Holiday Week: Leonard US#1 60H @ DVG! Sauer US#3 800, Bowman Jr US#3 HH, @ Burdette! Ritz-Lewis US#1&2 800s! Chapman US#1 200 @ NYC!

12/27Mountain Express Holiday Meet
Hagerstown, Md
12/27Wm. H. Emrey Christmas City Relays
Lafayette College  

Indoor Week 3

Christmas City

The Christmas holiday break period is over and the action packed Christmas City Relays at Lehigh University kicked off the vacation period for a number of PA teams.

Ending the 2014 calendar year on the highest of notes was Pennridge senior Taylor Chapman. She started the season as the state leader in the 200 and 300 meter dashes, and on Saturday, she ran her first 60 meter dash of the year and looked sharp. She became the new state leader in the prelims with a time of 7.73. In the finals, she had to hold off the challenge of Jaylyne Aminu of Liberty to earn the win. Her time of 7.67 ranks as US#3 for the season, while Aminu’s 7.68 shares the US#4 position!

The other star of the afternoon was Stroudsburg’s Aspen Gaita. The senior improved on her state lead in the long jump, becoming the first PA female to break 18 feet (18-4.50). Runner up Katy Alberici of Susquehanna finished one inch behind her. Both marks rank in the US top 10. Later, Gaita nearly made it two PA#1 marks, winning the 60 meter hurdles in 8.88, just .02 seconds off Ciara Leonard’s state leading time from the opening night of the season. Meanwhile, Alberici would finish the day with a state leading mark, winning the triple jump with a distance of 37-3.75.

Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer. The junior won the shot put by nearly 10 full feet, throwing 42-3 to earn her 2nd win in a row. 

The 4x200 meter relay went to Susquehanna Township, who ran a PA#2 1:47.17 to hold off PA#3 Norristown by .8 seconds.

The star of the boys competition was indoor state pole vault runner up Ryan Wilkes of Valley View. The senior entered the day sharing the state lead with rival and state champion Chris Stone of Springfield Montco. When the day was over, Wilkes was over 18 inches better than the previous state lead, clearing 15-6.75 to finish 2nd on misses. The mark betters any mark in the state of PA for all of the 2013-14 indoor season!

Andrew Dillon of Norristown was the other male athlete to earn a state leading mark, becoming the first sub 23 second 200 meter runner in the state with his 3rd place time of 22.98. Pennridge boys had a big day in the relays, earning four medals out of five relay events, highlighted by victory in the 4x800 meter relay in 8:31.04. Khai Samuels of Pleasant Valley ran 2:02.8 to finish 2nd in the 800 meter run. Tyler Hoag of Manheim Township threw 50-5.50 to win the shot put.

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights


Lehigh University’ Rausch Fieldhouse will be jam packed as teams for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware will be looking for some big performances as 2015 approaches!

The girls field events will have some superstar talent on display. The shot put will feature the 2013 PTFCA Indoor State champion Emily Stauffer of Cocalico. After missing a big chunk of the 2014 season due to surgery on her throwing arm, Stauffer showed the state that she’s back and better than ever this past Friday night with a lifetime best and US#2 45-11.50 victory at the Kutztown Maroon and Black Invitational. That performance has put her in position to reclaim the top spot from reigning champion Courtney McCartney from Selinsgrove. What will Stauffer do for an encore to last week’s performance?

The long jump will have 2014 indoor state bronze medalist Ariana Przybylowski of Pennridge and Aspen Gaits of Stroudsburg. Prsybylowski has moved up the ladder in the long jump in each of the past two seasons, and this season could be the year she reaches the top. She jumped 17 feet even on the opening weekend of the season, the best start of her career.

Aspen Gaita was the 2014 District 11 outstanding hurdler and jumper, and she has taken that form into the current season. Last Friday, Gaita won the long jump at the Kutztown Maroon and Gold Invitational with an indoor best 17-10.50, the best mark in the state thus far. Who will win the first of what could be several head to head matchups this winter?

Taylor Chapman of Pennridge will be the headliner in the 60 meter dash. The senior has come close to winning state gold, and this year will be her last opportunity. She has started the season off very well, boasting the state’s top performance in both the 200 and 300 meter dashes. Can she make it 3 PA#1 marks with a win in the 60 meter dash?

The boys meet will feature the return of Colin Abert of Easton in the mile. Abert’s MVP type season ended with state and Foot Locker Regional disappointment, but that does not take away from the breath taking performances he displayed before that. He finished the cross country season with the top time in the state (14:55) and he set two meet records and one course record along the way. Abert missed the 2014 indoor state meet. Saturday will be the first step towards returning to the indoor big show.

2014 indoor state silver medalist and 2014 AAA outdoor state champion Ryan Wilkes of Valley View will be competing in the pole vault on Saturday. Wilkes will be in a season long dual with indoor and AA outdoor state champion Chris Stone of Springfield Montco. So far, both athletes have cleared 14 feet in their first competitions of the season. Can Wilkes give himself the edge over Stone at the top of the state rankings?

