Pennsylvania Week - May 1, 2004

by Don Rich,

Summaries - DyeStat Elite marks -


  • Osayi Osunde, Central Columbia junior, 206-04 US#1 Javelin @ Bald Eagle Invitational
  • Frances Koons, 2:13.4 800, 4:51.7 US#2 1600 double as ASD Invitational @ C. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown
  • Krista Simkins, Wissahickon junior, 11.90, 23.79(US#3), 54.93(US#10) triple @ Colonial Classic @ Plymouth Whitemarsh HS
  • Chris Spooner 1:52.35 US#7 800 @ Bald Eagle Invitational @ Lock Haven University
Chris Spooner anchors the 4x800 to a meet record 7:55.35 before setting an 800 meet record of 1:52.35 (Photo by Lock Haven University T&F)
Krista Simkins is alone nearing the end the 200 on the way to a 23.79 meet record (Photo by Ryan Comstock for PennTrackXC)


Dyestat Elite:

4/30 - Lock Haven University Bald Eagle Invitatonal
JT: 151-06.00, Ruby Radocaj, 12, Williamsport
206-04.00, Osayi Osunde, Central Columbia
199-04.00, Sam Eck, Jersey Shore
190-07.00, Mike Jeffreys, Danville
800: 1:52.35, Chris Spooner, 12 Lewisburg
4x800: 7:55.35, Lewisburg

4/30-5/1 - Shaner Meet @ Wyomissing HS
PV: 15-00, Brian Dodds, Wilson

4/30 - ASD Invitational @ J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown
TJ: 47-04.00, Dan Jacques, North Penn
4/30 - 201-07.00, Chad Radgowski, 11, South Park

5/1 - Unionville Invitational @ Unionville HS
1600: 5:00.52, Katie Thaeder, 11, Unionville

5/1 - Perkiomen Valley Invitational @ Perkiomen Valley HS
800: 2:13.4, Frances Koons, 12, Allentown Central Catholic
1600: 4:51.7, Frances Koons, 12, Allentown Central Catholic

5/1 - Colonial Classic @ Plymouth Whitemarsh HS
110H: 14.09, Mike Wray, 12, Central
JT: 190-07.00, Andrew Fries, Bishop McDevitt
100: 11.90, Krista Simkins, 11, Wissahickon
200: 23.79, Krista Simkins, 11, Wissahickon
400: 54.93, Krista Simkins, 11, Wissahickon
300H: 44.31, Chanel Williams, 12, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Meet Summaries

4/30-Spooner 1:52.35, Lewisburg 7:55.35, Osunde 206-04 Javelin @ Bald Eagle Inv @ Lock Haven-
Central Columbia junior Osayi Osunde took over the top spot in the state
in the Javelin with a great 206-04 effort. He was also the Shop Put
champ by nearly seven feet (52' 7"). Sam Eck, Jersey Shore, and Mike
Jeffreys, Danville, went 199-04 and 190-07, respectively. Lewisburg
improved on their Penn Relays time a little, posted a 7:55.35 that
remains PA #2. Obviously they were anchored by Chris Spooner, who took
it upon himself to run a 1:52.35 Open 800. Both times were meet records.
Ruby Radocaj launched here second 151+ Javelin with a 151-06 meet
record. Other Girls Highlights: Melissa Miller of Athens sets meet
records in her three victories (100m 12.39, 200m 25.25, 400m 58.28);
Lewisburg's 4x800 sets a meet record of 9:51.77; North Penn's Tricia
Learn takes the mile (5:27.13) and 3200 meters (11:42.91); Pole Vault
Meet Record set by Brittany Senior of Dubois with clearance of 10' 0"
Other Boys Highlights: 800 runner-up Ben McConnell of Danville runs
1:55.95, in addition to anchoring Danville's record-setting 4x400 meter
relay in 3:24.30. Bloomsburg's Dane Grandezio takes both the 100 meter
(11.19) and 200 meter titles (22.60) in leading his team to the team
title. Samuel Fairchild of Towanda sets a meet record of his own in the
pole vault with a clearance of 14'.

