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Pennsylvania Week - by Don Rich
February 12, 2005


  • Ryan Whiting's 68-01.50 SP @ PTFCA Carnival gives him the top FIVE throws in the US this season
  • Erin Hannon, Bradford jr, 5-8 HJ tUS#3 - Nicole Smith, McDowell 39 7 TJ US#3 @ Slippery Rock
  • Nicole Leach 24.78 200 US#5, 7.69 60 tUS#8, 57.18 400, 9.59 60h (2nd) - Latavia Thomas 5:23.71 mile, 2:19.04 800, anchors 4x200 & 4x800 (3rd) as West Catholic wins PCL by three over Cardinal O'hara


Dyestat Elite Marks -

TSTCA #5 - TSTCA #6 - PTFCA Carnival - PCL Championship



TSTCA #5 @ University of Pittsburgh 2/9

440 yds - Kaetlyn Brown (Schenley) 60.7, (60.4-60.64)
          Monica Allen (W Mifflin) 60.7,
4 x 440 yd Relay - Upper St Clair 4:07.1, (4:06.0)
Shot Put - Natalie Clickett (Union City) 36 11.5,
           Jordan Veney (Baldwin) 36 10.5,
           Sarah Miljenovich (United) 35 5,
           Pole Vault - Caitlin Hewitt (Gt Latrobe) 11' 6",

Shot Put - Keith Huebner (Baldwin) 51 9,
Long Jump - Adam Penn (Canon McMillan) 22 3,
Pole Vault - Sean Gil (N Allegheny) 14' 9",

TSTCA #6 @ Slippery Rock University 2/11
BOYS 55m - Montel Williamson (W Mifflin) 6.3 Shot Put - Rob Rankin (Upper St Clair) 60 7.25 Andrew McMillan (N Allegheny) 53 8.25 Triple Jump - Barry Church (Penn Hills) 44 8.5" Pole Vault - Eric Sparks (Hickory) 15 4 GIRLS 55m Hurdles - Sha-Tira Snell (Penn Hills) 8.3 High Jump - Erin Hannon (Bradford Area) 5 8 tUS#3 Triple Jump - Nicole Smith (McDowell) 39 7 US#3 Pole Vault - Caitlin Hewitt (Gt Latrobe) 12 1 Alexandra Acker (McDowell) 11 1"

PTFCA Track Carnival @ Lehigh University 2/12 - see Carnival meet page for Elite list

PCL Championships @ Lehigh University 2/13 - see PCL meet page for Elite list


2/9-TSTCA #5 @ University of Pittsburgh -
.Schenley's Kaetlyn Brown and West Mifflin's Monica Allen hit the line at virtually the same time, with Brown gettilng the nod, and both time in 60.7 seconds for 440 yards (-.3 for the conversion with .24 penalty, that's 60.64). The Upper Saint Clair 4x400 squad posted a quick 4:07.1 (-1.1 for conversion to 4x400). Natalie Clickett of Union City beat Jordan Veney of Baldwin by just an inch in the Shot Put, going 36-11.50, and Caitlin Hewitt cleared 11-06 to win the Pole Vault. For the boys, Adam Penn of Canon McMillan leapt 22-03 in the Long Jump; Sean Gil won the pole vault at 14-09 for his North Allegheny team, and Baldwin's Keith Huebner won the Shot with a throw of 51-09.


2/11-TSTCA #6 @ Slippery Rock University -
Nicole Smith of McDowell, and Erin Hannon of Bradford will hopefully face each other at States in an event or two, but for this meet, they took aim at each other from different events. Hannon came within an inch of Smith's best HJ mark with a tUS#3 effort of 5-08-a PR indoor or out. In the Triple Jump, Hannon had beaten Smith a week ago, but at this meet, Smith leapt 39-07, with is a US#3, and PA#1. Caitlin Hewitt of Latrobe cleared 12-01 in the Pole Vault. McDowell's Alexandra Acker was over at 11-01. In the 55 Hurdles, Sha-Tira Snell of Penn Hills won with a clocking of 8.3. For the boys, another thrower is over that 60' mark in the Shot Put. Rob Rankin, of Upper Saint Clair had his best throw of the season and an indoor PR of 60-07.25, which is a US#5. Penn Hills' Barry Church went 44-08.50 in the Triple Jump. Montel Williamson, West Mifflin, won the 55m in 6.3 seconds, and doubled with a 23.1 200 victory. Eric Sparks was over at 15-04 in the Pole Vault.


