Cape runners take on Penn Relays

April 28, 2023

The Vikings will make their traditional trip north to the Penn Relays this week. Cape has competed in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relays nearly every year since the early 1970s.

Konner Knarr, Trey Leggins, Thomas Messick and Maurki James ran the 4-by-100 relay April 27 (after deadline), while Knarr, Ben Clifton, Leggins and James ran the 4-by-400. For the girls, Kennedy Johnson, Ashley Carrier, Katie Kuhlman and Alexa Dougherty will run the 4-by-100 at 10:15 a.m., Friday, April 28. The Cape girls will not run the 4-by-400 relay. Delaware has 34 high schools and three colleges competing at the relays, including six schools from the Henlopen Conference. 

Cape track defeats Milford

Robert Redden was the meet’s high scorer with 10 points following wins in the 110-meter hurdles (15.4 seconds) and the 300-meter hurdles (42.9 seconds). Thomas Messick took the 100 meters in 11.3, while Konner Knarr won the 200-meter dash in 22.9. Ben Clifton won the 400 meters in 51.9, while Ryan Baker won the 800 in 2:01. Liam O’Donnell won the 3,200 meters in 10:04, while Cape squads won the 3,200, 800 and 400 relays. In the field, the Vikings won four of the six events, with Ryan Betins taking the discus in 115 feet even and Bernard Jones winning the long jump in 19-5. Carter Gibbons won the triple in 36-11, while Eddie Houck won the pole vault in 12-6. 

Distance runner Katie Kuhlman scored 14.25 points for the Vikings by winning the 1,600 (5:36) and the 800 (2:36), taking second in the 3,200 and running on the winning 1,600 relay. The Vikings also won the 800 relay. Maddie Gazze won the 100-meter hurdles in 18.0, while Alexia Dougherty won the 300-meter hurdles in 49.6. Kennedy Johnson won the 200-meter dash in 27.1. Haley Archambault won the discus in 96-0, while Anejah Johnson won the high jump in 4-10. Addison Bowman won the pole vault in 8-0.

Cape Henlopen and Sussex Academy will travel to the Unionville Invitational Saturday, April 29, in Unionville, Pa.

In other conference highlights, Smyrna topped the Sussex Central girls 79-57 and the Sussex Central boys in a close 74-69 meet.

The Sussex Academy boys lost to Laurel 70-67, while the girls beat Laurel 105-30. Results were not posted by press time.

Beacon-Mariner wrap

Beacon, Mariner, Georgetown and Millsboro participated in a quad meet at Cape Henlopen April 24. There were six boys’ meets and six girls’ meets to score. That is an amazing amount of work to do in a few hours by the officials who try to keep everything correct. I know this because I have done it several times. The Beacon boys ended the day 3-0 with wins over Mariner 73-36, Georgetown 79-30 and Millsboro 70-39. The Beacon girls also finished the day 3-0 with wins over Mariner 80-29, Georgetown 92-17 and Millsboro 88-19. 

Highlights from the boys’ meet include high scorer Osmeer Daisey winning the long jump in 15-10, the triple jump in 34-9 and the high jump in 5-0 for 15 points. Jamar Beasley won the 400 in 58.2 and the 200 in 25.1, while David Garbanzo won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.8 and the 100-meter dash in 12.6. Beacon also won the 800 relay in 1:50.6. Mariner’s Asher Woods won the 1,600 in 5:28.5.

Highlights from the girls’ meet include high scorers Harper Mamele and Marley Fyock, who each grabbed 10 points from two event wins. Mamele won the high jump in 4-10 and the 800 in 2:53.2, while Fyock won the long jump in 13-10 ½ and the triple jump in 30-5 ½. Ally Diehl had a big day too, as she tied the 200-meter school record of 26.7, which was set in 2018 by Bre Kusen on the same track and in the same lane. Diehl also anchored the 400 relay to a win in 53.9 and the 800 relay to a win in 1:58.0. Kha’Nihya Johnson won the 100 in 13.7, while Erin Noonan won the 1,600 in 6:12.8. Ainsley Rineer won the discus in 68-10. Mariner’s Kaylyn Clews won the 55-meter hurdles in 10.3, while cross country All-American Allison Ortiz-Rivera won the 400 in 1:07.0. Elena Booth won the shot in 32-2.


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