4/30-Radgowski 201-07 Jav, Christiansen 9:18 3200 @ Mars Invitational @ Mars HS -
Chad Radgowski, the South Park junior who has already thrown the Jav
205-01, topped the 200' mark again with a 201-07 heave. Blackhawk's
Brian Dvorsak took the Long Jump (21-08.25) and the Triple Jump
(43-04.50). Jed Christiansen (Greenville) returned to the track with a
strong showing of 9:18.0 3200, seven seconds up on Highlands' Tom
Slosky. But Slosky took the 1600 in 4:21.5 to Christiansen's 4:26.1.
Fairview's Aryn Gruneisen won the two girls distance events, the 1600 in
5:20.1, and the 3200 in 11:25.6.

4/30-Smith 11.20. 22.23, 22-04.75 triple; Moore 4:22.53-9:34.88 double @ Shaner Meet @ Wyomissing -
Wilson's Shawn Smith did what he had to do to move in the finals in the
100 and 200 in the 2-day meet, and then won both on the second day of
the meet, going 11.20 and 22.23. Reading's Kalise Cook was second in
both in 11.23 and 22.50 seconds. Oh, and Moore also bested Cook in the
Long Jump, 22-04.75 to 21-01. The guy's 800 was quick with four under
1:59, led by Kutztown's Matt Vymazal in 1:55.44. Twin Valley's Shawn
Moore posted a strong 9:34.88 3200 win, and also took the 1600 in
4:22.53. Joel Foreman, Hamburg, won the Triple Jump with a leap of
45-00.75. And Brian Dodds, Wilson, won the Pole Vault with his 15-0
effort. Hamburg's Adriene Beltz ran alone to an 11:01.91 win in the

4/30-North Penn rules Allentown for a day with meet records galore @ ASD Champs
North Penn ruled Allentown for a day, winning both team titles by
comfortable margins. Dan Jacques stretched out in the Triple Jump to a
47-04 meet record. Phil Yoo won the Pole Vault (14-0), the took all
three relays in meet record times (42.6, 3:22.5, 8:08.6); Scott
Simonovich went 14.9 and 38.7 for the hurdles wins; Kevin Akins went
22.3 in the 200; Matt Krum set a meet recvord of 1:54.9 for 800, and
Sean Doyle got a meet record of his own with a 4:20.8 1600. North Penn
girls were victorious in the 100 and 200 (Tina Bucci 12.8-25.4); 4x400
and 4x800 (4:08.4-9:42.7-both meet records); and Kaitlyn Dugan with a
meet record 5-04 in the High Jump. And not to be lost in the team
dominance was a nice 9:21.4 meet record 3200 by Sam Luff of Emmaus.

5/1-Summerville 170-06/Root 130-04 Javs @ Oil City Invitational -
The Javelin is one of PA's stronger events, and Cody Summerville of
Keystone and Casey Root of Titusville set the pace for the competition
at Oil City with throws of 170-06 and 130-04, respectively. Kelly McCoy
won two events, the 400 in 59.8 and the 200 in 26.6. The jumps; Long and
Triple to be precise; belonged to Emily Cholack of General McLane, who
leapt 17-06 and 37-07. Mercer's Kelby McClelland posted a quick 300
Hurdles, goin 39.5. And Hayden Harrison of General McLane, led Tim
Majewski of Mercyhurst Prep under 2, as they went 1:58.0 and 1:59.7.

5/1-Gwynedd-Mercy distance girls turn to speed and set meet record @
Lower Moreland Inv -
Gwynedd-Mercy has wheels. And those wheels were rolling at the Lower
Moreland Invitational as their 4x400 squad set a meet record of 4:06.7;
Khaki Mealey went 2:21.3 for another ; and distance runners Kate Vernon
(1:01.9) and Kelly McGrath (1:02.2) got in a little speed work entering
the last few weeks of the season. Holy Ghost Prep's Kevin Corson won
both hurdles events, going 17.8 and 44.1.

