2/18-Thomas, Tate and Klaas are multiple winners @ DVGTCA Meet of Champs @ Kutztown

Latavia Thomas won two individual events and anchored two winning relays.

Photo Gallery of the 12/18 DVGTCA Meet of Champions @ Kutztown University

The stars came out and reflected brightly off the shiny Kutztown track with performances that you'd expect at a meet of this caliber. Some showdowns weren't as close as anticipated, but the best of the best did finish on top. One of the busiest athletes was West Catholic's Latavia Thomas. With the entire meet finished in under 2-1/2 hours, she didn't have to wait long between runs. She first took her individual event, the 400 in 56.78 (with Methacton frosh Ryann Krais 2nd at 58.82); and then in the relays, she anchored both the 4x200 (1:45.76) and 4x400 (3:59.17) to winning efforts. Her 25.6 200 sealed the deal in that event, and she followed Christina Taylor (61.3), Kneshia Sheard (58.2) and Ciarra Lawson (64.1) with a 55.4 anchor in the meet's final race. Hatboro's Caitlin Klaas won an individual race, taking the 800 in 2:17.43. Earlier, she had anchored her team to a come-from-behind 9:32.08 win in the 4x800, the best this season in PA and US#9 (Theresa Gould- 2:31, Megan Rae- 2:23, Kerry Swayne- 2:21, Caitlin Klaas- 2:15) Winning two individual events was Clarenchell Tate of Simon Gratz, who twice held off Krista Simkins of Wissahickon. Tate's 7.22 - 25.15 double was impressive. Simkins ran 7.45 in the 55, and then after a hesitant start, went 25.42 for 2nd in the 200. Upper Dublin senior Lauren Bowles ran 5;18.41 to win the mile. West Chester East's Alycia Woodruff set a PR in winning the 3000 in 10:34.42. Elisse Douglas of Episcopal Academy went 8.87 to win the 55 Hurdles. The other long relay was a great race, as well. Strath Haven used a 5:09 1600 anchor by junior Lisa Vienneau to win the DMR in 12:41.11. Krais took the Long Jump at 17-03.50; Boyertown's Natalie Miller cleared 5-06 to win the High Jump; Michele Frayne, Cardinal O'Hara leapt 36-00.50 to take the Triple Jump; Coatesville's Kaleena Gray won the Shot Put at 38-06.50; and Kelli McDonald, Phoenixville, cleared 10-00 to capture the Pole Vault.

Clarenchell Tate tooks the 55 and 200 races.

Caitlin Klass won the 800 and anchored the winning 4x800.