Boys Indoor State Meet Preview: Sprints: Brissett looks for two golds, Upper Darby Hurdle Sweep? Cheltenham relays look to run away with gold

The PTFCA Indoor State Championships will be broadcast LIVE this Sunday starting at 10am on! You can watch the meet at the following link:

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Girls Previews: Field | Sprints | Distance | Regular Season Top 8 | All time top 10 2003-2014

Boys Preview: Field | Sprints | Distance | Regular Season Top 8 | All time top 10 2003-2014

The 60 meter dash will be a rematch of last week's TFCAofGP Meet of Champions of the only two sprinters to break 7 seconds at the 60 meter distance.

Reigning champion Christian Brissett of Cheltenham has spent more time this racing the 55 meter distance the 60 meter distance. Brissett has 7 races at 55 meters, winning four of them, including the Millrose Games in 6.41. He is unbeaten in four appearances at 60 meters, breaking 7 seconds in three of them. Brissett has only lost two of his 60 meter contests in the past 12 months, and this season, he has had two separate runs in the PA#1 spot at 60 meters.

That is due to the emergence of Lasalle junior Charles Headen. Headen has come on strong in the month of February with a victory at the Varsity Classic, followed by a state leading 6.94 to win the PCL Indoor Championship. In his first match up against Brissett at the TFCAofGP Meet of Champions, he ran a lifetime best 6.89 to fall just .01 seconds short of the champion Brissett. Headen was the first man out of the semifinal last season in his first state meet appearance. This season, he will have the confidence of being able to run step for step with Brissett. Last season, Brissett won by thousandths of a second. Will that be the case once again?

TSTCA winner Kevin Garbark of West Mifflin is on a 4 race winning streak, breaking 7.10 3 times. This will be his first ever indoor state meet appearance. Osiris Nicholson and Nkosi Pile have been a strong 1-2 punch for the Church Farm School. Nicholson was 3 rd at the Millrose Games and won the Burdette Classic. Pile finished 3 rd at the TFCAofGP Meet of Champs in a season best 7.04. Neither of these two runners have made it to the indoor state meet in their careers. 2014 semifinalist Yeedee Thaenrat of Father Judge got off to a hot start early on, only for his momentum to slow down as of late. His seasonal best of 7.05 dates back to December 30.

Event 4  Boys 60 Meter Dash Prelims
  State Meet:   6.80  3/6/2010    Alex Kenney, State College                   
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Bethea, Saahir                12 Cheltenham                  
  2  Boyd, Bryce                   12 Cathedral Prep              
  3  Brissett, Christian           12 Cheltenham                  
  4  Brooks, Isaiah                12 Woodland Hills              
  5  Craig, Jahmair                11 Del Val Charter             
  6  Daman, Tristan                11 State College               
  7  Garbark, Kevin                12 West Mifflin                
  8  Headen, Charles               11 LaSalle Coll                
  9  Hemphill, Jahvel              10 Bloomsburg                  
 10  Jennings, Jeremy              10 D-Town East                 
 11  Lawrence, Gianni              11 Upper Darby                 
 12  Long, Tory                    12 Hempfield (3                
 13  Maurent, Anthony              11 Gar Memorial                
 14  Meola, Nico                   12 Kennett                     
 15  Monahan, Pat                  12 North Pocono                
 16  Moore, Dennison               12 Imhotep                     
 17  Nicholson, Osiris             12 Church Farm                 
 18  Palmer, Quincy                12 Red Lion                    
 19  Paschall, Isa                 12 Carlisle                    
 20  Pierce, Evan                  12 CD East                     
 21  Pile, Nkosi                   12 Church Farm                 
 22  Roundtree, Ade                10 Imhotep                     
 23  Sekowski, Todd                12 West Mifflin                
 24  Swift, D'Andre                10 Saint Joseph                
 25  Thaenrat, Yeedee              11 Father Judge                
 26  Welde, Chris                  12 CR North

Like the 60 meter dash, Brissett has been above the rest in the 200 meter dash, earning a then US#2 time of 21.89 back in December. It sits as his only appearance at 200 meters this season. Brissett was 5 th last season, but he will be favorite this time around.

