The Dover boys track and field team has been named “Team of the Year” after posting a 10-3 overall record this season.
The Senators’ dealt with some early season adversity, not to mention the talented crop of competition they had to deal with not only throughout the state but within their own conference.
After starting the season with 2 wins, the Senators dropped 3 meets in a row. For many squads, a losing streak like that could haunt you for the rest of the season. However, Dover remained resilient winning their next 8 meets to enter the conference and state championships with momentum on their side.
“What made this team so unique to past teams is that the coaching staff had to be flexible due to so many distractions,” said Dover Head Coach James Solomon. “This was a probably the most difficult season for our coaching staff, keeping the guys together for the state meet. We were fortunate that we caught lightning in a bottle at the State Meet.”
Sophomore Mykele Sanders helped Dover capture that lightning in a bottle with a performance to remember at the States. Sanders finished first in the Boys 200m, Boys 110m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles to help lead Dover to a second-place finish among the state’s elite.
Sanders was a part of what ended up being a very deep Dover squad. After struggling early on, the seniors for Dover started to step up. Something Solomon believes was the turning point in the Senator’s season.
Seniors Dwayne Henry, Maleek Bradford, Keron Brown and Kenyal Stevenson contributed greatly to Dover’s success in the State Championships.
“The seniors came through when it counted,” said Solomon. “I feel that if we had been on the same page throughout the season we could have ended the season as state champions.”
Now, with the success of standout Sanders, Solomon believes the leadership role his Sanders’ to take come next season.
“Mykele is ready for the leadership role,” said Solomon. “He absolutely filled that role on the track this year with his outstanding performances. Mykele’s challenge next year is to stay focused and not rest on his laurels. He will have set the bar higher to be one of the very best not only in the state but the entire country.”