2/12-PTFCA Track Carnival @ Lehigh University - Dyestat meet page for full coverage
212 teams descended on Lehigh University for the annual PTFCA Track Carnival, usually a look at many of the top contenders for the upcoming state championships. Top performances included this year's sensation, Ryan Whiting of Central Dauphin, who won with a throw of 68-01.50, his 2nd best throw of this season. For a little perspective, Whiting now owns the top five throws in the NATION. Also showing great promise on the national level is frosh Karen Shump of Penncrest. She threw over 43’ a week ago, and again flirted in the vicinity, winning with a toss of 42-03.25. On the track, Dallastown’s David Hoffman surged over the final few hurdles to beat Chichester’s Carrington Queen in the 60m version 8.24-8.28. Hoffman’s mark is a US#9. In the boys' 3000, junior Curtis Bixler set a huge PR of 8:51.59, which is US#11. In the 4x800, Germantown Academy surprised North Penn with their US#13 8:07.54 (North Penn 8:11.37). A hot 200 was won by Jordan Mitchell of Central Dauphin in 22.68. Reggie Clark of Bensalem went 22.71, with Khaliff Featherstone of Simon Gratz in 3rd at 22.74. And Downingtown East won a thrilling 4x400 over Simon Gratz by .1, clocking 3:29.96.

Wissahickon's Krista Simkins won two events, the 200 in 24.65 and the 400 in 56.05. Both are meet records. Her 200 is a US#5, while the two-lapper is US#8. Taking 2nd in the 200 was Great Valley’s Janessa Murphy, who had an equally successful day. Her 200 time was 25.92. Murphy did win the 60m dash in 7.66 seconds, and took 2nd in the Long Jump by just a quarter of an inch to freshman Ryann Krais of Methacton, who’s 18-00.25 was a PR. Natalie Miller of Boyertown cleared 5-06 to take the High Jump. Her effort is a tie US#7. Lynn Morelli of St. Basil posted a PA#1-US#8 10:17.84 for 3000. Easton’s Chanelle Price fronted a fast 800 with here US#16 2:18.1. Kate Vernon, Gwynedd-Mercy, won the mile by less than a second over Strath Haven’s Lisa Vienneau, 5:13.04-5:13.47. Beki Finn, Liberty, took the Pole Vault, clearing 11-03. B won both sprint relays, taking the 4x200 in 1:47.8 and the 4x400 in 4:04.74. Gwynedd’s 4x800 was the best of the day, going 9:45.02.

2/13-PCL Championships @ Lehigh University - Dyestat meet page for full coverage
West Catholic won their first indoor PCL championship since 2000, but it was close. Cardinal O'Hara was 2nd just three points back of the Burrs' 133. Nicole Leach and Latavia Thomas were named co-MVPs of the girls' meet, with each contributing quite a few points. Leach took the 200 in a US#5 24.78, the 60 in 7.69, tUS#8; both meet records; and the 400 in 57.18. She took 2nd to teammate Nia Ali in the 60 Hurdles. Ali's 9.00 is a US#7. Thomas took the mile in 5:23.71 and the 800 in 2:19.04, plus ran on the winning 4x200 and helped her team to a 3rd place finish in the 4x800. Ali also took 4th in the Long Jump, and the squad was 6th in the DMR. They won every event on the track a mile an under individually, and both sprint relays. In the Triple Jump, O'Hara's Michele Frayne leapt 36-02.75. For the boys, Cardinal O'Hara just keeps winning PCL titles that involve an oval (could there be a new layout coming at Belmont Plateau?). It was their 9th in a row as they beat Archbishop Carrol by 24. Junior Greg Thomas was a double winner, taking the Mile in 4:28.06 and the 3000 in a meet record 9:06.49. Teammate Matt Willard won the 800 in 2:00.71. St. Joseph's Prep's Juan Cave cleared 6-06 to win the High Jump.



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