Pennsylvania 2003 outdoor
PA Weekly Roundup - May 17
by Don Rich,
Ian Fitzgerald breaks
Sam Bair record
Ten of 11 Districts, plus Philadelphia Catholic League and Public League
District 2 AA, North Pocono HS 5/15: Erin Davis, Western Wayne, 5-11 HJ, Tie US#3
District 3 AAA, Shippensburg U, 5/16: Thomas Jordan, Cedar Crest, 219-05.00 JT, Tie US#1on windy & wet day (all five throws over 200', declined 6th throw). Brad Zimmerman, 2nd, 202-09. Frosh Craig Miller, Manheim Township, wins AAA 1600 in 4:17.01 (Twin brother Brad with fracture in his foot).
District 1 AAA, Coatesville HS 5/17: Wissahickon sophomore Krista Simpkins 23.71 to beat Jannea Bridgeford, Upper Darby 24.54, and Tiffany Abney, Merion Mercy, 24.79. Abney wins two, 56.08 400 and 43.88 400 Hurdles, anchors 3:54.99 4x400
District 7 AAA, Baldwin HS, 5/15: Melanie Buczko, Butler 12-06.00 PV; Ian Fitzgerald, North Hills, 4:11.97 1600 breaks Sam Bair's WPIAL Record
Philadelphia Catholic League Championships @ Widener U. 5/18: Nicole
Leach, West Catholic, 12.21, 24.55, 55.02, 1:02.29
(59 Elite perfomances @ District Meets, with one missing
38.08 | Phil Atkinson | Strath Haven | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 |
47.53 | Drew Eckman | Oxford | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 | District 1
1:53.81 | Ryan Reeser | Garnet Valley | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 |
4:11.97 | Ian Fitzgerald | North Hills | Thursday, May 15 | District
7:56.43 | Mount Lebanon | Brad Rodgers, Chris Trumbull, Ryan Rex, Andrew
15-03 | Andrew Rademacher | Hickory | Wednesday, May 14 | District 10
23-4 | Princeton Davis | Souderton | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 |
47-11 | Michael Whitehead, Norristown | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 |
60-11.25 | Justin Clickett | Union City | Saturday, May 17 | District
100H: 14.54 | Julianna Reed | Hampton | Thursday, May 15 | District 7
23.71 | Krista Simpkins | Wissahickon | Friday-Saturday May 16-17 |
43.18 | Julianna Reed | Hampton | Thursday, May 15 | District 7 AAA
400H: 1:02.29 | Nicole Leach | West Catholic | Sunday, May 18 |
55.02 | Nicole Leach | West Catholic | Sunday, May 18 | Philadelphia
2:13.82 | Latavia Thomas | West Catholic | Sunday, May 18 | Philadelphia
5:02.42 | Mile | Amy Kelly | St. Hubert's | Sunday, May 18 |
10:43.72 | 3200 | Angie Saterstad | Hershey | Friday-Saturday May 16-17
47.14 | Upper Darby | Marissa McGarrell, Jennifer Lewis, Kellie Brown,
3:54.99 | Merion Mercy | Julie Lentz, Kimarra McDonald, Sarah Limbach,
9:18.58 | Haverford | Adriana Boyle, Alicia York, Racgel Giannascoli,
5-11 | Erin Davis | Western Wayne) | Thursday, May 15 | District 2 AA
12-06.00 | Melanie Buczko | Butler | Thursday, May 15 | District 7 AAA
Sunday, May 18 - Philadelphia Catholic League Championships @ Widener University - Can Nicole Leach get better? Chances are very good were going to enjoy finding out. She won four individual championships at the PCL Champs on Sunday, taking the 100 in a Meet Record 12.21, the 400 in 55.02, breaking a 20-year-old Meet Record, the 200 in 24.55, and the 400 Hurdles in 1:02.29. Wow! West Catholic's Latavia Thomas, a frosh with one less year experience than teammate Nicole, ran a 2:13.82 to win the 800. St. Hubert's Amy Kelly won the Mile in 5:02.42, and Archbishop Prendergast took the 4x800 in a Meet Record 9:27.76 (It was theirs'). Multi event talent Denise Tetkowski of led team champion Archbishop Ryan with her 17-00.50 Long Jump and 34-09 Triple Jump wins. The Cardinal O'Hara boys were victorious behind the 59-06.50 Shot Put and 181-01 Discus (Meet Record) of Bob McDade. Teammate Tom O'Brien contribued two wins, the 400 in 50.47 and the 400 Hurdles in 54.89.
