DeMatha Catholic is off to a hot start, but do their relay times hold up against the best?
Articles with Simon Gratz
There is confidence, yet no arrogance. There is competitiveness, yet no anger. There are bad memories, yet no resentments. There are opportunities which are gone forever. Yet all that remains are goals and dreams to firmly and completely occupy their place. You wouldn't expect a young man who left his biological parents at age nine and was then forced to bounce around from foster home to foster home for the next eight years NOT to have a chip on his shoulder. You wouldn't expect such a young man to be living independently while still in high school. You might not expect such a young man to be more nervous about his next big race than starting life every morning alone in a North Philadelphia apartment. And you wouldn't expect such a young man to be preparing to write the final chapter of his exceptional high school track career; all while clearly focused on his future in college and beyond. But you haven't met Khaliff Featherstone. Simon Gratz senior – and recent signee with Barton County Community College. MORE...
Mount St. Michael's McGovern vaults 15-6By Christopher Hunt It’s the simplest strategy in any race. When it happens everyone sees it coming and most of the time there’s very little that can be done to stop it. Kyle Merber executed it to perfection. The Half Hollow Hills West senior, who orally committed to Columbia, sat and waited behind Danbury’s Willie Ahern, drafting like a Nascar driver. Lap after lap Merber stalked Ahern until he decided he felt good enough to surge. When he did, he blew the race wide open. Merber won the invitational mile at the Hispanic Games in 4 minutes, 15.13 seconds, earning a spot in the high school mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden Feb. 1 in the fastest time in the nation this season. FULL STORY HEREphoto by wingedfootfotos.com
The stories and athletes who achieve all-American status on Saturday at the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC. (PHOTOS POSTED MONDAY. STORIES ON CHANELLE PRICE, JUSTIN SHIRK & JOHN AUSTIN, SIMON GRATZ, RYANN KRAIS< BREEHANA JACOBS, ANDREW ROTZ AND PAUL SPRINGER POSTED 6/21)
The stories and athletes who achieve all-American status on Friday at the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC. (STORIES ON THE KARLEE MCQUILLEN AND LORRAINE HILL, PLUS ALLYN LAUGHLIN POSTED 6/21)
6/8-2006 PTFCA All-State Track & Field Teams The 2006 All State Outdoor Track and Field Team was selected by a committee of the PTFCA on 6/8 taking into consideration honors won, quality and consistency of performance and head-to-head competition. Congratulations to all the new All-State athletes, and Coaches and and Athletes of the Year.
During the two days of competition, and then throughout the beginning of this week, Don Rich talked with athletes and coaches about their experiences at States, and learned some very interesting things. Quaker Valley record-setting 4x100 was mostly a family affair. Simon Gratz was not the first to sweep three relays in a state meet... but it\'s been a long time. And Brad Miller did get something from twin brother Craig before his Friday race, and it wasn\'t advice.
When the Philadelphia Public League became PIAA District 12 in 2004, no one knew exactly what impact the teams would have at the state level, but Simon Gratz head coach Robert Massie had an idea they\'d do very well. His team had run US#1 ranked relays most of the indoor and outdoor campaigns. They rolled over national competition. And Massie says, there was little reason to expect anything different when they arrived at the 2005 PIAA T&F State Championships, their first.
Karlee McQuillen ups her PA all-time best in Javelin to 162-04. Ryann Krais took over the all-time best in the PA history in the 300 Hurdles with a 41.46, bettering the 1996 mark of 41.88 set by Joyce Bates of Simon Gratz. Gratz US#3, North Penn US#4, 3200 meter relay. Brad Miller,4:10.43 1600. Ryann Krais US#4, 41.46. Allyn Laughlin, 50-10.75 SP. Fast 800\'s including a sub-1:52. Front page: Karlee McQuillen improves her PA best (photo by Megan Zeller)
Each year at the end of April, alumni, family, friends and fans of the Simon Gratz Track & Field team gather in the same sections at Franklin Field during the Penn Relays. This year\'s Carnival was only different because the group had to move one section on Thursday and Friday when reserved seating took over their usual spot. But Saturday was the same. Section NJ, out of the sun. The meet began for the team on a somewhat down note on Friday morning. After some less-than-perfect baton passes in the 4x100 on Friday left Gratz on the outside looking in at the Championship of America, Head Coach Robert Massie wasn\'t sure what to expect.
