See a video and the story about the second-place finish of the girls team, along with a story about the top finishers on the Smyrna boys team at the state meet.
The Smyrna High School girls track and field team placed second in the state Division I championships May 21 and 22 at Dover High School.
Padua won the title with 167 points, followed by Smyrna with 109.5 and St. Georges Tech with 55 out of 15 schools that scored in the event.
Lauren Summers led the Eagles, winning the 100-meter dash in 12.18, placing second in the 200 in 24.81 and second in the triple jump in 37-feet-2-inches, and running a leg on Smyrna’s winning 4x200 relay team.
Maddy Keister won the 300-meter hurdles in 45.90, ran a leg on Smyrna’s winning 4x200 relay, placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.76 and ran a leg on the seventh-place 4x400 relay team. (STORY CONTINUES BELOW PHOTOS)
Naomi Bowser placed second in the pole vault with 10-feet-6-inches, ran a leg on the second place 4x800 relay team, finished third in the 1,600 in 5:13.34 and fifth in the 800 in 2:18.40.
Shaneese La Mons placed second in the long jump with 17-feet-5.5-inches and ran on two first place relay teams, the 4x100 and the 4x200.
Sarah Larose ran on the second-place 4x800 relay team, finished sixth in the 800 in 2:28.52, sixth in the 1,600 in 5:30.98 and sixth in the 3,200 in 12:17.94.
Maddie Steele placed sixth in the shot put with 34-feet-5.25 inches.
Destinee Ekanem finished eighth in the 3,200 in 12:29.32 and ran on Smyrna’s second-place 4x800 relay team.
Sierra Romaine tied for eighth in the high jump with 4-feet-8-inches and ran on the first-place 4x100 relay team.
Winning the 4x100 relay was the team of Saani Edwards, Shaneese La Mons, Aniyah Black and Sierra Romaine in 48.73.
Winning the 4x200 relay was the team of Saani Edwards, Maddy Keister, Shaneese La Mons and Lauren Summers in 1:43.02.
Placing second in the 4x800 relay was the team of Raegan Sebastianelli, Sarah Larose, Destinee Ekanem and Naomi Bowser in 9:55.11.
Finishing seventh in the 4x400 relay was the team of Aniyah Black, Saani Edwards, Kayla Bess and Maddy Keister in 4:17.52.
Smyrna coach Maura Schafer said finishing as state runner-up was "very bittersweet."
"Having been in this position several times over the last six years, we are definitely hungry for that top spot. Not getting it feels disappointing for sure,"said Schafer. "However, we never take our successes for granted. We work extremely hard and are ultimately satisfied staying among the top two or three teams in the state. Our team prides itself on keeping competitive year in and year out, and this proves we are accomplishing that."
Despite rain and delays because of lightning, Schafer said the weather wasn't a factor for the Eagles.
"We practice every day in the rain to prepare our athletes for meets like this -- starting blocks in the rain, jumps in the rain, handoffs in the rain. They were not affected by the rain at all," she said. "The delays are a little tough, especially so late in the evening but we just tried to keep our kids loose and focused. A couple of rounds of Uno and then back to the game plan."
Schafer said Keister's state title came because she stepped up to fill a need on the team.
"Maddy has been such a huge part of our team for four years, always a part of our outstanding relay teams. She has multiple state titles with various relay teams. We were all pulling for her to get some individual recognition," said Schafer. "Maddy became a hurdler for us this year when our main hurdler did not come back out for the team. We had a hole in our lineup, and in typical Keister fashion she worked as hard as she could to do what's best for the team."
SMYRNA BOYS TEAM FINISHES FIFTH IN STATE
The Smyrna High School boys track and field team placed fifth in the Division I state championships with 48.5 points. Dover won the event with 122 points.
For the Eagles, Elijah Taylor placed second in the shot put with 46-feet-10-inches and fourth in the discus with 134-feet-10-inches.
Braden Young finished third in the shot put with 46-feet-9-inches and sixth in the discus with 130-feet.
Derrick Brinney placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.31, seventh in the triple jump with 41-feet-3.75 inches and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.58.
Aaron Lewis tied for fourth in the pole vault with 11-feet-6-inches.
Raymond Nyameke finished fifth in the 200 in 22.82 and sixth in the long jump with 20-feet-9.25 inches.
Fitz Freeman, Jamar McCall, Nigel Reeves and Raymond Nyameke placed fifth in the 4x200 relay in 1:30.84.
Fitz Freeman, Derrick Brinney, Nigel Reeves and Raymond Nyameke finished sixth in the 4x100 relay in 44.54.