SNOW HILL — It’s not always possible to do everything you want to, especially if you are a high school student trying to balance academic demands with athletic commitments. That was true for some members of Kent County’s indoor track and field program, who had to forego the final meet of 2019 in order to take tests scheduled for the week heading into the winter recess.
Illnesses kept several others from making the trip Wednesday, Dec. 18 to the seventh annual Pat Russo Invitational, and one other Trojan stayed home due to driver’s education class.
For the second time in three meets, Kent County did not have a full team.
No Trojan placed high enough to earn a medal or ribbon.
Cold, wet weather affected training, and not in a good way, according to coach Rich Shaw.
“With it raining almost every afternoon since the previous meet, we were forced to hold indoor practices,” Shaw said in an email. “I try to avoid having the athletes run in the hallways as much as possible,” he said, “but we were unable to avoid it this week.”
There was some good news, however, as six Kent boys established personal bests and the boys 4x200 relay of Dylan Conner, Joey Nuse, Will Maier and Mayowa Taiwo ran a season best.
For the second meet in a row, freshman Jacob Bohle ran a PR in the 1600 meters. He was in the fast heat, which helps to explain how he lowered his time by nearly 4 seconds. Shaw said Bohle ran a very smart and competitive race.
Also, junior Brandon Myers ran 2 minutes, 27.5 seconds in the 800 meters, breaking the 2:30 mark for the first time.
The format of the Pat Russo Invitational, a tribute to Stephen Decatur’s coach of 40-plus years, is different from regular-season indoor track meets. The limit is two entries per school per event (instead of three). Each team (girls and boys) is given three “wild card” entries, where they can get a third runner or field competitor.
Medals were awarded to the top three place-finishers in each event and ribbons were handed out to those who finished fourth through eighth.
It was another huge meet with nearly 20 schools from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Some individual events had more than 40 entries.
Printed below are results for Kent. Personal bests are in bold.
300 meters: Maddy Kendall, 50.14.
800 meters: Jordyn Cox-Pemberton, 3:39.45.
3200 meters: Marlee Berghaus, 14:34.73.
4x800 relay of Berghaus, Molly Grafton, Leah Maier and Anna Phillips, 12:54.30.
Shot put: Cox-Pemberton, 15 feet, 11 inches.
55 meters: Mayowa Taiwo, 7:05; Kolby Walters, 7.91; and Jon Conner, 8.29.
55-meter hurdles: Dylan Conner, 9.65; and Taiwo, 10.15.
300 meters: Joey Nuse, 48.40; and Jon Conner, 49.80.
500 meters: Will Maier, 1:22.90; and Jon Conner, 1:37.39.
800 meters: Brandon Myers, 2:27.50.
1600 meters: Jacob Bohle, 5:22.11.
4x200 relay of Dylan Conner, Nuse, Maier and Taiwo, 1:52.12.
Shot put: Walters, 32 feet, 5 inches; Myers, 30-07; and Giuseppe Gordillo, 27-0.