Pennsylvania Week - April 3, 2004

by Don Rich,

Summaries - DyeStat Elite marks -


  • 205-01 Javelin Chad Radgowski South Park @ TSTCA Champs
  • 196-10 Javelin Mike Holsberger, Penn Cambria @ Ingloo Inv @ Altoona
  • 9:15.17 3200 David Mock, Westmont Hilltop @ Igloo Inv @ Altoona
  • 135-00 Javelin Ruby Radocoj, Williamsport @ Igloo Inv @ Altoona
  • 4:18.53 1600 Chris Spooner, Lewisburg @ Bruce Dallas Inv @ Cumberland Valley
  • 7:59.48-7:59.82 4x800's by Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley @ Bruce Dallas Inv @ Cumblerland V
  • Wissahickon 48.9, 3:58.2 4x100 and 4x400 @ Coed Relays @ Wissahickon


Dyestat Elite:

All meets were 4/3

Tri-State Coaches Championships @ West Mifflin HS
58-04 Shot Put Bob Rankin Upper St. Clair
15-03 PV Andrew Rademacher, Hickory
205-01 Jav Chad Radgowski South Park
11-06 PV Alexandra Acker, McDowell

White Rose Invitational @ Central York HS
10.70 100m Knowledge Timmons, William Penn (York)

Bruce Dallas Invitational @ Cumberland Valley HS
62-01 SP Ryan Whiting, Central Dauphin

Council Rock Invitational @ Council Rock North
13.9h (trials) 110H Michael Wray Central (Phil) 13.9h trials

Igloo Invitational @ Mansion Park, Altoona
196-10 Javelin Mike Holsberger, Penn Cambria
9:15.17 3200 David Mock, Westmont Hilltop


Meet Summaries

TSTCA Championships @ West Mifflin HS - A monster throw solicited a roar
from the crowd that caught the ear and attention of the track crowd in
the distance. Baldwin coach and TSTCA officer Ed Helbig called down on
his walkie-talkie and heard the news of a Javelin throw of 205-01 by
Chad Radgowski of South Park. The senior was 9th at States in 2003 at
175' 7". The girls top performer was none other than Nicole Smith of
McDowell. The Erie junior won three events and was 2nd in the fourth.
Her 18-05.25 Long Jump was nine inches better than her indoor. She also
won the Triple Jump (35’4") and High Jump (5-04). Her 15.64 was 2nd to
Penn Hills' Sha-tira Snell, who won the 100 Hurdles in 15.34. In other
boys' action, Hickory pole vaulter Andy Rademacher and the other
competitors in the event struggled with heavy winds. His 15-03 was the
best of the meet as other talented athletes even no-heighted. It was a
double-double for the Kings. Gateway sprinter Justin King posted the
11.03, 22.52 100-200 double. And Kevin King (no relation) of
Connellsville did the middle distance double, going 50.61 and 1:58.15.
Somerset's Jarad Stern won the Discus with a throw of 155-04. In other
girls competition, Elyse Goode of Ambridge took the 100 and 200 in 12.21
and 25.39. A fast 400 from Katie Orchowski of Upper St. Clair (57.9).
Five girls were under 61. Upper St. Clair's 4x800 looked strong in
9;46.57. A state best of 37-10 in the Triple Jump from Baldwin's Jordan
Veney (who also took the Discus with a throw of 122-05. And sophomore
pole vaulteer Alexandra Acker (another former gymnast-turned pole
vaulter) cleared 11-06 for the win.

