Indoor Week 3
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.
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.
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
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!