The Simon Gratz boys and West Catholic girls were traveling out-of-state and in-state looking for competition and wins this week. They found both. At the Burdette Classic, soph Ryann Krais and senior Carrington Queen post some remarkable early-season times in the 60 hurdles. But they each took the 200 as well. Three other records were set as well, including the Pole Vault.
Competing as a freshman for the final time before she moves into the 10th grade, Methacton star Ryann Krais showed the rest of the US the future of the sprint hurdles for the next three years. But that was just the beginning. And Allyn Laughlin uncorked a great Shot to take 2nd. Jermaine Lowery, Alex Holcombe star for PA boys. More...
Pennsylvania went one-two in the Javelin (Meghan Briggs - Elisha Jones), one-two (kind of) (Ryan Fritz - Juan Cave of NJ and St. Joseph\'s Prep) in the High Jump, West Catholic dominated the 4x400, and Ryan Whiting, Craig Miller, Carrington Queen and Nicole Leach each took 2nds on the the 2nd and final day of the Nike Outdoor Nationals. Plus, there were all-American performances from Chanel Williams, a third certificate for Nicole Smith, along with Eric Sparks and Karen Shump.
It was a decent first day for PA athletes at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, with high placements, another win for a field athlete (not who you think), a surprise 2nd place, a near-miss at a national record, and a very quick 4x200 title for Philly\'s best - the first in school history for the boys!
In the first PIAA District meet for what is essentially the Philadelphia Public League championship, the stars - both well known, or soon-to-be-know - came out with a glimpse of what is to come next week at Shippensburg.
In their first year as District 12 in the PIAA, the Philly Public League is keeping their Division format, competing over two days at Roxborough HS.
Ryan Fritz didn\'t miss until his final three attempts at 7-01.50, but he cleared the big one, 7-00.50 for a new PR and the Penn Relays Championship. (He not only won the coveted Penn Relays watch, but an admiring fan). Simon Gratz had a rough start in the Philly Public League 4x400, and missed qualifying for the Championship of America in the event. Hours laters, they were DQed from the Philly area 4x400 Championship. In the 4x100 Championship of America, they placed 7th in 41.91. In the Philly Area Girls\' championship, Engineering & Science ran 3:55.41 to place 3rd. Brandon Lane was the top PA finisher in the 400 Hurdles. Conestoga Valley was the top PA finisher in the 4x800 Championship of America. Hickory\'s Eric Sparks finished 3rd in the Pole Vault. Ryan Whiting was a scratch.
The Pennsylvania distance crew surprised a few people with great showing in Distance Medley Relay, Mile and 3000... and West Catholic\'s girls suffered some bad luck to finish 3rd in the 4x400 Championship of America. Plus the Simon Gratz boys qualified for the 4x100 Championship of America.
It was just another day at the office for the West Catholic girls. And taking care of business was also the order of the day for the Simon Gratz boys. Known for great competition, the Father Judge Relays serve as the final tune-up for teams looking to make a great showing in the following week\'s Penn Relays.
Wissahickon senior Krista Simkins blazes to a PR and bags two individual titles. Simon Gratz shines. Gwynedd-Mercy lowers their state-leading 4x800. Archbishop Carroll\'s boys run alone to a DMR win.
The young guns shot out of the Outdoor gate quickly, winning athlete of the meet honors as well as setting a meet record at the annual Pennsylvania Track Classic.
The Simon Gratz boys had a great indoor season, at one point, leading the nation in the three sprint relays, the 4x200, 4x400 and Sprint Medley. In New York at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship March 11-13, they faced their toughest competition of the season, and came away with two 2nd\'s and a 4th, for three all-American awards.
Let\'s face it, teams and individuals are taking the indoor season more seriously than ever. As evidence, there were an astounding eight STATE records set this season in Pennsylvania. A few were even set and re-set by the individuals and teams several times.