You can follow live results of the meet HERE!

Bethlehem, PA


12/29Marine Corps Holiday Classic
The Armory 

Sam Ritz of Germantown Academy and John Lewis of Cheltenham put on a show for the crowd at the New York Armory in the Invitational 800 meter run. Lewis paced the race in 55 seconds with Ritz not too far behind. On the final lap, Ritz made his move, and on the final stretch, got ahead of Lewis and managed to hold on for the win in a national leading time of 1:52.81! He has run 3 US#1 times in the first four weeks of the December! Lewis finished 2nd in a US#2 1:52.88, a huge indoor personal best, which was 1:55 prior to today!

Taylor Chapman of Pennridge is now top of the US in the 200 meter dash, running 24.73 to win the 200 after a 24.86 prelim round! 

Christian Brissett of Cheltenham ran 21.88 for 2nd place and US#2 honors in the boys 200!

Brooklynn Broadwater of Springside Chestnut Hill was a winner on the day on the track, winning the 300 meter dash in a US#5 39.66. Teammate Alexandra Kitchell ran 40.94 to finish 2nd. Cheltenham girls move to the top of the state in the 4x200 meter relay with a 3rd place finish in 1:43.08, good for US#7. Ciara Leonard ran 8.19 in the 55 meter hurdle prelims on her way to a 3rd place 8.27 performance in the finals. Her 8.19 puts her in a tie for the US#6 position. Madison Langley-Walker of Cheltenham won the long jump with a PA#5 17-7. North Penn ran 1:46.73 to move up to PA#2 in their 4x200 meter relay prelim heat. They also ran 13:05.90 to win the varsity distance medley relay. Terri Turner of Springside Chestnut Hill ran a state leading 2:16.80 to finish 4th in the invitational 800. Karli Visconto of Nazareth Academy ran 2:18.36 to finish 5th, keeping her at PA#3.

For the boys, Charles Snorweah of Pennsbury ran 6.59 to finish 2nd in the 55 meter dash, good for a share of the PA#3 position. His teammate Kornelius Klah finished 7th in the 55 meter hurdles in 7.87. Penn Wood ran 1:34.72 in their prelim heat of the 4x200 meter relay to move up to PA#4. Jimmy Holt of Downingtown West jumped 21-8 to finish 3rd in the long jump.

Girls Highlights

Boys Highlights


Invitational event acceptances have been released for Monday’s meet and a select group of PA athletes have been included.

Brooklynn Broadwater and Alexandria Kitchell of Springside will be competing in the 300 meter dash invitational. Broadwater is coming off a runner up finish in the 600 meter run at last Saturday’s Bishop Loughlin meet, while Kitchell is coming off a 12th place finish in the 300 meter dash. Broadwater is PA’s defending 400 meter indoor state champion and she sits on top of the current 400 meter state list.

Teammate Terri Turner will be competing in the Invitational 800 meter run. The 2014 Independent School State Cross Country champion is coming off of a narrow victory in the mile at the Hill School Invitational and a win in the 800 meter run on the opening weekend of the season. She will be looking to chase down the state lead of 2:17.89 held by Maddie Villalba of Central Bucks West. Agnes Mansaray of Penn Wood will be running her 1st career 800 meter race. She is coming off a 13th place finish in the 1000 meter run last week at Bishop Loughlin.

North Penn girls will compete in the distance medley relay. The Lady Knights currently sit 4th in the state at 12:53.65 from the opening weekend. Strath Haven will also be joining them in the race, as they look to put out a strong performance in a distance relay that has had some great success at this track, most notably, setting the previous state record in the 4x800 meter relay back in 2011.

The headline event for PA boys in the Invitational races will be the 800 meter run. Reigning 400 meter indoor state champion John Lewis of Cheltenham will toe the line for this one. This will only be his 5th career indoor 800 meter race. His last indoor 800 ended in a runner up finish of 1:55.49 at the 2014 TFCAofGP Meet of Champions. His lifetime best is 1:50.01 from last summer AAU National Championships.

Ahmere Ponzo of Penn Wood will also be in the race. He has never broken 2:02 indoors in his career, and has only broken 2 minutes once. This could be the stage to get a big mark in for the senior. Teammate Dennis Manyeah will be running his first ever 800 meter race. He ran 1:28 for 600 meter at Bishop Loughlin last week.

New York, NY

12/30Track Universe HS Invitational
New York, NY
01/03N5CTA Winter Series Indoor Meet #1

Yeedee Thaenrat of Father Judge won the boys 55 meter dash in 6.70 and ran 24.19 to finish 2nd in the 200 meter dash.

Haverford, PA

01/03UAGTCA Indoor Meet #2
Chester, PA
01/03VaultWorX Winter Bonus Meet #2

Girls Highlights

Camp Hill, PA