South Williamsport's Katie Jones scored a PA#1 and Penn Relays win on Thursday (Photo by Kathy Leister)
Four Pennsylvania athletes got new watches on Thursday.
State College's Veronika Karpenko (triple jump), South Williamsport's Katie Jones (pole vault), Tyrone's Erika Voyzey, and Mount Carmel's Maura Fiamoncini (javelin) won individual events in a successful first day of Penn Relays high school action.
Additionally, a handful of girls' relay teams qualified for the Championship of America tomorrow.
Karpenko dealt well with rainy and windy conditions, grinding out a 39-5.25 right before the finals to grab a narrow victory over Jody-Ann Petrie from Jamaica and Kaitlyn Salisbury of Hawthorne (NJ). Watch an interview with Karpenko below.
Jones, in the pole vault, also faced difficult conditions, but she still managed a PR, getting over the 13-foot barrier, clearing 13-0.25 on her first attempt to win the competition. She was short on a couple attempts at the meet record, but is certainly happy with the victory at Penn. Watch Jones talk about her day in the below interview:
In the girls' mile, Cumberland Valley Mady Clahane was eighth overall in a 4:58.39.
Emily Stauffer of Cocalico took fourth in a very deep girls' shot put. Stauffer kept up her strong season, throwing 47-5. Moniteau's Maura Kimmel was seventh in the discus, throwing just off her PR with a best throw of 141-2.
In the girls' long jump, Athens' Breana Gambrell was sixth (17-10.75) and Cedar Cliff's Dazjanique Williams was seventh (17-9.5)
Terri Turner supplied a 2:12 lead off leg for Penn Wood that ran a PA#1 in the 4x800 (Photo by Kathy Leister)
Qualifying for the Championship of America in the girls' 4x800, scheduled for Friday 1:10 PM, from Pennsylvania is Penn Wood, North Penn, and Cardinal O'Hara.
Penn Wood ran a PA#1 9:12.07 in the small schools first heat. Splits: Terri Turner (2:12.98), Elicia Moore (2:23.86), Agnes Mansaray (2:15.29), Janae Pitt (2:19.94).
North Penn ran a PA#2 9:13.59 in the large schools second heat. Splits: Ariana Gardizy (2:24.72), Phoebe Clowser (2:17.23), Uche Nwogwugwu (2:15.34), Mikaela Vlasic (2:16.30).
Cardinal O'Hara ran a PA#3 9:18.84 in the small schools first heat. Splits: Olivia Arizin (2:17.12), Christine Mancini (2:19.42), Grace Mancini (2:19.58), Elizabeth Mancini (2:22.72).
The Cheltenham girls were the final qualifier for the 4x100 that will feature five Jamaican teams, one team from the Bahamas, and one team from Virginia. The Panthers won their heat (the third one) and finished with the fourth fastest time in the large schools division with a time of 47.38. The team consisted of Bria Barnes, Brielle Lewis, Alexis Crosby, and Chanel Brissett.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Anna Cockrell of North Carolina started the day off with a big win, clocking a 57.38. Defending champ in the race, Brooklynn Broadwater of Springside Chestnut Hill was fourth in 1:00.60.