Running most of the race in 3rd through 5th, the North Penn boys ran an amazing race start to finish, coming up strong to take 3rd in 7:49.16. And the Simon Gratz posted their best time ever, setting a new 4x200 state record of 1:27.13. Unfortunately, they took 2nd, and it took a national record of 1:26.09 by Long Beach Poly to do it. Gratz\' time is the 4th best all-time. West Catholic\'s girls beat the five-year old 3:45.07 record of William Penn in the 4x400, going 3:41.96. And Latavia Thomas of West Catholic bettered her own 800 state record of 2:08.47 with her first place 2:07.10.
There will be a lot of close competiton, but there are several athletes and events with added flair, including Ryan Whiting in the Shot Put, Ryan Fritz and Juan Cave in the High Jump, and Simon Gratz in the 4x200 and 4x400.
The NYC Armory held the 2nd annual Coca-Cola Hall of Fame Classic, and PA was very well represented at this incredible meet. Carroll, Hatboro, Simon Gratz boys - Gwynedd Mercy girls - Simkins, Krais, Williams, VanBuskirk excel...
212 teams descended on Lehigh University for the annual PTFCA Track Carnival, usually a look at many of the top contenders for the upcoming state championships. More...
Simon Gratz didn\'t match their US#1 1:27.96 4x200, but getting with a quarter of a second is pretty good as their 1:28.19 won the HS event at the New Balance Collegiate Games. Their second leg faded in the 4x400, and a furious rally brought them to 2nd in 3:21.98. Teir US#1 3:20.14 was eclipsed by Newburgh NY with a 3:17.82.
Penncrest\'s Karen Shump had thrown over 40\' twice in this, her first season of high school competition. But a PR of 2\' 5-1/2\" is huge.
The Simon Gratz relays have been blazing this year, and currently hold the top US times in both the 4x200 and 4x400, as well as the 1600 Sprint Medley Relay. Next up, the New York Armory...
Not as fast as they\'ve gone, but quick nonetheless, as Simon Gratz wins the 4x400 in 3:21.81. Their girls were 3rd in the 800 SMR at 1:44.88. Central\'s Jewel Day was 3rd in the 55 dash at 7.51, and her team posted a 4:15.09 in the 1600 SMR.
Simon Gratz added roller-derby and the obstacle-course to their 4x200 US#8 and obviously, US#1 1:27.96 4x200 win (Splits from Walt Murphy: Kenneth Talley 22.0, Khaliff Featherstone 22.0, Kevin Talley 22.2, Raishine Turner 21.8) (photo by Dyestat). Simon Gratz frosh Clarenchell Tate posted a US#1 24.54 200. Tate also ran 7.04 in the 60m, taking 2nd. In the 55 Hurdles, Chanel Williams, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, was leading, but hit the last hurdle, holding on for 2nd in a quick 8.25.
Three of PA\'s best 400m guys offered a possible preview of a hot 400 final at States this year, with three breaking 51 seconds. Coatesville\'s Clarence Smith busted a big triple jump. Those performances, plus the girls 60H, 60m, and 400 led five US#1 performances for the meet. The freshman girls continue to shine in the early going in PA.
The Simon Gratz boys 4x200 ran a 1:28.25 to win the event at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic 12/28 at the New York Armory. The time is a meet record, and also breaks the 1:28.49 state indoor record set by Glen Mills in 2002. They also won the Sprint Medley Relay in 3:38.36, and the 4x400 in 3:20.14.
Amy Kelly, Frances Koons, and Steve Hallinan made their cases for invitations to the prestigious Millrose Mile with top finishes in the Invitational Miles. West Catholic\'s Latavia Thomas posted the top US time in the 800. Teammate Nicole Leach was 2nd in the 400 in 54.35. Angela Wells, of Simon Gratz also set a meet record in the Long Jump and helped her team to a wire-to-wire win in the 4x200. And after a close call in 2003, William Reed\'s Indoor US 400 record finally fell. (Photo: Michael Wray, Central, in a fast 55 Hurdles. Photo by Dyestat)