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Posted by Saturday, October 25, 2008 6:07 on 10-27-2008

Indoor Week #7

DVGTCA #7: At the seventh association meet on Friday 1/18 at Lehigh, the girls continued to roll with some outstanding performances. The night started with a great run by the 4x800 of Ashley Fornshell, Corinne Lillis, Taylor Carcella, and Emily Rugh who placed fourth with a state qualifying time of 9:56.6 thanks to great leadoff running by Fornshell and big PR's from Lillis, Carcella, and Rugh. In the sprint events, sophomore Ashley Hamilton and senior Rachel Hunte dominated, with Hamilton running to second in the 300 in 43.4 and Hunte winning the 400 in a great open time of 60.5. The distance girls picked up where the sprinters left off, with senior Marie Thompson winning the 800 in 2:20.2 and Ali Burkholder placing tenth in a PR in the 3000 run. Ending the night were some great performances in the relays, with all four members of the 4x400, Lynsey Steffy, Shannon Casey, Elaina Rogowski, and Amanda Hesser, PR'ing and the 4x200 of Carly Long, Ashley Hamilton, Alyssa Long, and Taylor Carcella placing fifth with a great time of 1:52.2.

TFCAGP #7: The guys responded to the girls' success with some great performances of their own at their meet on Saturday 1/19 at Haverford. The Novice 4x400 of Zach Saska, Sean Campbell, Thomas Shutt, and Richard Walters placed sixth with a time of 4:08.3. Senior John Rupert ran to a fourth place finish in the open 200, finishing in a season PR of 24.1. The 4x800 of Nick Ferry, Steve Cline, Kyle Brown and Chris Glaug lowered their time for the season to 8:19.7 and captured first place for their efforts and a great split by Kyle Brown. In the other distance relay, the DMR, the squad of Hutton Chapman, John Barnett, Kenny Peou and Matt Ferry finished sixth overall, with PR's from Chapman in the 1200 and Ferry in the 1600. In the field events, senior James Ferguson placed third in the high jump with a season PR of 5' 10". The guys results, rosters, and leaders are updated, and pictures from meets this season are being updated all this week thanks to Mrs. Ferry!
Posted by on 01-22-2008

Indoor Week #6

WEEKEND January 11 - January 12, 2008

DVGTCA #6: Despite the strain of so many races in so few days, the girls continued to thrive at the sixth association meet at Haverford College. The 4x800 of Rachel Hunte, Ashley Fornshell, Marie Thompson, and Corinne Lillis got off to a great start, running a 9:48.2 that ranks them sixth in the state as of 1/11. Fornshell had a fantastic race as second leg and Lillis' anchor leg cemented a third place finish. Freshman standouts Carly Long and Taylor Carcella also had a good night, with Long finishing fifth in the 300 in 45.9 and Carcella running an excellent 1:46.5 to place second in the 600 run. In the distance events, junior Ali Burkholder had a top ten finish in the mile run with a solid time of 5:47.4. The 4x400 ended a long night, and the team of Marie Thompson, Ashley Hamilton, Ashley Fornshell, and Alyssa Long ran a quick 4:10.8 to place third, only two seconds off the season record. A few pictures courtesy of have been posted, and full results and other updates will be posted soon!

TFCAGP #6: The guys had a great morning early at Haverford College on 1/12! Austin Woodford continued his success in the 60 high hurdles, going 8.7 to place fourth overall. The DMR of Steve Cline, Nick Dastalfo, Kenny Peou, and Hutton Chapman took over the top relay time on the team by a tenth of a second with their fantastic third place run and great splits in the 1200 from Cline and in the 1600 from Chapman. Their time of 11:21.8 qualified them for the Meet of Champs later this year. In the 4x200, Nick Ferry, John Rupert, Kyle Brown, and James Ferguson missed a state qualifier by less than two seconds, but their second place time of 1:36.2 did qualify them for the Meet of Champs as well. There were some great splits from the underclassmen in the other relays, most notably Matt Ferry's 2:15.8 in the 4x800 and Brad Tunno's 57.6 in the 4x400. The next meet for the guys is the next association meet, also at Haverford, on January 18th. Some pictures from have been posted!
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Chester County Championships

