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2/4 NJ Varsity Classic
By Aaron Rich
Chris Aldrich ran a 1600 meter race fast enough to put him up with PA's best, winning in a time of 4:17.3. That is good enough for PA#1 in the 1600 and would make him #2 on the Mile list. Carly Hamond ran a PA#2 time of 10:55.3 in the 3200 meter run, and is only behind Carly Seymour's 10:47.16. Chris Bodary, Bishop Shanahan, won the boys 3200 meter run in 9:24.1. Steph Fulmer, Saint Pius X, was 6th in the girls 1600 in 5:15.6. Colleen Gilmore was 3rd in the 800 with a time of 2:18.3. Liz Barrett was 9th in 2:22.2. Glen Mills was 5th in the 1600 meter relay in 3:28.8. Radnor was 6th in the 3200 meter relay with a time of 9:49.5.Kenneth Bell, Glen Mills, was 9th in the shot put with a distance of 50-05.
2/6 Albright College HS Invite #2
By Aaron Rich
In the high jump Ray Quill, Pottstown, won the event with a leap of 6-08. Jarbin Sheriff was a close 2nd, clearing a height of 6-06. Sean Unterkaefler won the 55 dash in 6.4 and Trey Cox won the 55 hurdles in 7.7. In the long jump Ken Baker won with a leap of 21-03.50. Jarbin Sheriff took a victory in the triple jump with a mark of 43-02.50. Chris Dodds won the vault in 13-06 and Travis Nye won the shot put in 52-00.50.
In the girls meet Gabrielle Gerhart won the 55 dash in 7.3 and Jazzmyn McCoy won the 55 hurdles in 8.7. Hobeghsmwan Iduoze won a close long jump in 16-07.75. Gabby Gehr was 2nd in 16-07.50. Brie Kennedy won the shot with a put of 37-11.75. Fallon Bloom won the triple jump in 35-05.50.
2/7 DVGTCA Indoor Consolation Champs
2/7 Glen Mills Boys Invitational
2/8 Mount Union HS Open #1
NO PA ATHLETES
2/8-2/9 New Balance Collegiate Invitational
Chanelle Price sets a PR in the 1000 meter run of 2:45.76, but falls short of the national mark of 2:43.40. Her time puts her at #3 all-time for high school girls and also breaks the meet record. Conestoga girls finish 5th in the 3200 meter relay in a time of 9:13.57. Eleanor Roosevelt (MD) won in a smokin' time of 8:59.37. Swenson finished 4th in the 800 meter relay with a new PA #1 time of 1:43.01.
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Price misses national record, breaks meet record
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2/8 Slippery Rock University Indoor Invitational (collegiate)
2/8 TFCAGP Indoor Novice Meet
2/8 TSTCA Indoor Meet #5
By Aaron Rich
On the track Penn Hills Taelor Fowler won the 60 dash in a time of 7.9. Elizabeth Kline, Upper St. Clair, won the 60 hurdles in 9.2. Iman Wilkerson, Penn Hills, won the 220 yd dash in 26.3 seconds. Natalie Bower, Greater Latrobe, won the mile in 5:18.6. The DMR was won by Seneca Valley in a time of 12:56.1. In the boys 60 dash Bisi Ekeyo, Central Catholic, won with a time of 6.9. Emmanuel Matthews, Central Catholic, won the 440 yd dash in 52.7. Cam Stouffer, Seneca Valley, won the 880 yd dash in 2:01.9. Kyle Gibson, Canon McMillan, won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:54.7. Baldwin took the DMR by 49 seconds in a time of 10:42.1. Penn Hills won the 880 yd relay in 1:36.9. In the field Touri Goode, Mt. Alvernia, won the long jump with a mark of 17-00.50. Carol Cress, Knoch, won the shot put with a throw of 40-00.75. In the boys shot C.J. Clegg, Hempfield, won with a put of 57-06. Joey McCombie, Indiana Area, won the pole vault, flying high at 15-00. Jeravin Matthews, Canon McMillan, won the long jump with a leap of 21-10.75.
2/9 18th Bucknell Winter Classic (collegiate)
2/9 Akron Performers Open Meet
Kacey Gibson, Neshannock, took a first and a second, going 5:08.65 to win the 1600, and 11:03.09 in the 3200. Bedford's Tiron Jester won the long jump with a leap of 22-08.50. Hickory's Emily Woods threw 38-00 to take runner-up in the shot, which Kane's D.J. Horton was 2nd in the boy's pole vault, clearing 14-00. Dave Farina, Norwin, goes 1:57.58 for the 800.
