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Track & Field: Novotni’s medal haul highlights solid day for Sun Valley

Natalie Novotni did just about everything for Sun Valley at the Neshaminy Track Classic Saturday and she came home with the medals to prove it.

Novotni ran on two winning relay teams and also picked up an individual medal to highlight a big day for the Vanguards. Novotni anchored the team of Artricia Nou, Erin Billigneir and Giola Maiale to a gold medal in the distance medley relay. She came back six events later to take fourth in the open 1,600. Maiale was fifth in that race. Novotni teamed up with Billigneir, Haweh Kwaidah and Shannon Purfield to win the 4 x 400.

Kwaidah also was second in the long jump and fifth in the 100, while Purfield was fifth in the 400 hurdles. Sumaiya Begum placed second in the 3,200 for the Vanguards.

Sacred Heart’s Emma Seifrield won a pair of individual medals. She won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 22.77 seconds and was fifth in the 800.

Christine Mancini of Cardinal O’Hara placed second in the 800 and fourth in the 400. Teammate Lorielle Laforest was third in both the shot put and discus, while Jesikah Boykin was second in the 200 for the Lions.

Lansdowne native Sydni Townsend from Neumann-Goretti won the 400 hurdles and the 800. Teammate Janese Lynch, a resident of Sharon Hill, took first in the shot put and discus.

On the boys’ side, Sun Valley’s Austin Segool pulled off the same double as Novotni. He ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg in the winning DMR and came back six events later to take third in the open 1,600. Jusin Kelly, Anthony Pagan and William Dykes were on the winning DMR. Kelly and Pagan joined Dayton Belgrave and James Curtis to take fifth in the 4 x 400.

Jack Becker led the way for Cardinal O’Hara with a first-place finish in the 3,200. Teammate Derek Sacks was second in the 1,600, while Quasir Cottman was fifth in the long jump and helped the Lions place third in the 4 x 400 and fourth in the 4 x 100. Derek Patrick (400 hurdles, 4 x 100) also earned a pair of medals for O’Hara.

David Whitfield took second in the 800 behind Chester native Kamil Jihad of Neumann-Goretti, who also won the 400 hurdles.

Michelle Brown-Jones and Sugar Henry came up big for Upper Darby at the Jim Kelly Invitational at Hatboro-Horsham High School. Brown-Jones won the long jump and was fourth in the 200. Darby native Thelma Davies of Girard College was second in the 200.

Henry claimed gold in the triple jump. Jerenita Soka placed third in the 100 and the Royals were third in the 4 x 400 and fourth in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 800 relays.

On the boys’ side, Jarnail Dhillon was fourth in the 400, while Syed Shah and James King placed fifth, respectively, in the 1,600 and shot put.

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