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It takes a Simon Gratz village... Don Rich Apr 15, 2008

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...  

Merber kicks into the Garden Christopher Hunt Jan 6, 2008

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

2006 PTFCA All-State Track & Field Teams Press Release PTFCA Jun 8, 2006

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.

States stories from Don Rich: A family that wins together... the original sweep... it was the shoes Don Rich May 31, 2006

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.

Simon Gratz Don Rich May 29, 2006

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.

SAT: Gratz takes relays+|Laughlin 50-10.75|Krais 41.46|Jacobs 11.47w|McQuillen 162-04|Miller 4:10.43 Don Rich May 27, 2006

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)

Simon Gratz lets their times do their talking. And they have the watches to prove it. Don Rich May 3, 2006

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.

6/18-Briggs, Fritz, West Catholic win-but there are a slew of 2nds at Day 2 for PA @ NON Don Rich Jun 19, 2005

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.

4/30-Fritz PRs and wins Penn High Jump-Gratz misses 4x400 COA, day gets worse. Don Rich Apr 30, 2005

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.

Simon Gratz splits from their three all-American relays @ NSIC Don Rich Mar 24, 2005

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.

3/13-Simon Gratz, North Penn, West Catholic, Latavia Thomas set new PA State Indoor Records at NSIC Don Rich Mar 13, 2005

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.

1/8-Simon Gratz boys\' #8 all-time 4x200 breaks own SR - Tate US#1 200 @ Hispanic Games @ NY Armory Don Rich Jan 9, 2005

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.

1/10-Kelly, Koons, Hallinan make Millrose cases @ Hispanic Games @ NY Armory Don Rich Jan 10, 2004

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)