Pennsylvania Week - April 17, 2004

by Don Rich,

Summaries - DyeStat Elite marks -


  • Nicole Leach, West Catholic, 59.45 400H @ Father Judge Relays
  • Allentown Central Catholic, behind 2:14.9 and 4:59.9 anchors by Frances Koons, wins the 4x800 in 9:30.83 and DMR in 12:18.61 (St. Hubert's 12:20.44) @ Father Judge
  • Cardinal O'Hara 7:55.44 4x800 @ Father Judge
  • Ruby Radocoj Williamsport 146-03 US #2 Javelin @ Shippensburg Invitational
  • Brianna Flagg, Harrisburg 44-0 SP @ Shippensburg
  • Mike Holsberger, Penn Cambria 196-11 US#5
Coatesville Junior Tayvon Gray
threw 139-04 Discus and 41-6 Shot Put.
Glen Mills starts well on the way
to a 3:21.39 4x400 win.


Dyestat Elite:

Tayvon Gray, 139-04

1600 SMR
Conestoga 4:14.96

Ryan Fritz, Octorara 6-8.25


Nicole Leach West Catholic, Philadelphia, PA 59.45

Allentown Central, Allentown, PA 9:30.83

Allentown Central, Allentown, PA 12:18.61
Saint Hubert, Philadelphia, PA 12:20.44

Cardinal O'Hara, Springfield, PA 7:55.74


Ruby Radocoj Williamsport 146-03.00
Liz McCullough Cedar Cliff 137-08.00

Brianna Flagg, Harrisburg 44-00

Mike Holsberger, Penn Cambria 196-11


West Catholic 1:41.5

Gwynedd-Mercy 9:25.0

Central Bucks West 4:06.5
North Penn, 4:13.4
Council Rock North, 4:14.8

Boys SMR
North Penn 3:34.5


Wissahickon 1:42.3

Wissahickon 4:07.7
Quakertown 4:14.8


Meet Summaries


4/17 - Father Judge Relays - It's informally billed as the "Pre-Penn Relays" and once again it lived up to that promise, with performances by the top teams and individuals as they ready themselves for the big carnival next week. One of the favorites in the 400h is last year's top American, and a runner who recently rose to a new level, Nicole Leach of West Catholic. Her 52.19 indoor (#2 all-time) and 53.58 outdoor opening salvo at last week's Arcadia Invitational, bode well for her 400 Hurdles challenge Thursday morning. She was the top American at last year's Penn Relays in 59.00, and Saturday, ran a 59.45 with a push through 200 meters by teammate Latavia Thomas, who was 2nd in 63.75. The top relays were also in top form. Allentown Central Catholic has their all-american anchor in Frances Koons, but they have a lot of other talent, as evidenced by a 9:30.83 4x800 win (Sheila McFadden 2:25.7, Maureen Meagher 2:23.5, Meghan Burns 2:25.9, Frances Koons 2:14.9), and an equally impressive 12:18.61 DMR win (Marcie Sobrinski 3:50.7, Sheila McFadden 1:04.8, Meghan Burns 2:22.7, Frances Koons 4:59.9). The Cardinal O'Hara boys are one of the top seeds in the Penn DMR, and are also entered in the 4x800, and tuned up with a PA #1 7:55.74 3200 Relay. Central was less than five seconds back. And the Gratz girls posted the best 4x100 of the season in PA, going 48.41 to improve on their own mark.

4/17 - Shippensburg Invitational @ Shippensburg University -Cedar Crest ran the best 4x100 to date in PA with a 42.37. Harrisburg was a close 2nd in 42.53. Knowledge Timmons won both the 100 (11.11) and 200 (23.02) in AAA, but his 10.98 in the trials was the best time of the day. EL Meyer's Andre Broussard won the AA 200 in 22.63. There were a ton of fast 400's by the guys, with Milton Hayles of William Allen posting a 49.65. Nine guys were under 51.64 in the AA and AAA races. Cumberland Valley tuned up for the Penn Relays with a 7:58.83. Mike Holsberger of Penn Cambria added an inch to his season Jav best with a throw of 196-11. Jay Harding, State College, won the 2000 Steeplechase in 6:22.69, and took 2nd in the 3200 with a 9:44.90 to Cedar Cliff's Pat Caufield, 9:37.04. Brianna Flagg, Harrisburg, upped her state-leading Shot Put performance to 44'. Also getting ready for Penn was Ruby Radocaj of Williamsport, throwing the Jav 146-03, a state-best effort. Kylee Schuler, Chambersburg, won the 3200 in 11:27.25 and was 2nd in the 1600 (5:14.25) to Cumberland Valley's Jen Gray, who took the 800-1600 double victory route for the second week in a row with wins in the 800 and 1600, 2:18.39 and 5:11.29. Garden Spot hurdler Brianna Broyles was also a double winner, going 15.38 in the 100 and 46.46 for 300m. Altoona jumps specialist Rachel Gehret won the High Jump (5-04), and the Triple Jump (36-06), and took 3rd in the Long Jump (16-04).