Bruce Dallas Invitational @ Cumberland Valley HS - Cumberland Valley's
Holly Travous set a big PR in the Shot Put with a state-leading throw of
40-04 to lead the girls' performances. Travous also won the Discus with
a throw of 117-03. Both marks were meet records. Highlighting the boys
action was the 4x800, with Central Dauphin, Cumberland Valley and
Lewisburg battling to the last straightaway, going 7:59.48, 7:59.82 and
8:01.52 respectively in a fast 4x800 on a cold, windy day. Ryan Whiting,
Central Dauphin, went from the Discus to the Shot, and set meet records
in both. His throws were 170-11 and 62-01. And Lewisburg's Chris Spooner
took off from the gun and cruised to a 4:18.53 win in the 1600. In the
sprints, Reading's Kalise Cook took the 200 in 22.78, with Shamokin's
Dan Wilk's 2nd in 23.00. Wilks had previously taken the 100 in 11.44,
with Cook 2nd in 11.46. Three guys busted 2 in the 800. Cedar Crest's
Andy Miller looked liked he could have gone faster after unleashing a
blistering kick at 500 meters to pull away and hold on in 1:58.49.
Central Dauphin's Ryan Jones was less than .5 back, with CV's Jon
Fulginiti 3rd in 1:59.18. Jon Gries, Upper Merion, tried to break away
from Sam Luff, Emmaus, and Curtis Bixler, CV, after the mile, but they
reeled him in and pulled away. Luff held off a charging Bixler, going
9:40.46. Bixler posted a PR of 9:40.74. Cedar Crest's Pete Habegger
long-jumped 23-00.00, easily the top PA performance of the young season.
And teammate Tobias Robinson won both hurdles in 15.57 and 41.07.
Central Dauphin's Sotonye Imadojemu set two meet records, a 35-07.50
Triple Jump and a 16-05.00 Long Jump.

Coed Relays @ Wissahickon HS - The Wissahickon girls made short work of
their competition, winning the 4x100 in 48.9, the 4x400 in 3:58.2 and
the Sprint Medley in 4:15.2. North Penn was just .3 back in the SMR. In
boys action, North Penn captured three running relays, the 4x200 in
1:30.4, the 4x400 in 3:25.1 and the 4x800 in 8:08.8. Wissahickon took
the Sprint medley less than a second up on North Penn with their 3:36.6.

Colonial Relays @ Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS - Gwynedd-Mercy and
Hatboro-Horsham battled in the 4x800, with GM going 9:37.6 for the win,
six seconds up on the Lady Hatters. Gwynedd-Mercy also captured the
Distance Medly in 12:39.7, by just over four seconds over Cardinal
O'Hara. In the boys competition, Phoenixville ran a fast Sprint Medley,
going 3:41.2.

Igloo Invitational @ Mansion Park, Altoona - Jefferson junior Shardal
Twyman is a one-person scoring machine. Her 12.64 100, 26.22 200 and
17-08.50 Long Jump were good enough for wins. Ruby Radocaj, the
Williamsport senior, unleased a 135' Jav for an easy win; while in the
boys Jav, Mike Holsberger cranked one 196-10. David Mock, the AA XC
champ from Westmont Hilltop, showed little rust with a 3200 statement of
9:15.17. He was pushed by Harbor Creek senior Brian Soder, 2nd in
9:20.97. Soder had won the 1600 in 4:23.37. Showing the Westmont Hilltop
isn't just a distance school, sophomore sprinter Brad Kanuch made an
early season statement with wins in the 100 in 10.95, the 200 in 22.75
and the Triple Jump, with a leap of 42-04.25.

Council Rock Invitational @ Council Rock North HS - A super Triple Jump
by Coatesville's Clarence Smith, setting a meet record with a jump of
46-00.75. Athlete of the meet John Thompson was 2nd with his 45-08
efford. Thompson equalled the 100 meet record with a time of 10.6
seconds. In the hurdles, specialist Michael Wray of Central ran a MR
13.9 in the Trials of the 110. Wray then ran 55.7 in the 400 Hurdles
(what I personally imagine as the meanest event there is). Pennsbury
sprinter Kervin Michaud won the 200 in 22.1, just .2 up on Bensalem's
Lamonte Louis, and .3 on Louis' teammate Reggie carter. Louis did win
the 400 in 49.6 seconds. Steve Kraus, William Tennent, take the 800 in
1:58.4. Central's Mike Syrnick continues his stellar senior campaign
with a 4:02.4 1500 (simply add 17 seconds for a 1600 time). Council
Rock-North's Buddy Davis gets a shot at the 5K, and rewards with a
15:34.5 time. Pennsbury sets a meet record in the 4x400 of 3:21.2.

