Indoor Season Tunes Up PC Track
Penn Charter's track teams have moved outside to run and jump and throw, etc., and here's hoping good vibrations from the indoor season can be repeated, even exceeded.
The two major local championships—Philadelphia area, state—were held recently at Lehigh and Penn State universities, respectively, and the Quakers gave it their best.
At Penn State, in the most recent event, sophomore Akeel Blake claimed a medal by clearing 6-4 in the high jump while ninth grader Emma Zwall was ninth in the 3000 with a school record 10:16.36, and junior football franchise Edward Saydee placed 15th over 60 meters. Also, the 4x800 relay team (soph Sara Shipon, junior Mary McDavid, junior Abby Zwall and sister Emma Zwall) finished in 10th place.
At Lehigh, a shade earlier, Blake bounced 44-6 1/2 in the triple jump to seize second and his 5-9 effort in the high jump landed him in 10th. Junior Patrick Gabor cleared 6-1 in that event, thus earning fifth. Saydee was 10th in the 60 (7.18) while the 4x200 relay team (Blake, Saydee, senior Kieran Smith, junior baseball player Demetrius de Ramus) was eighth in 1:35.42.
On the girls side, the qualifers were the aforemenionted 4x800 relay; McDavid in the 800 and mile; Shipon, Emma and Abby Zwall and soph Jalynn Johnson in the distance medley relay; Emma in the 3000; and junior Ainyae Holmes in the 60.
There will be one last event, the New Balance Nationals, March 9-11, at the Armory in New York City.
The girls distance medley and 4x800 quartets have qualified, as have Saydee (60) and Blake (HJ/TJ) for the boys.
The DMR—McDavid, Shipon, E. Zwall and Johnson—will compete in the championship section, which is open to roughly the Top 20 groups in the country, regardless of enrollment. The 4x800 will be found in what's called the emerging elite (second tier).
Good luck on the biggest stage!
(Photos top and below from earlier meets.)
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