Indoor States Preview: Girls' Sprints/Hurdles

Girls' 60-meter dash

Chanel Brissett and Dasia Pressley were neck-and-neck at the Hispanic Games back in January (Photo by Steven Pisano)

A senior, a junior, and some freshmen lead the way

The shortest sprint is going to be a mix of young and old; the green and the experienced. It also might be one of the most exciting. The two favorites are the more experienced ones: Dasia Pressley of Pennsbury and Chanel Brissett of Cheltenham. They've raced three times this season in the 60 or 55 dash, and it's been extremely close each time. Brissett won by .01 the first time around. Reverse that result in their next meeting. Brissett ran a 7.02 in the 55 meters at Millrose before a disqualification wiped that away, leaving Pressley's 7.08 as the top PA time on Saturday. But the past is the past, and it only matters what happens on Sunday. Who will have the better start? The better lean?

Brissett is the reigning champ in the event, running a 7.47 to take the title last year, but she'll have the added duty of the 60-meter hurdles. Will she be able to hold up through preliminaries, semis, and finals?

Girard College's Thelma Davies is one of many freshmen to watch for on Sunday in the 60 meters (Photo by Bill Shearn)

 Then there are the freshmen. There are three of them: Kouri Peace of Pennridge, Thelma Davies of Girard College, and Bria Barnes of Cheltenham. Peace has been the best of the bunch this season, running a 7.56 60 at the DVGTCA Meet of Champions to finish right behind Brissett and Pressley. However, Davies beat Peace at the PTFCA Carnival. Norristown's Jayana Webb is another one you can't count out either. The sophomore has put together yet another solid season. Williamsport's Sarah Hill has come around this season and could be a darkhorse threat.

List of entries:

Event 5  Girls 60 Meter Dash (25) Prelims
  State Meet:   7.45  2/21/2009   Rayiana Johnson, Chester                     
     Name                        Year School                 Seed           
  1  Pressley, Dasia               12 Pennsbury              7.53 
  2  Brissett, Chanel              11 Cheltenham             7.54 
  3  Peace, Kouri                   9 Pennridge              7.56 
  4  Davies, Thelma                 9 Girard Colle           7.71 
  5  Webb, Jayana                  10 Norristown             7.72 
  6  Hill, Sarah                   11 Williamsport           7.74 
  7  Barnes, Bria                   9 Cheltenham             7.76 
  8  Scherer, Nicole               11 Burrell                7.82 
  9  Ramsey, Ariana                10 Upper Merion           7.83 
 10  Muhammad, Jameela             12 Paul Robeson           7.84 
 11  Crawford, Haley               12 State College          7.84 
 12  Gillespie, Grace              11 Cedar Cliff            7.84 
 13  Horstman, Emily               12 Butler                 7.85 
 14  Rutherford, Raja              12 Seton-LaSalle          7.85 
 15  Duffy, Caroline               12 Methacton              7.86 
 16  Collier, Alicia               12 Penncrest              7.88 
 17  Miles, Porsha                  9 Coatesville            7.91 
 18  Kennedy, Taylor               12 CB East                7.92 
 19  Noble, Jasmine                12 CB South               7.93 
 20  Maeshack, Heaven              12 Williamsport           7.94 
 21  Oliver, Amanda                11 South Fayett           7.94 
 22  Cook, Jonae                   10 Norristown             7.95 
 23  Cavanaugh, Brenna             10 Bentworth              7.96 
 24  Schuman, Rachel               11 South Fayett           7.97 
 25  Aminu, Jaylyn                 11 Liberty                7.97