Davies, Aminu Look To Defend State Crowns: Top 500 Returnees in the Girls' 100m

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Thelma Davies (Girard College) / Photo by Don Rich

Thelma Davies will continue to chase history in AA, while AAA is going to be close this year


Girls' 100 Meter Preseason Rankings By Classification: AAA | AA | Independent

2016 was a special year in the girls' sprints. 2017 has the potential to be just as, if not more, special. Let's go through the stacked 100 meters to figure out who the names are that you should be keeping an eye on this spring.

At the top of the list is sophomore sensation Thelma Davies of Girard College. Davies burst onto the scene last winter as a freshman and has been at the top of the state leaderboard ever since. Last spring, she shattered Lauryn Williams' state meet record by blasting an 11.58 in the 100 finals. Davies tied her own 60 meter dash state record this winter and seems primed for a huge spring season. There will be no stopping Davies in AA this season. She could challenge the state record, which is Dawn Sowell's 11.49 from 1983 (Breehana Jacobs of Laurel Highlands ran a winded-aided 11.47 in 2006).

Photo by Megan Zeller

The battle in AAA will be fierce. Liberty's Jaylyn Aminu captured the state crown last season out-dueling Pennridge's Kouri Peace and Pennsbury's Dasia Pressley. Aminu ran 11.93 to win it last season in a thrilling final. The path to a repeat won't be easy, but Aminu has been clutch throughout her career. She was fourth at indoor states in the 60 dash. Peace, meanwhile, will be a factor this spring after taking second to Aminu last season. She's coming off a knee injury she suffered during the fall, but closed out her indoor season well with a second place finish in the 200 meters and a third place run in the 60.

Cheltenham's Chanel Brissett isn't someone we can forget about in the 100 meters either. While she's made more of a name for herself in the hurdles, the senior can certainly drop a fast 100. She went 11.84 mid-season last spring. It's important to remember she is a former state champ in the event. She'll likely focus on the hurdles and relays at the state meet, but don't sleep on Brissett in the sprints.

Whitehall's Amanda Crooks is a returner from last year's final where she ran 12.03 to take fourth. Look for Crooks to be a factor this season. Central Bucks South's Lydia Fielding and Obama Academy's Raven Haston are other returners from the final last season. Cedar Cliff's Grace Gillespie ran a sub-12 second time to win the District 3 title last year. Look for her to contend for the finals this season. She was fifth in the state in the 60 meters indoors. 

Hunter Robinson (Avonworth/Northgate) / Phoot by Don Rich

Making the move from AA to AAA this season is Avonworth/Northgate, which means the Robinson sisters will figure into the equation this year. Hayden Robinson was second to Davies last season in AA. She had a season best of 12.00 as a freshman. Hunter Robinson, a year older than Hayden, was third last year. The pair should make an impact on AAA this season.

Looking to challenge Davies AA will be Annville-Cleona's Reagan Hess, Burrell's Nicole Scherer, and Elmer L. Meyers' Nalasjia Harris-Johnson. Hess, a talented athlete all over the track and field was fifth last season. Scherer was a AA state champ in the event as a sophomore. She was fourth last season (though she actually ran faster than the year before). Now a senior, don't count Scherer out of the conversation in AA. Harris-Johnson was sixth in the AA 100 meters last year and was eighth this winter in the 60 meters at states. The senior will look to close out her career on a high note.

Penn Wood's Tatiyana Laylor and Conestoga's Grace Lanouette are a pair of girls who had breakthrough winter seasons that should make some noise this spring. Among the others to watch in the 100 meters this season are Saucon Valley's Talitha Diggs, Harrisburg's Ty'Asia Dansbury, Susquehanna Township's Yasmin Brooks, Cheltenham's Brielle Lewis, and Norristown's Jonae Cook.

