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G Mile F02 (Schwartz fall with all-time best) Mar 1, 2014

Event 26 Girls 1 Mile Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 4:44.20 2/25/2012 Angel Piccirillo, Homer Center Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 2 1 Schwartz, Brianna 11 Shaler Area 4:42.58* 10 2 Weisner, Kennedy 12 Elk County Catholic 4:51.87 8 3 Clahane, Mady 10 Cumberland Valley 4:54.43 6 4 Davison, Madeleine 10 North Allegheny 4:55.11 5 5 Heinicke, Kaelyn 12 Council Rock North 5:00.63 4 6 Potts, Kelsey 10 Mount Lebanon 5:02.37 3 7 Sargent, Olivia 10 Pennsbury 5:07.61 1 8 Galligan, Grace 12 Springfield (Delco) 5:12.31 9 Burd, Emily 9 Friends' Central 5:12.32 10 Alm, Gina 12 Hampton 5:15.60 11 Gordon, Audrey 12 Mount Lebanon 5:17.37

B 800 F02 (Francis US#1, PA all-time best, top 3 in US) Mar 1, 2014

Event 5 Boys 800 Meter Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 1:51.73 2/26/2011 Wade Endress, Altoona Area Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 2 1 Francis, Kyle 12 Bensalem 1:50.55* 10 2 Wiseman, Jeffrey 12 Council Rock South 1:51.36* 8 3 Logue, Joseph 12 Pennridge 1:52.02 6 4 Smart, Nick 12 Cardinal O Hara 1:54.34 5 5 Cather, William 12 State College 1:54.54 4 6 Mercado, Eli 12 Boyertown 1:57.11 1 7 Sauer, Alek 11 Pennsbury 1:57.80 8 Allen, Graham 12 Springside 1:58.70 -- Wilhoite, Dylin 12 Penn Hills DNF

B Mile F03 (Russell just misses meet record) Mar 1, 2014

Event 6 Boys 1 Mile Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 4:12.61 2/24/2007 Paul Springer, Unionville Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 3 1 Russell, Tony 12 WC Henderson 4:12.65 10 2 Belfatto, Jim 12 Cardinal O Hara 4:17.15 8 3 Wilson, Ross 12 Council Rock North 4:17.17 6 4 Hoey, Jaxson 10 Malvern Prep 4:17.38 5 5 Caldwell, Billy 12 Downingtown East 4:18.80 4 6 Bilotta, Brendan 12 LaSalle Coll 4:19.57 3 7 Grace, Ryan 12 North Penn 4:20.41 1 8 Becich, Michael 12 North Allegheny 4:20.52 9 Cooper, Austin 12 Upper Merion 4:23.01 10 Ritz, Sam 12 Germantown Academy 4:28.82 11 Smith, James 12 Upper Saint Clair 4:31.55

Brianna Schwartz goes down fighting Mar 3, 2014

Brianna Schwartz came in as one of the fastest milers in the country, but left the PTFCA Indoor Championships as the toughest miler in the country. Running away from the field, Brianna pushed herself so hard during the final 100 meters that she collapsed 5 meters before the finish line. With the state record on the line, Schwartz dug deep to throw herself over the line in time to set the PA all-time best, 4:42.58.

Middle Distance Renaissance: Girls Milers Rule PA Feb 19, 2014

There is a bit of a mid-distance renaissance occurring this year in Pennsylvania on the indoor track circuit and it is incredibly exciting.  To most fans in the know this should come as no surprise as there are a host of talented runners in the state.  But the girls mile in particular now features 4 runners under 4:50, and that is pretty incredible for indoors.  

G 800 F01 Mar 1, 2014

Event 25 Girls 800 Meter Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 2:04.96 2/24/2007 Chanelle Price, Easton Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 1 1 Quinn, Shannon 11 Trinity (3) 2:16.45 2 2 Paulis, Emily 12 Springfield (Delco) 2:18.22 3 Akins, Erin 12 Boyertown 2:20.37 4 Preschutti, Haley 12 Spring Ford 2:20.53 5 O'Connell, Erin 11 Pennsbury 2:21.18 6 Wilson, Jada 12 Upper Merion 2:21.30 7 Chiodo-Ortiz, Anna 11 Wissahickon 2:21.55 8 Brewer, Victoria 12 Bensalem 2:22.79 9 Galligan, Grace 12 Springfield (Delco) 2:22.89 10 Lahetta, Meredith 11 Central Bucks East 2:23.45 11 Keegan, Caroline 12 Avon Grove 2:23.67

2014 Indoor Track & Field All-State Teams Mar 5, 2014

The 2013 All-State Indoor Track & Field Team was selected by a committee of the PTFCA on March 6th, taking in to consideration honors won, quality and consistency of performance and head-to-head competition. Congratulations to all the new All-State athletes.

