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Perkiomen Valley hits the ground running at PV Invitational

PV Invitational >> Christina Warren won three events — improving on her own record in one of them — to head a strong showing by the host team at the Perkiomen Valley Invitational.

Warren took the 100 high hurdles in 15.21, then headed the long jump (17-2 1/2) and triple jump (38-2 1/2). Her effort in the triple was a half-inch over the meet record she set in 2016.

Rebekah Bondi (100, 12.72) and Celeste Pachella (javelin, 105-2) were the Vikings’ other event winners. Spring-Ford got firsts from Emily Smith in the 800 (2:22.23) and Melisa Israel in the pole vault (9-6), as well as its 4×400 relay (4:13.15).

Other PAC athletes winning events were Owen J. Roberts’ Teneisha Myers (200, 26.22) and Allison Brunton (1,600, 5:15.23), Pottsgrove’s Miazziah Rose (high jump, 5-4) and Pottstown’s Gigi Mitchell (discus, 118-6).

On the boys’ side, Boyertown got firsts from Josh Endy in the 800 (2:02.76) and Evan Gianetti in the javelin (166-9), along with its relay teams in the 4×200 freshman/sophomore (1:39.77), 4×400 (3:33.72) and 4×800 (8:37.33) race. Owen J. Roberts’ Liam Conway (3,200, 9:37.41), Spring-Ford’s Stephen Chapman (300 intermediate hurdles, 40.26), Upper Perkiomen’s Tyrese Reid (long jump, 20-6) and Pottsgrove’s Michael Ziegler (triple jump, 41-2) were other winners.

Hill Relays >> With Paige Swartz figuring in on four first-place finishes, The Hill School girls track team claimed a share of the top spot in the team standings from the Hill School Relays.

Swartz led the way in the 300 hurdles, high jump and pole vault events, in addition to running a leg of the Blues’ winning 100 shuttle hurdles. Rachel Schaaf and Hannah Cummings headed other winning relays to help the Blues amass 114 team points, sharing the lead in the six-school field with Mercersburg Academy.

On the boys’ side, the Hill scored five firsts to finish second in the team standings. The Blues’ 118 team points were topped only by Mercersburg Academy (126).

Swartz had a fast time of 51.61 in the 300 hurdles relay, with teammate Amber Kulesa running third at 56.95. She also led the high jump (4-10) and pole vault (6-0) while teaming with Schaaf, Kulesa and Mariel Pearson for a wining time of 1:18.64 in the 4×100 shuttle hurdles.

Schaaf led the triple jump with a 34-0 1/2 effort, and Hannah Cummings threw the javelin a first-place 125-4.

Perkiomen School’s Iena Blankertz led the long jump with a 16-1 leap.

For the boys, the Hill’s 4×400 (3:33.57), distance (12:13.75) and 4×110 shuttle hurdle (1:15.69) relays all won.

In the pole vault relay, Daminan Walsh matched Peddie’s Cole Neely for first place (10-), and in the long jump relay Oluwatoni Adewole (21-0) had the first-place distance.




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