Hurricane Track Classic @ Villa Maria HS - Wow, some fast distance girls
at Henderson! Melissa Ferry is showing some versatility, highlighted
with a 59.04 meet record win in the 400. Teammate Megan Durkee toasted
the 800 field with her 2:18.80. St. Basil's Lynn Morelli went 5:15.54
for the win in the 1600. Two fast athletes chasing her: Faye Korich,
Springfield (Montco), 2nd in 5:18.11, and Shipley's Elisa Payne 3rd in
5:18.54. Karsheana Baxter, Cheltenham, took the sprint double with a
13.05 in the 100 and a 26.22 in the 200.

Oxenreider Relays @ Conrad Weiser HS - Brian Dodds picked up his early
season pace in the Pole Vault. The Wilson athlete cleared 14' for the
win. Governor Mifflin's Kirk Devine, a junior, won the Discus with a
throw of 153-07. Hamburg's Joel Foreman was a double winner, taking the
Long and Triple jumps in 20-01 and 43-01.25. Chad Henne, Wilson, tossed
the Javelin 167-10. Strong relays from Conrad Weiser (1:35.30 4x200),
and Wilson (3:31.76 4x400, 8:19.00 4x800). The meet returns to host
school Muhlenberg next year.

Harold Phillips Invitational @ Carlisle HS - Nick Kipe of Waynesboro
posted the top Triple Jump in PA with a leap of 45-10.50. Jeff Porter of
the host Thundering Herd cleared 6.06 to win the High Jump. And
Carlisle's Ashley Hodge won three events, the 100 in 12.4, the 200 in
26.7 and the 400 in 1:04.3. Big Spring's SeanCohick was a double winner,
taking the 100 in 11.1 and the 200 in 23.0. Other double champs included
James Derrick of Waynesboro (110H, 300H), Lara Crofford, Big Spring
(1600, 3200), Lindsay Bowman, Mechanicsburg (Javelin,Discus), and Mimi
Frohman, Carlisle (High Jump, Triple Jump).

Central League Relays @ Haverford HS - Upper Darby captured three track
relays in top times, one with the girls and two with the boys (photo of
4x2 anchor Mike Jones by Ryan Comstock). Their quartet of Thomasian
Sampson, Shala Simms, Jannea Bridgeford and Kemika Allen lead a fast
4x400 1-2-3 with a 4:03.1. Haverford was 2nd in 4:03.9 and Strath Haven
3rd in 4:07.9. Haverford sent three distance runners out again to take
the Sprint Medley in 4:20.6. Lower Merion captured the 4x200 in 1:47.7
and Radnor posted a strong DMR of 12:40.2. The Upper Darby boys won the
4x200 in 1:33.2 and the DMR in 10:58.7. Penncrest took the 4x400 in
3:28.1 and Strath Haven won the Sprint Medley in 3:37.7.

Chestnut Hill Academy Relays - Penn Charter's Kemal Marrell posted a
hand-timed 10.9 100, but their Sprint Medley was 2nd by just .3 to
Episcopal Academy's 3:42.5. Sean Plunkett won the Shot Put with a throw
of 52-07.50.

Hill School Relays - Lawrenceville (NJ)'s boys won six relays and the
team title, while their girls captured eight relays and the time
championship. Church Farm's boys took three running relays, the 4x100,
4x200 and 4x400. Episcopal captured the 4x800 and DMR. For the girls,
host Hill School captured the 4x100, DMR, and four Field Event relays.




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