Saturday, May 17 - PIAA District 10 AA Championships @ Hickory HS - The
throwers took center state in Hermitage, as Justin Clickett of Union city
easily won the Shot Put with a throw of 60-11.25. Sharon junior Austin
Papay was busier, taking the Discus with a stellar (and PA#1) 176-00 throw,
and getting 2nd in the Shot Put (55-05.50) and the Javelin (169-05). Eisenhower's
Josh Abbey won the Jav with his 182-01. Sharon senior Justin Turnbaugh
took both the Long Jump (20-08.50) and the 110 Hurdles (14.98). Teammate
O'Brian Bridges was the sprint king, taking the 100 in 11.05 and the 200
in 22.44. Sophy Jed Christiansen of Greenville, captured both distance
events, the 1600 in 4:27.10 and the 3200 in 9:35.45. Graduating senior
(and former 3200 and XC state
Saturday, May 17 - PIAA District 4 AA Championships @ Montoursville HS
- The Lewisburg distance stars Ashleigh Wetzel and Chris Spooner each
set two meet records. Wetzel ran 2:17.39 in the 800 and 5:02.45 to take
the 1600. Spooner won the 1600 in 4:14.13 and 3200 in 9:27.55. Sprinter
Kal James-Wintje of Lewisburg, won the 100 in 12.70 and the 200 in 26.50.
Warrior Run soph L. Laidacker captured the Triple Jump with her 35-00.25
and the Long Jump going 16-02.75. In other boys competition, Jayme Crain
took the 100 in 11.27 and the 200 in 22.78; Montoursville's Eric Baker
won the one- and two-lappers in 49.14 and 1:57.82, respectively. Bloomsburg
jumper Ekema-Agbaw won the Long Jump (20-09.75) and Triple Jump (43-10.75),
while Rob Kerris, Southern Columbia, won the Shot Put
Friday-Saturday, May 16-17 - PIAA District 1 AA|AAA Championships @ Coatesville HS (PennTrack on site Saturday) - Upper Darby could challenge Merion Mercy for the AAA state title if Jannea Bridgeford keeps the pace she has set this season. Bridgeford took the 100 in 11.98, was 2nd in the 200 in 24.54, and anchored her 4x100 team to a 1st place 47.14 in the 4x100. But she's not the only one at the top of the sprints in PA from District 1. Sophomore Krista Simpkins posted a 23.71 200 win, defeating both Bridgeford and former 200 state champ Tiffany Abney of Merion Mercy, who was 3rd in 24.79. Abney did win the 300 Hurdles in 43.88, the 400 in 56.08 and anchored her 4x400 to a 3:54.99 victory. Simpkin's 4x100 was 2nd in 47.88. In the 4x800, Haverford won a District title with their 4:18.58, despite one key member recovering from lost sleep after a Friday nigh prom (there were a lot of athletes at most Saturday meets with the same handicap). Hatboro-Horsham was 2nd in 9:25.39; North Penn 3rd in 9:28.04; and Downingtown 4th in 9:29.62. In AAA boys, Drew Eckman of Oxford, held off a hard-charging Tracey Robinson of Henderson, a junior, 47.53-47.64. Garnet Valley's Ryan Reeser ran 1 1:53.81 800. In the 300 Hurdles, Stath Haven's Phil Atkinson posted a 38.08. The defending state champs from North Penn served notice that the relays remain a strength, winning the 4x1000 in 42.47, the 4x400 in 3:19.88 and the 4x800 in 7:56.78. Other nationally ranked performaces included Souderton's Princeton Davis, 23-04 Long Jump; Tyree Suber, Glen Mills, 60-08 Shot Put; and Michael Whitehead, Norristown, 47-11 Triple Jump. In AA girls, Meghan Bishop, Gwynedd-Mercy, ran 5:01.63 for the 1600 win, while getting 2nd in the 800 in 2:16.17.