G 60H H01 (prelims) Mar 1, 2014

Event 21 Girls 60 Meter Hurdles ================================================================ State Meet: * 8.45 2/26/2011 Leah Nugent, Abington Name Year School Prelims ================================================================ Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Leonard, Ciara 11 Cheltenham 8.63Q 2 Guy, Bridget 12 Hempfield Area (7) 9.05Q 3 Shields, Brittany 12 Ridley 9.30q 4 Martin, Jenny 11 Methacton 9.37q 5 Serratore, Nicolette 11 Methacton 9.54 6 Slowly, Janiel 11 Cheltenham 9.59 -- Corrado, Natalie 12 Mount Lebanon DNF

PTXC Journal: Kennedy Weisner, Elk Ct. Catholic - Entry #6 - Apr 21-Millrose x2-Penn Relays x3 Apr 21, 2014

Elk County Catholic senior Kennedy Weisner enters her final year of XC with a champion's resume. Her best year to date was last year as a junior when she won her first state cross country title - this one in the inaugural Class A Championship. Weisner also qualified for her first Foot Locker Nationals. During indoor, she was invited to her first Millrose Mile, and also to the Brooks PR meet, an elite gathering in the Northwest. She came back in outdoor to capture two state AA titles, winning the 800 and the 1600 - a very tough double. She began her final XC season at PTXC-5, setting a course record of 17:49. An injury hurt her chance to repeat in Class A in XC, and sidelined her until December. She won the Millrose Trials Mile and finished 2nd in the Millrose Games. This is her third year qualifying for the Penn Relaya Carnival Mile - taking 5th as a sophomore and 3rd as a junior.

PennTrackXC Journal: Tessa Barrett, Abington Hghts - Entry #6 - Mar 19 - The dream year continues Mar 19, 2014

Abington Heights senior Tessa Barrett qualified for states in XC as a freshman and sophomore, and after an eye-opening 17:58 at the 2012 Tennett Invitatonal, she looked destined to challange for a state AAA title. But a mud-fest at the District 2 meet led to an injury, and the opportunity was lost. She bounced back in indoor with a solo 10:02 3k in February 2013. Her 3000 at PTFCA champs was an epic battle with Courtney Smith and Regan Rome - one she ultimately won in a state record 9:47.73. She would go on to take 4th at the Penn Relays 3000 in 9:40, and then 2nd (to Smith) in another battle at outdoor states, going 10:25 for 3200 meters. This year she opened with a stunning 17:26 at Cliff Robbins, and then not only won the Gold Race at PIAA Foundation, but set the course record for the Poop-Out Hill layout in 17:48. And then she followed in the recent spike-prints of Neely Spence and Angel Piccirillo, winning the Foot Locker Northeast Regional... then trumping all of the past Foot Locker finalists from PA by winning the championship at storied Balboa Park. But she was only beginning an incredible final high school campaign - resetting her state 3K record four more times - first at the Susquehanna High School Classic in late January; then again at the PTFCA State Championships on March 1, and then twice more at New Balance Indoor Nationals - both en route, first in the 5000 meter championship in which she set a national record of 16:11.85, and then two days later in (9:31.09) winning the two-mile title in a PA record and US#1 10:08.05. And we still have outdoor! WHEW!  

