Senior Karlee McQuillen (Johnstown, Pa.) and freshman Laura Loht (McClure, Pa.) both earned bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin, while junior Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.) advanced in the 400-meters, Friday at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round at Bill Hayes Track, on the campus of Indiana University. Several Nittany Lions will look to build on their teammates' momentum and punch their tickets to Des Moines, as action in Bloomington continues throughout the evening.
April 16, 2011 - Successful efforts in the distance races highlighted day one of a full weekend of action for the Nittany Lion track and field squads, Friday at the War Eagle Invitational at Auburn University, and the Mt. SAC Relays, at Mount San Antonio College. Among the performances was a second-place effort from freshman Bekka Simko (Mentor, Ohio) in the women's 1500-meters at Auburn, as well as an outstanding finish from junior Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.) in the same event on the West Coast. Senior Karlee McQuillen (Johnstown, Pa.) and freshman Laura Loht (McClure, Pa.) fared well in the field events, placing first and third, respectively, in the women's javelin throw at Auburn.
Thanks to a conference-leading effort in the javelin last weekend, senior Karlee McQuillen (Johnstown, Pa.) has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week, announced by conference offices on Wednesday.
After placing second for the past two years, junior Karlee McQuillen (Johnstown, Pa.)turned in a gold-medal effort in the women's javelin championship, Thursday at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. McQuillen, who was also a Penn Relays Champion as a high schooler, topped a national-field to earn the 12th individual victory in the history of the Nittany Lion women's program. The Nittany Lions are halfway through the first day of the 116th running of the Penn Relays, with the women's distance medley, women's 4x400-meter relay, and the Penn Relays Distance Carnival on tap for this evening.
Five PA girls were named to the USA Today 2007 All-USA Track and Field Team. In the distance events (800 through 2 miles), is was Easton's Chanelle Price and Shippensburg's Neely Spence, both rising seniors. Methacton's Ryann Krais; also a rising senior; was named in the hurdles. In the throws, it was Westmont Hilltop grad Karlee McQuillen, and rising Pencrest senior Karen Shump. No PA boys received recognition on the team.
There were championship performances – whether first place, first American or first Pennsylvanian – at nearly every turn of this year's Penn Relays Carnival. PennTrackXC.com talked with these talented individuals about their performances, and these are their stories... Saturday's Pennsylvania Stories: POSTED WEDNESDAY: The NORTH PENN 4x800 which was the top American team. POSTED TUESDAY: JOE BERRY and Hatboro-Horsham coach BOB AYTON on the pole vault at Penn. JAMES PITTENGER on his high jump, JOE KOVACS on his discus performance. Friday's Pennsylvania Stories: COATESVILLE'S huge win in the boy's DMR. BRIAN MOORE - the top American in the javelin. WAYNE CRAWFORD and TOM CICOLI on their shot put competition. Thursday's Pennsylvania Stories: SAMANTHA MCMILLAN in the mile - RYANN KRAIS & METHACTON COACH ROB RONZANO on her 400 hurdles win - KARLEE MCQUILLEN in the javelin - ABBY SCHAFFER winning the pole vault - KAREN SHUMP in the shot put - CARLY SEYMOUR in the 3000
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There were championship performances – whether first place, first American or first Pennsylvanian – at nearly every turn of this year's Penn Relays Carnival. PennTrackXC.com talked with these talented individuals about their performances, and these are their stories... Saturday's Pennsylvania Stories: POSTED WEDNESDAY: The NORTH PENN 4x800 which was the top American team. POSTED TUESDAY: JOE BERRY and Hatboro-Horsham coach BOB AYTON on the pole vault at Penn. JAMES PITTENGER on his high jump, JOE KOVACS on his discus performance. Friday's Pennsylvania Stories: COATESVILLE'S huge win in the boy's DMR. BRIAN MOORE - the top American in the javelin. WAYNE CRAWFORD and TOM CICOLI on their shot put competition. Thursday's Pennsylvania Stories: SAMANTHA MCMILLAN in the mile - RYANN KRAIS & METHACTON COACH ROB RONZANO on her 400 hurdles win - KARLEE MCQUILLEN in the javelin - ABBY SCHAFFER winning the pole vault - KAREN SHUMP in the shot put - CARLY SEYMOUR in the 3000THREE PA PHOTO GALLERIES:Thursday
