Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic
The Burdette Classic is the annual curtain closer on the calendar year and each year the athletes perform at a high level that gets their coaches, teammates, and supporters exctied about what the next year will bring. The 2013 edition of this meet was no different. Overall, there were 28 state qualifying performances on the girls side and 41 on the boys side, a grand total of 69 for the day!
The boys were highlighted by a US#2 and US#3 performance in the 60 meter hurdles. Donaldo Benjamin of Delaware Valley Charter ran 8.20 in the prelim rounds to earn US#2 for about an hour. In the finals, however, J'Von Jennings of Downingtown East defeated Benjamin in the finals with a new US#2 time of 8.18! In the 60 meter dash, both Tyler Whitmore of Upper Moreland and Nigel Hill of Twin Valley ran US#10 time of 6.99, with Whitmore earning the victory by a few thousanths of a second. Whitmore would also win the 200 meter dash with a state leading and US#5 time of 22.40. Eric Jones of Newmann Goretti also became a state leader, winning the 400 meter dash in 50.83. Jaxson Hoey of Malvern Prep led three runners to the top three spots on the state list in the mile with a winning and PA#1 time of 4:26.81. The top four in the 3000 meter run were PA#s 2-5 with Jake Brophy of Central Bucks East edging out Jim Belfatto of Cardinal O'Hara to win the race 8:58.64 to 9:01.02.
In the field events, Cecil Davis of Upper Darby became the new state leader in the triple jump with a mark of 46-3, good for US#11. Tra-C Davis of Coatesville cleared 6-6 to move to PA#3 and tie for US#6 in the high jump. Darrik Muroski of Coatesville threw a PA#4 mark of 52-3.50 to win the shot put. Finally in the relays, Cheltenham set the lone meet record of the day, winning the 4x200 meter relay in 1:32.12, good for PA#4 and US#10. They capped off the day with a state leading performance in the 4x400 meter relay out of an unseeded heat, running a US#5 3:26.20, just .01 off the meet record.
Kyle Davis (52.4), Cordell Richardson (51.6), Isaac Lewis (51.5), John Lewis (50.5)
For the girls, Markeeta Thomas of Paul Robeson continued her surge up the top of the national 60 meter hurdle rankings. The junior cruised to victory in the event, improving on her state leading mark and moving up to US#2 with her time of 8.86! Lauren Channer of East Stroudsburg South took home the 60 meter dash (PA#6 7.85) and 200 meter dashes (26.51). Hanna Brosky of Emmaus won the 400 meter dash in a state leading time of 58.12 to beat PA#2 Holly Sullivan of Howen J Roberts (58.54). In the field events, Quadaisha Newkirk of Paul Robeson won the triple jump with a PA#2 mark of 36-6 and defeated the current state leader by a full foot. Macey Tanseco of Perkiomen Valley threw a PA#4 mark of 39-9.75 to win the shot put comfortably. In the relays, Upper Darby edged out Paul Robeson and Neumann Goretti to win the 4x200 meter relay in a PA#2 time of 1:46.28. In the 4x400 meter relay, Neumann Goretti edged out Paul Robeson to win the relay 4:07.00 to 4:07.68.
PREVIEW BY LEX MERCADO
The annual Burdette Classic is a holiday tradition for Philly Area schools to put spikes on and put on a performance that can jump start their indoor season for the January run.
Class AAA cross country runner up Colin Abert of Easton will compete in the mile against independent school state champion Jaxson Hoey of Malvern and top 35 AAA cross country finisher Billy Caldwell of Downingtown East. Only one runner thus far has cracked 4:30 (Christian Kardish of Holy Ghost Prep) but this trio will have something to say about that. The 3000 meter run looks to be a hotly contested race with veteran runners Jim Belfatto of Cardinal O’Hara and Matt Willig of Great Valley squaring off against up and coming stars like Casey Comber of Hatboro Horsham and Jake Brophy of Central Bucks East. In 2012-13, the 3000 meter run was the deepest event in the state. Will that be the same story in 2013-14? The 800 meter run has made a case already for that honor and Monday’s run may enhance the debate. Liam O’Connell of Pennsbury and Connor Holm of Radnor had 2013 outdoor bests of 1:58 and 1:56 respectively and both qualified for states in cross country out of district 1. The head to head battle between these two could add on to the quickly growing list of sub 2:00 runners in the event this season.