Friday-Saturday, May 16-17 - PIAA District 3 AA|AAA Championships @ Shippensburg University (PennTrack on site Friday) - Cedar Crest's Thomas Jordan not only threw over 200' on five throws (he declined the 6th throw), he popped a 219-05.00 which is now tied for US#1 and a new District 3 record. Warwick's Brad Zimmerman was 2nd with a 202-09.00 effort. Cumberland Valley's 4x800 tuned up for states with a 7:57.54 win (Central Dauphin 7:58.19). Ryan Whiting, Central Dauphin, took the Shot Put with a throw of 58-02.00. The AAA girls posted six nationally ranked performances, including Ganne Way's 2:13.97 for Warwick, just missing her District Record set in 2002; Angie Saterstad, Hershey, going 10:43.72 in the 3200, with Chambersburg junior Kylee Schuler 2nd in 10:46.95, and Red Lion junior Kate Papenberg 3rd in 10:57.68; Kirsten Andrews, Garden Spot, 11-06.00 (inside) in the Pole Vault; and Cumberland Valley's 4x800, 9:31.21. In boys' AA, Wyomissing senior Jon Hart threw won three events, including a strong 197-04.00 Javeline, plus 53-08.00 Shot Put and 159-03 Discus. And in Girls AA, Debbie Huss, Wyomissing, captured three district titles, winning 4x800 in 10:58.23, a District 3 record, the 800 in 2:21.85 and the 1600 in 5:08.88. Twin Amy was 2nd in the 3200 (11:21.12) and the 1600 (5:15.43).
Friday, May 16 - PIAA District 9 AA Championships @ Brookville HS (Raindate
May 17) - The top performance of the meet was turned in by Clarion junior
Dave Larson who won the Discus with a throw of 171-06. Elk County junior
Emily Pfeufer captured two events, the Long Jump (16-06.75), the High
jump (5-01), and was 2nd in the Triple Jump
Friday, May 16 - PIAA District 4 AAA Championships @ Montoursville HS - Williamsport junior Ruby Radocaj posted a 143-04 throw in the Javelin, and also won the Discus with her 109-02 effort. Another freshman breaks onto the state scene - this one in the girls sprints. Melissa Miller of Athens, captured three events, winning the 100 in 12.76. the 200 in 26.89, and the 400 in 1:00.24. In the Hurdles, Bethany Riley of Danville, took the 100 in 16.11, and the 300 in 48.50. In boys action, Jersey Shore senior Jesse Hershey won the Javelin with a throw of 197-10.
Thursday, May 15 - PIAA District 6 AAA Championships @ Mansion Park, Altoona - Lewistown's Emily Lepley was a triple district champ after wins in the 400 (59.27), tyhe 100 Hurdles (15.09), and the 300 Hurdles (45.41). The State College girls swept the relays, with times of 50.72, 4:05.22, and 10:05.79. In field events, Megan Sommers of Hollidaysburg was victorious in the Shot Put (35-05.50) and Discus (114-03). On the boys side, Altoona took all three relays, going 43.52, 3:31.41 and 8:15.08. State College junior Jay Hardin won the two distance events, the 1600 in 4:24.32 and the 3200 in 9:48.12.
Thursday, May 15 - PIAA District 2 AA Championships @ North Pocono HS - Western Waynes Erin Davis saved the best for the end of the season, leaping 5-11 to take over the top PA spot by a lot. It's also a tie for US#2. Meyers' Rose Morgans won two events, the Javelin with a throw of 138-06 and the Shot Put with a toss of 33-09.25. Teammate Andre Broussard captured the 100 in 10.86, the 200 in 22.09, and the Long Jump (20-11.5). Dunmore's Jim Ross took both Hurdles events, the 110 in 15.29 and the 300 in 39.06. And Lakeland's Sue Bochnovich won two sprint titles, the 100 in 12.99 and the 200 in 27.18.