2/9 Glen Mills Girls Invitational #2
By Aaron Rich
Colleen Gilmore, St. Basil, won the 1600 run with a time of 5:16.1. It was a race to the finish as Juliet Bottorff, Tatnall, finished a tenth behind in 5:16.2. Kayla Lee, Rustin, won the 55 dash in 7.5 while Maddie Paplowski, Springfield, won the 55 hurdles in 9.41. Rachel Hunter, Downingtown East, won the 400 dash in a time of 59.99. Ashley Fornshell, Downingtown East, wont he 800 run in 2:23.08. Nicole Powell, Rustin, won the 200 dash in 26.57. Delcastle wont the 800 relay in 1:50.31. St. Basil took a close 3200 meter relay over Unionville, 9:51.21 to 9:51.55. Coatesville won the 1600 relay in 4:11.76. Kaleem Gray, Coatesville, won the shot with a put of 40-10.50.
2/9 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships
2/9 PTFCA Indoor Track Carnival
Girls Summary by Aaron Rich
National leaders, meet records, and spirited competition made this years Track Carnival a meet to remember. The day began uncharacteristically for Ryann Krais, as she fouled on all 3 attempts in the long jump, but then, like every champion does, she bounced back and won the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.61, good enough for the 3rd best time in the nation. The time was also a meet record. Alysha Cook, Harrisburg, ran with Krais for most of the race and ended up tied for 6th in the national rankings with a time of 8.77. Fast times continued in the sprints as Easton's Tenesia Simpson won the 60 dash in a US #12 time of 7.64. She also won the 200 dash over Ijeoma Iheoma in a very close race that was decided on the line, 25.33 to 25.35.
Chanelle Price and Ijeoma Iheoma faced off in the 400 dash and a race for the ages was sealed with a meet record and US#1 time of 55.32 for Price and a US#4 time of 55.81 for Iheoma. Iheoma took the pace out brutally fast and was first off of the stagger. She explains her strategy by saying, "I wanted to be the first one to the breaking point (cone) and then try to hold her off, but I still have to work on my finish". Price made her move to the front with less than 100 meters to go and ran strong down the final straight to seal the win. Price added her thoughts about this spirited rivalry by saying, "I think when we step on the track we know that neither one of us will give an inch". A perfect explanation for why these two sprinters have run national caliber times when they face off against each other.
Karen Shump continues to put the shot 2 feet further than the nearest competitor in the entire country. Shump's form looked close to perfect as she released the shot into the air and watched it sail out beyond the 50 foot mark for the 2nd time in her career. Her throw of 50-07.50 improves on her US#1 mark and places her 2.5 feet ahead of any other prep thrower in the country.
Carly Seymour had a busy day as she won the 3000 in a meet record time of 10:13.08. She also anchored Central Cambria's winning DMR squad, who ran a time of 13:15.76. Kelsey Seymour won the 800 in a time of 2:24.03. Heather Giovagnoli won the mile by 11 seconds in a time of 5:15.10.
The PA leader in the high jump, Christie Johnson, won the event with a leap of 5-04.00. Abby Schaffer tied the meet record in the pole vault, winning with a mark of 12-06.00.
In relay action Easton won the 1600 meter relay in a time of 4:07.13 with an exciting 56.6 anchor leg by Chanelle Price. Council Rock South ran a heat before Easton, but finished 2nd in 4:09.24 after a strong anchor leg from Ijeoma Iheoma.
Central Cambria's DMR - Ashley Stump, Victoria Brumbaugh, Kelsey Seymour, Carly Seymour
Boys Summary by Aaron Rich
Close races excited the crowd in the 60 dash, 200 meter dash, and 1600 meter relay, while the vault produced some tight competition. Kevin Steinberg, Neshaminy, won the 60 dash in 6.95 with Kevin Wilbank, Ridley, close behind in 6.97. Alex Kenney was 3rd in 7.01, however, he ran 6.99 in the prelims. Those 3 times are now the fastest 3 in PA. Kevin Wilbank came back in the 200 dash to upset Juan Steward 22.51 to 22.56. Wilbank came from behind on the last straight and leaned just enough to edge Steward at the line. With several lead changes and a strong push by North Penn at the end the 1600 meter relay excited the small crowd that stayed long enough to watch it. Harrisburg set a fast pace for most of the race and was in position to win at the start of the anchor leg, but on the last lap North Penn, Upper Darby, and Upper Dublin all squeezed by and finished in that order in 3:29.23, 3:29.92, and 3:29.93. Harrisburg wound up 4th in 3:30.44. In the pole vault Jared George, Altoona, and Tony Shirk, Phoenixville, both cleared 14-06 with Jared winning the event on misses.
In the distance events Mark Dennin ran away with the 3000, winning in a time of 8:52.06. North Penn won an exciting 3200 meter relay with a time of 8:06.56. Phoenixville finished a distant 2nd in 8:14.79. Germantown Friends led the whole way in the DMR and hung on for victory in a time of 10:48.51. Central Dauphin closed the gap over the last few laps of the mile but ended up 3 seconds back in 10:51.19.
