With the two teams battling it out at districts and states this past spring, it’s not surprising that North Penn and Cheltenham fielded many of the athletes chosen by Montgomery Media for All-Area recognition.
The 3A State Champion Knights had a pair of special runners in Uche Nwogwugwu and Mikaela Vlasic, each of which provided a dynamic, versatile presence for her team.
Nwogwugwu defended her state title in the 400, Vlasic earned a silver in the 800, and both teamed up on two winning relays at the big meet in Shippensburg.
Nwogwugwu, chosen as Athlete of the Year, won a total of three gold medals at states as well as a fifth-place medal in the field (triple jump).
Chanel Brissett was a key piece of the Panthers’ outstanding 4×1 team as well as the area’s best 200-meter runner and 100 hurdler.
The Suburban One League’s American Conference also included standouts from Upper Dublin, Plymouth-Whitemarsh and Wissahickon.
The Cardinals’ Madison Langley-Walker put her many abilities to maximum use this spring, medaling in four events at states, and she was the area’s best in the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. She even captured the state gold in the 300’s.
“(Winning a state title) feels really good,” the junior said. “Hopefully I can come back and do it again.”
Out of the SOL National, meanwhile, Abington’s Sianni McLeod was a force in both the shot put and discus.
“I just grip it and rip it — a lot of energy,” the senior said. “I try to get a lot of energy behind it, full speed and up.”
Girls Track and Field
Team of the Year: North Penn, 3A State Champions
Athlete of the Year: Uche Nwogwugwu, North Penn
100: Jonae Cook, Norristown, PIAA-3A Eighth-Place Medalist, 19.63
200: Chanel Brissett, Cheltenham, PIAA-3A Silver Medalist, 24.72
400: Uche Nwogwugwu, North Penn, PIAA-3A Champion, 53.80
800: Mikaela Vlasic, North Penn, PIAA-3A Silver Medalist, 2:09.33
1,600: Kelly Jawork, Abington, PIAA-3A Fourth-Place Medalist, 4:51.19
3,200: MaryGrace Rittler, Cheltenham, District 1-3A Silver Medalist, 10:51.41
100 hurdles: Chanel Brissett, Cheltenham, PIAA-3A Champion, 13.35
300 hurdles: Madison Langley-Walker, Upper Dublin, PIAA-3A Champion, 42.54
4×100 relay: Cheltenham (Bria Barnes, Giani Fleming, Alexis Crosby, Chanel Brissett), PIAA-3A Champion, 46.73
4×400 relay: North Penn (Mikaela Vlasic, Natalie Kwortnik, Jessica Brenfleck, Uche Nwogwugwu), PIAA-3A Champion, 3:46.13
4×800 relay: North Penn (Jenna Webb, Uche Nwogwugwu, Ariana Gardizy, Mikaela Vlasic), PIAA-3A Champion, 9:02.65
Shot Put: Sianni McLeod, Abington, PIAA-3A Fourth-Place Medalist, 41-1.5
Discus: Sianni McLeod, Abington, District 1-3A Bronze Medalist, 122-6
Javelin: Dela Matthew, North Penn, District 1-3A Eighth-Place Medalist, 117-10
Long Jump: Madison Langley-Walker, Upper Dublin, PIAA-3A Silver Medalist, 18-6.75
Triple Jump: Madison Langley-Walker, Upper Dublin, PIAA-3A Silver Medalist, 38-10.75
High Jump: Taylor O’Brien, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, PIAA-3A Silver Medalist, 5-5
Pole Vault: Cala Lejman, Wissahickon, District 1-3A Champion, 11-0