B 200 F06 (Tweedie US#10) Mar 1, 2014

Event 3 Boys 200 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 21.22 3/6/2010 Brady Gehret, Altoona Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 6 1 Tweedie, Stuart 12 Westtown School 21.78 10 2 Whitmore, Tyler 11 Upper Moreland 21.80 8 3 Hill, Nigel 12 Twin Valley 22.02 6 4 Brissett, Christian 11 Cheltenham J22.14 4 22.1396 5 Snorweah, Charles 11 Pennsbury 22.50

G 800 F03 Mar 1, 2014

Event 25 Girls 800 Meter Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 2:04.96 2/24/2007 Chanelle Price, Easton Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 3 1 Villalba, Maddie 10 Central Bucks West 2:14.48 8 2 Walker, Sarah 10 Germantown Frien 2:15.57 5 3 Trucilla, Grace 11 Villa Maria Academy 2:15.98 4 4 Brown, Claire 10 Villa Maria Academy 2:15.99 3 5 Turner, Terri 9 Springside 2:16.70 1 6 Heinicke, Kaelyn 12 Council Rock North 2:16.80 7 O'Shea, Alexis 11 West Allegheny 2:18.48 8 Kurtz, Nicole 12 Abington Friends 2:19.31 9 Alm, Gina 12 Hampton 2:22.57

G 4x800 F02 (Strath Haven 9:09, PA meet record & US#3 Mar 1, 2014

Event 30 Girls 4x800 Meter Relay ======================================================================= State Meet: * 9:11.48 2/28/2004 Hatboro-Horsham, Hatboro-Horsham Rae, Murphy, Baker, Klaas School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 2 1 Strath Haven 9:09.52* 10 1) Irons, Bri 12 2) Kenney, Jamie 12 3) Wilson, Allie 12 4) Miller, Kristen 12 2 Great Valley 9:11.76 8 1) Spiess, Crosby 10 2) Willig, Anna 10 3) Hipwell, Sarah 11 4) Claffey, Elise 11 3 Central Bucks South 9:12.80 6 1) Kwapinski, Alexa 12 2) Poiesz, Kaitlin 12 3) Stratz, Amber 11 4) Stratz, Brianna 11 4 North Penn 9:29.66 4 1) Mengini, Brianna 12 2) Vlasic, Melanie 12 3) Valenti, Ali 11 4) Clowser, Phoebe 10 5 Downingtown East 9:34.09 3 1) Koser, Amanda 11 2) VanBlunk, Lexi 9 3) Weiler, Anja 12 4) Ferry, Maggie 12 6 Pennsbury 9:37.87 2 1) Molloy, Hannah 10 2) O'Connell, Erin 11 3) Sargent, Olivia 10 4) Sauer, Maddie 10 7 Villa Maria Academy 9:39.02 1 1) Carson, Alison 11 2) Trucilla, Grace 11 3) Constable, Carlee 9 4) Brown, Claire 10 8 Central Bucks West 10:02.29 1) Berry, Olivia 11 2) Davies, Cecilia 10 3) Iatarola, Meghan 12 4) Aunins, Emily 9

G 800 F02 (surprise winner) Mar 1, 2014

Event 25 Girls 800 Meter Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 2:04.96 2/24/2007 Chanelle Price, Easton Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 2 1 McGroarty, Liz 12 Garnet Valley 2:14.22 10 2 Fedkina, Natasha 11 State College 2:15.47 6 3 Cousins, Emma 12 State College 2:17.68 4 Brady, Kelsey 12 Council Rock South 2:17.70 5 Weston, Jill 12 Owen J. Roberts 2:17.96 6 Visconto, Karli 11 Nazareth Academy 2:18.34 7 Lawlor, Kerry 12 Germantown Academy 2:19.80 8 Brosky, Hanna 12 Emmaus 2:22.62 9 Arizin, Olivia 9 Cardinal O Hara 2:23.57 10 Groves, Rachel Hershey 2:25.37

B 60 F01 (finals) Mar 1, 2014

Event 2 Boys 60 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 6.80 3/6/2010 Alex Kenney, State College Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Brissett, Christian 11 Cheltenham 6.86 10 2 Smith, Xavier 12 Daniel Boone J6.86 8 3 Stamford, Dreux 12 Altoona Area 6.95 6 4 Lanier, Demetrius 12 East Strouds 6.97 5 5 Whitmore, Tyler 11 Upper Moreland 7.01 4 6 Hill, Nigel 12 Twin Valley 7.02 3 7 Tweedie, Stuart 12 Westtown School 7.07 2 8 Long, Tory 11 Hempfield (3) J7.07 1