Thursday, May 15 - PIAA District 7 (WPIAL) AAA Championships @ Baldwin HS - North Hills junior Ian Fitzgerald broke Sam Bair's WPIAL record in the 1600 with his 4:11.97. He also set a WPIAL record in the 3200, going 9:18.07. Mount Lebanon's Jim O'Toole was 2nd in 9:20.83. The Mount Lebanon 4x800 set up their bid for a state title in the 4x800 with a 7:56.43. In the Pole Vault, some big PR for Tim Tray of Norwin, who cleared 15-00. In the Discus, Andrew Cohen of Franklin Regional won with a toss of 171-03. In girls competition, Butler's Melanie Buczko took a step toward the top with a Pole Vault win of 12-06, with frosh Caitlin Hewitt of Greater Latrobe clearing 11-06, two feet above her seed. The 4x800's were quick, with North Allgeheny coming out on top in 9:27.16; followed by Mount Lebanon, 9:28.75 and Hempfield Area, 9:29.16. In the Javelin, strong throws from Beverly Rogers, Ringgold, 139-09, her teammate Stephanie Kuhn, 139-02, and Montour's Alyson Miske, 138-03. In the Hurdles, Julianna Read, Hampton, beat Penn Trafford soph Mycaiah Clemons in both the 100 Hurdles (14.54-14.58) and 300 Hurdles (43.18-43.37). West Allegheny's Chris Nardi won two events, the High Jump, clearing 6-07, and the 110 Hurdles, going 14.60. And Elyse Goode, the Ambridge junior, took both sprints, the 100 in 12.05 and the 200 in 24.93.
Wednesday, May 14 - PIAA District 10 AAA Championships @ Hickory HS - Andy Rademacher used his last home meet of the season to tune up for States with a 15-03 Pole Vault win. Dante Marshall, also of Hickory, jumped 47-00.00 to win the Triple after his 49-04 US#2 the week before. General McLane joined the sub 8:00 4x800 class this year with a 7:59.09. The Soder brothers of Harborcreek traded championships and 2nd places, with Eric winning the 1600 in 4:27.68 (Brian 4;29.99), and Brian taking the 3200 in 9:35.95 (Eric 10:07.39). Cathedral Prep's Tom Dance sprinted to wins in the 100 (10.92) and 110 Hurdles (14.42). Meadville's Maris Reutzel posted a fast 11:05.94 3200.
Wednesday, May 14 - PIAA District 9 AAA Championships @ Brookville HS (Raindate May 15) - Shawn Colligan, the Bradford senior, has been performing at a top level much of his high school career, and he showed the experience at his district meet, winning three events, the Long Jump (22-02.25), the 110 Hurdles (14.58), and the 300 Hurdles (39.10). Teammate Sean Hvizdzak also won three events, the 100 in 11.24, the 200 in 23.07, and the the 400 in 50.83. Saint Mary's Robbie Meyer was champ of the 800 (1:59.68) and the 1600 (4:27.77). Bradford senior Pat Confer took the Shot Put (48-10.75) and the Discus (146-00). Bradford freshman Erin Hannon won the two Hurdles events, the 100 in 16.26 and the 300 in 49.17. Sonya Swanson, Saint Mary's, won the 400 in 1:00.39 and the 200 in 26.62.
Wednesday, May 14 - PIAA District 5 AA Championships @ Chestnut Ridge
Wednesday, May 14 - PIAA District 2 AAA Championships @ North Pocono HS (postponed from 5/13) - A fast 300 Hurdles from Coughlin's Steve Kerestes, 1st in 38.25. Kerestes also took the 110 Hurdles in 15.13. Dallas' Steve Salavantis was a triple winner, topping the field in the Discus (154-02), the Javelin (182-03) and the Shot Put (49-08). In girls competition, Tiffany Sartin of Scranton won the sprints, with a first in the 100 in 12.84 and the 200 in 26.51. There's a new frosh ready to introduce herself to the state in the person of Elizabeth Drazdowski of Crestwood. Coming off a PR week at her league meet, she attempted the distance triple and succeeded, taking the 800 in 2:24.09, the 1600 in 5:19.71, and the 3200 in 11:38.35. Jumper Amy Mantush of Hazleton captured the Long Jump (16-03) and the High Jump (5-02).
