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HISTORY OF DELAWARE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD

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The Delaware Interscholastic Track & Field Championship was first held in 1914 at Joe Frazer Field, University of Delaware. This was the fore-runner to the State Championship which is being held today. The Inaugural meet was run in conjunction with a dual meet between the University of Delaware and Drexel Institute of Philadelphia. Out of state schools competed in the high school meet where there were two classes. Class 1 open to schools with experience in track events. Class 2 schools was for novices.

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In 1920, the meet instituted a 3-class setup: A for large schools, B for intermediate schools, and C for small schools. In 1939, Class C was for Delaware Schools (Delaware Schools only) that did not compete in Class A or Class B. In 1942, the other Classes were dropped and the meet was for Delaware High Schools only. (The First State Track & Field Championship)

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In 1967, D.S.S.S.A. (Delaware Secondary School Athletic Association) established sponsorship of the meet.

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The Girls' State Championship was started in 1973 and run by the Coaches. In 1977, D.S.S.A.A. added the Girls' Championship.

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From 1942 to 1963 there was only one Division. Groups started in 1964, and were later changed to Divisions in 1968. In 1971 & 1972, a meet of Champions was added following the Division Championships. In 1977 through 1983, the Individual Finals was added after the Team Championships. In 2001 the Meet of Champions was added.

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PRE MEET ARTICLE OF FIRST DELAWARE INTERSCHOLASTIC MEET

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Monday May11 1914

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SCHOOL ATHLETES READY FOR THE GREAT EVENT

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Delaware State Interscholastic

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meet, to be held on Joe Frazer

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Field on May 16

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The entries for the Delaware State Interscholastic meet, to be held on Joe Frazer Field on May 16, closed Friday night In the Class I, open to schools with experience in track events, are enrolled in Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington High School, Tome Institute, Chester High School, and Wilmington Conference Academy. The Class II schools, novices, entered, are Newark, Dover, Smyrna, Lewis, Middletown, Georgetown, and P.S. duPont schools in Delaware. Centerville and Elkton High Schools in Maryland. Over one hundred athletes will represent these schools.

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The College events will come first, then the Class I schools, followed by the novice class. May 16, 1914, is a day that will long be remembered in the athletic annals of the state. Athletic history will be made that day, and the foundation will be laid for such a classic as the University of Pennsylvania holds each year in April. (PENN RELAYS)

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Wilmington High School will be well represented on the cinder path next Saturday afternoon, at the first annual Delaware State Scholastic meet, at Frazer Field. Coach Dr. J Draper Brown has had his men work hard to get in condition for the events.

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O'Toote is working hard and will, no doubt, run a good race for the cherry and white. Tom is a sticker and will run his man to the finish. He is also a sub on the relay team, and will try to get on as a regular when trials are held this Thursday.

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Howard High School will probably enter.

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FIRST DELAWARE INTERSCHOLASTIC MEET

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Monday May 18 1914

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DELAWARE LOSES DUAL TRACK MEET

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Drexel Institute, Tome Institute

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and Lewes High Wln Scholastic Contests

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NEWARK, Del., May 17 Nearly 2,000 spectators witnessed the first annual interscholastic track and field meet on Joe Frazer Field yesterday afternoon. As an additional attraction there was a dual meet between Delaware and Drexel Institute of Philadelphia The interscholastic meet was a success from every stand point, and will no doubt grow interest among the high schools of Delaware and adjoining states each year. The contestants were greatly pleased with then-treatment white the quests of the athletic council of Delaware College under whose auspices the meet was given and promise to assist in every way possible to make future meets as successful as the one yesterday.

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There were 14 schools represented on the field in the interscholastic meet, five in class 1 and 9 in class 2. The total number of two classes was 167. In class 1 Tome Institute of port Deposit carried off the most of the honors. Tome was especially strong in the track events, while Wilmington Conference Academy and Wilmington High School showed the best in the field events. Tome finished first in the relay race, thereby winning the silver loving cup offered by Josiah Marvel, and also won the banner offered by the athletic council for the school getting the greatest number of points. The points in class 1 were made as follows: Tome, 54 1-3; Wilmington High, 27; Wilmington Conference Academy, 17 2-3; Wilmington Friends, 14 and Chester High, 17.

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In class 2 Lewes High won both the loving cup offered by Millard F. Davis for the relay winners and the banner for making the largest number of points in the class. Dover High

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was a close second, and the friendly rivalry between these two schools made some spirited contests. Lewes scored 38 points; Dover,33 1 -3; Newark, 14; Georgetown 11 1-3; duPont, 11 1-3; Elkton, 10. Considering the few events that they had contestants in Newark made a good showing.

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In the dual meet Drexel scored most of the points, as Delaware outclassed the Philadelphia boys in the track races, winning five of the eight events.

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The seating arrangements for the spectators was also good. The portable seats were arranged on the terrace overlooking the field, and from where every event was in plain view of the spectators. Many others watched the meet from automobiles on the terrace. During the afternoon the college band, which was stationed in the centre of the field, furnish music. Eban B. Frazer and J. Stanley Frazer, donors of the field to Delaware College, were among the officials on the field.

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The competition was probably keenest among the contestants in class 2, the novice times, and some of the winners showed promise of developing into fine athletics if they get advantage of the proper training.

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Class 1 men made faster time in the 220 yard dash and 880 yard and one mile run and equaled the time in the 100 yard and 440 yard dashes and 220 yard hurdles. The one great feature of the day was the work of Zimmerman of the Wilmington Conference Academy, who won the one mile run in class 1. Notwithstanding the fact that Zimmerman was so far ahead of his nearest contestant he did not make a strong effort at the finish he established a record for the track that will probably stand for some time. He made the time in 4 minutes 501-5 seconds, while Crothers, who won the one mile in the dual meet, did it in 5:15 2-5. just 25 1-5 seconds slower than Zimmerman. The Delaware College record which Zimmerman beat by 9 1-5 seconds is 4:59 2-5, made by W. A. Sawdon in 1911. Harvey Miller of Tome Institute showed much speed on the track and won their events.

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FIRST STATE MEET

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WILMINGTON MORNING NEWS Monday May 18 1942

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MIDDLETOWN HIGH CAPTURES TOP HONORS IN TRACK MEET

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NEWARK, May 17 Middletown High School's track and field team carried off top honors in the senior division of the 29th annual University of Delaware interscholastics yesterday on Frazer Field by amassing 38 points.

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Wilmington High School finished second with 33 1/2; followed in order by Sanford Prep 33;

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Georgetown high, 301/2; Alexis I. duPont, 7; Claymont, 5; Delaware City, 3; Newark, 1; and Conrad, 1.

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Marion Davidson, Middletown High sprinter, was the top individual performer of the senior group with victories in the 100 and 220-yard dashes in the senior division. He also ran on the victorious medley relay team.

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Sam Dowten of Sanford Prep, also turned in two first places, however, winning the 120-yard low hurdles, and running broad jump.

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