4/17 - Great Valley Relays @ Great Valley HS - There were meet records dropping at every turn. While those were impressive, there were marks that will have an impact on both the state and national levels. Junior thrower Tayvon Gray had the best day of her scholastic career, beginning with a 139-04 Discus, and finishing with a 41-06 Shot Put. Also in the field, Octorora's Ryan Fritz cleared 6-08 to make the PA High Jump leader board three-deep at the top. Haverford, without Fiona York, posted a 9:36.70 4x800. And Great Valley won the 4x400 by a nose over Conestoga, 4:03.37 to 4:03.71, plus the Shuttle Hurdles in 1:08.67. In the boys races, Glen Mills was all over the sprint circuits, taking the 4x200 in 1:29.2 and the 4x400 in 3:21.39. (Splits are in the results for the Girls Shuttle Hurdles, 4x400, plus the boys 4x1600, 4x800 and DMR). In all, the girls broke 10 of a possible 16 records, while the boys bettered four.

4/17 - American Conference Relays @ Wissahickon - The Wissahickon girls broke four meet records, going 48.1 in the 4x100, 1:42.3 in the 4x200, 4:02.5 in the 4x400, and 4:07.7 in the Sprint Medley. But the Plymouth-Whitemarsh jumping duo of Chanel Williams and Kim Morris simply dominated three events in the relay format for field, setting records in two, the Long Jump (32-06) and Triple Jump (70-07.25), and combining for 9-10 to take the High Jump. In the boys competition, teams spread the winning wealth as Upper Dublin took the 4x1600 in 18:14.7; Wissahickon the Sprint Medley in 3:40.9; Hatboro the 4x800 in 8:08.9; Cheltenham the 4x200 in 1:29.6; and Upper Merion the DMR in 10:48.2. Notable field performances came from Andrew Dubs of Council Rock South in the Shot Put (55-11), and 150-9 Discus; while teammate MacKenna McClure threw the disc 161-07.

4/17 - Center Track & Field Classic @ Center HS - Hickory pole vaulter Andrew Rademacher works on hurdles to help with his vaulting technique. He's apparently worked hard enough at the shorter barrier to post one of the top times in the state, going 14.90 for 110m to take second to South Side's Andrew Gergen, 14.42 (1st in 300 Hurdles, 40.04, and 1st in 200 in 22.57). Rademacher finished in an unfamiliar place in his specialty, tying teammate Eric Sparks at 14-06, but getting first on misses. The rest of the boys' field competition was strong as well, with Center's Chris Rizzo triple jumping 43-06.50; Ben Woods, Hickory, shot putting 53-00, and Beaver's Rory Nicol throwing the disc 153-02. Jake Walker, Ellwood City, was a double victor, winning the 3200 in 9:41.49 and the 1600 in 4:28.00. New Brighton's Ryan White had the best 100 of the day, an 11.07, but it came in the prelims. The girls' Shot was notable, with Center's Allyn Laughlin going 42-05 for the win. In the Javelin, Titusville's Casey Root won with a toss of 132-00. Riverside's Nicole Pitchford cleared 10-0 in the Pole Vault. And Hickory's Ashley Williams won the 400 in 1:00.11.

4/17 - Central Bucks West Relays - Gwynedd-Mercy's 9:25.0 4x800 is the best in PA at this point. Three of the four girls (Kelly McGrath, Khaki Mealey and Kate Vernon) teamed with Jill Buck to run a 21:47.3 4x1600. In addition to going one-two at the Father Judge Relays in the 400 hurdles, Nicole Leach and Latavia Thomas helped their West Catholic teammates Kneisha Sheard, Erica Ferguson and Cierra Lawson take two relays at the Central Bucks West meet. Their 1:41.5 is their 2nd best effort of the spring in the 4x200, while their 3:59.5 is the 3rd best this season. And CB West ran a quick 4:06.5 1600 Sprint Medley. North Penn tuned up for Penn with wins in the 4x400 in 3:24.7, the Sprint Medley in 3:34.5, the 4x800 in 8:01.9, and the DMR in 10:49.8. Bensalem's crew topped North Penn in the 4x200, going 1:28.9.

4/17 - Purple & White Relays @ Shamokin HS - In girls' action, Nativity (4x400, 4x800, 1600 SMR) and Shikellamy (4x100, 800 SMR, Shuttle Hurdles) each won three running relays. Hazeleton dominated the field relays, taking the Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus, Javelin and High Jump. Bloomsburg (4x100, Shuttle Hurdles), Southern Columbia (4x200, DMR), and Shamokin (4x400, 1600 SMR) each took two running relays. Selinsgrove was the top field threat, winning the Triple Jump, Shot Put and Jav competitions.

4/17 - Buccaneer Relays @ Interboro HS - Strath Haven and Upper Darby dominated the Buccaneer Relays at Interboro. Using the two man-two team format, Upper Darby was victorious in the 400, 800, 1600, Shot Put and Pole Vault. Strath Haven won the Jav, 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, and 3200.

4/16 - Butler Invitational - Ian Fitzgerald, North Hills, is definitely ready for the Penn Relays. He doubled Friday night at the Butler Invitational, going 4:14.5 for 1600 and 1:57.5 for 800. Sharon's Austin Papay is upping the Shot Put already, posting a 63-9 performanance. He also won the Discus with a toss of 169-9. And Butler's Calvin Littlejohn sent a message to the rest of the state in the horizontal jumps, clearing 46-5 in the Triple and 22-10.5 to take the Long. And Justin King, Gateway, won the 100 in 11.0, but injured his hamstring in the 4x400.




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