5/1-Koons 2:13.4-4:51.7 double; Noonan-Sessa 12.1-14.4 100H double @
Perkiomen Valley Inv -
Frances Koons is only getting faster. In a warm-up to the championship
weeks that lie ahead, she merely won a tough 800-1600 double in PR's of
2:13.4 and 4:51.7. Kate Noonan-Sessa of Owen J. Roberts, took the 100 in
12.1 and the 100 Hurdles in 14.4.

5/1-Cickay 5:02.7 MR-Kulp, Haslett each win 2 @ Lady Rocker Inv @
Council Rock North -
Don't look now, but Jessica Cickay is turning up the pressure on her
competition entering the final weeks of her high school career. The
Council Rock North senior broke her own meet record by two seconds at
the Lady Rocker Invitational with a 5:02.7 1600. Liz Kearins of Central
Bucks West was 2nd in 5:10.7. Nicole Kulp, William Tennent, won the
Triple Jump (35-8) over Jordan Teuber of Nazareth Academy by two inches.
Teuber also took the Long Jump (16-07). Dana Haslett, Pennridge,
captured the unusual 200-300 Hurdles double in 25.6 and 45.4. Three
girls busted 60 in the 400, led by Heather van Doren of the home team in
58.3 seconds.

5/1-Hallinan and Tilger each take three at Interboro Invitational -
Steve Hallinan and Mke Tilger are on a collision course for PCLs. Tuning
up at the Interboro Invitational (the Delco boys' championships), they
each won three events in different divisions. Hallinan ran 1:55.0 800
and 4:16.7 1600, then cruised to a 9:56.8 3200 win. Tilger went 1:57.3,
4:22.0 and 10:17.2. Glen Mills won two relays, the 4x100 in 42.9 and
3:24.4 for 4x400. Chichester's Carrington Queen did a 14.2 110H and 39.2
300H double. Andrew McCloskey of Penncrest (10.7-21.8) won both the 100
and 200. Glen Mills' Shadeed Akbar toasted 400 with a 49.2. O'Hara's
Jack Braconnier was 2nd three-tenths back. In the other division, Andrew
Beggs of Sun Valley, won in 49.5 seconds.

5/1-Thaeder 5:00.52 1600 @ 1st Unionvile Invitational -
You can see the next generation of stars coming just by watching their
performances. Take, for example, the first Unionville Invitational.
Hometown junior Katie Thaeder isn't unknown. After all, the week before
she ran 10:06 and was the top PA girl in the 3000 at the Penn Relays.
But 5:00.52 will get people to take a little more notice. And in 2nd in
that race, Alycia Woodruff, a freshman from West Chester East, who went
5:22.51. The meet boasted a ton of other ranked performances, including
three guys under 9:42 in the 3200 behind Amin Garnett, Coatesville
(9:31.37); a 49.46 400 from Henderson's Tracy Robinson; a
2:15.97-2:17.63 finish by Henderson teammates Melissa Ferry and Megan
Durkee; a double win by Tayvon Gray, Coatesville, 130-10 Discus,
41-11.50 Shot; plus Great Valley's Katy Andersen 15.55 and 46.47 in the

5/1-Simkins blasts to three meet records: 11.90, 23.79, 54.93 @
Colonial Classic @ Plymouth Whitemarsh -
Here are the numbers: 11.90, 23.79, 54.93. Here's the person responsible
for those gaudy stats: Krista Simkins. The Wissahickon junior cruised at
high speed through the hyper-speed meet (just over two hours for track
events) and set a meet record in the 100, 200 and 400. Hometown Chanel
Williams ran a blistering 44.31 300 Hurdles. For the boys, Andrew Fries
of McDevitt uncorked a 190-07 Javelin, a meet record. And Mike Wray, the
Central hurdles, went 14.09 to win the 110 version, improving his
state-leading time by .05. (Krista Simkins photo by Ryan Comstock.)




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