Cape track and cross country have 25 state titles over 49 years

The sport that put Cape on the map is on the comeback
March 8, 2018

Track practice lies somewhere between 0 percent and 100 percent individualized, freewheeling team fun. 

Cape nailed down six state track titles by 1978 and two cross country titles by 1979. Cape leads all public schools with 55 state championships, and 25 of those come from the combined successes of boys’ and girls’ track and field and cross country.

The numbers are way up this spring and the boys should make some noise, while the girls are coming off a strong indoor season. But the Henlopen Conference is a tough place to make a living, and competition at the state level is just ridiculous.

Matt Lindell is the head boys’ coach, while George Pepper, with four decades of experience, is the head coach of the girls’ program.

The boys are coming off a 6-7 regular-season record, but they look to be much improved with more depth. Leading long jumper and sprinter Ben Ashby is out for the season from an ACL tear and repair he suffered during the football season.

Junior Greg Boyce, the leading distance runner in the school and starter on last spring’s lacrosse team, has decided to run spring track, a sport he intends to pursue in college.

The girls are coming off an 8-5 spring season and are led by distance runner Olivia Brozefsky and shot putter Ce’yra Middleton.