January 9, 2008

Chester County Invitational: It was a great Monday night for the Cougars! Both the girls and guys squads traveled to Ursinus College for the Chester County Invitational, which always provides some of the best competition in the state. In the first event of the meet, the 60 hurdles, Austin Woodford powered his way to a first place finish, not only breaking the school record AND the meet record, but also qualifying for states in the process. In the Sprint Medley Relay, the girls squad of Rachel Hunte, Alyssa Long, Ashley Hamilton, and Marie Thompson made another statement about the depth of their team by running a 4:14.83, which was a first place finish, a new meet record, a new school record, and a national qualifying standard. The old school record of 4:15.75 was set by the legendary 2006 All-Americans of Sami Keenan, Kathryn Shannon, Amanda Egan, and Marie Thompson during their 6th place finish at the Nike Indoor Nationals. The guys responded to the tone set by the girls, and the SMR of Nick Ferry, John Rupert, James Ferguson, and Chris Glaug also won the event in 3:44.85, only two seconds off of the school record.
In the 60 Dash, Emily Bergen continued her strong sprinting by placing third in the event with a 8.19. Kyle Brown also placed third in his event, the open 400, with a great time of 53.51. Ashley Fornshell held her own in a fast mile race, pacing herself to a 5:21.74, fifth place finish and qualifying for the state meet with her great time. The young DMR of Corinne Lillis, Courtney Bahlman, Alaina Stockhausen, and Emily Rugh placed fourth overall in their event with great splits from Lillis in the 1200 and Rugh in the 1600. Not to be outdone, the 4x800 of Ali Burkholder, Shannon Casey, Elaina Rogowski, and Natalie Tully ran a solid 10:52.79 to earn themselves fourth place medals. The guys 4x800 of Nick Dastalfo, Steve Cline, Hutton Chapman, and Kenny Peou placed third overall in their event with an 8:41.42. The underclassman continued to represent in the girls 4x200, and the quartet of Carly Long, Emily Bergen, Taylor Carcella, and Lynsey Steffy ran to a third place finish as well. Despite the previous races of all four members of the girls 4x400, Thompson, Hamilton, Fornshell, and Hunte teamed up yet again and managed to race to a second place finish and qualify for states with a time of 4:08.24. The guys 4x400 ended the night's track events with a bang, as the foursome of Nick Ferry, Chris Glaug, Kyle Brown, and John Rupert crushed the meet record with their time of 3:31.95 and also qualified for the state meet.

In the field events, junior John Barnett PR'ed in the long jump with a fifth place leap of 18' 0.5". In the triple jump, Austin Woodford placed second with his jump of 40' 1.75" and because of his outstanding achievements on the track and in the field was named Athlete of the Meet. On the girls side, Hannah White placed fifth in the high jump with her leap of 5' 2".
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Indoor Week #5

WEEKEND January 4 - January 5, 2008

DVGTCA #5: The girls started off the new year with a bang and nine medals in a great meet at Lehigh University on 1/4/08. Starting off the night was junior Emily Bergen who placed fourth in the 60 dash in a fantastic 8.0 seconds, only .1 away from a state qualifier. Sophomore Ashley Hamilton continued the strength in the sprints by placing fifth in the 300 dash in 45.2. In the very next event, the 400 run, senior Rachel Hunte ran to a sixth place finish in a 62.2. Fellow senior Marie Thompson ran unchallenged in the mile to finish first in 5:13.2, beating her own school record by eight seconds and recording the top time in the state as of January 5th. The 4x200 of Carly Long, Rachel Hunte, Alyssa Long, and Ashley Hamilton finished out the night on the track with a sixth place finish and great splits from Hunte and Hamilton. In the field, Alyssa Long continued her strong pole vaulting season, placing fourth with a 9' clearance. Congrats to everyone on a great night!

