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Springfield’s Shovlin dashes to personal best, win

Philip Shovlin does not mess around when it comes to running the 60-meter dash. It’s first place or nothing.

The junior from Springfield won the event for the second time in as many tries to highlight Delco’s effort at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Carnival Saturday at Lehigh University.

Shovlin turned in his personal best time of 7.05 seconds to claim the gold medal for the second time. He also won the 60 at the Kevin Dare Invitational last Month at Penn State. Shovlin’s time was the ninth best in the state, according to

Shovlin’s teammate, Joseph Cardie, also had a good day. He was fourth in the mile (4:31.46).

Chester’s James Jackson put on quite a show in less than 24 hours. The junior won the 60 hurdles in Friday’s Track & Field Coaches Association Last Chance meet at Lehigh in a personal best time of 8.33 seconds. That ranks No. 7 in the state. He came back Saturday and was fourth in the 60 hurdles at the PTFCA Indoor Carnival.

Jackson’s teammate, Braheem Bishop, was the only other Delco individual to earn a medal at the Indoor Carnival. Bishop was fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-1. Chester also took fourth in the 4 x 400-meter relay.

Penn Wood medal in three of the four relay events. The Patriots were second in the 4 x 200, and fourth in both the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800. Radnor was second in the 4 x 800.

Strath Haven’s Dayo Abeeb was one of four athletes to break meet records in Friday’s last chance meet. The senior won the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 9 inches.

Penn Wood’s Dennis Manyeah and Semaj Robinson of Glen Mills were the other Delco individual winners. Manyeah edged Radnor’s Peter Cooke to win the 800-meter run. Jarnail Dhillon of Upper Darby was sixth in that event.

Robinson and teammate Quadir Gibson went 1-2 in the shot put. Teammate Keon Rantin was third in the 200 and was on the 4 x 200 relay that also placed third.

Avery Lederer of Penncrest topped his personal best by nearly six seconds to take fourth in the mile (4:30.90). That was the sixth best time in Penncrest history according to the team’s Twitter page.

Lederer’s teammate, Evan Wildermuth, had a good day as well, posting three top-10 finishes. Wildermuth was second in the long jump with a personal best jump of 21-4¾. He also was sixth in the high jump (6-0) and 10th in the triple jump (41-0). Those distances rank second, sixth and eight, respectively, in Penncrest history.

Radnor took second in the 4 x 400, while Strath Haven was sixth in the distance medley relay.

Girls Track

Upper Darby’s Michelle Brown-Jones gets better with each passing week. Brown-Jones jumped a personal best 17-10 to place fourth in the long jump at the PTFCA Indoor Carnival. The only other Delco medal winner was Penn Wood All-Delco Janae Pitt, who was second in the 400 (59.15 seconds).

Meanwhile in New York, Cardinal O’Hara All-Delco Olivia Arizin finished 11th in the New Balance mile run at the Millrose Games.



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