Reebok Manhattan HS Invitational
Summary and Photos by Don Rich
West Chester Henderson boys finished 2nd in the Eastern States Championship race with 200 points led by a 4th place finish from Tony Russell (12:24.7 for 4K). His time was a PA Course Record, eclipsing the 12:27.51 run by North Penn's Brad Miles in 2009, and the 12:27.92 posted by Germantown Friends' Max Kaulbach in 2007. Henderson had a team compression of just 43 seconds, and their sixth many was just a second off of the fifth. Their performance only trailed US#1 Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) (NJ) who set a meet record for a team average of 12:44.54 with their 94 point total. Henderson head coach Kevin Kelly was pleased with the "solid effort." "We were buried early, but fought back nicely in the last 1000. Collins, Stratman and Haugh picked up about 25 places.
Russell was toward the front at about 800 meters into the race as the group crossed the bridge for the back hills. He made special note of the 3-4-5-6 runners on the team who were in the 100's after the start, "but kept rolling up on people and finished with six seconds of each other." Russell took some satisfaction in beating all the CBA runners. "The course was one of the most fun that I've ever run," but "…The planks threw off my stride so I never got into rhythm."
Germantown Friends boys finished 15th with a score of 413 points with Sam Aziz leading the way with a 21st place finish (12:49.7). Ean Disilvio of Taylor Allderdice finished 52nd to lead his team to a 25th place finish.
In Varsity A, Jabari Freeman of Abington finished 33rd to lead his team to a 16th place finish with 451 points. In Varsity B, Holy Ghost Prep finished 9th with 260 points and St Joe's Prep finished 11th with 264 points. Christian Kardish of Holy Ghost Prep finished 29th to lead his team. In varsity C, Lucas Shwed finished 39th to lead Cheltenham to a 14th place finish with a score of 401 points. In Varsity D, Elk County Catholic finished 26th with a score of 700 points and were led by a 36th place finish from Ryan Detsch. In Varsity F, Archbishop Ryan finished 23rd with 692 points.
For the girls, Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic ran 14:22.9 to finish a close 2nd to champion Reagan Anderson of Tatnall. After the race, Weisner said she was just trying to stay near the front. "It is awesome to run these meets and stay up with the top girls."
For Pennsbury, it was their highest finish ever in the Girls' Eastern States race behind the 4th place 14:38.6 by senior Sara Sargent. Their 114 points were only behind upset winners Tatnall (DE) and perennial National Champions Fayetteville-Manlius (NY). Pennsbury's 1-5 was 1:01, with the sixth scorer one second behind fifth. Pennsbury head coach Don Little said their goal was to be competitive with the top team. "I feel we did that." Little continued, "Sara had a great race, and all of the girls worked together." The Pennsbury girls also notched a team title and a 1-2 in their JV race. Elk County Catholic finished 15th in Easterns.
In Varsity D, Stephanie Aldrich of West Chester Henderson ran 14:31.6 to win the individual title and led her team to a 5th place finish with 207 points. Aldrich said she knew she had to "hit the hills hard and fast." Germantown Friends finished 10th in the same race with 291 points led by a 26th place finish from Eliza Lukens-Day.
In Varsity A, Archbishop Ryan finished 23rd with 610 points with Jackie Bamberski leading the way in 72nd. In Varsity B, Taylor Allderdice finished 14th with a score of 407 points with a 46th place finish from KeriAnne Hensel. In Varsity F, North Penn finished 3rd with 115 points and were led by a 13th place finish from Courtney Kern (15:41.2).
In non-varsity races, PA fared well. Germantown Friends won the Freshman Boys B Race of 2000 meters with 66 points behind 3-5-8 finishes by Grayson Hepp (6:24.6), Calvin McCafferty (6:30.8) and Gordon Goldstein (6:33.1). The Henderson boys captured 2nd in the Junior Varsity E race as Ricky Waltz (13:37) and Kevin Moy (13:51.7) went 1-2, with Will Smart (14:00.7) in 4th.
In the Freshman B race for girls, Caitlin Harrity of Germantown Friends was 3rd in 7:06 for the 2000 meter distance. The Pennsbury girls won the Junior Varsity B race with just 40 points. Frosh Bailey Balmer won the race in 16:16, with Jackie Sweeney in 2nd at 16:24.1, Hannah Papazian 6th in 16:44.7, and Heather Benton 7th in 16:45.4. And North Penn's girls were 3rd in the Junior Varsity C race behind Colleen McGovern's 16:40 2nd place. The Pennsbury JV B team was 4th in the race.
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Reagan Anderson, Tatnall (DE) and Kennedy Weisner, Elk County Catholic - 1-2 in Eastern States
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