There are road trips and then there are serious road trips.
Brunswick School is not exactly in the five-county area. In fact, it's perched in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Penn Charter's wrestling squad made the lengthy trek for a 16-team invitational held Saturday.
On the way home, no one was grumbling, "Why'd we go way up THERE?"
Coach Pete Shaifer's squad finished sixth in a very competitive field with 107 points and two guys, seniors Gene Naumovsky (132 pounds) and Billy Costello (heavyweight), claimed championships. Two more guys, freshman Jess Anderson (113) and soph TJ Henry (126), placed second while junior Jordan Steinhouse (120) came in fourth.
Costello's win was especially satisfying as he turned the tables on a young man from Episcopal Academy, who'd beaten him last week.
Boys indoor track headed to Glen Mills for an invitational meet and good vibrations were experienced there too.
Senior Akeem Blake cleared 6 feet 4 inches in the high jump, thus qualifying for the upcoming state meet, and came close to conquering 6-5. Akeel, his freshman brother, took his first crack at the triple jump and posted 41-3 3/4, earning second and a Meet of Champions berth.
Other goodies: Soph John Davis clocked a personal best over 800 meters (2:16.15), junior Matt Barkann qualified for the final in the 60 high hurdles and senior Chris Tucker placed fifth in the 200.
A day earlier, girls track traveled to Lehigh University, also for an invitational, and Felicia Robinson recorded 33-6 in the triple jump to earn a Meet of Champions spot.
Soph Ainyae Holmes, running season bests, finished 15th out of 58 runners in the 60 and 23rd out of 65 in the 200. Frosh Jalynn Johnson, looking better and better in her battle back from a fall knee injury, ran an indoor personal best (2:37.44) in the 800.
The distance medley relay team finished fourth in its heat at 13:45.73 and came within 20 seconds of earning a MoC spot. The quartet included freshman Sara Shipon, soph Mary McDavid, senior Marilyn Pease and frosh Sophia Solomon.
"Sara, Mary and Sophia are a strong trio in an excellent younger group of girls," noted coach Bryan Skelly.
The basketball boys went no further than to Dooney Fieldhouse, and the result was a 57-44 win over Central.
Junior Mason Williams led the way with 18 points while senior Adam Holland and frosh Ryan "Pooch" Holmes halved 28.
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