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PTFCA Penn Indoor State Meet

Saturday, February 24, 2007 - Multisport Indoor Facility at Penn State University, State College PA

Price's 2:04.96 Part of Stunning Quadruple

She also wins mile (5:06.74) and anchors US#3 4x4 and 4x8 winners

Coverage from Don Rich, pa.milesplit.com -  More Major Highlights

Full meet results - Meet summary - More photos, stories at pa.milesplit.com

Easton jr Chanelle Price, shown here in 5:06.74 mile victory, not only authored a historic 800, but had an incredible quadruple. Her 2:04.96 800 is #3 all-time, but she also won the mile and anchored the winning 4x8 and 4x4 relays. The 4x8 went in 9:18.77 with Price finishing with a 2:08, while her leg on the US#3 3:51.82 4x4 was 53.6. The individual 800 victory trails only the legendary Mary Decker (nee Slaney) and Tameka Grizzle. (and Grizzle only by .06). Photo by Don Rich, pa.milesplit.com

More Headliners

  • Uniondale sr Paul Springer set a state meet record of 4:12.61 for the mile, beating Millrose champ Jason Weller (4:15.14) ...
  • ... But Weller, also a sr, came back and rose even higher with a US#1 8:26.21 3k, plus a DMR leg for Boyertown.
  • And lest the middle and long distance runners get all the headlines, Cheltenham's Brandon Bing zipped a US#2 21.52 200
  • And Hempfield's Weston Banks led field eventers with his US#5 62-02.75 shot put

And ...

  • Methacton jr Ryann Krais won two golds and two silvers. She took the 400 (56.22) and LJ (18-00.50), and was part of runner-up 4x4 3:57.89 and 2nd in 60H 8.86 to surprising victor Rachel Househecht from Hughesville (8.85).
  • West Chester Henderson swept the new DMRs, coming very close to US#1 10:20 with their 10:21.56, while the girls ran 12:22.27.
  • Penncrest jr Karen Shump, already US#2, took the girls SP in 47-11.75
  • Liberty's Beki Finn surprised some of the favorites in the girls PV with a 12-06 win

Pennsylvania coaching icon Tim Hickey called it "the greatest individual indoor performance I have ever seen in Pennsylvania."

Meet Summary by Don Rich, pa.milesplit.com

The record will show that Easton won the girls team title. And the word “team” applies. It's never a one person achievement. But the record will also show that one athlete put on a performance that few who witnessed will ever forget.

Chanelle Price's day-by-the-numbers tells a lot of the story. We’ll tell more of the story over the next few days.

5:06.74 Mile. State Champion. 2:04.96 800. #3 US All-Time (and obviously a PA State Meet Record). State Champion. 2:08 anchor contributing to a 9:18.77 4x800. State Champion. And 53.6 anchor contributing to a 3:51.82 4x400. State Champion.

And Female Athlete of the Meet.

Much more in the coming days. Stories tomorrow with a few photos. Followed by photo galleries of thousands of photos coming over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Splits of many races when we have a little time. Your patience is greatly appreciated. It’s just two of us processing all of this.

But first, some other highlights from the meet. Easton finished ahead of 2nd place Methacton, which was led by Price's fellow super junior Ryann Krais. Krais experienced a rare off day in the 60 hurdles (2nd) in between winning two individual events. Her 56.22 won the 400, and her 18-00.50 long jump was also the top performance there. She also anchored the team to a come-from-behind 2nd place 3:57.89 in the 4x400. Final score, Easton 64, Methacton 37.50. Hughesville's Rachel Househecht edged Krais in the 60H, 8.85 to 8.86, with a strong close after the next-to-last hurdle.

Carly Seymour, Central Cambria, used a fast closing 800 to top the PA 3000 chart with a 10:09.14.

In the 4x200, Harrisburg ran away with a win in 1:42.74. Liberty's Beki Finn broke up the Easton string with a 12-06 state title in the PV. Archbishop Ryan's Nohjay Nimpson upped her state-leading triple jump with a leap of 38-09, good for a state title. Penncrest's Karen Shump had a nice series in the 47's, capped by a 47-11.75 to win the indoor crown. Coatesville's Kaleena Gray PRed at 44-06.50.

West Catholic's Simone Carter won the 60 in 7.69 and took 2nd in the 200 to Brittany Wallace, Penn Wood, 24.80 to 24.96. Rebekah Newhart, Hughesville, cleared 5-07 to take the high jump.

The first-ever Distance Medley Relay is a nice transition from the girls to the boys, because West Chester Henderson can lay claim to first for both. The girls ran 12:22.27 to beat Radnor by a little over a second. The boys used a punishing 400 from Tim Shea to open an nearly insurmountable lead. Then Chris Ferry put down the hammer to close it out after Nick Crits of Wissahickon had closed the gap entering the final lap. The time was 10:21.56.

The Male Athlete of the Meet was the Ironman, who attempted, survived and thrived on a mile-3000-DMR mile diet. Boyertown's Jason Weller, who won this year's Millrose Mile, ran a PR of 4:15.14. Unfortunately for him, Unionville's Paul Springer also PRed, and in doing so set a State Meet Record of 4:12.61 (more on this race tomorrow). Weller came back in the 3000, and despite being somewhat off record-setting pace, ran one of the three fastest 3000's in PA history, going 8:26.21. He also anchored the 7th place DMR (more on this race as well).

McDowell's Brice Myers shaved a whopping .17 off his state-leading 8.17 to win the 60 hurdles. The win contributed ten points toward the ultimate title, the team championship. McDowell's 35 points were six better than Neshaminy, and eight better than Glen Mills.

McDowell also got key points from Emmanuel Overare, 2nd in the triple jump at 47-00.25 (Kiski's Garner McCloud went 47-09 for the win), and Chad Noce's 3rd place 57-08.75 in the shot put. That's the same event where, when crunch time arrived on the last throw of the finals, Hemfpield's Weston Banks uncorked a huge 62-02.75 to beat previous state leader Wayne Crawford of Chestnut Hill Academy at 60-03.50.

In the relays, Harrisburg took the 4x20 in 1:29.40; Cumberland Valley closed out the meet by taking the 4x400 in 3:22.56; and North Penn showed that when presented with a banked track, they were indeed the fastest 4x800 in the state with a 7:56.71.

Cheltenham's Brandon Bing rebounded from a false start in the finals of the 60 dash to take the 200 in a US-leading 21.52. Toney Clemons of Valley leapt 23-01.25 to take the long jump. Sean Gil, North Allegheny, cleared 15-00 to capture the pole vault. Jay Pittenger, William Tennent, won the high jump at 6-08.


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