In the sprint events Michael Keenan, Montoursville, won the 60 hurdles in 8.03. Earlier in the prelims Keenan positioned himself atop the PA leader board in the event with a time of 7.98 and tied the meet record set by Carrington Queen, Chichester, 2006. Khaliff Featherstone, Simon Gratz, won the 400 in a time of 49.96. Neshaminy won the 800 relay in a time of 1:33.0.
In the field events Wesley Lavong won the shot put in 58-06, just one inch shy of his PA#2 throw of 58-07. Tim Malloy won the high jump and tied his PA#2 jump of 6-06. Douglas Moppert leapt into the PA #2 slot with his long jump of 23-00.75.
2/10 Northeast Indoor Classic
2/10 PCL Championships
By Aaron Rich
Kevin Eckel, Carroll won the 60 meter dash by 500th's of a second over Steve Werner, O'Hara. Both were given the time of 7.16 seconds. Jermaine Lowery, Father Judge, won the 200 dash over his brother Jerome, 22.87 to 22.96. Jerome came out on top in the 400 dash, running 51.82 to Jermaine's 51.84. LaSalles's Dan Lowery won the mile in a time of 4:24.17. Sean Mallon, Archbishop Ryan, was 2nd in 4:25.44. Mike Garrity, O'Hara, and Sean Mallon, Archbishop Ryan, raced to the finish with Garrity winning 2:00.19 to 2:00.72. Dan Lowery, LaSalle, pulled off the distance double by also winning the 3000 run in a time of 9:13.65. In the 60 hurdles Jermaine Lowery picked up a meet record, running a time of 8.27. West Catholic won the 800 meter relay in a time of 1:34.87. Father Judge took two relays, winning the 1600 meter relay in 3:31.89 and the 3200 meter relay in 8:19.75. St. Joseph's Prep took the win in a thrilling DMR as 3 schools finished within 2.5 seconds of each other. St. Joe's won in 10:55.38, O'Hara was 2nd in 10:56.80, and Archbishop Ryan was 3rd in 10:57.81.
In the field Jason Johnson, O'Hara, won the triple jump with a leap of 46-0.00. Steve Werner, O'Hara, won the long jump with a mark of 22-10.75. Sean Wilks, Bonner, won the shot with a put of 52-04.00. Greg Barksdale, LaSalle, won the high jump, clearing 6-04. Steve Werner added to his long jump win, taking the pole vault in 12-06.
In the girls championship Sarah Houtmann, O'Hara, won the 60 dash in a time of 8.14. Michelle Davis, West Catholic, won the 200 dash in 26.38 and the 400 dash in 59.14. Erica Matticola, Prendie, was first in the mile with a time of 5:19.87. Beth Kelly was 2nd in 5:26.71, but won the 3000 run in a time of 10:56.57. Caitlin Chambers, Prendie, won the 800 meter run in a close race over Carroll's Caitlin Storbeck, 2:21.38 to 2:21.39. Archbishop Ryan hurdler Tamisha Thomas won the 60 hurdles in a time of 9.42. West Catholic set a meet record in the 1600 meter relay with a time of 4:05.47, beating the mark of 4:07.59 by Archbishop Wood, 1999. They also won the 800 meter relay in a time of 1:49.17. Prendie took the other two relay wins, with a time of 10:08.50 in the 3200 meter relay and 13:13.05 in the DMR.
In the field Sarah Houtmann added to her 60 dash win, taking the long jump with a leap of 16-11.00. Anna McCloskey, O'Hara, won the shot with a put of 36-04.50. Robyn Oakley, O'Hara, won the triple jump in 33-06. Brigid Harron, O'Hara, won the high jump in 5-00 and Alysh Munsey, Archbishop Ryan, won the vault in 9-00.
2/10 Philadelphia Masters Open/Indoor
2/11 TSTCA High Jump Competition
Weekend Preview: A big weekend for PA track and field athletes as star runners will be competing in New York, Lehigh, and some will be competing in both. Action starts out Friday night as the Conestoga girls 3200 meter relay unit will aim to defend their US#1 time of 9:11.48 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Chanelle Price will take to the track in an off-event, competing in the 1000 meter run. She holds the US#1 time in the event of 2:47.85. Then on Saturday Swenson will look to improve on their PA#1 800 meter relay time of 1:43.54.
At the PA Track Classic on Saturday, Price will return from her 1000 meters the night before to compete in the 400 meter dash. Also in the 400, Khaliff Featherstone will contribute to a lightning fast boys race. Ryann Krais will compete in both the long jump and 60 hurdles, with the potential to PR in both events. Krais is US#4 in the 60 hurdles and US#15 in the long jump. The distance runners aren't to be left out in the cold, however, as Carly Seymour (US#1 3200) and Nazareth Academy's Meghan Lutz will be competing in the 3000 meter run.