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 13+14 - Philadelphia Public League Regional Championships @ Various Locations - In Philadelphia Public League Divisionals, highlights included: Division A: Sharif Nash, Frankford, 22.57, 50.35; Tynisha Gardner, Girls' High, 59.44, 1:10.03. |Division B: B Mike Syrnick, Central 2:00.92, 4:23.33 Public League Record; Marques Dexter, 20-10 LJ, 43.5 TJ; Central, Dior Lowry, Martin Luther King, 14.35 110H; Michael Wray, Central, 57.87 400, 5-10 HJ; Central sweeps FOUR relays-boys and girls; Rita Brown, Martin Luther King, 2:31.27 800, 5:37.66 1600. | Division C: Dobbins Tech boys take three relays, Justin Binsbon, Franklin, 5-8 HJ, 19-01 LJ; Juanita Broaddus, William Penn, 24.90 200, 57.59 400, 17-02 LJ; Christina Smith, William Penn, 14.65 100H, 1:03.56 400H, 4-10 HJ; Dobbins Tech 48.77 4x100, 3:59.77 4x400; Division D: Davis Bradley, Bartram, 17.75 110H, 1:01.92 400H; Angela Jones, West Philadelphia, 13.15 100, 27.20 200, 16.45 100H.
Tuesday, Mayy 13 - PIAA District 7 (WPIAL) AA Championships @ South Side Beaver HS - Multiple event winners irncluded Cherel Brown of Jeanette, 12.35 100, 25.74 200; Maxine Markfield, Quaker Valley, 2:18.57 800, 5;15.86 1600; Mycah Clemons, Valley, 14.61 100 Hurdles, 17-05 Long Jump; and Mars' Brad Mueller, 10.81 100, 22.75 200.
Tuesday, May 13 - PIAA District 6 AA Championships @ Mansion Park, Altoona (Postponsed from 5/13) - Angela Hoover, Bald Eagle, was the class of the Javelin, winning with a throw of 152-00. For the boys, Penns Manors' Michael Holsberger, a junior, won the Javelin with a throw of 195-08. Kaitlin Urban, Westmont Hilltop, won the 400 in 1:00.88 and the800 in 2:21.80. Stepping up to the four-and eight-lappers, Leanna Nastase of Forest Hills, took the 1600 in 5:06.25 and the 3200 in 11:07.76. In the 100 and 300 Hurdles, Nicole Thomas of Richland High, went 16.47 and 49.57. Christina Sgriccia of Penns Manor leapt 17-03.59 in the Long Jump and 36-03.75 in the Triple Jump. For the boys, Penn Cambria junior Michael Holsberger won the Javelin with a 195-08 effort. Aaron Irvin of Bald Eagle won the 200 in 22.54 and the Pole Vault with a 13-09 effort. Ligonier's Caleb Hood was a champion in the 400 in 50.27 and the 300 Hurdles in 39.38. Forest Hills' Jacob Strayer, a junior, took the 1600 in 4:23.96 and the 3200 in 9:38.74. And jump specialist Joshua Garner of Bald Eagle, went 20-08.00 and 44-04.75 for the Long and Triple Jump wins.
Thursday & Saturday May 8+10 - PIAA District 8 (Pittsburgh City League)
Track & Field Championships @ Oliver HS - It was the Tom Jech show
at the District 8 (Pittsburgh City League) Track and Field Championships
at Oliver High School. The Allderdice junior won all four of his events,
leading his team to a 144-135 victory over Schenley. Schenley held a 68-30
lead after Thursday's field events and continued to hold it until Jech's
victory in the 3200 meters pushed Allderdice into the lead. Jech also
won the 800 meters, qualified for states with a win in the 1600 meters,
and anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay. Schenley freshman Kaetyln
Brown helped Schenley to capture the City crown 188-109 over Allderdice
by qualifying for states in all four of her events. Most impressive was
her upset of Westinghouse senior and City League record holder Yvonne
Ferguson in the 400 meter dash (in 56.51, the second fastest time in southwest
PA this season), and Brown helped Schenley's winning 4x100 meter and 4x400
meter relays to qualify for states as well. Ferguson and Brown both qualified
for states in the 200 meter dash as well, and Ferguson qualified by winning
the 100 meter dash and placing second in the 400.