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Five Lion golds highlight district haul


The District One track and field championships took place at Coatesville last Friday and Saturday. The CB West boys posted the best showing, coming in second in 3A with 39 points, eight more than third-place Pottsgrove. Host Coatesville won the team meet with 49.5 points.

The Bucks picked up 10 of those points when standout Conor McFadden won the boys 200 meter in 21.47. McFadden’s schoolmate, Mimi Duffy, brought home 10 points for the West girls with a winning time of 55.23 in the 400-meter finals. The West boys placed second in the 4x400 (3:16.47) and 4x800 (7:54.49) relays. The girls also finished second in the 4x400 (3:52.02) and qualified for states in the 4x800.

CB East earned individual titles in two field events. Jacob Tannenbaum won the discuss with a throw of 158 feet, nine inches. Fellow Patriot Mia Rivera claimed the 3A girls javelin title with a throw of 128 feet, 7 inches. Joe Sims and Jillian Thorning qualified for the state boys and girls 800 meter respectively.

Not to be outdone by the sister schools, CB South’s Lucas Knappenberger won the 3A boys pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 6 inches. For the Lady Titans, both Julia Pye and Riley Rooney qualified for states in both the 800 and 1600 meter.

Jared Hess, one of the state’s best, brought home a gold for Pennridge after he triple jumped 46 feet, 2 ½ inches. On the girls side Pennridge, who finished sixth in 3A team, had Ashley Landis and Victoria Angelo meet the state standard. Landis ran 2:09.90 in the 800 meter. Angelo ran 44.64 in the girls 300 meter hurdles.

Council Rock North’s Jack Czarnecki and Matthew Henricksen both earned state standards in their events. Czarnecki clocked a 4:21.66 in the 1,600 meter. Henricksen threw the discuss 156 feet, one inch for second place.

Quakertown’s Otani Ekpe earned a silver medal and qualified for states in the 300-meter hurdles (39.28); fellow Panther Mackenna Calabria long jumped 18 feet, 1.25 inches to also qualify for PIAAs. Council Rock South is sending Grace Patterson to states after she high jumped 5 feet, 3 inches.

The New Hope-Solebury boys finished tied for fifth in 2A, with 75 points. The Lions were just five points away from second place in a crowded field.

The New Hope-Solebury girls claimed a championship in 2A, winning the 4x800 relay in 10:08.19. Individually, the Lions swept the 800 meter. Aidan Ferraez claimed the boys title with a 2:02.10. On the girls side, Naava Richlin went home with a gold medal after clocking a 2:24.67.

Marco Demeo took home two golds, by winning the boys high jump with an even 6 feet and then winning the 2A boys long jump after leaping 21 feet, 9 inches (6.63 meters). The Lion boys 4x400 relay team notably clocked a school best of 3:37.82.

Also in 2A, Plumstead Christian’s Jordan Eade came in third in the boys 3,200 meter with a 11:54.92 time. Faith Christian’s Izabella Forker high jumped 4 feet 10 inches, which earned her second place.

In the Philadelphia Catholic League track and field championships on May 13, Archbishop Wood’s Gwen Hamilton took home the gold in the girls 800-meter run. The Vikings also won gold in the boys 4x800 meter.

The District 11 track and field championships were held at the Whitehall Super Site on May 16 and May 17. Palisades senior Thomas Smigo continued his dominating career by winning the 1,600 meter by 10 seconds in 4:18.18. He also won the 3,200 meter in 9:37.54. Pirate teammates Lucas Bottelier and Trevor Johnson placed second and third in the triple jump with leaps of 42 feet, 8.75 inches and 41 feet, 11.25 inches.

The Pirate boys 4x400 meter relay team qualified for states with a 3:28.54.

On the girls side, Palisades junior Kaylei Gruver finished second in the 400-meter dash with a 1:00.90. Palisades senior Paige Casterline placed second in the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and third in both the long jump (17 feet, 1.5 inches) and triple jump (34 feet, 6.5 inches).

The PIAA championships will be held at Shippensburg University this weekend.

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