TFCAGP #5: The Downingtown East boys showed some impressive times at their fifth meet at Lehigh on Saturday. Freshman Brandon Robles PR'd in the 60 Dash with a strong time of 7.5 to start off the meet. In the first SMR of the year, James Ferguson, John Rupert, Kenny Peou, and Pat Ciquera finished sixth overall with a time of 3:57.8. The most impressive performance on the day was the 4x800 of Nick Dastalfo, Nick Ferry, Chris Glaug, and Steve Cline. The four ran an exceptional time of 8:20.6 and in doing so qualified for states and finished 3rd overall! In the triple jump, senior Austin Woodford jumped 38' 11 3/4" and captured 6th place.
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Indoor Week #4

December 21, 2007

DVGTCA #4: Friday night's meet started off with an incredible performance by the distance medley relay. The group of Ashley Fornshell (1200), Ashley Hamilton (400), Rachel Hunte (800) and Marie Thompson (1600) cruised to a second place finish, setting a new school record, qualifying for states, and grabbing the number two spot on the state leader board in the process! The only other medal on the night came from Alyssa Long, who took third place in the 300 run in 43.8. The very young 4x400 of Ashley Hamilton, Taylor Carcella, Corinne Lillis, and Amanda Hesser held their own in the event, and thanks to a gutsy second race from Hamilton and a great split by Carcella, they finished in a solid time of 4:26. In the 4x200, Carly Long ran a fantastic third leg to help the group of Katie McCluskey, Sarah Weber, and Mackenzie Anderson to a 2:07.1 finish. In the field, Shelby Ballaron PR'ed in the triple jump by going 30' 10". The DMR girls (from left to right: Fornshell, Hamilton, Hunte, Thompson) smash the school record and climb towards the top of the state ranking list!

December 22, 2007

TFCAGP #4: On an early Saturday morning, the boys put up some strong times at the fourth association meet. Notable individual performances include Nick Ferry in the open 400 with a time of 52.2, setting a new school record while finishing 3rd overall! Also, Chris Glaug medaled in the open 800 with a time of 2:05.0. The DMR ran a solid 12:05.0 with an incredible 4:52.2 split in the mile by Hutton Chapman! The 4x400 relay of James Ferguson, Kyle Brown, Kenny Peou, and John Rupert ran their way to a 4th place finish with a time of 3:40.6. Congratulations to all the guys!
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Indoor Week #3

December 14, 2007

DVGTCA #3: Downingtown East put up some impressive performances at the third association meet this Friday at Ursinus. Kicking off the night was a solid run by the 4x800 of Lauren Stell, Logan Carey, Shannon Casey, and Emily Rugh who finished eighth on the night in 10:25 despite a bizarre handoff situation. Emily Bergen advanced to the finals in the 55/60 dash, while freshman Taylor Carcella went sub-29 in the open 200 dash. In the 600, senior Marie Thompson broke the school record en route to her second place, 1:40.9 place finish. In the same spirit, junior Ashley Fornshell charged through the competition in the 1000 meter run and won it while smashing Thompson's old school record by a full eight seconds. Fellow distance runner Alaina Stockhausen also had a good night, breaking 12:00 in the 3000 to place third in her heat. The 4x400 of Alyssa Long, Rachel Hunte, Emily Bergen, and Marie Thompson placed sixth overall with a time of 4:13.7, just a second off of a state qualifying time. Congratulations to everyone!

