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115th Penn Relays

Thu.-Sat., April 23-25, 2009

Franklin Field, Philadelphia PA

Metro Girls qualify 5 teams for girls 4 x 800 Championship


PHILADELPHIA – Metro girls’ teams made quite a splash in the 4x800-meter relay, with five squads qualifying for the 12-team Championship of America race, tomorrow at 1 p.m., during the first day of action here at the 115th Penn Relays.

Jamaican teams claimed the top three slots, but Columbia NJ was the top American team and one of three Garden State foursomes to qualify with a 9:24.65. TyVonna Johnson (2:18.5), Brittney Jackson (2:15.5), Melissa David (2:23.5) and Jade Johnson (2:27.4) led the Maplewood school to its first C of A race in 11 years. Columbia won the distance medley relay in 1997 and ’98.

Garden City NY, carried by Jenna DeAngelo (2:26.4), Liz Slattery (2:24.1), Michelle Rotondo (2:22.4) and Emily Menges (2:15.1, the fifth-fastest split overall), qualified with a 9:27.95.

Hunterdon Central NJ (9:28.27) was led by Allison Payenski (2:23.5), Rashmi Singh (2:24.6), Katherine Vodopia (2:25.3) and Brigitte Mania (2:14.9) and qualified for the 4x800 final for the first time in school history. Mania’s split was the fastest for any American.

Pope John NJ (9:29.11) reached the final for the second time in three years thanks to Sarah Cariati (2:20.2), Paige Boehmcke (2:26.9), Ashton Weiler (2:26.8) and Emily Carrollo (2:15.5, No. 7 overall).

The fifth team from the Metro area to qualify was Bay Shore NY, which ran a 9:32.60 and slipped into the final as the 11th seed. Central Bucks PA was the 12th and final seed with a 9:32.73.