The other returning medalist from last season is silver medalist Tyler Whitmore of Upper Moreland. Whitmore will have to place high the hard way, as he is ranked PA#19 this season with a 22.82 performance. He ran 23.17 in his last 200 meter appearance two weeks ago. He has broken 22 seconds indoors once and that was in his silver medal performance a year ago.

The Norristown duo of Andrew Dillon and Corey Davenport finished virtually together in their last appearance at Franklin and Marshall a month ago. Davenport has broken 23 seconds in his last three appearances, while Dillon has run under 22.20 in both of his appearances. This will be the first state meet for the duo.

Ade Roundtree of Imhotep ran 22.17 in early January, and if he can find that form, he will be a contender for a high place. Headen will look to translate his 60 meter form into the 200 meter dash. He's only broken 23 seconds one time in four appearances. Charles Snorweah of Pennsbury won the Burdette Classic and PTFCA Carnival and has started to find his top form that he displayed for most of last season. Donovan St. Louis of Upper Darby and Kevin Garbark of West Mifflin will be ready to take advantage of any slip ups at the top.

Event 12  Boys 200 Meter Dash
  State Meet:  21.22  3/6/2010    Brady Gehret, Altoona                        
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Alleyne, Nate                 10 D-Town West                 
  2  Brissett, Christian           12 Cheltenham                  
  3  Chisena, Dan                  12 D-Town East                 
  4  Craig, Jahmair                11 Del Val Charter             
  5  Davenport, Corey              11 Norristown                  
  6  Dillon, Andrew                12 Norristown                  
  7  Gablein, Bobby                11 Hatboro Horsham             
  8  Garbark, Kevin                12 West Mifflin                
  9  Gilbert, Damere               12 Boys Latin C                
 10  Gumino, David                 12 CR North                    
 11  Headen, Charles               11 LaSalle Coll                
 12  Kratz, Austin                  9 Chris Dock                  
 13  Meola, Nico                   12 Kennett                     
 14  Mollick, Alex                 12 Springside                  
 15  Moscoe, Justin                11 Haverford Twp               
 16  Reynolds, Nate                11 Norristown                  
 17  Roundtree, Ade                10 Imhotep                     
 18  Shank, Austin                 12 Coatesville                 
 19  Snorweah, Charles             12 Pennsbury                   
 20  Snyder, Andrew                11 Camp Hill                   
 21  St. Louis, Donovan            12 Upper Darby                 
 22  Tate, Jason                   12 Bensalem                    
 23  Weh, Mason                    11 Upper Darby                 
 24  Whitmore, Tyler               12 Upper Moreland              
 25  Williams, Darien              11 Wissahickon

The big news in the 400 meter dash is that the reigning champion John Lewis of Cheltenham has opted to not defend his crown and run the 800 meters instead.

This decision opens the door for the 2014 silver medalist Charles Snorweah of Pennsbury. Snorweah only has one appearance, but he ran 49.28 after only a couple weeks back after a long football season. His fitness has improved since, and more will be expected from the senior. A sub 49 second performance will be a first indoors for the Rutgers signee.

Hunter Small of Garnet Valley is the other sub 50 second runner in the field, running 49.64 on President's Day, but stuttered to a 10 th place finish at the Meet of Champions. His 49.64 is the best time by over two seconds compared to his other 3 appearances.

Donovan St Louis of Upper Darby and Andrew Dillon of Norristown are likely to earn a high place in this event. The two of them have earned some big victories as of late. St. Louis has won three of his four appearances, including a win at the TFCAofGP Last Chance Meet two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Dillon is coming off the biggest win of his career, defeating John Lewis and Sean Conway of Neshaminy to run a lifetime best 50.19. Dillon has three straight sub 51 second performances entering Sunday's state meet.

Luke Everidge of Central Dauphin East and Isaiah Smith of Abington will be sleepers for high places, as they enter the weekend coming off big sub 51 second performances, a good boost for their confidence.