Check out the 500 top girls' returnees in the 100 meters and watch an interview with Liberty's Jaylyn Aminu after her states win last year:

100 Meter Dash

Rank Time Wind Athlete/Team Grade Meet Date Place
1 11.58
Girard College HS
2019
2 11.84
Cheltenham
2017
3 11.85
Pennridge
2019
4 11.93
Liberty
2017
5 11.94
Whitehall
2018
6 11.98 1.1
Cedar Cliff
2017
7 12.00
Avonworth / Northgate
2019
8 12.03
Annville-Cleona
2017
9 12.04
Susquehanna Township
2017
10 12.11
Burrell
2017
11 12.12
Avonworth / Northgate
2018
12 12.15 2.0
Harrisburg High School
2017
13 12.23 0.3
Cheltenham
2018
14 12.24
Pocono Mountain East
2017
15 12.25
Norristown
2018
15 12.25
Baldwin
2018
15 12.25 -0.5
Farrell
2017
15 12.25 0.4
Central Bucks South
2017
19 12.29
Elmer L. Meyers
2017
20 12.30
Methacton
2018
20 12.30
Athens Area
2018
22 12.31 0.4
Obama Academy
2018
23 12.33
State College Area High School
2018
24 12.34
Owen J. Roberts
2017
25 12.35
Greater Latrobe
2017
26 12.36 -0.8
Cheltenham
2019
27 12.37 2.0
Milton Hershey
2017
28 12.38
Canon-McMillan
2017
28 12.38
Cedar Crest
2017
30 12.40
Hollidaysburg Area
2017
31 12.42
Girls' High
2018
31 12.42
Greater Nanticoke
2019
33 12.44
Schuylkill Valley
2017
33 12.44
New Horizon Track Club
2017
35 12.45
Central Columbia
2017
35 12.45
Central Bucks East
2017
37 12.46
Belle Vernon
2017
37 12.46 -0.5
Dunmore
2018
37 12.46 0.3
South Fayette High School
2017
40 12.50
Hughesville
2017
41 12.51
Selinsgrove
2019
41 12.51
Harrisburg High School
2018
43 12.52
Friends' Central
2017
44 12.53
Johnsonburg Area
2017
44 12.53
Lower Merion
2019
46 12.54
Dobbins Tech
2019
46 12.54
Msgr Bonner & Abp Prendergast HS
2017
46 12.54
Villa Maria Academy
2017
49 12.56
Penn Trafford
2018
50 12.57
Coatesville
2019
50 12.57
Mercersburg Academy
2017
50 12.57
Carrick
2018
53 12.58
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2017
54 12.59 2.4
Central
2018
54 12.59
George School
2019
56 12.60 1.1
East Pennsboro Area SD
2018
56 12.60 1.1
Ephrata
2018
58 12.62
Perkiomen Valley
2017
58 12.62
Manheim Township
2018
58 12.62
Warwick
2017
58 12.62
Seneca Valley
2018
62 12.63
Hickory
2017
63 12.65
Chichester
2017
63 12.65
Cedar Crest
2019
63 12.65
Cheltenham
2019
63 12.65
Liberty
2018
67 12.66
Lakeview
2019
67 12.66
Tussey Mountain
2017
67 12.66
Abington
2019
67 12.66
Warwick
2019
71 12.67
Saint Marys Area
2018
71 12.67
Twin Valley
2018
73 12.68
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2018
73 12.68
Eisenhower
2018
73 12.68
Aliquippa
2018
76 12.69 1.0
Upper Dublin
2018
76 12.69
Baldwin School
2017
76 12.69
Carlisle
2017
76 12.69
Central Bucks South
2019
80 12.70
McConnellsburg
2017
80 12.70
Council Rock North
2019
82 12.71
Germantown Friends School
2018
82 12.71
Coatesville
2019
82 12.71
Milton Area
2017
82 12.71
Altoona Area
2018
82 12.71 0.2
Rochester
2017
82 12.71
Souderton Area
2017
88 12.72
Central York
2017
89 12.73
North Penn
2019
90 12.74
Bartram High School
2017
90 12.74
Wilson Area (11)
2017
90 12.74
Selinsgrove
2017
90 12.74
Southern Lehigh
2017
90 12.74
Upper Darby
2017
90 12.74
Shikellamy
2018
90 12.74
McDowell
2018
90 12.74
Pennsbury
2018
90 12.74
South Fayette High School
2017
90 12.74