Saturday @ Penn: Hatboro Horsham's Joe Berry jumps 16-03.25 to set a Penn Relays record in the high school pole vault. Justin Germani of Daniel Boone takes 2nd, clearing 15-05. The 4x800 tradition that is North Penn added another chapter as the team of three juniors and a sophomore took home the top American prize, finishing behind three Jamaican teams. In the 400 hurdles, Jarrett Eaton of Abington is 3rd, going 53.26. In the long jump, Reuben Ames, Glen Mills, is 10th. Wissahickon's Folarin Ijelu is 7th in the triple jump. Joe Kovacs, Bethlehem Central Catholic, is 4th in the discus. In the high jump, James Pittenger of William Tennent is 3rd, while Kyriq Williams of Phoenixville was 4th. In the girls Tri-State 4x100, Harrisburg took 2nd. The Altoona boys took 2nd in the Large Schools 4x100. In the Philadelphia Area 4x400's, the Neshaminy boys were 3rd, and Coatesville took 4th. The Methacton girls took 2nd, with Engineering & Science, Council Rock North, Strath Haven, Chester and North Penn all under 4 minutes in the race. Friday @ Penn: Coatesville wins the COA in the DMR with anchor Kyle Dawson holding off a furious charge from Colts Neck's Craig Forys. The small school 4x800's got off on time, but the large school races were delayed by 1.5 hours, followed by another half hour delay. The large school boys follwed the first rain delay and North Penn was the only PA team to advance to the COA. Gwynedd-Mercy took 10th in the girls' 4x800 COA. Unionville's Paul Springer took 2nd in the mile, while Boyertown's Jason Weller and Strath Haven's Rob Speare were 4th and 5th in the 3000. In the javelin, Brian Moore of LaSalle College nearly pulled it out on the last throw, finishing second to an athlete from British Columbia. Wayne Crawford of Chestnut Hil Academy and Tom Cicoli of Archbishop Carroll were 2nd and 3rd in the shot put. PA placed 5th and 6th in the girls discus thanks to Kaleena Gray of Coatesville and Jade Hambrick of North Allegheny. Thursday @ Penn: Ryann Krais started the day with a win in the 400 hurdles. Karlee McQuillen kicked off the afternoon with a javelin title. Abby Schaffer kept the Easton tradition alive by taking the pole vault. A former Hershey runner who moved to Utah as a sophomore, came back to win the mile. Plus incredible 400 splits by Chanelle Price and Krais. One PA team advances to the 4x800 Champ. of America. Karen Shump takes silver in the shot put. Carly Seymour was 7th in the 3000. Details coming soon.
Chanelle Price, Ryann Krais, Allyn Laughlin, and Karlee McQuillen have been named to the ALL-USA girls high school track team by USA Today.
The National Scholastic Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Junior age track and field in the United States, has named a team it will be sending to Carolina, Puerto Rico to compete in the first Caribbean Scholastic Invitational.
The stories and athletes who achieve all-American status on Friday at the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC. (STORIES ON THE KARLEE MCQUILLEN AND LORRAINE HILL, PLUS ALLYN LAUGHLIN POSTED 6/21)
PennTrackXC.com reporter Kim Jaick spent Saturday at States talking to a lot of athetes about their experiences, overcoming obstacles and surprises, near-misses, and exceeding expectations. Read about the Central Bucks West 4x800 near-disaster, why Jake Walker went down after his 3200 victory, why Jamar Jones was no surprise to Adam Smith, and more...
Karlee McQuillen ups her PA all-time best in Javelin to 162-04. Ryann Krais took over the all-time best in the PA history in the 300 Hurdles with a 41.46, bettering the 1996 mark of 41.88 set by Joyce Bates of Simon Gratz. Gratz US#3, North Penn US#4, 3200 meter relay. Brad Miller,4:10.43 1600. Ryann Krais US#4, 41.46. Allyn Laughlin, 50-10.75 SP. Fast 800\'s including a sub-1:52. Front page: Karlee McQuillen improves her PA best (photo by Megan Zeller)
Westmont Hilltop junior Karlee McQuillen has set a new PA all-time best with the new Javelin (2002) with her US#1 throw of 161-05 on Friday, May 5th at the West Central Coaches Meet in Altoona. The old mark was 159-07 by Bald Eagle Area\'s Angela Hoover, thrown in the same meet in 2003.
Weekly Highlights by day: MONDAY 5/1-THURSDAY 5/4: At a dual meet against Elk County Catholic on Tuesday, Bradford\'s Erin Hannon triple-jumped 40-02. On Wednesday at the Colonial Classic double winners were Brittany Wallace, Rosaline Freeman, and Nathan Stewart. On Thursday at the Jordan Relays, meet records were falling in the 4x400 and 4x800, and at theHelman Invitational, Dana Haslett was a double champ. Kayla Hennessy, Josh Thomas double winners in hurdles. Sprint relays are quick @ Ken Montgomery Memorial. Serita Lachesis, Wissahickon, 2:12.13 @ Trojan Track Classic at Wissahickon.
