Trojans’ goal is to qualify for region track meet

SNOW HILL — Kent County High School’s indoor track team closed out its regular season Jan. 24 with another large meet at the Worcester County Recreation Center, which has been the locale for all its regular-season meets, the Pat Russo Invitational and the Bayside Conference Championships. There were 19 schools, including Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen, Lake Forest and Milford from Delaware.

While the meet was large, the Trojans did not travel with their usual robust contingent.

That was by design.

It’s more challenging to qualify for regionals this year, which for Kent County looms ahead on Feb. 9 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
 
Each school can have a maximum of three entries per event — as is true of any of the meets — but only the top 16 in the regional rankings qualify.
 
Last year it was the top 24.
 
Coach Kalyn Stout said her focus for the Jan. 24 meet was getting as many KCHS athletes as possible eligible for the Class 1A East Regionals. 
 
In an email, Stout told The Evening Enterprise: “I have some people who were right on the cusp of that 16th spot so I didn’t run all of my relays so people could focus on their individual events. I still also have a couple athletes that are working through injuries to be good for regionals.”
 
Kent County has a sizable shot put team so Stout left home the throwers she felt confident would qualify for regionals — program record holder Ke’yare Hawkins, Kaydence Russell, Harrison Gibby and Gavin Larrimore. This opened up the opportunity for some others to be able to compete in one last meet.
 
Also Ryan Myers, Larry Steward and Rah Zir Wilson needed a second meet to their credit in order to be eligible for regionals. Steward and 
Wilson are dual-sport athletes whose primary sport this winter is basketball.
 
In her email, Stout told The Evening Enterprise: “Track is really a strategic sport from a coach’s perspective. You have to weigh out all of your options to try to score the most points. My main goal this year was to have the majority of my team qualify for regionals and the kids have been working so hard and doing so well.”
 
Stout said she will learn next week what KCHS athletes have qualified for the region meet. Until then, the Trojans are training as a full team.

Printed here are complete results for Kent County from the Jan. 24 regular-season meet. Top performers were junior Tyrell Fennell (6.73), who was the runner-up to Parkside senior Nasir Holden (6.67) in the 55 meters; senior Larry Steward, who placed third on criteria in the high jump after a four-way tie at 5 feet, 9 inches; and sophomore Tess Fuchs, who is developing into an accomplished sprinter.

GIRLS

55 meters: Tess Fuchs, 8.35, 20th; Jaeda Hoxter, 8.43; and Angel Cote, 8.72.

300 meters: Fuchs, 50.62, 12th; Molly Depp, 55.45; and Taylor Strong, 1:04.24.

55-meter hurdles: Hoxter, 11.47, 15th; and Amari-Chi Hollins, 12.98.

4×200-meter relay of Cote, Hollins, Fuchs and Hoxter, 2:11.27, 11th.

Shot put: Laila Johnson, 23 feet, 3 inches, 18th; Imani Goodridge, 14-11; and Grace Lindsay, 14-0.

BOYS

55 meters: Tyrell Fennell, 6.73, second; and Rah Zir Wilson, 6.99.

500 meters: Trent Johnson, 1:21.30, 16th; and Nick Stead, 1:21.66.

800 meters: Johnson, 2:18.83, eighth; Jack Spray, 2:21.56; and Stead, 2:33.85.

1600 meters: Spray, 5:22.59, 13th; and Kevin Stroup, 5:43.49.

High jump: Larry Steward, 5 feet, 9 inches, third; and Wilson, 5-7.

Shot put: Ryan Myers, 35 feet, 5 inches, 10th; Kasie Matthews, 26-2.5; and DeAndre Redding, 25-9.5.

 

 

 

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