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Hill School girls claim first at PAISAA Championships

The Hill School girls track and field team claimed first place at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) Championships on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues put up 92 team points while Episcopal Academy followed with 82 and Academy of Notre Dame had 72. Perkiomen School finished 13th with 12 points.

Rachel Schaaf headed the Blues’ day, claiming individual firsts to go along with a third- and fourth-place finish.

The junior took first in the long jump with a distance of 16-05 3/4 to better Episcopal Academy’s Corinne Zanolli (15-09 3/4) and the rest of the field. Nicole Guidi was third in the event with a 15-07 1/4 while Perk School’s Iena Blankertz was fourth at 15-07.

Schaaf also took top honors in the triple jump at 35-04, narrowly edging out Germantown Friends’ Portia McKoy (34-03 1/2). Schaaf also finished third in the high jump at 4-10, just behind Springside-Chestnut Hill’s Nayah Moore and The Hill’s Paige Swartz, who finished tied for first at 5-00. Schaaf also took fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.85.

Other top finishes for the Blues included Hannah Cummings’ first-place finish in the javelin. The senior threw a 127-07 to blow away the rest of the field who hadn’t hit the century mark. Cummings also took third in the discus with at 86-01.

Paige Swartz was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.47. She finished right on the heels of George School’s Grace Neuger (50.57). Steph Percy was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 31-00 1/2.

Hill Boys Take Fourth >> The Hill School boys track team finished up fourth overall at the PAISAA Championships.

The Blues tallied 69 team points, behind Penn Charter (97), Haverford School 79 and Germantown Academy (75.5). Perkiomen School was 11th with 15 team points.

Hill School junior Ian Lawrence had the Blues’ best individual showing taking second-place in the triple jump with a 41-10.50. He finished only behind Penn Charter’s Akeem Blake (44-03).

Griffin Lehman was third in the discus with a toss of 129-05. Classmate Daniel Adeboboye finished right behind at 121-07 for fourth place.

Jake Vetterman finished tied for third-place in the pole vault where he posted an 11-06 alongside Westtown’s Ethan Gadra. Xavier Friel was fourth in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:27.33.

The Hill’s major strength came in numbers. The Blues took top honors in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:25.05 to go along with a second-place finish in the 4×100 (44.03), just behind Haverford School (43.09).

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