If this is just a league meet, just wait until the Districts, States and beyond. Krista Simkins... now a seasoned veteran who has met not only competition, but expectations from track fans that began before high school... her senior season must be sweet, indeed. On Friday in the prelims of the 200, she ran 24.04. A meet record. Well, that was nothing. In three finals for SOL history, she went 11.86, 23.62 and 53.23. That's a US top ten, US#2 and a US#1 in the 400. Absolutely awesome.
But Krista, while the key story of the meet, was not alone in excelling. People came to the meet specifically to see Plymouth-Whitemarsh senior Chanel Williams go head-to-head against frosh sensation Ryann Krais in the 100 and 300 Hurdles. The result, one win for each. Williams, in arguably her best event, hit hurdle #'s 6 and 8, and took 2nd in the 300, going 43.53 to Krais' 42.26 US#5. But in the 100 Finals, Williams cruised to a literally photo finish of 14.22 to 14.24 win over Krais. Krais started behind, and nearly caught Williams at the end. To be continued. Oh, and for points, Williams won the High Jump at 4-10.
In the distance races, Lauren Bowles, Upper Dublin, ran alone to an 11:07.54 3200, and took 2nd in the 1600 in 5:10.39 to Faye Korich, 5:07.99.
On Friday, Wissahickon did their best to hold on to their meet record in the 4x800, but lost to a determined Springfield Montco 7:54.6 to 7:54.7. A day later, Wissahickon's Jordan Hill went 1:54.74 to hold off Springfield Monco's 1:54.94. Plymouth Whitemarsh's De'Rel Scott was a double champ, going 10.66 for 100 meters, and 21.80 in the 200.
A simply stunning 11.86, 23.62 and 53.23.