Pennridge battles past North Penn
By Kev Hunter
If the Pennridge girls track Dnd fiHOd WHDP LV WR rHSHDW as Suburban lne Continental Conference champion, Tuesday’s victory over rival North Penn was an awfully good start.
The oams were fast and deep in the sprints, outlasted the Maidens in the distance races, took two of the three relays and won three events RuW Ln WKH fiHOd WR HDrn Dn LPpressive 88-62 win at North Penn in the dual meet opener for both squads.
“North Penn’s usually our biggest rival and we were getting pumped all day,” said oams speedster Lindsay Sheehan. “We had spirit and we were just trying to be as focused as we could be to win this.”
Sheehan won the 400 in 59.P seconds, got third in WKH 100, Dnd VKH finLVKHd up the day by anchoring the 4x4 relay to victory. With the Maidens leading the race, Taylor Chapman was able to bring Pennridge closer on her third leg and then Sheehan out-kicked Kailah HROPHV WR finLVK LW.
“We were 20 meters behind when I started and I was afraid we weren’t going to win it, but on the turn com- ing onto the home stretch, my coach is just screaming at me, ‘do you want it? ao you want it?’” Sheehan said. “I was like ‘yes, I do.’ So I tried to kick as hard as I could. Toward the end, I was just jelly-legged. A lot of cheering (when I crossed the line). It was exciting.”
Pennridge won 11 of the 18 events and just about matched North Penn with the number of seconds and thirds.
Caitlyn Sheva and sister Marissa Sheva ran side-byside in the two-mile, goLnJ firVW Dnd VHFRnd IRr WKH oams, as they overcame a tremendous race by North Penn’s Ali salenti.
“I kind of knew coming into it that it was going to be a tough race, but I was excited to be able to run with Marissa,” said Caitlyn, a senior. “I love running with her. She always pushes me.”
The Sheva duo also went one and two in the 1,600 for Pennridge, and Marissa, a VRSKRPRrH, FrRVVHd firVW Ln the 800.
“We had a really nice meet,” oams coach Bill Smith said. “We had some people that performed exceptionally well today. North Penn is the standard,
and the last couple years, they brought out the best in us, that’s for sure.”
“We knew Pennridge would be very good,” Maidens coach Jim Crawford Jr. said. “We did well in certain events, but they’re just better than we are. All we can do is work harder and hope to get better.”
Sydnee Jacques had a big day for the Maidens, winning both hurdles races and also the triple jump. The last event to wrap up was the javelin, and the RDPs’ EOOD FRx WKrHw 1112 to cap an amazing day for the defending conference champs.
“This was pretty great,” Fox said of the season-opening victory. “North Penn is always really good competi- tion and it’s great to be able to maintain that competitive edge and win here again.”
North Penn’s Victoria Finley clears the bar as she competes in the pole vault during the Maidens meet against Pennridge on Tuesday.