West Allegheny
2017
90 12.74
North Allegheny
2018
101 12.76
Academy of Notre Dame
2018
101 12.76
Liberty
2018
101 12.76
North Penn
2017
104 12.77
Williamsport Area
2017
105 12.78
Bishop Carroll
2018
105 12.78
Millville
2018
107 12.79
Chartiers Houston
2018
107 12.79
Pine Grove Area
2018
107 12.79
Downingtown West
2018
107 12.79
Central Bucks South
2019
111 12.80
Kennard-Dale
2018
111 12.80
Exeter
2018
113 12.81
Brookville Area
2017
113 12.81
Wyoming Area
2018
113 12.81 0.6
Annville-Cleona
2017
113 12.81
Uniontown Area
2018
113 12.81
Methacton
2018
118 12.82
Pleasant Valley High School
2018
118 12.82
Wilson (3)
2018
120 12.83
Northeastern
2018
120 12.83
Dallas
2018
120 12.83
Wissahickon
2017
120 12.83
Pine-Richland
2018
120 12.83
Gateway
2018
125 12.84
Bangor Area
2017
125 12.84
Bangor Area
2017
125 12.84
Parkland
2017
125 12.84
Cumberland Valley
2018
125 12.84
Upper Darby
2018
125 12.84
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
125 12.84
Overbrook
2017
125 12.84
Greater Johnstown
2018
125 12.84
East Stroudsburg Area North
2018
125 12.84
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
125 12.84 0.3
Manheim Township
2017
136 12.85
Agnes Irwin
2019
137 12.87 2.4
Delaware Valley Charter
2018
137 12.87
Central Bucks West
2017
139 12.88
Germantown Friends School
2018
139 12.88
Wyoming Valley West
2017
141 12.89
North Allegheny
2017
142 12.90
United
2018
142 12.90
Coatesville
2019
142 12.90
Susquehanna Township
2018
145 12.91
West Catholic
2019
145 12.91
Moniteau
2017
145 12.91
Cheltenham
2018
145 12.91
Abington Heights
2017
145 12.91
William Penn
2018
145 12.91
Northern
2017
151 12.92
Merion Mercy Academy
2017
151 12.92
Dallastown
2018
153 12.93
Nazareth Academy
2018
154 12.94
Blue Mountain
2019
154 12.94
Whitehall
2017
154 12.94
Hughesville
2018
154 12.94
Parkway Center City
2017
154 12.94
Downingtown East
2017
154 12.94 1.4
Fairfield Area
2018
160 12.95
Bradford Area
2018
160 12.95
Springfield (Delco)
2017
160 12.95
North Penn
2018
160 12.95 1.2
North Penn
2017
164 12.96
Norwin
2019
164 12.96
Loyalsock Township
2019
164 12.96
J.P. McCaskey
2018
167 12.97 2.4
Upper Dauphin HS
2018
167 12.97
Pennridge
2019
169 12.98
Fairfield Area
2017
169 12.98
Neshaminy
2018
169 12.98
Pottsgrove
2017
172 12.99
Souderton Area
2017
172 12.99
Shenandoah Valley
2019
172 12.99
Downingtown East
2018
172 12.99
Council Rock North
2018
172 12.99
Penn Manor
2018
172 12.99
Greater Latrobe
2019
178 13.00
Greensburg Central Catholic
2017
178 13.00
Lower Merion
2017
178 13.00
Obama Academy
2018
178 13.00
Academy of Notre Dame
2018
178 13.00
Southern Columbia Area
2018
183 13.01
DuBois Area
2018
183 13.01
Strong Vincent
2017
183 13.01
New Hope-Solebury
2018
183 13.01
Forest Hills
2018
183 13.01
New Castle
2018
188 13.02
Fairview
2018
188 13.02
Tussey Mountain
2017
188 13.02 1.7
Engineering & Science
2018
191 13.03
Athens Area
2019
191 13.03
Canton Area
2017
191 13.03
Keystone Oaks
2018
191 13.03
Hempfield (3)
2018
195 13.04
Nazareth Area
2019
195 13.04
Bloomsburg
2017
195 13.04
Louis E Dieruff
2017
195 13.04
Notre Dame E S
2017
195 13.04
Troy
2018
195 13.04
East Stroudsburg Area South
2018
195 13.04 5.5
