Girls Strong at New Balance Nationals
The stage for indoor track gets no bigger than the Armory in New York City and Penn Charter competed there this weekend in the New Balance Nationals.
Coach Bryan Skelly said of the experience, "Nationals went very, very well . . . It's such a fantastic event—for competition, entertainment and exposure. Our kids really appreciated it."
The girls particularly enjoyed themselves.
In the championship distance medley relay, PC clocked 12:27.36 to finish 17th. That effort, aside from being a school record, is especially impressive because just one member of the quartet is more than a sophomore.
Here are the girls' names, with their splits/distances: soph Sara Shipon (3:51.15, 1200), soph Jalynn Johnson (1:04.95, 400), junior Mary McDavid (2:20.75, 800) and freshman Emma Zwall (5:10.51, 1600).
The 4x800 relay competed in what's called the second tier. That group won its heat in 9:34.41, breaking its own school record, and finished eighth overall.
Names and splits: Shipon (2:23.28), McDavid (2:19.69), Zwall (2:26.30) and junior Abby Zwall (2:25.14). Enjoy the video the PC heat: "Penn Charter's in the lead ... Penn Charter's still in the lead!"
For the guys, soph Akeel Blake jumped 6-1 1/4 for 21st in the high jump and bounced 42-6 3/4 for 34th in the triple jump.
Junior Edward Saydee was qualified to compete in the 60, but a decision was made to let him rest in anticipation of the outdoor season.
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