Boys Track Powers to State Champs
Penn Charter held its Senior Prom on Saturday night and some guys were dancing on air.
Specifically, they were the members of the boys track team, and earlier in the day they'd powered the Quakers to their first win in year No. 8 of the PAISAA state championships.
This meet was held in chilly/cloudy conditions at Hill School, in Pottstown, and PC, as directed by Doc Steve Bonnie and Bryan Skelly, and fresh off Monday's Inter-Ac championship, piled up 97 points. Haverford School (79) and Germantown Academy (75 1/2) finished second and third.
Seniors Chris Tucker and Akeem Blake were double winners. "Tuck" clocked 10.96 in the 100 and 22.34 in the 200 while "Keem" posted efforts of 6-4 in the high jump and 44-3 in the triple jump. Akeem was also second in the long jump at 22-5 1/2.
The other headliner was senior Dylan Burnett, who claimed second in the hurdles (14.80 high, 41.50 intermediate).
Three other seniors also were factors. Edgar McIlvaine (11-0) and Chris Johnson (10-6) tied for fifth and seventh, respectively, in the pole vault and Harper Pollio-Barbee nabbed sixth in the 800 (2:01.90).
Among the young bucks, frosh Akeel Blake was third in the TJ (41-6) and fourth in the HJ (5-10), soph Patrick Gabor was third in the HJ (6-2), frosh Marcellus Poland was fourth in the 400 (50.99), junior Tzion Jones was fifth in the TJ (40-7 1/2) and junior Matt Barkann was sixth in the HH (16.34).
The girls placed 10th with 24 1/2 points.
Junior Jernee Watson turned in the best performance, clearing 8-0 in the pole vault to tie for second. Fourths were garnered by Ainyae Holmes in the 200 (27.32), Carmen Williams (tie) in the HJ (4-8) and Anne Flemming in the TJ (31-11). Frosh Sara Shipon set a school record in the 1600 with a time of 5:12.30.
The season ended for girls lacrosse with a 9-6 loss to Notre Dame in the PAISAA tournament.
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