B Mile F01 Mar 1, 2014

Event 6 Boys 1 Mile Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 4:12.61 2/24/2007 Paul Springer, Unionville Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 1 1 Willig, Matt 12 Great Valley 4:25.33 2 Abert, Colin 11 Easton Area 4:26.75 3 Weidner, Sean 11 Lower Dauphin 4:26.94 4 Kravitz, Matt 10 North Pocono 4:28.40 5 Van Kooten, Jeff 11 Pitt Central Cat 4:28.64 6 Sponaugle, Will Hershey 4:29.54 7 Hanson, Watson 12 Radnor 4:30.27 8 Diestelow, Eric 11 West Chester East 4:32.72 9 Miller, Patrick 12 Kiski Area 4:33.45 10 Milligan, Alex 10 State College 4:33.61 11 Collins, Seamus 12 WC Henderson 4:36.40

B Mile F02 Mar 1, 2014

Event 6 Boys 1 Mile Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 4:12.61 2/24/2007 Paul Springer, Unionville Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 2 1 Groh, Jeff 12 Lower Dauphin 4:20.24 2 2 Coakley, Mitchell 12 Central Dauphin 4:25.17 3 Moy, Kevin 12 WC Henderson 4:25.49 4 Kolor, Mike 10 Seneca Valley 4:26.26 5 Fowler, David 12 Haverford Twp 4:26.66 6 Louco, Cordon 12 North Allegheny 4:28.70 7 Hopkins, Pat 12 Methacton 4:28.90 8 Wills, Colin 10 Malvern Prep 4:29.54 9 Barchet, Reiny 12 WC Henderson 4:31.06 10 Lerda, Ryan 12 South Fayett 4:32.25 11 Sullivan, Joe 12 Bonner Prendie 4:35.62

PTXC Journal: Tessa Barrett, Abington Hghts - Entry#7 - Mar 30 - WE ARE! Mar 30, 2014

Abington Heights senior Tessa Barrett qualified for states in XC as a freshman and sophomore, and after an eye-opening 17:58 at the 2012 Tennett Invitatonal, she looked destined to challange for a state AAA title. But a mud-fest at the District 2 meet led to an injury, and the opportunity was lost. She bounced back in indoor with a solo 10:02 3k in February 2013. Her 3000 at PTFCA champs was an epic battle with Courtney Smith and Regan Rome - one she ultimately won in a state record 9:47.73. She would go on to take 4th at the Penn Relays 3000 in 9:40, and then 2nd (to Smith) in another battle at outdoor states, going 10:25 for 3200 meters. This year she opened with a stunning 17:26 at Cliff Robbins, and then not only won the Gold Race at PIAA Foundation, but set the course record for the Poop-Out Hill layout in 17:48. And then she followed in the recent spike-prints of Neely Spence and Angel Piccirillo, winning the Foot Locker Northeast Regional... then trumping all of the past Foot Locker finalists from PA by winning the championship at storied Balboa Park. But she was only beginning an incredible final high school campaign - resetting her state 3K record four more times - first at the Susquehanna High School Classic in late January; then again at the PTFCA State Championships on March 1, and then twice more at New Balance Indoor Nationals - both en route, first in the 5000 meter championship in which she set a national record of 16:11.85, and then two days later in (9:31.09) winning the two-mile title in a PA record and US#1 10:08.05. And we still have outdoor! WHEW!  

G Mile F01 Mar 1, 2014

Event 26 Girls 1 Mile Run ======================================================================= State Meet: * 4:44.20 2/25/2012 Angel Piccirillo, Homer Center Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 1 1 Young, Olivia 11 Unionville 5:03.63 2 2 O'Shea, Alexis 11 West Allegheny 5:11.73 3 Malmberg, Alexis 11 Episcopal Academy 5:12.08 4 Mills, Gretchen 11 Unionville 5:13.47 5 Fisher, Emily 12 Unionville 5:15.17 6 Burka, Larissa 11 State College 5:17.56 7 Concannon, Rita 12 Conestoga 5:17.70 8 Catalano, Hannah 12 State College 5:18.46 9 Twomey, Meridith 10 Pennsbury 5:18.82 10 Kennedy, Abby 12 Strath Haven 5:18.84 11 Young, Samantha 12 Pleasant Valley 5:19.34 12 Stovall, Sydni 9 Springfield (M) 5:21.25

