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Track and field: CB South’s Cannon among top performers at Jim Kelly Invitational


Michael Cannon Jr. believes it can be all about timing.

The Central Bucks South senior understands it is not only about his performance in the 100 and 200 as well as an anchor in the 4x100, but also for his team.

Cannon took first place in the 100 (11.38) and second in the 200 (23.21) and helped his team to a second in the 4x100 at the Jim Kelly Invitational at Hatboro-Horsham High School March 30. The 4x100 relay team (44.05) qualified for districts, and the 4x800 team (8:13.81) finished second.

A solid winter season helped him set the table for the spring.

“I felt good out there and we ran well as a team,” said Cannon. “I have a good feeling of endurance right now that can carry me through the rest of the season.

“I was able to set some PRs (personal records), and it helped motivate me for the spring. It also was about working on technique.”

CB South head coach Jason Gable also viewed it as a productive afternoon. Ryan Ruggerio took fourth in the pole vault (12-6), Tom Wood was sixth in the shot (42-8.5), Gavin Campbell was sixth in the 800 (2:04.16), and on the girls side, Safiya Dodoo was second in the 100 (13.26).

“We ran pretty well,” Gable said. “Michael had a good day and our 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams had a good showing. We’re still looking to lower our times and learn from our mistakes. We know we have plenty of positives here.”

Pennridge also had a rewarding afternoon. Anderson Dimon was first in the 400 and set a new meet record with a time of 48.29, and Matt Eissler was second in the 800 (1:57.78). The Rams’ 4x400 paced the field with a time of 3:21.22. The Rams’ boys team again took the top spot among the 30-team field.

Josh Landis took second in the shot (49-6); Joey Gant, fourth in the 100 (11.57) and 200 (23.67), Meghan Kriney, second in the girls 400 (59.63), and Ethan Seville, third in the 3,000 (9:44.60).

“The 4x400 team won the meet for us, and they have been doing very well,” said Rams head coach Bob Hosier. “Dimon’s time was very good.

“They ran hard all winter, and we really have a veteran team out there.”

Central Bucks West’s girls team has a momentous day in its running events.

Stephanie Hiltpold grabbed the top spot in the 400 (58.42) and teammates Emmi Simon (2:18.17) and Piper Wilson (5:22.24) netted firsts in the 800 and 1,600 respectively.

The Bucks’ distance medley team grabbed gold in a time of 12:17.53, and Julia Flood snagged a silver in the 3,000 (11:03.98).

Lauren Hahn captured both the shot (37-1) and javelin (132.04).

“Our girls did an excellent job,” said CB West’s Kevin Munnelly. “We ran very well, and it was incredible what Lauren Hahn did. I didn’t see that coming. She set two new PRs and had a great day.”

Central Bucks East’s Mikayla Horvath won the girls 400 hurdles (1:05.43) and teammate Ella Derstine was right on her heels (105.45).

The Patriots’ girls 4x400 relay team was first (4:08.52), and Luke Blackwell had the top leap overall in the boys triple jump (41-2).