Action Photos by Don Rich of the 2009 PTFCA Indoor State Championships on February 21 at Penn State University
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Rayiana Johnson 60m 7.45 State Meet Record and 200m 24.04 Champion
Anyone remotely familiar with the pole vault is sure to know the name. But even the most ardent of vaulting enthusiasts might be surprised to learn how far back this story begins.
Awards & Action Photos by Megan Clugh of the 2009 PTFCA Indoor State Championships on February 21 at Penn State University
To what lengths would you go to win a state championship? Most of us would say that we would do anything, Rayianna Johnson actually did. The history behind this dedication goes back through 10 years of gradual training development, quality coaching, and patience.
They knew they could because they had done so before. The toughest part was biding their time, waiting for the appropriate moment. With the shackles of their early season training finally removed, the Central Bucks South foursome of Jeff Dickson, Dave Manion, Matt Poiesz and Tom Mallon did let it rip, posting a season-best 7:49.01 to win the 4x800 meter relay at the PTFCA Indoor Championships.
Action Photos by Louise O'Rourke of the 2009 PTFCA Indoor State Championships on February 21 at Penn State University
You can toss in spectacular, phenomenal and mind boggling as well. All are accurate descriptors with the initial three being the one’s bandied about the most by the throngs of bobble-headed spectators shaking their heads in disbelief or utter amazement of what they had just witnessed.
Championship season is here and anyone attending the show at State College will be treated to a slew of exciting races and field competitions. Twelve of the 22 track events feature US Top-10 times and 8 out of the 10 field events feature US Top-10 marks...
Tom Mallon, Central Bucks South 800m US # 1 1:51.79 Rayiana Johnson, Chester 60m Dash 7.45 tie US #1, 200m 24.04 US #2 Robert Micikas, Crestwood 3k US #3 8:35.58 Chloe Schmidt, State College 800m US#3 2:11.99 Central Bucks South 4x800 US #2 7:49.01 Abington HS 4x200 US #5 1:41.59
The PTFCA State Championships is always full of interesting story lines, and this meet certainly did not disappoint. There was the winning relay team, fueled by individual disappointment, the sprinter who overcame the flu and her competition, the mid-distance runner who exceeded expectations and transcended her age, and the team title won with team depth.
Performance Lists are now posted for the 2009 PTFCA State Indoor Championships
The PTFCA is producing a two-hour highlight DVD of the 2009 Indoor State Championships from Saturday, February 21st. The deadline to order your copy for $20 was Sunday, March 1 at 6 PM. But if you try to email Ron Lopresti Monday, you may still get that order in.
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Runner-up: Natalie Bower, Mile- 5:04.17
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Brittney Howell, Long Jump- 18-04.75
Three girls' events and four boys' events standards have been adjusted for admission to the 2009 PTFCA Indoor State Championships.
PTFCA Indoor 2009 Champion: Chris Morrales, 400m- 48.56
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Sean Gentry, Long Jump- 23-02.25
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Kyriq Williams, High Jump- 6-08.00
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Central Bucks South 4x800 7:49.01
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Tory Worthen, Pole Vault- 12-06.00
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Wallace Spencer, 60m Hurdles- 8.08
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Taylor Morgan, High Jump- 5-06.00
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Abby Hewitt, 3000m- 10:09.08
All the links you need to keep up with PennTrackXC.com's coverage of the 2009 PTFCA Indoor Championships. Keep checking back for more video interviews and feature stories. All photos now posted.
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Tom Mallon 800m 1:51.79 State meet record
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Brittany Wallace, 400m- 56.02
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Upper Dublin DMR- 10:19.83
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Nathaniel Hensh, Pole Vault- 14-06.00
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Chloe Schmidt, Mile-5:01.89
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Ashley Adams, Shot Put- 46-06
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Robert Micikas, 3000m- 8:35.58
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Alysha Cook, 60m Hurdles- 8.89
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Coatesville, DMR-12:22.73
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Ivo Milic-Strkalj, Mile- 4:21.19
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champ, Lavong(62-02.00), and Runner-up, Richter(60-01.50)
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Romarr Mayne, 60m Dash- 6.87
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Abington, 4x200(1:41.59)
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Jason Johnson, Triple Jump- 46-04.50
PTFCA 2009 Indoor Champion: Altoona, 4x200(1:29.27)
Meet Comment: 2009 PTFCA Indoor State Championship 2009
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