Event 8  Boys 400 Meter Dash
  State Meet:  47.65  3/1/2003    Drew Eckman, Oxford                          
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Biden, Nick                   11 Haverford School            
  2  Boucher, Oliver               12 CB East                     
  3  Colon, Heriberto              11 Wyomissing                  
  4  Conway, Sean                  11 Neshaminy                   
  5  Cortese, Brian                12 Unionville                  
  6  Dillon, Andrew                12 Norristown                  
  7  Everidge, Luke                10 CD East                     
  8  Fratanduono, Anthony          12 Arch Ryan                   
  9  Hall, Ache                    11 Springfield (D)             
 10  Howell, Austin                10 Pennridge                   
 11  Jones, Jordan                 12 Roman Cathol                
 12  Lathon, Darnell               11 Hempfield (3                
 13  McLemore, Josh                11 D-Town West                 
 14  Meyers, Zachary               11 Hempfield (7)               
 15  Moscoe, Justin                11 Haverford Twp               
 16  Orlando, John                 11 Cathedral Prep              
 17  Shober, Matt                  12 CB South                    
 18  Small, Hunter                 12 Garnet Valle                
 19  Smith, Isiah                  11 Abington                    
 20  Snorweah, Charles             12 Pennsbury                   
 21  St. Louis, Donovan            12 Upper Darby                 
 22  Tejeda, Anstron               12 J.P. McCaske                
 23  Whitmore, Tyler               12 Upper Moreland              
 24  Wolfe, Jacob                  12 WC East                     
 25  Zimmerman, Brian              11 Mifflinburg

The 60 meter hurdles appeared to be one of the toughest races to call for most of the season. And then Saturday happened and a purple fury stormed to the top of the list.

The Upper Darby duo of Mason Weh and Akeim Thomas shot to the top of the hurdles list at Saturday's TFCAofGP Meet of Champions. Akeim ran 8.09 seconds twice in 90 minutes to share the PA#2 spot with Western Pa's top hurdler and 2014 silver medalist Mitch Valko of South Fayette. Weh surged to a state leading 8.02 in the finals on Saturday to make him the favorite after a slow start to the season. Thomas took nearly half a second off his personal best in his 8.09 double.

They will be contending against Valko, who was the silver medalist last season. Valko has had a strong season in 2015. Barring one meet, Valko has been unbeaten, running 8.09 on two separate occasions. Valko has two career sub 8 second performances, both at the state meet last year.

Charles Bowman, Jr. of Central Dauphin East has been on a roll since the first meet of the season. Bowman, Jr. is undefeated at both 55 and 60 meters, running 8.11 to win the Carnival two weeks ago. He will likely do better than his 17 th place finish at states a year ago. Bowman, Jr. will enter the meet full of confidence, having also spent the most time at PA#1 this season.

Event 2  Boys 60 Meter Hurdles Prelims
  State Meet:   7.79  2/23/2013   Wellington Zaza, Garnet Valley               
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Bowman Jr., Charles           12 CD East                     
  2  Bumpas, Tabriz                12 LaSalle Coll                
  3  Burger, Tyler                 12 Northwest Area              
  4  Fink, Devon                   12 Pottsgrove                  
  5  Green, Miles                   9 Saint Joseph                
  6  Guess, Monte                  11 Arch Ryan                   
  7  Hall, Ache                    11 Springfield (D)             
  8  Harker, Colin                 11 Souderton Ar                
  9  Hawkins, Joey                 12 Parkland                    
 10  Jackson, Dashaun              12 Harrisburg                  
 11  Jefferson, Malik              12 Swenson Arts                
 12  Kimball, Patrick              11 Mount Lebano                
 13  Klah, Kornelius               12 Pennsbury                   
 14  Marrington, David             12 Neshaminy                   
 15  McFarland, Giulian            12 Germantown Frien            
 16  Oldt, Conner                  11 Williamsport                
 17  Rarig, Luke                   12 Southern Col                
 18  Richardson, Cordell           12 Cheltenham                  
 19  Rinaman, Ori                  12 Mars Area                   
 20  Roundtree, Jace               11 Kiski Area                  
 21  Thenga, Jordan                11 Wilson (3)                  
 22  Thomas, Akeim                 12 Upper Darby                 
 23  Todd, Colyn                   12 Roman Cathol                
 24  Valko, Mitch                  12 South Fayett                
 25  Weh, Mason                    11 Upper Darby

In both the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays, teams will chasing the dominant Cheltenham team who have failed to be defeated by any PA relay team this season.