With Wellington Zaza moving on the collegiate circuit, it’s time for a new class of hurdlers to emerge. Aaron Elocock of Delco Christian, Kornelius Klah of Pennsbury, and Donaldo Benjamin of Delaware Valley Charter look to lead this class. In the 60 and 200 meter dashes, Tyler Whitmore of Upper Moreland will be the favorite to take home gold. The junior was a medalist at states in the 60 dash in 2012 and the 200 meter dash in 2013. Whitmore will face off against sprinters who are looking to put their name on the map in a big meet for the very first time. Before injury halted his 2013 season, Dave Stellato of Wissahickon was one of top 400 meter runners in the state. Now he returns for his senior season as the top returner in the event (4th) and Monday will be his full debut. Frank Brophy of Central Bucks East is having his first taste of indoor track and will challenge the veteran. Brophy ran 49.78 last spring.
Pennsbury will be heavy favorites in both sprint relays. They currently hold the 2nd best 4x200 meter time in the country and are the state leaders in the 4x400 meter relay. Cheltenham and Delaware Valley Charter have run strong 4x200s this season and will challenge the Falcons on Monday, while North Penn and Penn Wood will be the top challengers in the 4x400. In the distance relays, cross country team qualifiers Penncrest will take their first crack at the 4x800 and distance medley. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the event in recent years, and 2014 shouldn’t be any different. 2012 state champions Great Valley and Council Rock South with mid distance superstar Jeff Wiseman will challenge in the DMR.
In the field events, the high jump will be a head to head matchup between Ishmael Wright of Quakertown and Andy Pancoast of Malvern Prep. Both cleared 6-6 last spring. Pancoast will be making his season debut while Wright will look to improve on his 6-5 clearance on December 21. The triple jump will feature 2013 state runner up Cecil Simpson of Upper Darby. He brings a personal best of 46-2 from the state meet and will be one of the jumpers to watch throughout the season. 56 foot thrower Darrik Muroski of Coatesville will look to bring his outdoor throwing success to the indoor circle.
In the girls competition, the mile and 3000 meter runs will feature some of 2013’s best cross country runners looking to get their indoor campaigns on the right track. The mile will feature Anja Weiler of Downingtown East, Mikayla Stoudt of Parkland and Grace Galligan of Springfield Delco, current and former state cross country qualifiers. The 3000 meter run will feature state qualifiers Jenna Reimer of North Penn and Katie Connell of Archbishop Wood. In the 800, Hanna Brosky of Emmaus will make her season debut in the event and will be one to watch as one of the favorites come the state championships.
New school, same results is the story thus far for Markeeta Thomas of Paul Robeson. The former Swenson star has surged to the top of the 60 meter hurdle rankings and will look to break 9 seconds before the new year. Teammate Jameela Muhammad has had similar success in the 60 meter dash since switching colors and will be a favorite to win on Monday. Colgate Games 55 meter dash finalist Lauren Channer of East Stroudsburg South will face off against Muhammad in the 200 meter dash. Holly Sullivan of Owen J Roberts will also challenge the duo and will lead the charge in the 400 meter dash. The senior has started the season well in the long jump and the hurdles and now the 400 and 200 will be her next opportunities to continue her hot start.
In the sprint relays, Upper Darby, Paul Robeson and Neumann Goretti will square off in the 4x200 meter relay. Each squad had started the season impressively the event and will look to improve. Robeson and Neumann Goretti will also challenge 4x400 meter relay favorites Springside Chestnut Hill. The state best is 4:03 and that mark looks to be under threat when these schools face off. North Penn will look to show their distance squad depth in the 4x800 and distance medley relays. Penncrest (4x8) and Great Valley (DMR) will challenge the distance powerhouse.
In the field events, Alex Heuer of Boyertown will look to improve upon her state lead in the triple jump. The senior has a mark of 36-10.50 from December 20. The high jump will feature 5-3 jumper Tanise Edwards of Northeast HS and 5-4 jumper Shelby Samuels of Conwell Egan. The state lead currently sits at 5-6. In the pole vault, Lyndsi Ross-Trevor of Montclair Kimberly Academy will look for two wins in 48 hours after clearing 11-6 to win the Christmas City Relays on Saturday. In the shot put, PA#4 Macey Tanseco of Perkiomen Valley will be looking for her first win of the season after two runner up finishes and a 38-1 season best.