Distance Festival: Walker (2:06.43), Ritz US#4 (1:50.72) 800s!


Sarah Walker of Germantown Friends reclaimed the PA#1 spot in the 800 meter run with a blitzing US#4 mark of 2:06.43! Walker trailed the rabbit through a 60 second first 400 and then did the hard work on her own in the 2nd lap to run a personal best at the Distance Festival for a 3rd consecutive season!

Sam Ritz of Germantown Academy hopped off a plane from Eugene Oregon 48 hours before competing in the high school MOC 800 against John Lewis of Cheltenham and Domenic Perretta of Beaver Falls, who made the 5 hour trip from Western PA to compete. Lewis led the pack through a 52 second 400 and then the lead continued to switch between the three top mid distance runners in the state this season. In the end, the three were neck and neck on the final straightaway, with Ritz finding the strength to defeat Lewis and Perretta. Ritz ran a US#4 1:50.72 to Lewis' 1:50.93 and Perretta's personal best 1:51.27!

Zach Brehm of Carlisle competed in the high school boys MOC mile after his 3200 meter heroics 10 days ago. Brehm led the field through three 63 second laps. Once the chips were down for the final lap, Brehm used his speed to power through and end the race victorious with a state leading 4:10.25.

Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West stepped up and competed in the Elite women's 1500 meter run and had great success, hanging with the top three for 1200 meters of the race and looking good. Once the race shifted up a gear, Devlin did all she could to keep pace, but had to settle for a solid 4th place finish in 4:36.54.

Casey Comber of Hatboro Horsham finished 2nd in the 5000 meter run with a solid time of 14:48.51.

The meet also saw personal bests from Olivia Arizin of Cardinal O'Hara, Mikayla Schneider of Notre Dame, and Marissa Sheva of Pennridge in the 800, with all three breaking 2:12. Also, Abbe Goldstein of Germantown Academy and Anna Willig of Great Valley ran lifetime bests in the mile.

Elite Performances

Girls (16)
400mF 1 2nd58.03Morgan ShronkOwen J. Roberts
800mF 1 1st2:06.43Sarah WalkerGermantown Friends School
800mF 1 2nd2:09.49Olivia ArizinCardinal O'Hara
800mF 1 5th2:11.25Mikayla SchneiderAcademy of Notre Dame
800mF 1 6th2:11.33Shannon QuinnTrinity (3)
800mF 1 8th2:11.79Marissa ShevaPennridge
800mF 2 46th2:14.59Terri TurnerSpringside Chestnut Hill Academy
800mF 2 49th2:17.69Emma PlanckDowningtown West
800mF 2 52nd2:20.41Cassidy KuhnWyomissing Area
800mF 1 58th2:23.23Rowan PalmourGeorge School
1500mF 1 4th4:36.54Aislinn DevlinDowningtown West
MileF 4 56th5:01.70Abbe GoldsteinGermantown Academy
MileF 4 63rd5:05.93Kacie BreedingUnionville
MileF 3 66th5:07.80Anna WilligGreat Valley
MileF 3 69th5:09.35Emily BurdFriends' Central
MileF 3 81st5:20.86Kayla ConnellyLansdale Catholic
Boys (39)
200mF 2 1st22.65Alex MollickSpringside Chestnut Hill Academy
400mF 4 2nd51.75Isaac VazquezManheim Township
400mF 3 3rd52.19Wilmot Osei-BonsuPerkiomen Valley
800mF 1 1st1:50.72Sam RitzGermantown Academy
800mF 7 1st1:55.07David FletcherMount Carmel Area
800mF 1 2nd1:50.93John LewisCheltenham
800mF 1 3rd1:51.27Domenic PerettaBeaver Falls
800mF 6 3rd1:55.48Kyuande JohnsonWissahickon
800mF 1 4th1:51.62Billy McDevittMalvern Prep
800mF 7 6th1:57.89Grayson HeppGermantown Friends School
800mF 1 7th1:53.42Matt WisnerCarlisle
800mF 1 8th1:54.42Evan EmanuelPenncrest
800mF 5 9th1:59.14Ryan BartonDowningtown West
800mF 1 9th1:55.06Tucker DeskoPennridge
800mF 6 11th2:00.03Ahmere PonzoPenn Wood
800mF 5 12th2:00.10Calvin SchneckWhitehall
800mF 6 13th2:00.25James TealPenncrest
800mF 7 14th2:00.39Stefan SuttonLaSalle College High School
800mF 6 17th2:00.85Justin JonesCardinal O'Hara
MileF 2 1st4:10.25Zach BrehmCarlisle
MileF 8 1st4:24.30Rob MorroCardinal O'Hara
MileF 8 2nd4:24.64Henry SappeyDowningtown West
MileF 2 3rd4:12.18Jaxson HoeyDowningtown West
MileF 8 3rd4:26.12Alex KnappWest Chester Henderson
MileF 2 4th4:12.37Mike KolorSeneca Valley
MileF 8 5th4:27.88Spencer SmuckerWest Chester Henderson
MileF 8 6th4:28.92Jack DiCintioWyomissing Area
MileF 2 6th4:13.91Colin AbertEaston Area
MileF 1 10th4:17.47Josh HoeyDowningtown West
MileF 1 13th4:19.54Colin WillsMalvern Prep
MileF 2 15th4:19.96Nick DahlGermantown Friends School
MileF 1 16th4:20.62Cooper LeslieCamp Hill
MileF 1 18th4:22.79Josh CoakleyTwin Valley
MileF 1 19th4:24.90Ben SzuhajPenn Charter
3000mF 1 1st9:14.27Brian DelanyManheim Township
5000mF 1 2nd14:48.51Casey ComberHatboro Horsham
5000mF 1 5th15:52.35Ryan MitchellLaSalle College High School
5000mF 1 8th16:20.97Ben SzuhajPenn Charter
5000mF 1 11th16:56.39Jared BixlerHatboro Horsham