How good is Delsea’s throws team?
The Crusaders scored enough points this weekend in the shot put, discus and javelin to place third in the team standings at the South Jersey Group 2 sectional on their home track in Franklinville.
Delsea always has elite throwers, and this year’s group scored 52 points in the shot, discus and javelin.
The throwers got plenty of help, though, and Delsea beat Manchester Township 101-69, for its fourth consecutive South Jersey championship.
Delsea won Group 3 in 2017 and 2018 and Group 2 in 2019. There was no meet last year. Including Group 3 in 2006 and 2007 and Group 2 in 2010, Delsea has now won seven sectional titles since 2006.
And the throws have been a big part of each championship.
Delsea swept the shot put for 24 points behind senior Joe Metzger (57-2 1/2) and juniors Jason Nwosu (53-7) and Josh Caudill (50-6 3/4).
The Crusaders went 2-3-5 in the discus, with junior Cade Derardelli throwing 149-1 for second, Nwosu third at 140-9 and Caudill fifth with a throw of 138-2.
Sophomore Luke Maxwell, the No. 9 seed in the javelin, popped a nearly 22-foot PR of 157-1 and won by more than nine feet.
Maxwell was seeded at 135-10, which he threw three weeks ago at the Crusader Field No. 1 meet at his home facility. Maxwell is a first-year thrower and this was only the fifth major meet of his life.
He threw 37 feet farther Saturday than he did in his last meet, the Cherokee Last Chance in Marlton last weekend.
Maxwell had the two-best throws of his life, the 157-1 winner and a 154-3 on his next throw.
Delsea had plenty of big-time performances outside the throwing circles.
Senior Dylan Caceci won the pole vault with an 11-6 clearance, becoming Delsea’s fourth sectional pole vault champion since 2012 (Billy Wengert, Jarrod Brovero twice, Nico Morales).
Senior Dawson Baptiste placed second in the 1,600 with a PR 4:21.54 (closing in 2:05.86 and 60.75) and was also third in the 800 with a 2:00.99.
Andrew Littlehales ran a big PR of 9:33.98 (previous PR was 9:42.04) for second in the 3,200.
Also, junior Jaedyn Stewart ran 23.12 to place fifth in the 200 and 11.43 for sixth in the 100, and junior Devin Hooks jumped 40-7 1/4 for fifth in the triple jump.
Delsea also scored 15 points in the relays.The Crusaders won the 4-by-1 in 44.49 with Stewart, freshman Christian Langston, Hooks and senior Michael Bartholetti, took fourth in the 4-by-8 with Baptiste, junior Thomas Monalto-Summers, Littlehales and senior Riley Miller in 8:25.21 and was also sixth in the 4-by-4 in 3:37.05 with freshman Xavier Wyatt, Miller, sophomore Louis Rogers and junior Ismael Ortiz.