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Track and field: Boys track teams on path to success

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Central Bucks West head boys indoor track coach Greg Wetzel has enjoyed mulling the possibilities of his team during the winter as well as the spring.

“Things are going really well,” said Wetzel. “I believe we have the strongest field we’ve had in my 14 years here. It is pretty exciting.”

CB West, CB East and Pennridge are among local teams that are experiencing success heading into the final stretch, with expectations high going into the spring season.

At CB West, the Bucks have a veteran presence led by senior Kevin Guevara, a district and state qualifier in the shot, as well as fellow senior Roman Katona in the 200 and 400, Alan Zlotin in the sprints, and Paul Nicholas also in the 400, all of whom have qualified or are on the verger for the state meet.

Juniors Patrick Lafferty and Jack Foster both have excelled and passed their personal records in the jumps and will be headed to the postseason.

The Bucks’ 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams are on a good pace, and they should all be major factors in the postseason and the spring.

Wetzel also is excited with the addition of throws coach Dan Maha, a former collegiate standout and former coach at Abington and Gwynedd Mercy.

“We will be really balanced,” added Wetzel. “Our field will be as good as our track. They are all holding their own and working hard. We know we will have a very good spring season”

Central Bucks East head boys indoor coach Chris Pierangeli sees his club anchored by a group of veteran distance runners, hurdlers and sprinters.

Senior Jack McManus has excelled in the 1,600 and fellow senior Gavin Pettigrew has had a solid season in the 800 and 1,600. Junior Holden Emery has been posting consistent times in both events and also can run the 400.

“We have been doing well,” said Pierangeli. “Our distance runners are our strength. Jack McManus has been a sub-five in the 1,600 and Gavin Pettigrew has been good in the 800. Holden Emery is our primary middle distance runner.”

Junior Luke Blackwell and senior Nick Correa have hit personal highs in the sprints. Senior Jared Farrior has been steady in the hurdles, and Blackwell and sophomore Nik Ventura both have hit high marks in the jumps.

Pierangeli expects his team to continue to flourish next month and into the spring season.

“We like where we are so far,” added Pierangeli. “We have a couple of guys knocking on the door, and it will be fun to see what happens in February.”

Pennridge also has a senior-led team this winter, and the Rams have taken advantage of their experience.

Seniors Bobby Brashear, James Estep, Josiah Landis, Liam McCool, Tyler Myers, Ethan Saville, Matt Vaders, Jack Wasserman, junior Diego Lera-Lozano, and sophomore Joey Gant have been among the team’s biggest, weekly contributors.

“We have been doing pretty well,” said Rams head coach Bob Hosier. “We have a nice group of seniors back who have been leaders out there.

“We have qualified for five events for the state meet, and we expect to have more people in the mix.”

Gant has set a season best in the 200 followed by Brashear (400), Saville (1,600), Lera-Lozano (3,000), Estep (high jump) and Landis (shot put).

With a veteran group, Hosier is optimistic of a favorable finale outcome.

“We have a number of track people who have done well in the past, and they know what they need to do,” added Hosier. “We also have a nice group of field people who are getting better.

“We’ll be in the mix toward states.”


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