Engineering & Science
2019
195 13.04
Mastery Charter School South
2017
195 13.04
Cumberland Valley
2018
195 13.04
Chester
2018
195 13.04
Spring Ford
2018
195 13.04
Farrell
2017
195 13.04
Central Bucks East
2019
208 13.05
Oswayo Valley
2019
208 13.05
Franklin Learning Center
2017
208 13.05
Methacton
2017
208 13.05
Farrell
2017
212 13.06
Central Bucks West
2019
213 13.07
Midd-West High School
2017
213 13.07 0.0
Phil-Mont Christian Academy
2018
213 13.07
Hershey
2018
213 13.07
Weatherly Area
2019
213 13.07
Coatesville
2017
213 13.07
Towanda
2019
213 13.07
Mastery Charter School South
2017
220 13.08
Blue Mountain
2017
220 13.08
Bishop McCort
2017
220 13.08
South Williamsport
2019
220 13.08
Trinity (7)
2019
220 13.08
Abington Friends
2019
225 13.09
Otto-Eldred
2017
225 13.09
Valley
2017
225 13.09 1.4
Boiling Springs
2017
228 13.10
Central Dauphin East (CD East)
2017
228 13.10
Pottsville Area
2019
228 13.10 1.2
Camp Hill
2018
228 13.10
Villa Joseph Marie
2018
228 13.10
Archbishop Wood
2018
228 13.10
Twin Valley
2017
228 13.10
Pope John Paul II
2017
228 13.10
Chambersburg
2017
228 13.10
Imhotep Institute Charter HS
2017
228 13.10
Bishop Shanahan
2017
238 13.11
Wissahickon
2019
238 13.11
Unionville
2019
238 13.11
Boyertown
2017
238 13.11 1.2
Neumann Goretti
2018
238 13.11 0.2
Boiling Springs
2018
238 13.11
Manheim Central
2017
244 13.12
Annville-Cleona
2017
244 13.12
Coatesville
2017
244 13.12
Nativity BVM
2019
244 13.12
Forest Hills
2018
244 13.12
Manheim Central
2019
249 13.13
Hatboro Horsham
2017
249 13.13
Indiana Area
2017
249 13.13
Baldwin
2017
249 13.13
Shady Side Academy
2017
253 13.14
East Stroudsburg Area South
2017
253 13.14
Allentown Central Catholic
2017
253 13.14
East Stroudsburg Area South
2019
253 13.14
Easton Area
2017
253 13.14
Franklin Learning Center
2019
253 13.14
Stroudsburg
2017
253 13.14
East Stroudsburg Area North
2019
253 13.14
Stroudsburg
2018
253 13.14
Stroudsburg
2017
253 13.14
Pleasant Valley High School
2019
253 13.14
Engineering & Science
2017
253 13.14
Villa Maria Academy
2018
253 13.14
Council Rock South
2019
253 13.14 2.9
Freire Charter School
2018
253 13.14
Fox Chapel Area
2017
268 13.15
Catasauqua
2017
268 13.15
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2017
268 13.15
Red Land
2019
268 13.15
Wilmington
2017
268 13.15
Susquehanna Township
2018
273 13.16
Hickory
2019
273 13.16
Villa Joseph Marie
2017
273 13.16
Pittston Area
2017
273 13.16
McGuffey
2017
277 13.17
Upper Darby
2018
277 13.17
Shade HS
2019
277 13.17
Archbishop Carroll
2018
280 13.18
East Pennsboro Area SD
2017
280 13.18 1.0
Cheltenham
2017
280 13.18
Johnsonburg Area
2019
280 13.18
Octorara
2019
280 13.18
Downingtown East
2018
280 13.18 0.1
Littlestown
2017
280 13.18
Hershey
2017
280 13.18
West York Area
2017
288 13.19
Bethel Park
2019
288 13.19 1.3
Strawberry Mansion
2017
288 13.19
Fort Cherry
2019
291 13.20
Pottsville Area
2018
291 13.20
McDowell
2017
291 13.20
Council Rock South
2018
291 13.20 1.0
Upper Dublin
2018
291 13.20
Donegal
2017
291 13.20
Plum
2017
297 13.21 0.6
Biglerville
2017
297 13.21
Lawnside LightningTrack Field
2019
299 13.22
Catasauqua
2018
299 13.22
Berwick
2019
299 13.22
New Hope-Solebury
