Pen­nridge bat­tles past North Penn

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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.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

North Penn’s Vic­to­ria Fin­ley clears the bar as she com­petes in the pole vault dur­ing the Maidens meet against Pen­nridge on Tues­day.

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