FRIDAY 5/5-SATURDAY 5/6: The weather cooperated again, and the performances followed suit. In Pittsburgh, there were stadium/meet records in the sprints and the shot. Two athletes named Walker and Grimm pulled off two very quick distance doubles. USC is fast in, guess what... that\'s right, the 800 and 4x800. In Altoona on Friday, Rachel Gehret took two of three individual events vs. Erin Hannon, but Hannon got a 40\' TJ. On Saturday in Havertown at the Delco Gilrs Champs, Lisa Vienneau doubled in the 1600-3200 with a stellar 4:57.26-11:06.65, both meet records. Karen Shump PRed by 10\' in the Discus with a 133, and won the shot 42-05.50. On Friday, Penn Hills\' Shawn Anderson ran 11.06 and 22.54 at Baldwin. He was 2nd to North Allegheny\'s Cardel Johnson\'s 22.17. In Altoona, Tyrone\'s Emily Ingle ran a 2:18.96-5:03-point 800-1600 double. Westmont Hilltop junior Karlee McQuillen has set a new PA all-time best with the new Javelin (2002) with her throw of 161-05 on Friday, May 5th at the West Central Coaches Meet in Altoona. The old mark was 159-07 by Bald Eagle Area\'s Angela Hoover, thrown in the same meet in 2003. What a heck of a senior project by Shelton Jordan of West Chester Henderson! And performances to match the idea and the execution of the meet (with help from coach Kevin Kelly, of course.) at the 1st 1st Henderson T&F Invitational @ West Chester Henderson. The usual great times from the West Catholic girls, who seem warmed up now after the cold, wet weather; plus a school record in the 3200 by Conestoga\'s Liz Costello and fast 400, 800 and 1600 in the boys\' races. At the Pine-Richland Invitational,Josh Jones 6-08 HJ (he has already cleared 7-0 this season); Bryan Zimmerman Freeport Boy, 194-00 Javelin. At the 77th Annual Shaner Meet @ Wyomissing Jazmin Hunt, Reading wins the 100H and does well in the HJ and LJ. Lily Otu, Governor Mifflin, over 18\' in the LJ. Jason Weller, Boyertown, a fast 3200. Jason Inzana Daniel Boone, over 15\' in the PV. Carrington Queen getting over the hurdles and to the line under 14 seconds. Dominique Asbury, Upper Darby, 6-9 HJ; and big shot puts by Glen Mills\' Robert Williams and Nathan Stewart at the Delco Boys Champs @ Penncrest. At the Delco Girls Champs at Haverford Twp HS, two meet records in the 1600 and 3200 for Strath Haven senior Lisa Vienneau, plus a double win for Penncrest soph Karen Shump in the Shot Put and Discus - one a meet record and the other a PR; and a fast 4x800 by Archbishop Prendergast and Cardinal O\'Hara. At the Blue Streak Relays at Manheim Twp HS, it was the Garden Spot and Milton Hershey girls splitting the four sprint relays, while the home town boys took both the 4x800 and DMR. Jared Odirk, Lebanon, launched a strong shot put. James Cross Wilkes-Barre Invitational @ Lake Lehman Township HSJill Rubbico Coughlin won the 100 and 200, while for the boys, Tiahgee Daughtry Tunkhannock, won the 200, High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. Ryann Krais, Methacton, contributes to team points with three individual wins in the 100H, 300H and Long Jump at the Lady Rocker Invitational @ Council Rock North HS. At the Neshaminy HS Invitational, Reggie Carter,the Bensalem speedster, showed speed in the shortest race, taking the 100 in under 11 seconds. Neshaminy\'s Chad Sargeant won the 200 and the 400. His team also took the 4x100 and 4x400 in quick times. Jason Rebuck, William Tennent, was a double winner, capturing the Discus and Shot Put. At the Spartan Invitational @ Hughesville HS: Rachel Houseknecht, Hughesville, wins both hurdles, while Jersey Shore teammates Sam Eck and Tarron Todd dominate the Javelin. At the Cedar Cliff Relays, the host girls posted a quick Sprint Medley. The Cumberland Valley girls broke 12:30 to win the Distance Medley Relay. And the Cumberland Valley\'s boys cruised to a 4x400 win. At the 19th Lower Merion Invitational, you saw a lot of blue at the front of the relays. The North Penn girls and boys won both the 4x400 and 4x800, and the boys added a win in the 4x100. Bishop Shanahan\'s Caitlin Fairbairn set a meet record in the Pole Vault, and Conestoga\'s Emily Moles tied a meet record in the High Jump.
(Pix: McQuillen at PIAA States in 2005, photo by Don Rich)