2019
299 13.22 3.5
Frankford
2017
299 13.22
Mount Carmel Area
2018
299 13.22
Hampton
2019
305 13.23
Apollo-Ridge High School
2017
305 13.23
Berlin Brothersvalley
2017
305 13.23
Swenson Arts & Technology
2019
305 13.23
Central Valley HS
2017
305 13.23
Lower Merion
2018
305 13.23
Elizabeth Forward
2017
311 13.24
Northwestern Lehigh
2017
311 13.24
Parkland
2017
311 13.24
Bloomsburg
2018
311 13.24
Freedom (11)
2017
311 13.24
Chambersburg
2019
311 13.24
Highlands
2017
311 13.24
Rockwood
2017
311 13.24
West Chester Rustin
2019
311 13.24
Lower Merion
2018
311 13.24
Great Valley
2018
311 13.24
Ridley
2019
311 13.24
Downingtown East
2017
311 13.24
Agnes Irwin
2017
311 13.24
North Penn
2017
311 13.24
Canon-McMillan
2018
326 13.25
Northern Potter
2017
326 13.25
Elk County Catholic
2018
326 13.25
Burrell
2017
329 13.26
Wellsboro Area
2019
329 13.26
Council Rock South
2020
329 13.26
Kutztown Area
2017
329 13.26 2.9
West Catholic
2018
329 13.26
Mifflinburg
2017
329 13.26
Lampeter Strasburg
2019
335 13.27
Central Valley HS
2017
336 13.28
Fretz Middle School
2020
336 13.28
North East
2018
336 13.28
Uniontown Area
2017
336 13.28
Episcopal Academy
2017
336 13.28
Oakland Catholic
2018
341 13.29
Lower Moreland
2017
341 13.29
Delaware County Christian School
2017
341 13.29
Central York
2018
341 13.29
Penn Charter
2019
345 13.30
Aliquippa
2017
345 13.30
Meadville Area
2018
345 13.30
Hampton
2019
345 13.30
Haverford Township HS
2018
345 13.30
Downingtown East
2018
350 13.31
Charleroi Area High School
2017
350 13.31
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy
2017
350 13.31
West Allegheny
2018
350 13.31
Dallastown
2018
350 13.31
Council Rock North
2018
350 13.31
Mount Lebanon
2018
356 13.32
Carlynton
2018
356 13.32
James M. Coughlin
2019
356 13.32
Palmyra
2019
359 13.33
Fleetwood Area
2018
359 13.33
The Hill School
2017
361 13.34
Armstrong HS
2017
361 13.34
Northern Lehigh
2018
361 13.34
Bangor Area
2017
361 13.34
Motivation High School
2018
361 13.34
Hickory
2017
361 13.34
Nazareth Area
2017
361 13.34
Ellwood City
2017
361 13.34
DuBois Central Catholic High School
2017
361 13.34
Southern Columbia Area
2017
361 13.34
Seneca
2017
361 13.34
Shikellamy
2018
361 13.34
Parkland
2018
361 13.34
Westinghouse 6-12
2018
361 13.34
Peters Township
2017
361 13.34
Simon Gratz
2018
361 13.34
South Western
2019
361 13.34
Penns Valley Area
2019
361 13.34
North Penn
2019
361 13.34
Springdale
2017
380 13.35
Strath Haven
2018
380 13.35
Villa Joseph Marie
2019
380 13.35
West Mifflin
2017
383 13.36
Indiana Area
2019
383 13.36
Mahanoy Area
2018
383 13.36
Upper Saint Clair
2017
386 13.37
State College Area High School
2017
386 13.37
Juniata Valley
2018
386 13.37
Brookville Area
2017
386 13.37
Villa Joseph Marie
2017
386 13.37
Carlynton
2018
386 13.37
Bishop Shanahan
2019
386 13.37
Central York
2017
386 13.37
Central Bucks East
2019
386 13.37
Shaler Area
2018
395 13.38
Chartiers Valley
2019
395 13.38
Lehighton
2017
395 13.38
Western Wayne
2018
395 13.38
Marian Catholic
2017
395 13.38
Council Rock South
2019
395 13.38
Panther Valley
2018
395 13.38
Fleetwood Area
2019
402 13.39
Engineering & Science
2019
402 13.39 1.7