G 200 F07 (Pressley US#5) Mar 1, 2014

Event 23 Girls 200 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 24.02 3/2/2002 Juanita Broaddus, William Penn Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 7 1 Pressley, Dasia 10 Neshaminy 24.42 10 2 Chapman, Taylor 11 Pennridge 24.88 8 3 Broadwater, Brooklynn 10 Springside 24.95 6 4 Jackson, Katelyn 12 Cheltenham 25.04 5 5 Brissett, Chanel 9 Cheltenham 25.62 1 25.6173

G 60H F01 (finals) Mar 1, 2014

Event 21 Girls 60 Meter Hurdles ======================================================================= State Meet: * 8.45 2/26/2011 Leah Nugent, Abington Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Brabham-Lawrence, Sierra 11 Harrisburg 8.45* 10 2 Leonard, Ciara 11 Cheltenham 8.46 8 3 Thomas, Markeeta 11 Paul Robeson 8.66 6 4 Holmberg, Maddie 11 Hempfield Area (7) 8.74 5 5 Quigley, Kat 11 Pine-Richland 9.04 4 6 Jenkins, Cassidy 11 Lakeland 9.15 3 7 Gaita, Aspen 11 Stroudsburg 9.33 2 8 Noell, Tehya 12 E & S 9.55 1

G 200 F06 Mar 1, 2014

Event 23 Girls 200 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 24.02 3/2/2002 Juanita Broaddus, William Penn Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 6 1 Duffy, Caroline 10 Methacton 25.38 4 2 Channer, Lauren 12 East Strouds 25.48 3 3 Jones, Jasmine 12 Hempfield Area (7) 25.50 2 4 Pitman, Rachel 11 Bishop McDevitt 26.32 5 McCorkle, Taylor 12 Oakland Catholic 26.86

B 200 F05 Mar 1, 2014

Event 3 Boys 200 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 21.22 3/6/2010 Brady Gehret, Altoona Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 5 1 Benjamin, Donaldo 12 Del Val Charter 22.14 5 22.1391 2 Stamford, Dreux 12 Altoona Area 22.29 2 3 Rouse, Nydair 12 Simon Gratz 22.74 4 Harris, Mike 12 Wissahickon 23.12 -- Jones, Eric 11 Neumann Goretti DNF

B 60H F01 (finals) Mar 1, 2014

Event 1 Boys 60 Meter Hurdles ======================================================================= State Meet: * 7.79 2/23/2013 Wellington Zaza, Garnet Valle Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Nicholson, Montae 12 Gateway 7.85 10 2 Valko, Mitch 11 South Fayett 7.95 8 3 Jennings, J'Von 12 Downingtown East 8.02 6 4 Bernadowski, Matthew 12 Elizabeth Forward 8.06 5 5 Isaac, Fritz 12 North Allegheny 8.09 4 6 Weh, Mason 10 Upper Darby 8.13 3 7 Santos, Devon 12 Hempfield (3) 8.19 2 8 Burton, Mike 11 Coatesville 8.42 1

G 60 F01 (finals) Mar 1, 2014

Event 22 Girls 60 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 7.45 2/21/2009 Rayiana Johnson, Chester Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Jackson, Katelyn 12 Cheltenham 7.61 10 2 Brissett, Chanel 9 Cheltenham 7.62 8 3 Pressley, Dasia 10 Neshaminy 7.68 6 4 Chapman, Taylor 11 Pennridge 7.74 5 5 Muhammad, Jameela 10 Paul Robeson 7.75 4 6 Costa, Lauren 11 West Allegheny 7.79 3 7 Rankine, Ashley 12 Upper Darby 7.80 2 8 Wyland, Alli 9 Hollidaysburg Area 7.85 1

B 200 F04 Mar 1, 2014

Event 3 Boys 200 Meter Dash ======================================================================= State Meet: * 21.22 3/6/2010 Brady Gehret, Altoona Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Section 4 1 Johnson, Jhaloni 12 Springfield (M) 22.22 3 2 Shaffer, Nick 10 Methacton 22.37 1 3 Pegues, Walt 12 Central 22.51 4 Smith, Xavier 12 Daniel Boone 23.19 5 Lewis, Isaac 12 Cheltenham 24.80

Athlete of the Week February 12-18 Feb 19, 2014

Shaler Area junior Brianna Schwartz was an all-American at Foot Locker, and now she has joined fellow PA all-American Tessa Barrett as the second athlete to take down a current all-time PA indoor state record BEFORE the state championships.   

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