Middle School Run, Jump to a Win
Penn Charter's boys middle school track team knows not only how to win, but to do so with flair.
Thanks to a first-place effort – and the six points that came with it – in the high jump by eighth grader Akeel Blake (above), the Quakers were able to earn the championship by 39-33 over SCH Academy, which was blanked in that event.
Blake and Tyler Seward (Haverford School) offered the spectators a classic, back-and-forth duel before the former cleared 5-8 and the latter couldn't quite do so.
In all, PC claimed three firsts. Eighth grader Marcellus Poland (top left) took care of the other two, winning the 100 in 12.32 seconds and the 400 in 55.63. Blake was second in 56.89. That pair also made an impact in the long jump. Marcellus finished second (16-6 1/2) and Akeel was fifth (15-10 1/2).
Seventh grader Marvin Harrison placed third in the 800 (2:19.10) and classmate Isaiah Woods-Kolsky was fifth in the 110 hurdles (18.76).
Meanwhile, eight crucial points were bagged in the 1600 thanks to seventh grader Finn Glew (top right) (second in 5:02.86) and eighth graders Anthony Ciarrocchi (third in 5:12.84) and Justin Wilson (fifth in 5:29.75).
Finn, who was quite exhausted, then provided a funny moment by dropping to the turf on the football field and pretending to fall asleep.
The girls track team scored 11 points for fourth place and did so in two events.
In the 1600, eighth graders Sara Shipon (5:30.33), Sophia Solomon (5:40.90) and Alicia Newman (5:41.17) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Eighth grader Isabel Mehta and sixth grader Emma Zuccotti cleared 4-2 to tie for second in the high jump.
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