Three PA#1 performances highlighted the Girls Delco Meet @ Haverford College. Chloe Smith of Archbishop Prendergast won the shot put with a PA#1 39-05.50 to highlight the field events. Michaela Whitelaw won the mile with a PA#1 time of 5:11.23 and Rayiana Johnson of Chester won the 55 meter dash in a PA#1 7.23 and won the 200 meters in a PA#2 25.77 to highlight the track events. Other highlights include a PA#3 4x200 by Chester (1:46.30), a win by Penncrest's Grace Chang in the 3000 (10:41.49), 1 8.89 win in the 55 meter hurdles by Chichester's Morgan Long, a 59.47 in the 400 meters by winner Ayanna Fields of Notre Dame, and a 17-02.00 long jump victory by Chester's Mattesha Sharpe.
Mitch Codd of Seneca Valley and Adam Marzullo of host Butler, each cleared 13-0, with Codd getting the nod for 1st on misses. LaRisasa Deloch of Hempfield (7) cleared 10-0 for 1st in the girls' competition.
Matt Bundy of Penncrest won the 55 meter hurdles in 7.80, Sam Bernitt of North Penn won the 3000 meter run in 9:06.15 to highlight individual performances on the track. In the relays, Wissahickon ran 8:19.54 to win the 4x800 meter relay and Chester ran 3:32.59 to win the 4x400 meter relay. In the field events, Mick Coleman of William Tennent won the pole vault with a PA#1 vault of 14-06 and Max Long of Glen Mills won the shot put with a throw of 49-07.50.
Altoona's Brady Gehret got off to a great start, winning three events, the 200 in a US#2 time of 21.6; the 400 in a PA#2 and US#8 time of 49.6; and the long jump with a PA#3 leap of 22-10. State College's Chloe Schmidt won the 3000 in a PA#3 10:23.
At the 3rd of four qualifiers for the Colgate Women's Games Semis, West Catholic's Michelle Davis won the 400 in 59.3. Davis also added a runner-up in the 200, going 25.7. Teammate Chante Moore took 3rd in that race with a 25.9, and added a 3rd in the 55 dash with her 7.2. Mastbaum's Feleisha Wright was 6th in the 1500 with a 5:05.0.
Strah Haven ran a US#4 9:39.21 4x800 (Michaela Whitelaw (12) 2:22.1, Val Wilson (11) 2:28.9, Katie Balmer (11) 2:25.5, Erin Seglem (12) 2:22.5), leading seven other teams under 9:57, all state championship qualifying marks. Academy of Notre Dame's 9:44.47 is US#6. Pennsbury frosh Sara Sargent ran a wire-to-wire solo US#10 5:08.04 Mile (73-2:29-3:49). Amazingly, 2nd and 3rd were also freshman - with Penncrest frosh Grace Chang in 2nd in 5:20.52, and Villa Joseph Marie frosh Morgan Shockley in 3rd in 5:26.26.
Senior Erin Seglem anchored in 2:22.5 for Strath Haven.
Stephen Lewis of Liberty High School took over the top PA spot in the high jump with his US#5 mark of 6-9 and Issac Reid of East Stroudsburg North jumped 43-10 in the triple jump to highlight the boys action. On the girls side, Abby Frey of Lehighton jumped 17-11 to win the long jump, Jodan Hoyt of Abington Heights ran a 7.24c to take the PA#2 spot, and Pennridge ran 1:51.1 to win the 4x200 meter relay.
Emily Woods of Hickory took over the top spot in PA in the shot put with her US#5 winning throw of 40-10 to highlight the girls meet. Kara Mostoller of Reynolds won the long jump with a jump of 16-08. On the track, McDowell ran 1:55.0 to win the 4x200 and Kelly Perzanowski of St. Clairville won the mile in 5:26.3
For the boys, Pat Cochran of McDowell won the high jump with a leap of 6-03 and teammate John Dahlstrand won the long jump with a mark of 20-02. On the track, Bradford ran 1:39.9 to win the 4x200 and Evan Miller of Laurel won the 800 in 2:03.2.
Nicole Leskowitz of Exeter ran 2:38.9 to win the 800 meters and Jasmine Neely of Pottstown ran 7.8 to win the 55 meter dash. Chris Pearson of Kutztown Area cleared 6-3 to win the high jump and Corey Baker jumped 20-11 to win the long jump. Him along with Steffon Kellman of Dieruff both ran 6.5 to tie for the win in the 55 meter dash.
Charles Lockwood of Dallastown won the mile in 4:41.31 and Rebecca Nickle of Avon Grove won the 55 meter dash in 7.72. In the relays, Dallastown won the 4x200 in 1:41.38 and Ephrata won the 4x400 in 4:44.04. In the field events, Oliver Harbuck won the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet and Margo Britton of Dallastown won the shot put with a throw of 35-03.75.
Methacton senior Carlton LaVong set a state record and a meet record. improving his US#1's in both cases. The 49-8 triple jump in the first leap of the finals breaks the 25-year old mark set by Girard College's Mike Leatherbury at 49-01.25. And Lavong's 24-05.50 long jump improves his top standing in the US by a half-inch.
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Father Judge senior Tom Kehl ran a US#1 4:13.40 mile to win over 2nd place and with the win, auto-qualifies for Millrose Games mile the end of January. Central Bucks East junior Katie Kinkead won the 3000 in a US#1 10:00.23. Cheltenham won the 4x400 in a US#1 3:20.51, plus the 4x200 in a US#2 1:29.69 (1:30.08 prelims). The Chester girls went 1:43.19, PA#1. Swenson senior Shanae Bailey took 2nd in the 55 meter hurdles with and improved her PA#1 with an 8:25 (8:39 prelims).
