DOVER — A rising star swept four events at the DIAA Outdoor Athletics Championships on Saturday, crossing the finish line for one of them.

Sussex Tech’s Yougendy Mauricette was seconds away from a state record in the 300m hurdles when he stumbled over the final hurdle. When the 6ft 3in junior fell onto the Dover High School track, the cooked crowd gasped in concern.

Yet Mauricette was so far ahead that he could ride the last few meters to the finish line. As with his victories in the high hurdles, long jump and half an hour later in the 200m, he was the best of the day in both divisions.

In a meeting conducted in unprecedented heat, Salesianum (Division I) and Saint Mark’s (Division II) won the tag team titles. The Sals relied on the largest roster of sprinters in the state to win their third straight state title, the 19th in school history.

The Spartans’ D-II title was a first in their 50-year college track history, led by Max DiOssi, who improved his shot put 11 feet from last year to win the event, and Jabri White, who won the long jump on his first jump.

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Wary of the impending heat, officials moved the start of the competition forward by two hours. Mauricette started the day with one of the fastest high hurdle performances (14.35) in state history.

“I don’t really think about the first hurdle,” he said. “I think more about the third hurdle. I practice the first hurdle so instinct is how I get over it.

Then Mauricette moved to the long jump pit, where he jumped 23-3½, more than a foot taller than anyone else.

“I always liked jumping as something fun, then I got good at it,” he said. “It’s something different than just running in a circle.

After several hours of rest, he launched his attack over the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a pace that broke 29-year-old Alonzo Wiggins’ state record of 37.23 seconds. He grabbed his leg at the 10th hurdle, then fought his way to the finish line.

Mauricette quickly resolved to complete his four-event sweep in the 200, where he outlasted Salesianum’s Jasyn Truitt in 21.84.

Salesianum has become a sprint school. After half a century of relying on power in the distances, shot put and pole vault, the Sals have overwhelmed the peloton at short distances.

Truitt, Amari Mathis, Vinny DelliCompagni, Bishop Lane and Michael Portale won the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

“When I came here we didn’t really have a sprint team, to be honest,” Mathis said. “We now have a sprint team, a distance team, the best of both worlds. We also have jumpers and throwers. It is constantly that we all come together.

DelliCompagni encouraged many of his Salesianum football teammates to join the track.

“Playing another sport helps. It keeps you in shape,” said DelliCompagni, who like the other running backs joins in summer training with the rest of the squad.

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Mathis, Truitt, DelliCompagni and Michael Portale won the 4×200 in 1:27.77, the fastest ever in a state meet, and certainly the fastest ever in 96 degrees.

Salesianum’s margin was inflated by Ryan Banko, who won the 3,200 (9:28), Chris Gulotti repeating in the shot put (54-3) and Matthew Klous leading all pole vaulters at 14-1¼ .

Salesianum's Matthew Klous prepares before a Division I pole vault attempt at the DIAA Outdoor Athletics Championships on Saturday at Dover High.  Klous cleared 14 feet, 1 1/4 inches to win.

Matt Gatune led the second Polytech with two wins. After winning the 1600m in the morning, he rested at his home in Smyrna, then returned to win the 800m.

“I felt like it was a new day,” said Gatune, who will be competing at Columbia this fall.

He was sued by Matt Filliben of the Salesianum in the 800.

“I cooled down to the last 200, then in the last 100 I gave it my all,” Gatune said.

Jakwon Kilby won the triple jump (48-0½) to lead third-placed Dover. Devin DeMoe, fourth in Smyrna, had the best high jump of the day (6-5).

Julian Callaway led Cape Henlopen to victory in the 4×800 relay. Shaheam Porter of Delcastle edged Tysean Baronette of Middletown in the 400.

Cape Henlopen's Julian Callaway (left) edges out Polytech's Matt Gatune at the finish of the Division I boys 4x800 relay at the DIAA Outdoor Athletics Championships on Friday.

Saint-Marc’s seven-point win over AI du Pont was a depth feature. Only four Spartans — DiOssi, White and second-weight men Logan Klein and Vaughan Highland — finished first or second. Casey Winnington scored in three distance events.

White joined the track team after leading the Spartans within 15 seconds of losing eventual state champion Tower Hill in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament.

Second-team All-State in football, third-team All-State in basketball, he jumped long 21-11 on his first down, fouled out on his second down, then landed the rest of his jumps to win comfortably.

Darius Parker caught teammate Jalen Wright late in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and Devon George took the 400 for the AI ​​wins. Wright anchored the Tigers’ victory in the 4×400 relay.

AI Du Pont's Devon George comes out of the blocks at the start of his winning performance in the Division II 400 meter dash during the DIAA State High School Athletics Championships on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Dover High School.

Tatnall moved up to third place in Division II behind Nicholas Pizarro and Andre Latina, who finished first and second in the 800, 1600 and 3200.

Jackson Bliey led Brandywine to fourth, winning the discus and finishing second with fewer misses to Lake Forest’s Earl Downing in the high jump. Lake’s Declan McGrellis won the pole vault (13-0).

Delaware Military Academy freshman Messai Maynor won the 100 and led a victory in the 4×100 relay.

Anchored by freshman Colby Twyman, Tower Hill won the 4×800 relay for the first time since 1999.

The rising Indian River team, 5-1 in duels after their first winning season last year, saw Cole Brickman win the high hurdles (15.19).

“If you have someone running hard next to you, you’re probably going to run that hard,” said Brickman, who only started training 10 weeks ago after breaking his collarbone in the soccer.

Another resurgent team, Seaford, won the 4×200 behind Jazonte Levan, who also won the 200.