Cheltenham started their season with big success in the 4x400 meter relay, running a US#1 3:20.08 at the Hispanic Games. Three weeks later at the Armory Track Invitational, they were victorious once again with a US#2 3:18.73. At Saturday's TFCAofGP Meet of Champions, they broke a 42 year old meet record, running 3:23.41 to record the fastest flat track time in the state.

Their 4x200 meter success has been just as impressive, running 1:28.37 at the recent Millrose Games. They haven't lost to any PA competition and have finished no worse than 2 nd in any meet. They are also US#2 in the 4x200.

In the 4x200 meter relay, Upper Darby and Central Dauphin East have the personnel to make them challengers to Cheltenham. Upper Darby have run 1:29 in both of their New York appearances. Central Dauphin East ran 1:30.5 at State College last Thursday to put themselves in contention. A large group of 1:31 teams will look to make the medal stand, with Penn Wood having been the most consistent out of all the teams around them. West Mifflin is the top team from Western PA looking to make the medal stand, running 1:32.04 last week at the TSTCA Champs. Church Farm School will have Nicholson and Pile anchoring their squad that won the TFCAofGP Meet of Champions on Saturday.

Event 16  Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
  State Meet:  1:28.49  3/2/2002    Glen Mills, Glen Mills                     
                        Alexander, Craig, Bishop, Jones                   
  1  Altoona Area                                                 
  2  Archbishop Ryan                                              
  3  Boys Latin Charter                                           
  4  Cardinal O Hara                                              
  5  Central Dauphin East                                         
  6  Cheltenham                                                   
  7  Church Farm School                                           
  8  Delaware Valley Charter                                      
  9  Downingtown East                                             
 10  Downingtown West                                             
 11  Engineering & Science                                        
 12  Imhotep Institute Charter HS                                 
 13  LaSalle College High School                                  
 14  Neshaminy                                                    
 15  Norristown                                                   
 16  North Penn                                                   
 17  Penn Wood                                                    
 18  Pennridge                                                    
 19  Pennsbury                                                    
 20  Roman Catholic                                               
 21  Saint Joseph's Prep                                          
 22  Springside Chestnut Hill Acade                               
 23  State College Area High School                               
 24  Upper Darby                                                  
 25  West Mifflin

In the 4x4, Penn Wood has been the only team able to come close to giving Cheltenham a run for their money this season. At one point, Penn Wood were the US#2 team behind Cheltenham, running 3:21.66, one of two times they have broken 3:23.

Norristown has a pair of strong legs that have pushed them to a 3:25.6 performance last week at State College. Upper Darby are also in the mix, as the 4 th team to break 3:26 this season. Donovan St. Louis will be a big leg for the Royals.

Event 22  Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
  State Meet:  3:18.73  3/2/2002    Glen Mills, Glen Mills                     
                        Polk, Alexander, Bishop, Jones                    
  1  Abington                                                     
  2  Altoona Area                                                 
  3  Bensalem                                                     
  4  Cardinal O Hara                                              
  5  Cathedral Prep                                               
  6  Central Bucks South                                          
  7  Central Bucks West                                           
  8  Cheltenham                                                   
  9  Holy Ghost Preparatory School                                
 10  Neshaminy                                                    
 11  Norristown                                                   
 12  North Penn                                                   
 13  Penn Wood                                                    
 14  Penncrest                                                    
 15  Pennridge                                                    
 16  Pennsbury                                                    
 17  Radnor                                                       
 18  State College Area High School                               
 19  Unionville                                                   
 20  Upper Darby                                                  
 21  Upper Dublin                                                 
 22  Upper Moreland                                               
 23  Wilson (3)                                                   
 24  Wissahickon

The PTFCA Indoor State Championships will be broadcast LIVE this Sunday starting at 10am on! You can watch the meet at the following link:

PTFCA Indoor State Championship Live Webcast!