.
A ninth-grader and first-year member of Cape’s Unified track team, Tony has found immediate success in one of the sport’s toughest events: the 400 meters. Palmer time-trialed a quarter-mile in 1:16 during the first week of practice and has cut his time sharply since, going 1:11 and 1:08 in the Vikings’ first two meets before dropping a huge personal best of 1:04.1 in Cape’s April 27 win over Dover. “I can’t feel my legs by the end, but I’m starting to love [the 400],” said Palmer, who recently borrowed his coaches’ meter wheel to log extra training at home. Three meets into his career, Tony has long jumped nearly 14 feet, tossed the shot put beyond 31 feet, and anchored the Vikings’ 4-by-100 relay to a time of 58.7 seconds. More impressive than that, he takes pride in helping his teammates with drills and encouraging them through workouts. He knows what it’s like to break the tape first, but he understands that some things are more important.