December 15, 2007

TFCAGP #3: At the third association meet this Saturday, the Downingtown East boys put up some great times along with 8 medals. Starting of the day was the novice 4x200 made up of Brandon Robles, Brad Tunno, Alex Dunleavy, and Dan Crompton who ran 1:45.3 and captured 3rd place. The DMR of Chris Glaug, Nick Ferry, Kyle Brown, and Pat Ciquera ran a solid 11:21.9 and in doing so finished 3rd overall. The 4x800 of Nick Dastalfo, Steve Cline, Kenny Peou, and Hutton Chapman finished 4th overall with a time of 8:34.6. Other notable performances on the day include the 4x200 of James Ferguson, John Rupert, John Barnett, and Austin Woodford who placed 6th with a time of 1:38.2. In the 60 hurdles, Blake Anderson ran a 9.6 finishing in 9th place. Nice job, boys!
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Indoor Week #2

WEEKEND December 7 - December 9, 2007

Week #2 of the Indoor season was just as exciting as the first! Results are up for girls and guys, and the roster PR's and current leaders are updated!
DVGTCA #2: The girls team had another awesome meet on Friday at Lehigh. By the end of this long Saturday night meet, the girls took home four medals. Senior Rachel Hunte started off the night by taking third in the individual 300 meter race with a time of 43.2, a mere half a second away from Sami Keenan's 2004 school record. Another strong performance was shown by sophomore Emily Rugh who received fourth place in the open 1000 meter with a time of 3:27.3. Junior Ashley Fornshell received third place in the individual mile with a time of 5:25, which is less than two seconds from a state qualifying time and four seconds away from the school record. Throughout these track endeavors, Alyssa Long was working the field, placing fourth overall in the pole vault. Congratulations to all the girls that ran for a great start to what looks to be an incredible season!

TFCAGP #2:On the boys side, the relays continued to look very strong, with the 4x800 of Chris Glaug, Kyle Brown, Steve Cline, and Nick Dastalfo running a solid 8:29 to place second overall. Also medaling on the night was senior Austin Woodford who took fifth place in the long jump with a leap of 20' 3.25". Junior John Barnett ran to seventh in the 60 meter high hurdles with a time of 9.1, while fellow junior Ankit Jain took tenth overall in the tough 3000 meter run. Nice job to the boys!

NEXT UP: The girls race at Ursinus starting at 4:30 at Ursinus on 12/14 while the guys head there the next day for a Saturday morning meet.
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Indoor Week #1

December 2, 2007

East kicked off their indoor season in great fashion this weekend!
DVGTCA #1: A very young group of girls made a great impact at the first association meet on Friday night. Senior Rachel Hunte led the way in a night full of solid underclassman performances. Hunte captured fourth place in the open 400 with a 62.7 for one of East's four medals on the night, while freshman Taylor Carcella placed seventh in the open 300 with a 46.4. Junior Ali Burkholder held off the competition in the grueling 3000 run and placed sixth with a great time of 11:27. Alyssa Long showed her versatility yet again with her sixth place finish in the pole vault and her contribution to the fifth place 4x200 relay with Rachel Hunte, Emily Bergen, and Ashley Hamilton.

TFCAGP #1: The 4x400 continued to show why they're one of the best on Saturday at the first boys association meet at Lehigh. The quartet of Nick Ferry, Kyle Brown, Chris Glaug, and Nick Dastalfo were second overall with a time of 3:35.4, a solid starting point for so early in the season. The only other medal from the day was from senior James Ferguson in the high jump. His 5' 8" leap was good enough for fourth place.

Girls results are up (without splits), and full guys results are coming!

Next Up: A double Saturday meet, with the second boys association meet in the morning of 12/8 and the girls meet at night
Posted by on 01-15-2008

Greg Bowen

November 26, 2007

Mr. Greg Bowen, a long time Pole Vault coach of Downingtown, passed away last Sunday after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service is being held on December 1st at 2:00 pm at the Goshen Baptist Church in West Chester. We are establishing a memorial scholarship in his memory, as well as dedicating a bench for him in the Pole Vault area in memory of his work. Mr. Bowen inspired countless athletes during his decades at Downingtown, and his wisdom and passion will assuredly live on through those he touched. The team would like to send their condolences to his family, friends, and athletes.
Posted by Marie Thompson on 01-15-2008