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Penn Relays DMR

April 28, 2007 Franklin Field, Philadelphia PA

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Results -
Southern Regional - 11:45.54 Coatesville - 10:08.51

DMR – Southern Regional back to form

Usually Danielle Tauro is money coming from behind in a DMR. At NIN, she was not in top form and too far back. Thursday, Southern Regional (Manahawkin NJ) was back in form and – guess what? – Tauro got the stick in the lead.

And she sure wasn’t going to lose it.

This still wasn’t the Lady Rams as many national pundits have hoped for this year, one that could challenge the national record. But it was a still-fine 11:45.54, that won decisively over Ramapo (Franklin Lakes NJ – 11:56.59) – which was one of three other teams that broke 12:00.

Bookends Jillian Smith (3:33.5) and Tauro (4:50.7) both ran well, but Chelsea Cox may have been the key. She took the baton for the 800 leg from teammate Jessica Bergin two seconds down after Ramapo’s Colleen Sullivan blazed a 56.1 400 leg. Cox is new in the game, but there’s talent there, no question. Her brothers Charles and Chris, who run at Monmouth, are two of the better 400 runners in the country.

Cox ran conservatively for 600, following Coach Brian Zatorski’s instructions to a tee. Then she kicked like heck the last 200 to power into the lead and finish a 2:21.3. She gave Tauro a 2-second lead and there was no question she would win. Bay Shore and anchor Callie Hogan were within striking distance, but Hogan had an off day. Kristin Reece had a fantastic day as Carmel’s anchor, running 4:49 (some had her at 4:47), but was way too far back when she started to be a factor.

“We would have liked to try her earlier in the 800, but she just wasn’t ready yet,” said Coach Zatorski. “We’re just seeing the beginning of what she can do.”

“Nike Indoor didn’t turn out the way we hoped and I take the blame,” he added. “For some reason we were flat. But I was pretty optimistic this week that things would fall in place for us. We had run some good times the past few weeks.”

Southern Regional had originally hoped for those record-threatening performances and at NIN and Penn, and while they ran very solid times, it just didn’t work out. An injury Tauro suffered in February didn’t help, but the entire package just hasn’t quite been there anyway. But it looks like the Lady Rams might have another chance. Originally, part of the reason for the NIN/Penn emphasis was because the school had graduation scheduled the same weekend as NON, precluding opportunities for Tauro and other team seniors there. But the scenario with the school’s “snow days” is now such that graduation will be a week later. “All signs point to our being able to compete at Nike Outdoors,” said Coach Zatorski. “But we need to sit down and figure out what we all want to do. I think Danielle may have a bit of a chip on her shoulder from the Nike Indoor mile and like another chance (at NON), and I think she would have to do one or the other.”



200 meters into the  Boys DMR

200 meters to go in the 1200 leg
Shen out front

Half way through the 400 leg

Shen (NY) continues to lead after the first 200
of the 800 meter leg

200 meters to go in the 800 leg

200 meters into the final leg
(1600 meters) and things start to tighten up

600 meters to the finish with Coatsville(Pa) out front and Forys (Colts Neck, NJ) closing in (on the far left)

 Coatesville (PA) Boys finish in 10:08.50 over
Colt's Neck (NJ)

Winning Boys DMR team

Championship of America

10:08.51 Coatesville (Coatesville, PA) - Sean Ward (3:07.9), Chris Cline (49.3), Owen Dawson (1:55.8), Kyle Dawson (4:15.5)
10:09.11 Colts Neck (Colts Neck, NJ) - Brenden Krewer (3:09.5), Evan Stivala (51.6), Kevin O'Dowd (2:03.8), Craig Forys (4:04.2)
10:12.47 Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, NY) - Zac Suriano (3:05.3), Chris Canapoli (50.4), Tyler Fogarty (1:57.3), Zach Predmore (4:19.5)
10:13.46 Collegiate (New York, NY) - Dylan Trotzuk (3:10.3), Jonathan Meminger (52.8), Dwayne Alexis (1:56.6), Chris Williams (4:13.8)
10:16.29 Old Bridge (Matawan, NJ) - Nick Carbone (3;09.3), Allan Lunkenheimer (47.5), James Hauser (1:56.7), Matt Ciambriello (4:22.8)
10:16.88 Brookline (Brookline, MA) - Matthew Stewart (3:06.8), Michael Bennett (52.0), Tobias Blattler (2:01.3), Robert Gibson (4:16.8)
10:23.72 Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, MA) - Dan Higgins (3:17.4), Taylor Fitzgerald (50.5), Pete Dolan (2:02.7), Mark Amirault (4:13.1)
10:24.33 Warwick Valley (Warwick, NY) - Brad Ackerman (3:17.1), Nick Longfellow (47.1), Frank Pfaffenberger (1:59.4), Terence Prial (4:20.7)
10:26.86 Smithtown West (Smithtown, NY) - Brendan Martin, Dan Holst, Dan Frost, Giovanni Signoretti
10:28.04 Henderson (West Chester, PA) - Chris Ferry (3:12.9), Tim Shea (51.9), Andrew Jervis (1:59.0), Chris Aldrich (4:24.2)
10:29.01 Danbury (Danbury, CT) - Parker Boudreau, Mike Danzy, Matt Terry, Willie Ahearn
10:29.46 Germantown Friends (Philadelphia, PA) - Jake McKenzie, Alex Waterman, Jasper Sneff-Nanni, Max Kaulbach
10:30.63 Ridgewood (Ridgewood, NJ) - Niall Buckley, Chris Zeigler , Christian Trautwein, Dan Emont
10:33.97 Upper Dublin (Fort Washington, PA) - Michael Palmisano, Brian Rosenthal, Dan Kessler, Joe Dorris
10:36.03 St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ) - Jorge Marque, Brian Bucknor, Jervais Thomas, Jordan Inacio
10:39.32 Brooklyn Technical (Brooklyn, NY) - Darryll Oliver, Waldein Felix, Anthony Guzman, Rafael Klein-Cloud
10:39.68 Shaker (Latham, NY) - Craig Weiss, Kevin Conti, Brian Benson, Matt Bogdan
10:53.77 North Rockland (Thiells, NY) - Christian Mendez, Demba Musa, Norm Thompson, A.J. Savoia


Start of the 400 leg- Southern's Jessica Bergin takes the lead.

After running an outstanding leg for Southern Chelsea Cox hands off to Danielle Tauro

Southern HS (NJ) winners of the DMR
Danielle Tauro, Chelsea Cox,Jillian Smith, Jessica Bergin

Start of the 800 leg - Ramapo(NJ) takes the lead

1 lap to go on the
lead off leg of the DMR and Bay Shore (NY) is up front

Championship of America

11:45.54 SouthernRgnl
11:56.59 Ramapo/NJ
11:57.88 Roxbury
11:58.29 Carmel
12:02.15 LaSalle
12:02.70 Saratoga
12:08.05 Whitman/Md
12:08.41 BurntHillsBL
12:10.22 Henderson
12:16.29 Bayshorr
12:18.91 AcadHolyName
12:19.29 VereTech
12:20.82 Manchestr/Ja
12:25.83 Radnor
12:29.46 Pearl River
12:33.13 Prendergast

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