Martin Luther King HS
2017
402 13.39
Souderton Area
2017
402 13.39
Pope John Paul II
2018
406 13.40
Central Dauphin
2018
406 13.40
Central Valley HS
2019
406 13.40
Susquehanna Township
2019
406 13.40
Upper Saint Clair
2017
406 13.40
Bishop McDevitt
2019
406 13.40
Loyalsock Township
2019
406 13.40
North Hills
2018
413 13.41
Belle Vernon
2019
413 13.41
Strath Haven
2019
413 13.41
Boiling Springs
2018
413 13.41
Neshannock
2018
413 13.41
Upper Dublin
2017
413 13.41
Kiski Area
2018
413 13.41
Berks Catholic
2018
413 13.41
Owen J. Roberts
2019
413 13.41 1.3
Freire Charter School
2018
413 13.41
Eastern Lebanon County
2017
413 13.41
Blackhawk
2017
413 13.41
Butler
2019
413 13.41
James Buchanan
2018
426 13.42
Bethlehem-Center
2019
426 13.42
Bedford
2018
426 13.42
Woodland Hills High School
2018
426 13.42
Hatboro Horsham
2018
430 13.43
Juniata
2019
430 13.43
Commodore Perry
2019
430 13.43
Northampton Area
2019
430 13.43 3.5
Swenson Arts & Technology
2019
430 13.43
Franklin Regional
2019
435 13.44
Emmaus
2017
435 13.44
Liberty
2017
435 13.44
Cumberland Valley
2018
435 13.44
Emmaus
2017
435 13.44
Easton Area
2019
435 13.44
Freedom (11)
2018
435 13.44
Allegheny Clarion Valley
2019
435 13.44
Pottsville Area
2019
435 13.44 4.5
Engineering & Science
2019
435 13.44
Franklin High School
2017
435 13.44
Loyalsock Township
2019
435 13.44
Southern Lehigh
2017
435 13.44
Whitehall
2021
435 13.44
Bethlehem Catholic
2019
435 13.44
Engineering & Science
2019
435 13.44
Franklin High School
2018
435 13.44
Cornell High School
2017
435 13.44
Penn Manor
2017
453 13.45
Downingtown West
2017
453 13.45
Clarion Area
2019
453 13.45
Brookville Area
2017
453 13.45
Altoona Area
2017
453 13.45
Meyersdale Area
2018
453 13.45
Governor Mifflin
2017
453 13.45
Villa Joseph Marie
2019
453 13.45
Spring Ford
2018
453 13.45 1.2
Neumann Goretti
2017
453 13.45
Fort Leboeuf
2017
463 13.46
Lower Moreland
2019
463 13.46
West Chester Henderson
2019
463 13.46
Allegheny Clarion Valley
2018
463 13.46
Souderton Area
2018
463 13.46
Milton Hershey
2019
463 13.46
Germantown Academy
2017
463 13.46 0.0
Keystone Oaks
2017
470 13.47
York Suburban
2017
470 13.47
Penn Trafford
2018
470 13.47
Norwin
2017
470 13.47
Jim Thorpe Area
2018
470 13.47
Delone Catholic
2017
470 13.47
Upper Saint Clair
2017
476 13.48
Redbank Valley
2017
476 13.48
Lower Dauphin
2018
476 13.48
Richland
2017
479 13.49
Bishop Shanahan
2019
479 13.49
North East
2017
479 13.49
Cardinal O'Hara
2019
479 13.49
West Branch
2017
479 13.49
Ellwood City
2019
479 13.49
Oxford Area
2018
479 13.49
West Chester Rustin
2018
479 13.49
Pittston Area
2018
479 13.49
Scranton
2017
479 13.49
Kutztown Area
2018
479 13.49
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
479 13.49
Hamburg Area
2018
491 13.50
Stroudsburg
2019
491 13.50
Hollidaysburg Area
2018
491 13.50
Bishop Carroll
2019
491 13.50
Marian Catholic
2018
491 13.50
Upper Perkiomen
2017
491 13.50
William Tennent
2018
491 13.50
Spring Ford
2017
491 13.50
Lewisburg Area
2017
499 13.51
Delone Catholic
2019
499 13.51
Gettysburg Area High School
2018
499 13.51
The Ellis School
2018
499 13.51
Norristown
2017

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