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Invitational Mile: Tom Kehl’s splits courtesy of Mike Leonard 34.00, 30.64 (64.64), 32.37, 31.34 (2:08.35), 31.16, 29.81 (3:09.32), 31.03, 32.81 (4:13.48)
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After starting off in the middle of the pack, Kehl progressively made his way up towards the front and made his way up to Jim Rosa for laps four and five. When lap six came along, Kehl decided to make his move. “With Rosa leading laps four and five, I felt that I had a chance to move,” said the Hispanic Games champion. “I wanted to see what I can do if I moved at that point.” He split a 29.81 on that lap and really put the pressure on Rosa. Even with that move however, Rosa came back and regained the lead with 300 meters to go. Instead of letting him pass, Kehl stayed right on him and responded to the charge. Kehl finished with a 61 and 63 last quarters to take the victory. “I knew that he (Rosa) was coming, but I wasn’t giving the lead up.” His time of 4:13.48 is a lifetime best, a US#1 and he will be heading to Madison Square Garden for the Millrose Games.
3000 meter run: Katie Kinkead’s splits courtesy of Matt Catinella
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After a quick first lap, Kinkead settled down and ran her own race while the front of the pack was battling way ahead of her. The leaders went through the first mile in 5:16 while Kinkead went through in 5:25. “When I saw the pace go out so fast, I didn’t panic because I knew that if I keep my pace then I can catch up to them,” said Kinkead. The second half of the race saw Kinkead closing the gap with each lap and looking stronger as the end came near. She was in 3rd place with 3 laps to go and then she took over second place in the last 300 meters, and then made her final move on the final straightaway passing the leader and taking the title. “With 400 to go I knew that I was in this race and that I can still win.” Her pace for her second mile was 5:16 and it took her right at the top of the national leader board. “It’s really cool to come to New York and win a big race.”
Central Bucks senior Tom Mallon won the 800 in a US#2 1:55.75, with Abington's Kyle Moran 2nd in 1:56.39, US#2. The marks are PA1-2. Mallon also finished 4th in the mile in a PA#2 4:16.46, opening the possibility for an invitation for the Millrose Mile.
Thomas Walker of Milton Hershey ran 6.3 in the 55 meter dash and Wilson ran 1:36.9 to win the 4x200 to highlight track action for the boys. In the field, Tyree Scott of Milton Hershey won the triple jump with a jump of 42-04.50, Tyler Harrison of Susquenita won the shot put with a throw of 50-03, and Nathaniel Witter of Buchanan vaulted 13-06 to win the pole vault.
For the girls, Brittany Whitmer of Lower Dauphin won the high jump with a leap of 5-04 and Stacey Osmolenski of Greenwood vaulted 10 feet even to win the pole vault. On the track, Khaddisha Arnold of Central York ran 7.2 to win the 55 meter dash and Mercersburg won the 4x200 with a time of 1:58.2.
Trinity (Washington, PA District 7)'s Jessica Zimak won the 3200 in 12:19.90 and took 2nd in the 1600 in 5:42.82. Their 4x400 was a runner-up in 4:39.81. For the boys, Matt Freiwald ran 57.97 for 7th in the 400 and their 4x200 was 3rd in 1:42.36.
Lindsay Kerr of Northwestern Lehigh won the mile in 5:15.98 and Corryn Harrington of C.H.Flowers won the 400 with a time of 58.96 to highlight the individual events on the track. In the relays, C.H.Flowers won the girls 4x400 with a time of 4:11.46 with their second team running 4:12.63 for second. In the field events, Whitehall’s Brooke Hamscher cleared 11-09 to win the pole vault and Lorraine Graham of C.H.Flowers jumped 18-01.50 to win the long jump.
In the boys events, Tyler Tate of Tatnall won the mile in 4:34.94 and Jon Merwaine of Bethlehem Catholic won the 800 with a time of 2:02.31. In the relays, Central Dauphin won the distance medley in 11:11.06 and Norristown won the 4x400 with a time of 3:44.51. In the field events, Lanny Buck of Palmerton cleared 14 feet to win the pole vault and Jacob Berwza of Trinity won the shot put with a PA#1 throw of 53-06.00.
Tom Trainer of LaSalle won the 3000 meters with a time of 9:01.54 and Sam Bernitt won the mile with a time of 4:28.11 to highlight division 1 individual track events. In the relays, Boyertown won the distance medley with a PA#1 time of 10:49.13 and Neshaminy won the 4x200 in 1:35.53. In the field events, Coatesville’s Marcus Blakely jumped a PA#1 6-6 to win the high jump and Chazz Wilks of Cardinal O’Hara won the shot put with a throw of 46-06.
In division 2, Kevin Day of Lansdale Catholic ran 2:00.73 to win the 800 meters and Exeter’s Zachary Grath won the 3000 meters in a time of 9:07.33. In the relays, Malvern Prep won the 4x400 with a time of 3:33.75 and Strath Haven ran 11:00.37 to win the distance medley. In the field events,
Scott Rushton of Episcopal Academy won the shot put with a PA#1 throw of 53-07.50 and Tyrek Edwards of West Catholic won the long jump with a leap of 20-01.50.